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June 28, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Tennessee receiving more than $813 million for broadband deployment

This funding is part of the $42.45 billion "Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment" (BEAD) program included in the "Bipartisan Infrastructure Law."

More than $813 million is coming to Tennessee to deploy or upgrade broadband networks to ensure that everyone has access to reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet service.

The funding, coming from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), is part of the “Internet for All” initiative that is a key component of President Biden’s “Investing in America” agenda. Tennessee’s share – $813,319,680.22 to be exact – is part of a $42.45 billion “Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment” (BEAD) program included in the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”

Funding is going to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories. The largest award by a nearly 2x amount is to Texas – $3,312,616,455.45. The next highest allocation is to California ($1,864,136,508.93) followed by Missouri ($1,736,302,708.39), North Carolina ($1,532,999,481.15), Virginia ($1,481,489,572.87), Alabama ($1,401,221,901.77), Louisiana ($1,355,554,552.94), and Georgia ($1,307,214,371.30).

The jurisdictions will receive their formal notice of allocation on June 30 and will have 180 days from the date of that formal notice to submit their initial proposals describing how they propose to run their grant programs. Eligible entities can begin submitting those plans starting July 1. Once NTIA approves an initial proposal, which will occur on a rolling basis, eligible entities will be permitted to request access to at least 20 percent of their allocated funds.

Once deployment goals are met, any remaining funding can be used to pursue eligible access-, adoption-, and equity-related uses.

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