Oregon Seeks Planning Consultant for federal Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program and Digital Equity

Business Oregon is seeking a consultant (or team) to complete several projects necessary for Oregon's participation in new federal programs to develop highspeed broadband internet access and digital literacy and adoption. The selected party will conduct robust community engagement and data collection, as well as prepare a number of plans which are listed below:

  1. 5-Year Action Plan in alignment with the federal Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program.
  2. Statewide Digital Equity Plan to serve as a benchmark and a roadmap for achieving statewide digital equity to meet the requirements established by NTIA’s Notice of Funding Opportunity.
  3. Initial Proposal to NTIA for Oregon’s implementation of BEAD.
  4. Final Proposal for BEAD.

This contract is anticipated to last approximately four years. The projects listed above must be completed for Oregon to maximize its share of the largest ever federal investment in broadband deployment and digital equity initiatives. Applications are due by December 19, 2022.