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Completing Access to Broadband (CAB) Program (North Carolina)
A - Primarily intended to fund technology
North Carolina Department of Information Technology
The CAB Program is designed to fund infrastructure builds to unserved and underserved areas. Monies awarded from the CAB Fund shall be used for infrastructure and infrastructure costs.
- Infrastructure: Existing facilities, equipment, materials, and structures that an entity has installed either for its core business or public enterprise purposes. Examples include, but are not limited to, copper wire, coaxial cable, optical cable, loose tube cable, communication huts, conduits, vaults, patch panels, mounting hardware, poles, generators, battery and cabinet, network nodes, network routers, network switches, microwave relay, microwave receivers, site routers, outdoor cabinets, towers, easements, rights-of-way, and buildings or structures owned by the entity that are made available for location or collocation purposes.
- Infrastructure costs: Costs directly related to the construction of broadband infrastructure for the extension of broadband service for an eligible project, including installation, acquiring or updating easements, backhaul infrastructure, and testing costs. The term also includes engineering and any other costs associated with securing a lease to locate or collocate infrastructure on public or private property or structures, but not including actual monthly lease payment. The term does not include overhead or administrative costs.
Speed Requirements for Deployments:
- All proposed broadband speeds must meet or exceed the federal guidelines for use of American Rescue Plan Act funds. Eligible projects must be designed to reliably meet or exceed symmetrical 100 Mbps download and 100 Mbps upload speeds upon completion. In cases where it is not practicable, because of excessive cost of the project or geography, or topography of the area to be served by the project: eligible projects may be designed to reliably meet or exceed 100 Mbps download speed and between at least 20 Mbps to 100 Mbps upload speed and be scalable to a minimum of 100 Mbps download speed and 100 Mbps upload speed by Dec. 31, 2026.
History of Funding
New program, none is available.
Funding for CAB Projects may include costs directly related to the construction of broadband infrastructure and does not include overhead or administrative costs. These eligible project costs apply to CAB Funds awarded to CAB Program projects, as well as to all matching funds provided by the broadband provider and the county. In addition, grant and matching funds can only support project costs in the approved project area. Project funds (from the CAB Fund and match) should be utilized for the deployment phase of the project, not the subsequent years of service. Eligible costs do not include recurring operating costs or maintenance, or sales and marketing of services.
A county that has utilized federal funding for broadband infrastructure projects on or after May 1, 2021, with the exception of funds expended under the CAB Program or the GREAT Grant Program, shall be ineligible for participation in the CAB Program.
All counties within North Carolina are eligible for participation in the CAB Program.
Deadlines are to be announced.
In FY22, a total of $400 million has been allocated for this program.
Cost match varies based on grant size. Matching Funds for CAB Program projects require funding from three sources:
- the CAB Fund (which provides the State's portion of the funding);
- the broadband provider selected for the project; and
- the participating local county government.
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