Last update: Dec 27, 2023
The Initial Proposal is an output of the NTIA Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program. It is the “first draft” of the Final Proposal for BEAD grant funding, and, among other things, explains how Hawaiʻi ensures every resident has access to a reliable, affordable, and high-speed broadband connection.
Volume 1 of the Initial Proposal details how Hawaiʻi will execute the BEAD Challenge Process. Notably, this volume also defines community anchor institutions, outlines all Federal funding the State anticipates for broadband related projects, and features the list of unserved and underserved locations considered under the BEAD program.
Volume 2 of the Initial Proposal outlines critical components to the execution of the BEAD program in Hawaiʻi through 2027. This volume includes how funding will be competitively awarded for broadband deployment, the stakeholder engagement process, workforce initiatives, planned expenditures to support the execution of BEAD, and more.
Submit Public Comment
The UH Broadband Office (UHBO) thanks all those who submitted public comment of the BEAD Initial Proposal draft. The official public comment period for the Hawaiʻi BEAD Initial Proposal closed on December 10, 2023. The UHBO is currently reviewing and considering public comments for inclusion in the Initial Proposal. In the meantime, a list of all those who submitted public comment, as well as a document of all received public comments, are available below.
The UHBO submitted the final drafts of the Initial Proposal on December 26, 2023, which include any public comments that were included in the final submission to the NTIA. Feedback on the Initial Proposal will continue to be accepted, with a chance for consideration in subsequent BEAD outputs, and may be issued:
- Via email to email@example.com
- Via telephone at 808-956-6602
- In writing via mail to:
Information Technology Center Attn: Susan Hirai 2520 Correa Road 4th floor Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Initial Proposal Supplemental Documents
Unserved & Underserved Location Files
Jun 2023 version
Dec 2022 version
Community Anchor Institutions
Community Anchor Institutions by County