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Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program and Digital Equity Act

VCBB Calls for Public Comment on Draft Broadband Plans


Current comment period: Draft BEAD Initial Proposal Volume 2Volume 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.

Please submit comments to by 11:59pm on October 15, 2023.

If you would like to set up a meeting with the VCBB to discuss your comments during or after the public comment period, please email

How to comment:

Email, Call (800) 622-4496, Write to VCBB, 112 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620.

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.

The 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 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. Vermont's Digital Equity Plan will be available for public comment this fall.

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


Digital Equity

We Want to Hear from You

We are accepting input to help shape Vermont's draft Digital Equity plan. Fill out our Request for Input

“This is Vermont’s opportunity to build out broadband and do it right, and we want to hear from you. We are asking for your input and ideas on how we can ensure digital equity for all Vermonters so our investments benefit everyone in our state,” said Governor Phil Scott.

Digital equity is defined as a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy, and economy. Digital equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services.

If you would like to share your experience with internet access, the digital divide, and/or have ideas about how to ensure digital equity, you can email your comments to, write to us at VCBB, 112 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620, or call us (800) 622-4496.

Anyone in need of accessibility accommodations should contact Alex Jeffery at (908) 337-8198 or