The Broadband Opportunities bootcamp introduces cities to the entire ecosystem of federal broadband opportunities, as well as ways cities can engage with the private sector and serve as promoters of household programs. Cities will learn about broadband in their community, identify future opportunities, and do a deep dive into available federal programs, particularly the new Broadband Equity, Access, & Development Program (BEAD), which helps fund opportunities for communities looking to expand high-speed internet access through broadband planning, deployment, mapping, equity, and adoption projects and activities. Download the grant summary.
Peer Learning Sessions (Webinars): Interactive sessions featuring Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on the policy and grant approach, followed by smaller sessions for peer discussions
Coaching Sessions: Smaller sessions that continue to build on specific application questions identified in the peer learning session
Office Hours (Consultant Meetings): Support in the form of designated time slots with our SMEs and your team to address specific questions about your grant application
Navigator Team: Our Navigator team is available to help answer the following kinds of questions:
- Bootcamp timelines
- Bootcamp schedules
- Participation expectations
Our Navigator for this grant is Prashansa Atreay. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Prepare for Success
Download the full outline of the bootcamp schedule, goals, and key steps to ensure you are ready to attend the following courses and successfully prepare and submit your grant application.
Modules and Resources
Cities will access and utilize a data platform providing local statistics on issues ranging from health and housing to local economy and environmental issues, as well as other focused variables relevant to their grant application. This module also includes training on conducting equity analysis and developing a strong, data-driven narrative to complement grant applications.
Engaging the Private Sector
Cities learn about opportunities and best practices for engaging ISPs and other private utilities to advance broadband deployment in their communities.
BEAD Challenge Process
Cities learn about the BEAD challenge process that each state and territory will develop to determine an applicant’s eligibility for funding.
Success Stories and Q&A
Cities learn about projects that have implemented exemplary broadband programs in their communities and have an opportunity to participate in a Q&A to understand the next steps in broadband deployment, including relevant upcoming opportunities for grant funding or state engagement.