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Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program

BEAD Initial Proposal

The South Carolina Office of Broadband Coordinator, more commonly known as the South Carolina Broadband Office (SCBBO), within the Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS), seeks public comment regarding Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Initial Proposal.  The BEAD Initial Proposal is a requirement toward obtaining an additional $551.5 million for investment in Broadband deployment projects throughout the State from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Requirements pertaining to the BEAD program are outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

The SCBBO has developed a Five-Year Action Plan which served as a launching point for the development of these initial proposals. Volume 1 and Volume 2 initial proposals focus on detailing the SCBBO’s comprehensive approach toward administering South Carolina’s BEAD Grant Program.

This document follows a template provided by the NTIA for compilation of Volume 1 and Volume 2 initial proposals. For ease of use and overall readability of this document, template questions and guidance from the NTIA are italicized, blue and bold text represents SCBBO draft responses.

As part of the State’s formal vetting process, a 30-day comment period has been initiated. It begins on October 30, 2023, and ends on November 30, 2023. The public is encouraged to review and comment on this document by filling out the comment form located at:

Properly submitted comments will be reviewed, aggregated, and may be used to further refine Volume 1 and/or Volume 2 of the draft initial proposals prior to final submission of this document to the NTIA. The BEAD Initial Proposal is due to NTIA no later than December 27, 2023.

Note:  The SC Broadband Office (SCBBO) hosted a virtual BEAD Initial Proposal Informational Session on November 8, 2023.  The SCBBO provided an overview of the BEAD Program, including highlights on key topics for consideration during the 30-day comment period.  

BEAD Initial Proposal - Volume 1 and Attachments

South Carolina BEAD Initial Proposal Volume 1 Draft (PDF)

1.1.1 Existing Broadband Funding Sources (PDF)

1.2.1 Unserved Broadband Serviceable Locations (PDF)

1.2.2 Underserved Broadband Serviceable Locations (PDF)

1.3.2 Community Anchor Institutions (PDF)

1.4.5 Deduplication of Funding Programs (PDF)

Comment Form

BEAD Initial Proposal - Volume 2 and Attachments

South Carolina BEAD Initial Proposal Volume 2 Draft (PDF) Eligible Entity Regulatory Approach (PDF) Local Coordination Tracker (PDF) ORS BEAD Tribal Consultation (PDF)

2.4.11 SCBBO NTIA Line of Credit Waiver Request (PDF) Subgrantee Selection Scoring Rubric (PDF)

2.4.9 SCBBO NTIA Extremely High Cost Waiver Request (PDF)

2.6 Eligible Entity Implementation Activities Attachments (PDF)

Comment Form

BEAD Planning Documents

BEAD Five-Year Action Plan (PDF)

Information for Community Support Organizations

Memo to Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) (PDF)

BEAD Community Anchor Institution Survey [↗]