The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is a monumental legislation that was passed by the US Congress in November 2021, providing $1.2 trillion in funding for nationwide infrastructure projects. One of the key areas of focus within the IIJA is broadband infrastructure, recognizing the vital importance of reliable internet access in today’s digital age. The IIJA includes the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program, which specifically allocates $40 billion for broadband infrastructure projects.
At Grow Associates, we specialize in providing planning and support services to public and private sector organizations seeking to benefit from the BEAD program under the IIJA. Our dedicated team diligently coordinates efforts among various stakeholders, including different levels of government, private sector partners, and community organizations. Through fostering collaboration and engagement, we conduct comprehensive assessments and develop strategic plans tailored to the specific needs of our clients.
Our approach involves identifying areas where broadband access is lacking or inadequate, particularly in underserved and unserved communities. Through thorough analysis and consultation with local communities and stakeholders, we pinpoint the most critical areas of need. Based on this assessment, we develop project proposals that align with the objectives of the BEAD program and address the unique challenges of each community.
Securing funding and resources is a crucial aspect of our services. We assist our clients in navigating the complex landscape of funding opportunities and provide support in securing the necessary resources to implement broadband infrastructure projects. Our expertise in this area ensures that our clients can effectively access the available funding under the BEAD program and maximize their impact.
Most importantly, our focus extends beyond the mere provision of broadband access. We recognize that digital equity is an integral component of broadband infrastructure initiatives. Thus, we emphasize the importance of investing in digital literacy programs and workforce development initiatives to ensure that communities can fully leverage the benefits of high-speed internet. By empowering individuals with the skills and knowledge to utilize digital technologies effectively, we contribute to bridging the digital divide and promoting inclusive growth.