The Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program awarded over $1.4B to Virginia to expand broadband access within the Commonwealth. This portal was developed to challenge the FCC BDC coverage map in order for locations that may be incorrectly listed as “served” to be eligible for funding.
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About Elegible Entities

Per BEAD NOFO Guidelines This Challenge portal only allows challenges from an “Eligible Entity” to include: Units of local and tribal government, Non profit organizations, Broadband service providers, Community Anchor Institutions*

Residents can submit challenges through their unit of local government or an Eligible Entity as described above. This unit of local government or nonprofit will then upload the challenges to the state challenge portal, which in turn notifies the broadband provider of the challenge.

*A Community Anchor Institution is defined as: schools, libraries, medical and health care providers, public safety entities, community colleges and other institutions of higher education, and other community support organizations and agencies that provide outreach, access, equipment, and support services to facilitate greater use of broadband service by vulnerable populations, including low income, unemployed, and the aged.”

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