Broadband Deployment Planning, Design and Implementation
Put New Federal Broadband Funding to Work
With over $42 billion in federal funding available to support broadband deployment, states are quickly moving to draft required plans, meet new deadlines and complete detailed proposals. To help in this process, Principal Infrastructure Policy Consultant Eric Beightel explains the details of this new initiative. He walks through the steps of the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment program, addresses the major challenges that states will face and highlights the most important strategies for states to be efficient in meeting requirements.
Providing Broadband Deployment Assistance at Every Level
Our team of national broadband policy experts have the experience to deliver effective and practical action plans and funding proposals for states, counties, and cities.
- Assessment of existing conditions
- Gap analysis
- Project prioritization
- Long-term planning
With experience in broadband deployments across the U.S., our experts can fill many roles for cities, counties and regions as communities begin deploying technology in their areas.
- Engineering Design
- Construction oversight
- Right of way analysis
- Project management
Every broadband project and every community is different. We work with private telecommunications firms and utility providers to implement solutions tailored for each community.
- Construction assistance
- Public coordination
- Policy review
- Design guidelines
Statewide BEAD Action Plans
The federal Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Program makes a substantial investment in expanding broadband, with $42.5 billion to be made available to states. We can help state agencies navigate the complex program and its strict timeline, including developing BEAD Action Plans, working through the state challenge process, and creation of initial and final implementation proposals. Our GIS and data visualization experts can identify and prioritize communities in need using mapping and spatial analysis. This comprehensive review of project communities on a granular scale is integral to accurately access and convey broadband needs across communities.
State Digital Equity Plans
The $2.75 billion Digital Equity Act provides funding to states to promote digital inclusion, develop digital literacy and improve the lives of communities through greater adoption of broadband services. Our professionals can help states develop the required digital equity plans, complementing work on BEAD action plans and coordinating data and communication needs to efficiently fulfill the programs' requirements and reduce the burden on community stakeholders. At a regional and local level, the same principles apply but the resources are often more constrained. We understand the importance of digital equity and can provide right-sized approaches to help clients understand better the needs of their communities and prepare strategies to address them.
Effectively communicating the importance of bridging the digital divide will be key to maintaining public support for broadband initiatives. Our communications professionals can develop customized presentations, talking points and key information for elected officials and stakeholders. In addition, we can help facilitate direct outreach and education to affected communities, to ensure an equity-driven community engagement approach to projects.
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Technical Expertise for Every Phase of Broadband Deployment
Our planning and data experts provide the insights and strategic advice needed to ensure broadband programs are set up for success, whether preparing environmental reviews or writing grants.
Our technical leaders design innovative solutions to take projects from the drawing board to the field, whether your need is for civil engineering, utility coordination or systems planning.
We provide the experts who ensure that projects are deployed as they should be and continue performing as planned, during and after construction, with procurement development, construction management and ongoing asset management services.
In addition to services for each phase of a program, our experts can assist in overseeing work from start to finish, with help that spans a program's life cycle such as project controls, risk management and strategic communications.