How does the Board determine which applications to fund?

Funding will be prioritized based on a review of the following criteria, the availability of funds and any other information the Board deems pertinent to the funding decision.

  • The applicant has demonstrated that the proposed project is consistent with a regional broadband plan and if applicable, a more detailed sub-regional (city, town or county) plan or the project has been endorsed by local entities.
  • The applicant has demonstrated the project will enhance economic development, telehealth, education and/or public safety.
  • Downstream and upstream service speeds are offered in excess of the minimum.
  • The amount of matching funds in excess of the minimum.
  • Geographic distribution of grant awards with additional consideration to projects in areas that have not received an award from the Broadband Fund.
  • Whether the project will provide services via licensed or unlicensed means of transmission.
  • Whether the project includes network redundancy.
  • The cost-effectiveness of the proposed project’s proposed method for expanding broadband service into unserved areas.
  • The applicant has an established record of operation in the area of the grant application.

All grant awards are subject to an incumbent providers’ right of first refusal.


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