On April 26, 2017, Governor Kay Ivey issued Executive Order 704. This order rescinded Executive Orders 9 and 42 and established the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs as the agency to assume all powers, duties, responsibilities, authority, and obligations belonging to the Office of Broadband Development.
Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund
On March 28, 2018, Governor Kay Ivey signed the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Act. Because the availability of high-speed broadband services in unserved rural Alabama is important for economic development, education, health care, and emergency services, the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Act established the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund. On May 30, 2019, Governor Ivey signed Act #2019-327 which provided numerous amendments to the original Act.
Request for Applications
Issue Date: July 26, 2021
Response Due Date: 4 pm CDT July 30, 2021
Background and purpose
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) is seeking grant proposals from private providers interested in participating in a ‘covered partnership’ with ADECA for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Infrastructure Program (BIP). Through BIP, ADECA seeks to extend broadband deployment to areas of the state that are currently unserved by sustainable 25/3 Mbps broadband coverage. ADECA anticipates selecting one applicant with a track record of providing high quality services and that has the capabilities to implement the proposed project in the required timeline. To this end, ADECA has consulted with CTC Technology & Energy—an engineer consulting company—to facilitate creation of materials for the application on behalf of the State to NTIA’s BIP.
ADECA will host an informational webinar review of this RFA and to answer questions potential applicants may have on July 26, 2021 at 4 p.m. Central Standard Time.
ADECA has partnered with CTC Technology & Energy on broadband-related programs in Alabama. To read more about broadband issues and funding sources, read the CTC blog.
Help our broadband planning efforts by taking this internet speed survey. This information helps us locate gaps in broadband service. Your address will not be made public; the information is used solely for planning efforts.
Visit https://alabama.speedsurvey.org or click the image below:
USDA ReConnect Request for Governor’s Letter
To request a Governor’s letter for a USDA ReConnect project in Alabama, click here.
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