BEAD Program: A Framework to Allocate Funding for Broadband Availability - Version 3.1

An ACA Connects-cartesian Study | July 18, 2023

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’s $42.5B Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program holds out tremendous opportunity to close the broadband availability gap.  To assist States and Territories and ACA Connects Members in seizing that opportunity, ACA Connects has once again joined with the business consulting firm Cartesian – this time to develop a framework for how each State and Territory can spend BEAD funds on fixed broadband – principally fiber -- projects to connect their unserved and underserved locations.

Our framework includes both a national analysis and an analysis for each State where we use the latest data to estimate the number of unserved and underserved locations and the amount of BEAD funding that will be allocated to each jurisdiction, and then, using Cartesian’s proprietary and detailed model, we develop fixed broadband deployment scenarios using that funding and matching funds from providers. 

Version 3.1 includes new reports for each State that take into account the actual funding allocations announced by NTIA. In addition, Version 3.0 of our national framework includes an analysis of how continued broadband deployment—using private capital as well as funding from other programs—will reduce the number of locations that require BEAD support. We believe our framework will give States and Territories a head start in developing plans to award funds for fixed broadband deployment projects to capable and experienced providers. 

Further, ACA Connects will stay involved to support your efforts and to update our analysis as new information becomes available.  So, please contact us at any time. You can reach out to ACA Connects Chief Regulatory Counsel Brian Hurley at [email protected].

State/Territory Funding Framework

Submit your questions regarding the BEAD Program: A Framework to Allocate Funding for Broadband Availability study to [email protected].