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Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD)

The State is requesting your comments regarding broadband deployment.  New Hampshire is receiving $196.5M to improve broadband infrastructure throughout our state.

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) in May 2022. The BEAD Program provides eligible states, territories, and the District of Columbia (“Eligible Entities”) the opportunity to receive federal grant funding to expand high-speed Internet access by funding planning, infrastructure deployment, and adoption programs. The New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA) will use this funding to bring high-speed broadband to the unserved and underserved locations in the state. BEA is pleased to announce its Draft Initial Proposal Plan Volume I and Volume II are available for public comments until December 13, 2023. This Draft Initial Proposal Plan was developed using information collected during the creation of New Hampshire’s Five-Year Action Plan which identified broadband goals and priorities for the state.
Now, we need your feedback! We want to hear your questions and comments. BEA will review all comments and if necessary, revise the Draft Initial Proposal Plan based on your input. We encourage New Hampshire residents, community organizations, businesses, community anchor institutions and local units of governments, as well as any other interested groups, to participate in the public comment period. This period will be open for 30 days and will close at 12:00pm Eastern Time, on December 13, 2023. All comments must be submitted via email at:  Written responses can also be sent to:

Business and Economic Affairs
Office of Broadband initiatives
100 North Main Street
Suite 100
Concord, NH 03301