The Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority (PBDA) has drafted its Volume II of the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Proposal, as required through the National Telecommunication and Information Administration’s BEAD Notice of Funding Opportunity and supplemental guidance. Volume II includes critical components of PBDA’s plans for implementing BEAD grant funding, to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to high-speed internet. To draft the document, PBDA complied with NTIA requirements and guidance on elements such as the application process, scoring criteria, labor standards, and other requirements, as well as Commonwealth policies.
Volume II will be available for public review and comment for the required 30 days, from October 16, 2023 through November 14, 2023. Upon receipt and consideration of comments and Board approval, PBDA will submit the Volume for consideration to the NTIA prior to the submission deadline of December 27, 2023.
The public is asked to share comments by 11:59PM on November 14, 2023.
Access the website at Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) – PA Department of Community & Economic Development and scroll to the “SUBMIT FEEDBACK” button to provide input.
Questions on Volume II of the BEAD Initial Proposal can be directed to PABroadbandAuthority@pa.gov