Broadband Fund: 2024 Grant Cycle

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The Broadband Deployment Board (BDB) typically runs two cycles per year; however, due to the nature of the sunset in September 2024 the BDB is not going to complete two full cycles before its expiration on September 30, 2024.

To compensate for not having two full cycles, staff is proposing one final cycle to take place with two reviews to ensure all remaining funds, including the High Cost Support Mechanism deposit scheduled for July, are awarded. A few key points:

  • BDB staff will host a webinar on December 14, 2023 introducing the new cycle timeline.
  • Application deadline is February 15, 2024.
  • The BDB will operate under normal application review procedures, except for the following suggestions:
  • If there are funds remaining after the award of grant funds, applicants not funded under the first cohort review will be invited to resubmit an updated application for a second cohort review in order to meet the Boards approval.
  • Eligible resubmissions will be for applicants not meeting minimum requirements, with the exception of not meeting minimum requirement A.
  • The Board will work with staff and the GIS team to re-review coverage data to determine if an update needs to be made.
  • Staff are considering a request for Fabric ID locations in addition to the address list in order to better determine actual locations being submitted. 

CBO Maps will be updated prior to the Application Window using data from the current FCC Broadband Data Collection and state and federal funding commitments. Unserved locations will be identified on the maps to ensure there is no overlap with other enforceable funding commitments. The draft timeline below is subject to approval by the BDB but we do invite comments on what this could look like. Any input or suggestions can be sent to

Staff is also eliciting feedback at the BDB 2024 Grant Cycle - Open Discussion on October 31, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. You can attend by using the following video link:

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Date Milestone


2024 Final Grant Cycle Webinar (2 months prior to application deadline)


2024 Final Grant Application Deadline (11:59 p.m. MT)


Public comments period opens (45 days)


BDB Meeting - Refresher to review and take policy questions before application review


Public comments period closes - All public comments, Responses and Right of First Refusals (filed by incumbents) must have been submitted


HB-1137 Certification Submission Deadline


Public comments are posted to website and applicants are notified of any comments posted regarding their application


Applicants may submit a one-page reply to a comment regarding their application


BDB Meeting - Applicant and any party who filed Response or Notice of RoFR may appear and present. Review of Minimum Requirements


BDB Meeting - Initial Application Review


Minimum Requirements (MR) decisions are posted to website and shared with applicants


Deadline for applicants to submit an appeal against a Board Decision


BDB Meeting - Appeals & Award Criteria Review


Final Decisions and set-aside list of Applications that did not meet Minimum Requirements are posted to website and shared with applicants


Staff will send draft agreements to new grantees (14 days from award decisions)


​If remaining grant funds after first cohort, resubmission Deadline for Applicants not meeting MR, other than A


RoFR Written Proposal Submission Deadline (20 days after final written decisions)


BDB Meeting - RoFR Hearing (if applicable)


Final written decisions on ROFR are posted to website (if applicable)


BDB Meeting - Updated Application Review


Final written decisions are posted to website (if applicable)


Final written decisions are posted to website (if applicable)


1st Cohort Grant Agreements must be finalized and executed by all parties


2nd Cohort Grant Agreements must be finalized and executed by all parties

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