How Libraries Can Upgrade Their Internet Through the BEAD Program

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Libraries and other anchor institutions have an exciting opportunity to upgrade their internet connectivity through the federal Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program. But libraries must act quickly.

The BEAD program will make $42 billion available to states to deploy high-speed broadband networks to unserved and underserved locations, including libraries and other anchor institutions. State officials are now finalizing the FCC broadband map that will identify the locations in each state eligible to receive federal funding for improved broadband networks, such as installing fiber optic cables. Unfortunately, the maps for many states do not include all the libraries that need upgraded broadband connectivity. Fortunately, most states are about to open up a short window for libraries and others to file a “challenge” to get on the state map .

The SHLB Coalition, ALA and COSLA are joining together to host an important webinar to advise libraries how to file these challenges. These locations must be on the state's map to be eligible for BEAD funding! The webinar will outline the timeline for filing these challenges, the process for doing so, and the evidence needed to submit a successful challenge.


This webinar is presented by: COSLA

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