ArizonaBroadband Equity, Access & Deployment Program
Arizona's Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program is the largest broadband investment in the state's history with the principal objective of universal broadband access for all.
- Ensures high-speed internet is available to every household, business, anchor institution and community within the state.
- Promotes equity and digital inclusion.
- Improves Arizona's broadband ecosystem, integrating with the Statewide Middle-Mile Strategic Program and other federal funding programs.
- Enhances and coordinates Arizona's broadband related investments with other investments in social programs, education, and economic equity and development.
UPCOMING BEAD WEBINARS
The ACA State Broadband Office is hosting a virtual monthly roundtable discussions for Tribes, Local Government, and Internet Service Providers. These monthly roundtable meetings will be used to make introductions, provide context and background, highlight major policy decision points and conduct brief discussions regarding BEAD.
BEAD FIVE-YEAR ACTION PLAN
Arizona's vision is to provide dependable and affordable high-speed internet services to every community and access to the necessary digital skills, so every resident can fully participate in a digital world. The BEAD Five-Year Action Plan serves as a guide to achieving the following:
- Provide universal connectivity to unserved and underserved areas and ensure high speed internet access is available to every household, business, anchor institution, Tribal Nations and community in Arizona.
- Promote digital equity and inclusion through increased digital skills and access to devices for all Arizona residents including Tribal Nations and their members.
- Create a 21st century workforce so Arizonans and Tribal Nations can succeed in the rapidly evolving job market where the state creates, grows and attracts high wage businesses to increase economic development.
- Coordinate broadband infrastructure investments with investments in
healthcare, education, public safety, workforce and economic development statewide and on tribal lands.
- Promote broadband service pricing that is affordable to all Arizonans including Tribal Nations and their members.
BEAD INITIAL PROPOSAL, VOLUME I
The Arizona Commerce Authority is pleased to release for public comment Volume I of the Initial Proposal for the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program.
Volume I outlines existing broadband funding within Arizona, the list of the locations designated as unserved and underserved in the FCC National Broadband Map, Arizona's Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) as defined by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the proposed plan for the BEAD challenge process.
BEAD INITIAL PROPOSAL, VOLUME II
The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is pleased to release for public comment Volume II of the Initial Proposal for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program.
Volume II outlines the long-term objectives for deploying broadband, closing the digital divide, addressing access, affordability, equity, and adoption issues, and enhancing economic growth and job creation including information developed in the Five-Year Action Plan.
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