How Libraries Can Upgrade Their Internet Through the BEAD Program

Schools Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
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Virtual Event

The federal Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program will provide $42 billion to states to improve high-speed internet access for unserved and underserved locations, including libraries. 

But there is a catch. Your library must be on the map as lacking gigabit service to get BEAD funding. Many maps are wrong and miss libraries that need better broadband. Luckily, most states will let libraries file a “challenge” to fix the map.

The SHLB Coalition, ALA, and COSLA will host this webinar to discuss how libraries can challenge their state’s broadband map and qualify for the BEAD program. We will explain the timeline, process, and evidence for a successful challenge and answer your questions.

This webinar is free and open to all library staff, trustees, and advocates.