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Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program

BEAD Initial Proposal Volume 2:

The BEAD Initial Proposal describes to the federal government Vermont's plans to use $229 Million of BEAD (Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment) money available from the federal government. It is broken into two volumes. BEAD Initial Proposal Volume 2 outlines the process Vermont will use to select the Internet Service Providers who will receive BEAD money to build out unserved and underserved addresses and details the requirements these providers must meet to be eligible for funding. It was submitted to the NTIA in November 2023. VCBB is currently awaiting curing requirements from the NTIA. You can read the final version of BEAD submitted to the NTIA below: 

BEAD Initial Proposal Volume 2 Submitted to NTIA November 2023 | Department of Public Service (


BEAD Initial Proposal Volume 1:

BEAD Initial Proposal Volume 1 includes initial identification of unserved and underserved locations​, definition of community anchor institutions, and proposed pre-challenge process location modifications and challenge process to modify the federal mapping data and make it more relevant to Vermont. It was submitted to the NTIA in September 2023, multiple rounds of curing were received, and the version below represents the cured version that was resubmitted to the NTIA in December 2023. Vermont is currently awaiting final approval of Initial Proposal Volume 1 from the NTIA and can begin the statewide BEAD challenge process once this approval is secured. 

BEAD Initial Proposal Volume 1 Cured Version December 2023 | Department of Public Service (


BEAD Five-Year Action Plan:

Vermont BEAD Five-Year Action Plan - The Five-Year Action Plan describes Vermont’s broadband goals and priorities and serves as a comprehensive needs assessment that will inform the State’s Initial Proposal. It was submitted to the NTIA in August and has been accepted by both the NTIA and NIST. 


Other BEAD links: 

View, download, and update data on our new portal. It includes information on underserved and unserved addresses and Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs). CAIs are places that “facilitate greater use of broadband service by vulnerable populations,” such as schools, libraries, health clinics, and many more.

See the results of our public survey.

Vermont BEAD Five-Year Action Plan and Initial Proposal Volume 1 Webinar Summary

Learn more about the BEAD Program and the BEAD NOFO.