The Office of Broadband Development will carry out an extensive public engagement process as it plans for its Connecting All Missourians programs. These programs will be funded under the Digital Equity Act (DEA) and the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program, both part of the Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act (IIJA). It will inform the state’s plans for spending more than $100 million toward broadband deployment and more than $20 million toward addressing non-infrastructure barriers to full participation in the digital world.
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FCC Broadband Mapping Opportunity
Missourians have until Jan. 13 to file challenges to newly released maps of broadband coverage in time to be considered when determining Missouri’s share of federal broadband funding. The Office of Broadband Development is encouraging Missourians to make sure their homes, businesses, and communities are correctly represented on the maps in order to make sure those locations are eligible for future funding and to make sure the state gets its fair share.
OBD will host a statewide webinar December 16 from 1-2pm for a step-by-step process on how to submit a challenge.
OBD is also interested in identifying areas with large-scale errors for targeted outreach and potential bulk challenges. If you see such areas on the map, or if your organization has access to data that could be used to establish large-scale challenges either in terms of where potentially broadband-serviceable locations are situated or what services are actually available at given locations, email Adam.Thorp@ded.mo.gov.
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The Connecting All Missourians team is continuing the conversation with bi-weekly calls focused on a specific topic. Below is a brief description of the topics to be discussed. You can find a full schedule of calls here.
The Digital Inclusion call will focus specifically on the digital inclusion work/needs of your region and Digital Demonstration Projects, a funding opportunity for digital inclusion programming offered through the Office of Broadband Development. Digital inclusion deals with recognizing and overcoming the non-physical infrastructure barriers to full engagement with broadband. This work typically is centered on three initiatives: getting internet capable devices to those without; reducing cost barriers to getting broadband; and ensuring people have the knowledge and digital skills necessary to fully engage with the internet.
The FCC Map Challenge Process call will focus on recently released FCC maps that will determine both the level of funding the state of Missouri as a whole receives for broadband projects and the eligibility of locations across the state for help getting broadband. Billions of dollars are at stake in the challenge process associated with the map. A preliminary analysis of these maps suggest that each additional location that the state successfully establishes as “unserved” will be worth more than $5,000 to the state in terms of BEAD funding. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, the Office of Broadband Development plans to expand our next round of regional broadband calls from local government leaders in particular to anybody interested in engaging with the challenge process.
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