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Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD)

The BEAD program includes $42 billion for high-speed Internet access. This federal grant program, funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act goal is to provide universal internet by funding partnerships between states or territories, communities, and stakeholders to build infrastructure where needed to and increase adoption of high-speed internet. BEAD prioritizes unserved locations that have no internet access or that only have access under 25/3 Mbps and underserved locations only have access under 100/20 Mbps.

The National Telecommunication Information and Administration allocated $451 million dollars in Kansas to address the digital divide. The Broadband Equity Access and Deployment 5–Year Action Plan along with Volume 1 and Volume 2 have identified served, unserved, and underserved locations across the state. The 5-Year Action Plan addresses the “what” KOBD will be doing, and Volume 1 and Volume 2 address the “how” it will happen and how KOBD will address the digital divide.

BEAD Applicant Resources

BEAD Infrastructure Applicant Information (portal + documents + PFAs)

Pre-Registration

KDC Grant Portal & BEAD Registration User Guide

Registrants are encouraged to use this guide to pre-register via the portal.

Required Forms

These forms must be used by registrants for required files that will be uploaded as part of the registration. Please refer to the Guide for instructions on filling out and renaming these files.

Preliminary Project Funding Areas (pending approval from NTIA)

Please find the preliminarily list of eligible Broadband Serviceable Locations (BSLs) and their designated PFA located here. This is a preliminary .csv file that will be downloaded to your computer. As a reminder, these “areas” are more accurately described as “lists” of eligible BSLs.

PFA Preview Webinar

Grant Applications

Resources

Local and Tribal Coordination
Approved V2 indicates that evidence must consist of meeting minutes, attendee lists and discussion items like those contained in the NTIA Local Coordination Tracker. Below is a link to the NTIA website that houses the Local Coordination Tracking Tool.

BEAD Applicant Technical Assistance (webinars + guides)

BEAD Applicant: Technical Assistance

KOBD will provide webinars and technical assistance opportunities to pre-register for BEAD. We anticipate the portal for preregistration to open May 13th and the first 45-day application window to tentatively open July 8th. Webinars will be recorded and posted here.

Pre-Registration Portal Webinar

PFA Preview Webinar

Resources

PFAs, Registration & Application Questions
Email: [email protected] 
Monitored: Weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CDT unless extended hours are posted by exception 

  • Communications must be from lead applicant
  • Subject must include the applicant’s unique registration number 
  • Emails sent directly to KOBD, or other state staff will be forwarded to the BEAD inbox for tracking and transparency
  • Emails and responses will be archived and used for a BEAD website FAQ 

Salesforce Support Request
Email: [email protected]   
Monitored: Weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CDT 
Emails received outside this timeframe will be responded to on the next business day   

  • Use Pre-registration BEAD for the email subject line 
  • Body of the email should include a description of the activity you were attempting to complete including any error messages received.  Attaching screenshots of any error messages received is encouraged.   
High-Cost Areas

High-Cost Areas

NTIA defined “high cost” using a cost model that incorporates an area’s remoteness, population density, topography, and poverty levels, and measures costs over the life of the network. NTIA defined “area” to mean census block groups. View NTIA Website here.

Suspected Fraud, Waste or Abuse

Reporting Information

To report suspected fraud, waste or abuse contact the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General Office of Investigations.

For more information, please visit the Office of Inspector General with the Department of Commerce here.

Resources (permitting,regional planning,more)

Permitting

Regional Planning and Community Engagement

BEAD Resources from Partners

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Challenge Resources

Challenge Process Information

Challenge Process Information

Based on Initial Proposal Volume 1 Transparency Plan (page 15), KOBD will post publicly all submitted challenges and rebuttals publicly before final challenge determinations are made, with the following information:

  1. The provider, nonprofit, or unit of local government that submitted the challenge,
  2. The census block group containing the challenged BSL,
  3. The provider being challenged,
  4. The type of challenge (e.g., availability or speed), and
  5. A summary of the challenge, including whether a provider submitted a rebuttal.

KOBD will not publicly post any personally identifiable information (PII) or proprietary information, including subscriber names, street addresses or customer IP addresses. To ensure all PII is protected, KOBD will remove any PII from all challenges and rebuttals prior to posting. Also, guidance will be provided to all challengers on which information may be posted publicly. The following list encompasses all Challenges submitted, but not all submitted Challenges listed were approved to go to Rebuttal. Please find all submitted challenges available for download here.

KOBD received approval from the NTIA on our Initial Proposal Volume 1 and continues to move through the challenge process.

The official Challenge Process ran from NOON CT on Friday, December 15 until Sunday, January 14 at 5:00 p.m. CT.

