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Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) included over $1.3 billion in federal support for the Connect Illinois Broadband Grant Program and related digital equity initiatives. This page will include regular updates on the planning, preparation, and progress underway in advance of historic state-federal collaboration to eliminate the digital divide. All of this work is data driven, applying sophisticated analytics on current conditions and key findings from our ambitious 54-stop statewide listening tour.

All dates referenced in BEAD materials are subject to change, per National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) direction and approval.

Landing Pages, Links, & Resources:

Pre-Qualification Period

Prevailing Wage for Broadband

Connect Illinois Round 4 Request for Input

BEAD Map Challenge Process

Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program (IIJA)

Capital Projects Fund (CPF, ARPA)

Please refer to this page for updates regarding draft content, timelines, and procedures. Questions can be directed to

To report fraud, waste, or abuse, contact the Office of the Inspector General at (866) 814-1113 or file a complaint.