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California Public Utilities Commission to Develop Grant Funding Rules for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program

March 2, 2023

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently announced that it will develop rules for determining grant funding, eligibility, and compliance for funds distributed to California under the federal Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program created under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021.

After receiving BEAD funding from the National Telecommunications Administration, a state may award sub-grants competitively to carry out the following broadband deployment activities: unserved and underserved service projects; projects connecting eligible community anchor institutions; broadband data collection, mapping, and planning; installing internet and wireless infrastructure or providing reduced-cost broadband within a multi-family residential building; broadband adoption programs, and; other activities as determined by the NTIA.

The proceeding opened by CPUC will establish a public forum to develop BEAD Program rules for California. Individuals may monitor the proceeding by subscribing to receive electronic copies of the documents that are published on CPUC’s website. Instructions for enrolling in the subscription service are available on the Commission’s website.

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