The Four Phases of the Challenge Process:

  • Publish List of Eligible locations
  • Accept Challenges
  • Solicit Rebuttals
  • Final Determination

Eligible Challenging Entities include:

  • Tribal or Local Governments
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Internet Service Providers

Location Info:

  • This list is based on Version 2 of the National Broadband Availability map with iterative updates as of November 7th. Version 3 will be used in the final deduplication. 
  • KOBD performed: Technology/DSL Modifications, Speed Test Modifications, and Deduplication using the NTIA Toolkit as specified in BEAD Initial Proposal Volume 1.

Post Deduplication Process: KOBD will use the NTIA Toolkit and deduplicate our current state grant programs, LINC, BAG 3.0, and the federal Enhanced Alternative Connect America Cost Model (EACAM), that may be awarded and/or contracted during the Challenge Process. Enforceable Commitment Challenges for these program locations are not necessary.

License Reminder: Licenses are required when using the pre-populated templates of locational information from the challenge portal and will support submitting a challenge on many locations at once.

Eligible challenging entities (tribal/local government, nonprofits and internet service providers) can apply for licenses from CostQuest, at no cost. Learn more from this NTIA webpage here.

The official challenge process was outlined in Volume 1 of the Initial Proposal and required the process be transparent, evidence based and expedient.

Challenge Resources

Challenge Process OverviewVolume 1 -Full Document
Acceptable EvidenceNTIA Document
Data LicensesNTIA Webpage on CostQuest Licensing
Challenge Portal GuidelinesKOBD Challenge Portal Guideline Document
Challenge Portal – WebsiteChallenge Portal – Website
Challenge Webinars

Webinar Links

Below you will find links to webinars KOBD hosted along with information on upcoming webinars.

Challenge FAQ’s
  1. What does this BSL data provided include? These .csv files containing the BSL locations linked for public comment were provided specifically from the NTIA. This data does not reflect all areas with enforceable commitments. This work will be done via a process called deduplication. KOBD is awaiting the tool from NTIA to complete this.
  2. What is the update to the RDOF awards for challenge purposes? Any area that received federal or state monies and will meet the 100/20 speeds for qualified broadband service under BEAD are not eligible for BEAD money. Thus, already awarded areas will be removed in the BEAD deduplication process. The deduplication process is where broadband serviceable locations are identified and removed, thereby making them ineligible for funding under BEAD.
  3. Will there be a chance for the Kansas Office of Broadband Development to advocate federally? Yes. There will continue to be periodic opportunities for eligible entities such as state governments to provide public comment to the FCC and NTIA. There are also informal opportunities for feedback to be provided to relevant federal agencies.
  4. Can we assume, then, that all BSLs with “2” in the “Final_Eligibility” field are considered already served, and barring any future changes to this status, these BSLs will be categorically excluded from all applications in the upcoming BEAD program? Up to 20% of the BSLs in a Project Area can be served.  However, the cost of the Project Area would be limited only to those BSLs that are unserved (0) or underserved (1) in the Final_Eligibility field.  KOBD would not explicitly fund served (2) locations.
  5. Deduplication: Identify broadband serviceable locations that are subject to enforceable commitments and remove those locations from having the status of “eligible.”
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Initial Proposal Volume 2

KOBD encouraged residents, community organizations, businesses, and local authorities, to participate in the public comment period for Volume 2 of the Initial Proposal. The document adheres to NTIA guidelines and includes a description of each requirement along with attachments, available for public inspection and comments.

Volume 2 outlines defined objectives for broadband infrastructure projects, transparent subgrantee selection processes and the active participation of eligible entities, all aimed at providing affordable broadband service options to residents.

Additional components of Volume 2 include:

  • Plans for equipping the workforce with the necessary skills and resources to support broadband infrastructure development.
  • Initiatives to promote the inclusion of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) in broadband projects.
  • Strategies for identifying and mitigating cost-related barriers to broadband deployment.
  • Consideration of the environmental impact of broadband projects and efforts to minimize their carbon footprint.
  • An outline of the regulatory approach to be taken by eligible entities in support of broadband infrastructure development.

You can learn more from this Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Volume 2 Resources

Public Comment Dates

Volume 2: The public comment period was open for thirty (30) days and closed on November 12, 2023.

