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BEAD Challenge Process

How EducationSuperHighway is working to help states quickly and cost-effectively close the digital divide in affordable multi-dwelling units.

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BEAD can Close the Digital Divide in MDUs

20-25% of the digital divide is concentrated in affordable multi-dwelling units (MDUs). The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Challenge Process allows states to maximize the number of buildings eligible for funding to quickly and cost-effectively close this digital divide.

Ensuring BEAD Achieves Internet For All

Learn why we are participating in all states’ challenge processes to ensure maps reflect MDU connectivity.

3 Challenge Process Recommendations for States

Best practices and examples of how states are making their BEAD Challenge Process more robust.

4 Best Practices For A Successful BEAD Challenge Process

Streamline BEAD Challenge submission and review with these easy-to-implement tips.
Evan Feinman NTIA

“I deeply commend EducationSuperHighway for the work that they've done, both in genuinely helping us improve our policies around the challenge process and also in operationally getting out there in the field and helping us identify these folks in these locations.”

Maximizing BEAD Funding to Connect MDUs

The foundation of the allocation process for states is ensuring the accuracy of the National Broadband Map through a thorough state challenge process.

As part of our nonprofit mission to close this digital divide, EducationSuperHighway’s team has conducted over 10,000 hours of desktop assessments to enhance the list of BEAD-eligible MDUs in every state.

Leveraging BEAD For Free Apartment Wi-Fi Solutions

Modeled after how Wi-Fi is delivered in most hotels today, Free Apartment Wi-Fi programs can connect 6.5 million unconnected people in 4 million households to reliable high-speed home internet.

We partner with states, cities, building owners, and property managers to deploy building-wide Wi-Fi through managed service solutions that are cost-effective and simple to implement for building owners and free to residents.

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