Shovel-Ready and Sustainable: Planning Broadband Builds that BEAD Will Fund

Coverage is just one of the metrics states must use when evaluating BEAD proposals. These projects also need permits in place to secure approval, and this can require an investment of time and money with community partners and stakeholders. Projects also need to show a path to financial sustainability. This requires community buy-in so that take rates will pencil out. Some providers will bid to connect dozens or even hundreds of underserved communities, raising the question of whether community engagement playbooks can scale or will need to be rewritten in almost every environment. This panel will explore best practices for ensuring that broadband network designs incorporate the interests of the disparate communities they are meant to serve.

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