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NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM

Eligibility

A covered partnership is eligible for a grant under the Broadband Infrastructure Program. The

Act defines a covered partnership as a partnership between: (A) a State, or one or more political subdivisions of a State; and (B) a provider of fixed broadband service. A covered partnership may include more than one provider of fixed broadband service as part of its application. Additionally, a provider of fixed broadband service may participate in more than one covered partnership. See Section III of this NOFO for additional information concerning the eligibility requirements for this program.


NTIA will make up to $288,000,000 available for federal assistance under the Broadband

Infrastructure Program. NTIA expects to make awards under this program within the following

funding range: $5,000,000 to $30,000,000. This range is not a required minimum or maximum, but covered partnerships requesting amounts for projects outside of this range must provide a reasonable explanation for the variance in their project size. The period of performance for grants issued pursuant to this program is one year, unless such period is otherwise extended in writing by the Grants Officer.


In awarding grants under this program, the Assistant Secretary will give priority to applications

for covered broadband projects as follows, in decreasing order of priority, as set forth in Section 905(d)(4) of the Act:

(1) Covered broadband projects designed to provide broadband service to the greatest

number of households in an eligible service area;

(2) Covered broadband projects designed to provide broadband service in an eligible

service area that is wholly within any area other than:

(i) a county, city, or town that has a population of more than 50,000 inhabitants;

and

(ii) the urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to a city or town of more than

50,000 inhabitants;

(3) Covered broadband projects that are the most cost-effective, prioritizing such projects

in areas that are the most rural;

(4) Covered broadband projects designed to provide broadband service with a download

speed of not less than 100 megabits per second and an upload speed of not less than 20

megabits per second; and

(5) Any other covered broadband project that meets the requirements of this NOFO.


Contact us for more information - we have associates that know this program well.

kcarter@grantmanagementassoc.com



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