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Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD)

The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program requires each state to submit a five-year plan and an Initial Proposal that is broken up into Volume 1 and Volume 2 which shares information regarding preparations for BEAD funding. The BEAD NOFO details the information to be provided, including but not limited to, the structure and activities of the state broadband office (BEAM), current and projected funding sources, data collection strategies, partnerships, alignment with other state agencies, stakeholder engagement strategies, identification of barriers and obstacles to service, key implementation strategies, expected costs, and a timeline for universal service.


BEAD Challenge Process

Click here to view the Challenge Process Timeline.

BEAM is required to run a Challenge Process to update the current Mississippi broadband map to ensure all unserved and underserved locations are accurately represented before awarding any BEAD funding.

Information provided by individuals will be submitted by local governments, nonprofits, and providers as an official challenge. BEAM will be hosting two webinars to provide more context and instructions on how to submit challenges.

Please register at the link below if you would like to join us for the upcoming webinar. Once you have registered, you will receive a verification email as well as reminders in the days leading up to the webinar. 

Webinar Registration Link:

Thursday, June 27th @ 1:30 pm - https://hornellp.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZoAL0eXNTP-DLFDo-VktjA

The webinar recording from June 20, 2024, is available here


Mississippi's 5-year Plan

The 5-year plan includes strategies and variables that will necessarily change over the course of BEAD implementation. BEAM anticipates updating the plan as new information becomes available. The public comment period closed at 12:00 pm on September 25, 2023.

Mississippi's 5-year Plan as submitted to NTIA


The Initial Proposal Volume 1 includes a listing of unserved, underserved, community anchor institutions, and existing federal funding sources for broadband expansion and access in Mississippi. As required by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Volume 1 also provides details about Mississippi's plan to conduct a fair and transparent challenge process. Local units of government, non-profit organizations, and internet service providers are eligible to challenge whether a location is served or not. The 30-day public comment period is now closed after running from October 12 through November 13, 2023. 

Mississippi BEAD Draft Initial Proposal Volume 1 for Public Comment

Attachment A: Existing Broadband Funding Sources

Attachment B: unserved.csv

Attachment C: underserved.csv

Attachment D: cai.csv

To visualize the unserved, underserved, and locations that already have dedicated federal funds a link to BEAM's BEAD Map is below:

BEAD Map

Volume 1 as submitted to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration 

Volume 1 as approved by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Intake Summary as approved by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration


The Draft Initial Proposal Volume 2 details the process and scoring that Mississippi will use in subgrantee selection, along with additional requirements and certifications contained in the federal BEAD Notice of Funding Opportunity. The BEAD NOFO and Volume 2 guidance can be found at BroadbandUSA.gov. The period of public comment for Volume 2 was open from November 1, 2023,through December 1, 2023. BEAM has reviewed all comments and incorporated changes as appropriate prior to the submission of Mississippi’s final combined Initial Proposal.

Mississippi BEAD Draft Initial Proposal Volume 2 for Public Comment

Exhibit A:  Local Coordination Documentation Tracker

Exhibit B:  Letter to Chief Cyrus Ben

Exhibit C:  Report to NTIA on 5/9/23 meeting with Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Exhibit D:  Priority Broadband Projects Scoring Rubric

Exhibit E:  Other Last Mile Broadband Projects Scoring Rubric

Exhibit F:  Broadband Expansion and Accessibility Act of Mississippi

Volume 2 as submitted to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration *

*BEAM has submitted Volume 2 and is undergoing the curing process with NTIA. Once approved, BEAM will post a final version.

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