The State of New Hampshire, Department of Business and Economic Affairs (BEA) is currently in the process of applying for their federal Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) allocation of $196,560,278.97. It is intended that these funds will be used to deploy broadband infrastructure to 100% of the remaining addresses in NH that currently lack broadband speeds.
Part of this process is to provide an Initial Proposal Volume 1 and an Initial Proposal Volume 2 to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). These documents have been prepared and are posted for review and public comment on the BEA website

All comments must be submitted by December 13, 2023 at 12:00 PM EST.

 Comments can be emailed to or mailed to

Business and Economic Affairs
Office of Broadband Initiatives
100 North Main Street, Suite 100
Concord, NH   03301

 The BEA kindly requests your comments as soon as possible to allow their team to fully review and potentially incorporate them into the proposal submitted to NTIA. Thank you for your participation.

News Release

USDA and EPA Strengthen Partnership to Improve Access to Modern and Affordable Wastewater Infrastructure for People in Rural America

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2023 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary Farah Ahmad today announced that USDA is strengthening its partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a network of 25 organizations to help people in rural and underserved communities access affordable, modern and safe wastewater infrastructure.

The actions being announced today further the continued collaborations between both agencies to revitalize the nation’s wastewater infrastructure, improve water quality and protect the health of people living in rural areas.

“Decentralized wastewater systems are an integral component of our nation’s wastewater infrastructure, especially in rural areas where centralized treatment is often too expensive or unavailable,” Ahmad said. “USDA is committed to doing everything we can to ensure every family in America has access to modern, reliable wastewater infrastructure. That’s why we are strengthening our partnership with EPA to help historically underserved communities identify and pursue federal funding opportunities to address their wastewater needs. These efforts have enormous impact because when we invest in rural infrastructure, we invest in the livelihoods and health of people in rural America.”

To learn more, read full NEWS RELEASE.