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The Broadband Deployment Board invites the public to participate in the process of granting funds to qualified Broadband Fund applicants. All applications will be posted on this website and, during a defined 45-day period, any member of the public is welcome to submit comments for consideration. 

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Respond to Applications

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The Broadband Deployment Board will accept written comments on applications during a 45-day comment period. Comments may be submitted by local governments, incumbent providers and the public. Comments received during the 45-day comment period will be considered by the Board when making funding decisions. If an applicant is seeking certification from a local entity that the application area is unserved, the written certification must be submitted to the Board before the expiration of the 45-day comment period. 

Broadband Fund Comment Form

 

View Appeal Policy (Effective November 2021), and download the Appeal Form here.

What can or cannot be appealed?

The decision to award funds (or not award funds) to a particular applicant is not appealable. Aggrieved parties may only appeal a decision by the Board that an individual applicant is eligible for grant funds.

What can be appealed by the applicant?:

  • Their application meeting the minimum requirements;
  • The qualification of a party as an incumbent provider for the purpose of exercising the right of first refusal; or
  • The Board’s determination that an incumbent provider can provide substantially the same level of service for the purpose of awarding a right of first refusal.

What can be appealed by a provider of a broadband network?:

  • A project that received an initial grant award and that the provider of a broadband network alleges will overbuild the provider’s broadband network.

What can be appealed by an incumbent broadband provider?:

  • Whether an area covered by an application does not meet the definition of unserved area, including because federal support improves a broadband network for service areas within the application area that are adjacent to the area receiving federal funds.

What can be appealed by an incumbent provider that submitted a right of first refusal written plan?:

  • The qualification as an incumbent provider for the purpose of exercising the right of first refusal; or
  • The Board’s determination that an incumbent provider can provide substantially the same level of service for the purpose of awarding a right of first refusal.

 

When can appeals be submitted?

An appeal shall be made in writing within (10) ten calendar days of the Board’s public notice on its website of a determination.

 

How to submit an appeal:  

  • Before the 10 day appeal submission deadline, fill out the Appeal Form; include any additional documentation you wish the board to consider when reviewing your appeal.
  • Submit any presentation materials two weeks prior to the Appeal Hearing.
  • Present your case for appeal and prepare for the BDB to ask questions pertaining to your presentation.

 

Review the Right of First Refusal Policy (Final Aug 2018)

After the Board’s determination to award grant funds to an eligible applicant, an incumbent provider may exercise a right of first refusal. Multiple incumbents may submit a joint right of first refusal notice and written plan.

Steps:

  1. The incumbent provider exercising a right of first refusal shall provide in writing a notice of intent to exercise the right of first refusal within (10) ten calendar days of the Board’s public posting on its website of the issuance of the Board’s grant funding determination.

    Intent to Exercise a Right of First Refusal Form
     
  2. Within (20) twenty calendar days of the date in which the notice was filed, the incumbent provider shall provide the Board with a written plan of how, within one year, the incumbent provider will provide the same or substantially the same level of broadband service to the same unserved areas that are to be served by the applicant.

    Written Plan Form and attachments