Pertinent Resources, Downloads, Links & Templates
Guidance on what to include in the Five-Year Action Plan to meet the 13 NOFO requirements
Optional template to support each Eligible Entity in capturing notes and developing its BEAD 5YAP.
Eligible Entities that have an existing broadband plan that has been completed in the last 12 months from the date of receipt of Initial Planning Funds should provide an index, crosswalk, or similar document that allows the reader to locate content relevant to the requirements of the NOFO. This document is a sample crosswalk outlining how Eligible Entities may show alignment between their existing broadband plans and the NOFO requirements.
- BEAD/DE Alignment Guide
Guidance on how the BEAD and State Digital Equity Plan requirements work together and how to coordinate activities for both programs.
- Workforce Planning Guide
Guide to assist states/eligible entities in responding to the requirement to development a workforce plan that will meet the needs of the BEAD program.
Permitting & Environmental Review
- Permitting Best Practices: Case Studies
Case studies and examples of streamlining permitting including Broadband Ready Communities, E-Permitting, and Rights-of-Way (ROW).
- Permitting Needs Assessment
Checklist for four major permitting categories including ROW, Pole Attachments, Conduit Access, and Environment Planning/Historic Preservation.
- NEPA Review: Categorical Exclusions
Guidance on NEPA analysis as it relates to categorical exclusions (CATEXs) including the definition, the CATEX review process, CATEX qualifications, and a link to the DOC CATEX list.
- NEPA Review: Environmental Assessments
Guidance on NEPA analysis as it relates to environmental assessments including the definition, preparation steps, best practices, and the review process.
Digital Equity Plan Resources
- Digital Equity Concept to Enablement Workshop
This resource guides digital equity practitioners on discussing digital equity and inclusion as a concept.
- Digital Equity Community Outreach and Engagement Enablement Workshop
This workshop provides guidance to digital equity practitioners on how to convene community stakeholders and have meaningful engagement.
- Digital Equity Guide for States
Ideal for SBOs or anyone new to DE.
- Digital Equity Plan External Best Practices
Includes examples of existing best practices across the country and aligns to each of the DE Plan requirements.
- Digital Equity Asset Mapping Guide
Practical guidelines designed to support asset mapping efforts.
- Digital Equity Needs Assessment Guide
Details how to structure a needs assessment and includes examples from across the country and sample survey questions
- Digital Equity Outcomes and Impacts
This resource highlights the digital equity outcomes as listed in the DE Planning Grant NOFO: health, essential services, employment, civic participation, and education, and connects these outcomes with broadband and digital inclusion statistics as well as stories from individuals experiencing digital inequities.
- Digital Equity in Tribal Communities
This guide shares effective digital inclusion practices in Tribal communities as well as stories sharing the impact of high-speed Internet for two Tribal nations.
- How to Prepare for State Broadband Office Engagement
This is a guide for local and community stakeholders looking to contribute to State Digital Equity and BEAD planning efforts.
- How to Engage With Libraries for SBOs
This resource is intended to help State and Territory broadband offices engage with libraries and describes some of the ways libraries can contribute to our DEA Grant Programs and the BEAD program.