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Broadband Program

This new program is to implement a multi-agency permit coordination effort to streamline authorizations for broadband projects funded through the U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) also known as the U.S. Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

OPMP is leading development of this Program, in coordination with State and Federal agencies, with goals of:

  • Keeping projects on schedule, avoiding increased costs, creating certainty, and resolving challenges.
  • Efficiently advance responsible project construction and operations to complement the State‚Äôs policy goals of broadband deployment Statewide.

OPMP looks forward to playing a crucial role in ensuring that the tight timelines for the permits from State, Federal, and local agencies, and private entities that are needed for these projects are met.

Broadband

Resources and highlights:

  • Broadband Pre-Application Checklist and Permit Dashboard: These are to assist applicants and contain information on State and Federal jurisdictional triggers, requirements, permitting processes, contacts, and other items.
  • OPMP is included in Alaska Broadband Office (ABO) planning: The proposal to the NTIA is that applicants be more competitive (5% increased scoring) for ABO awards by agreeing to OPMP permit coordination, at no cost to applicants.

Please contact Ashlee at any time with questions about how OPMP can help your project.

Resources