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Build a BEAD Buffer

Build a buffer is Shelby Pardy’s advice to operators thinking of participating in NTIA’s BEAD (Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment) program. Pardy, an analyst for Vantage Point Solutions, points out this is more than budgeting extra dollars for inflationary pressures. It means dealing with new rules such as workforce diversity/training, climate resiliency, and sourcing requirements (Build/Buy America).

In the above interview, filmed at NTCA’s 2023 SRC Live, Pardy recommends starting the planning process early. As part of this effort, it is important to collaborate with community leaders who will support an operator’s application. These leaders may reside outside the community that will be directly served. That is, remote work opportunities, as well as school and other government districts often overlap served, underserved, and unserved areas.

She is optimistic that many of their ISP clients will extend their networks using BEAD funding. As the states finalize their rules within the NTIA’s framework the details will become clearer. The evolving BEAD requirements are sure to keep Pardy and her VPS colleagues busy for a long time.

ViodiTV coverage of NTCA’s RTIME 2023 courtesy of Calix and NTCA.

Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is Marketing Director for the Broadband Forum. The mission of this 25+-year-old non-profit “is to unlock the potential for new markets and profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies and standards in the home, intelligent small business, and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network.”

He is also co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on the rural broadband ecosystem, autonomous vehicles, and electric aviation. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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