National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Infrastructure Program

2021 NTIA Broadband Infrastructure Program Overview (BIP)

  • Part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 – designed to support bridging the digital divide in unserved areas
  • Grants to “covered partnerships” for “covered broadband projects”
  • Covered partnership is a partnership between (A) a State, or political subdivision of a State; and (B) a provider(s) of fixed broadband service
  • Eligible Service Area defined as a census block in which broadband service is not available at one or more locations in the census block
  • Broadband service is defined as a minimum of 25/3 Mpbs
  • 90/10 grant program; 90% grant/10% provider funded
  • $288 million program


Chariton Valley’s Participation in the NTIA Broadband Infrastructure Program

  • Partnered with the State of Missouri who made one application with multiple providers
  • Submitted project applications for 2,047 eligible locations near Hannibal, Palmyra, Clarence and Monroe City
  • Aug 2021 MO Department of Economic Development submitted an application for $56 million for broadband deployment connecting more than 17,000 households, businesses, and other institutions
  • NTIA received over 230 applications, more than $2.5 Billion in funding requests
  • NTIA expects the earliest start date for awards to be November 29, 2021


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