Volume 2 Public Comments Received

Volume 2 Public Comments

Comment NumberNameOrganization Represented (as applicable)Documented Comment
1Michael SperryLink to PDF
2Jill KuehnyKanOklaLink to PDF
3Jill JuehnyLink to PDF
4Friday OtuyaLink to PDF
5Friday OtuyaNex-TechLink to PDF
6Randy HoffmanWheat State TechnologiesLink to PDF
7Brian ThreadgoldLink to PDF
8Justin StegemanLink to PDF
9Mike ReganTelecommunications Industry Assocation Link to PDF
10Erin WaitzUScellularLink to PDF
11B Lynn FollansbeeUSTelecom – The Broadband AssocationLink to PDF
12Pamela SherwoodConnect Holding II LLC d/b/a/BrightspeedLink to PDF
13Gabriel MoranTarana Wireless, IncLink to PDF
14Stephen DuerstKansas Cable Telecommunications Association Link to PDF
15Carlee ParkerIdeaTekLink to PDF
16Randall SandoneCritical Infrastructure Resilience Institute – University of IllinoisLink to PDF
17Benjamin AronCTIA – The Wireless AssociationLink to PDF
18Jenny MillerEducationSuperhighwayLink to PDF
19Leslie ScottKC Digital DriveLink to PDF & Link to Supporting Document
20Lori AdamsNokiaLink to PDF
21Doug AdamsThinkLink to PDF
22Jim JamisonAT&TLink to PDF and Link to Additional Document
23Andrew MincheffINCOMPASLink to PDF
Resources
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Initial Proposal Volume 1

The document adheres to NTIA guidelines and includes a description of each requirement along with attachments, available for public inspection and comments.

KOBD used your input to update the BEAD-IP, Volume 1, which focuses on existing funding, unserved and underserved locations, community anchor institutions (CAI), and a challenge process that will follow the approval of this plan. A second volume of the BEAD-IP can be found below addresses other NTIA requirements such as the subgrantee selection process. You can learn more from this Notice of Funding Opportunity.

For easy reference these are the sections of Volume 1 that have been revised:

  • Requirement 3: Added language in the Existing Broadband Funding
  • Requirement 6: Provided some additional detail in the Community Anchor Institutions
  • Requirement 7: Refined language and expanded detail about pre-challenge modifications in the Challenge Process
  • Full Document: Aligned attachments with the NTIA template formats and made some additions…

You can view the full document by clicking the button below.

Volume 1 Resources

Learn More about Volume 1

To learn more about the challenge process and requirements please see document from National Telecommunications Information and Administration (NTIA)

  • Existing Broadband Efforts Guidance: Find on pages 11-12 of the document referenced above
  • Unserved and Underserved Kansans Guidance: Find on page 13 of the document referenced above
  • Community Anchor Institution (CAI) Guidance: Find on pages 14 -17 of the document referenced above
  • BEAD Model Challenge Process Guidance: Find on pages 18 -26 of the document referenced above
Public Comment Dates

Volume 1: The public comment period was open for thirty (30) days and was extended to 5:00 p.m. (CT) September 5, 2023.

Public Comment Dates

Volume 1: The public comment period was open for thirty (30) days and was extended to 5:00 p.m. (CT) September 5, 2023.

Volume 1 Public Comments Received

Volume 1 Public Comments

Comment NumberNameOrganization Represented (as applicable)Documented Comment
1Laura MusilBlue Rapids Community Action TeamLink to PDF
2Laura MusilBlue Rapids Community Action TeamLink to PDF
3David MillerNALink to PDF
4Troy SmithNALink to PDF
5Steve McClintockNALink to PDF
6Nasha LeeNALink to PDF
7Courtney HowellNALink to PDF
8Darrin HiebertNALink to PDF
9Carol PhelpsNALink to PDF
10Steve KibbeeNALink to PDF
11Cindy PriceNALink to PDF
12Cole HerderCity of HumboldtLink to PDF
13Cole HerderCity of HumboldtLink to PDF
14Deb MinklerRawlins County Economic DevelopmentLink to PDF
15Douglas LawsonNALink to PDF
16Katie EisenhourScott County Development Committee – on behalf of Scott City and Scott County in their entiretyLink to PDF
17Alisha HerrmannEdwards County Medical CenterLink to PDF
18Rick PetersonKansas State Research and Extension (KSRE) Link to PDF
19Janet McRaeNALink to PDF
20Jenny MillerEducationSuperHighwayLink to PDF
21Chris BreedenNALink to PDF
22Becki RegierHome Communications, Inc.Link to PDF
23Chris BreedenKansas Cable Telecommunications Association (KCTA)Link to PDF
24Stephen DuerstNALink to PDF
25Pamela SherwoodConnect Holding II LLC d/b/a BrightspeedLink to PDF
26Anthony TateCompudoptLink to PDF
27Marlene Nagel
Mid-America Regional CouncilLink to PDF
28Nathan Madden
Health Forward FoundationLink to PDF
29John Reardon
NALink to PDF
30David Norlin
NALink to PDF
31Stephen DuerstKansas Cable Telecommunications Association (KCTA)

Link to PDF
32Jim Jamison
AT&TLink to PDF
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“My administration is committed to ensuring every Kansan, regardless of their zip code, has access to fast and
reliable internet connectivity, bringing additional economic growth, educational opportunities, and telehealth
services. This funding advances our progress toward being a top 10 state for broadband access by 2030.”

Governor Laura Kelly

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