Remember Baller Stokes & Lide? And their awesome daily email of broadband stories? Well, Jim Baller, Sean Stokes and Casey Lide have joined Keller and Heckman, LLP, as Partners and their daily email has been rebranded as Keller and Heckman. And they remain generous as ever sharing their Overview of Broadband Funding Opportunities in the COVID-19 Relief Act. Here are the highlights of the overview – visit the website to dig into the details.
- Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Grants (NTIA): $300 million grant program for broadband projects by “covered partnerships” in eligible service areas. The term “covered partnership” is defined to mean (a) a State or one or more political subdivisions, and (b) a provider of fixed broadband service.
- Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grants (NTIA): $1 billion grant program for broadband infrastructure deployment, broadband affordability programs, distance learning, telehealth, and broadband adoption activities on Tribal land.
- Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (FCC): $3.2 billion for an Emergency Broadband Benefit Program providing a reimbursement subsidy for the provision of broadband service and associated equipment to qualified households in the form of a monthly discount not to exceed $50 ($75 for an eligible household on Tribal land).
- Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program(NTIA): $285 million for grants to minority institutions, organizations, and consortia to support broadband development and adoption.
- COVID-19 Telehealth Program(FCC): An additional $250 million to the existing FCC Telehealth Program.
- Amendments to Secure and Trusted Networks ReimbursementProgram (“Rip and Replace”): $1.9 billion allocated to fully fund the program. Adopted various amendments relating to reimbursement for providers obligated to remove and replace covered communications equipment.