By Geoff Burke, Senior Vice President of Product Marketing & Government Affairs, DZS; and Willie Marx, Key Account, Utility Cooperative and Government Affairs Manager, DZS

The Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment or BEAD Program is the largest broadband-focused government funding initiative in our industry’s history, and will make a huge impact in bridging the digital divide in the U.S. The unprecedented $42.5 billion program was passed to bring world-class high-speed internet to all Americans, regardless of if you live in the center of a city or a sparsely populated county in rural America.

A One-of-a-Kind Event

The intent of the BEAD Program perfectly aligns with DZS’ focus of doing everything that we can to help the world connect at hyper-fast speeds. That’s why we are so excited to sponsor and participate in the Telecommunications Industry Association’s upcoming BEAD Success Summit. DZS and TIA have enjoyed a longstanding relationship, so we know firsthand the great work they do advocating for our industry and the BEAD Success Summit is just another example.

This Summit is an event unlike any other in the industry. It is designed to provide key stakeholders a chance to share their perspectives on how to drive maximum success for the BEAD program with government agency policymakers and administrators, as well as provide education and networking opportunities to prospective awardees and the ecosystem that will support this initiative. The BEAD Success Summit will bring together communications service providers, technology companies as well as federal and state government leaders to discuss in workshops BEAD program requirements, necessary resources, and the latest network architectures and alternatives.

Addressing Real-World BEAD Challenges and Opportunities

Although the rules of the BEAD program are increasingly coming into focus, there are still many questions that remain unanswered from aspiring awardees, State Broadband officials and other key stakeholders. We at DZS, have had extensive discussions with our service provider customers and the overwhelming majority of State Broadband officials across the country who will be charged with administering the program in their respective states.

The DZS team is looking forward to sharing our perspectives and expertise with attendees at the BEAD Success Summit. But, even we have open questions, and see the BEAD Success Summit as the perfect venue to collaboratively explore and resolve outstanding issues.

We are looking forward to highlighting some of the key challenges and opportunities that we expect to be critical success factors for the implementation of the BEAD Program. For example, each State Broadband Office is guaranteed a minimum of $100 million of BEAD funding and how they plan to allocate these funds to applicants varies greatly. We have spoken to states that will only grant funds to public entities like municipalities and others that will highly favor applicants who offer matching funds to BEAD projects. So, what BEAD challenges do you face, and what is the best strategy for success? These are the kinds of issues and topics that will be discussed at the Summit.

In addition, we are excited to hear from other featured speakers including Senator Mark Warner from Virginia, who was instrumental in the drafting and passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which is funding the BEAD Program. The Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Kevin Gallagher will also be presenting. Both will bring great perspectives to the BEAD Program discussion.

Technology Designed for BEAD Program Deployment

Among the things we are most excited about is our opportunity to highlight the innovations and next-generation technology DZS is bringing to market that are ideal for supporting the BEAD Program and that we feel will be instrumental in its success.

These market-leading solutions include:

  • Access Edge: DZS Velocity is a portfolio of leading-edge optimized fiber access systems that are environmentally hardened and can be cost-effectively deployed in any scenario including highly rural locations typical of BEAD target locations. Velocity solutions provide industry-leading density, non-blocking architectures, and the capacity and flexibility to support in-place future upgrades from today’s Gigabit Passive Optical Networking (GPON) and 10 Gigabit Symmetrical (XGS)-PON technologies to the advanced 25G, 50G and 100G PON technologies of the future.
  • Subscriber Edge: The DZS Helix connected premises portfolio provides a wide array of optical termination and smart gateway solutions for any fiber deployment scenario and advanced WiFi technology for complete in-home and business coverage. BEAD requirements will include the kind of high performance broadband service delivery all the way to the consumer that Helix is known for.
  • Optical Edge: The award-winning DZS Saber 4400 is a first-of-its-kind environmentally hardened optical transport platform that can scale up to 400 gigabits per second (Gbps) per wavelength at distances up to 120 kilometers without amplification. High capacity, scalable and easy to deploy Saber solutions are ideal complements to Velocity systems, carrying advanced broadband speeds and delivering traffic to remote BEAD locations. Independent analysis shows that service providers can realize savings ranging from approximately $20,000 to over $200,000 per site by deploying the Saber 4400.
  • Cloud Edge: The DZS Cloud platform provides award-winning solutions optimized for network orchestration, automation, analytics, service assurance and managing the consumer WiFi experience. DZS Xtreme, Expresse and CloudCheck offer critical support for BEAD Program awardees’ long-term success, from providing the essential reporting to meet program requirements, to the rapid turn-up and management of new broadband services, to the optimal troubleshooting and personalization of broadband service in the home.

These are just a few of the numerous examples of how the innovative solutions our customers are currently leveraging can easily support and help maximize the success of the BEAD Program roll-out, and strategically position them to scale and grow in the future.

Many DZS existing and prospective customers will be participating in the BEAD Program, so we encourage them to attend this important event to hear firsthand from the federal and state government officials and technology and industry leaders how the entire ecosystem can work together to ensure the BEAD Program delivers on its promise of bringing high-speed internet to all Americans!

We are extremely proud to be a part of what promises to be an informative, educational and collaborative event.

For more information on the BEAD Success Summit, visit www.beadsuccesssummit.com.

To learn more about the DZS solutions that are ideally suited for BEAD Program deployments,
Contact DZS.

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