News - June 26, 2023

INCOMPAS CEO Attends White House BEAD Ceremony

INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering and NTIA Assistant Secretary Alan Davidson at the White House ceremony for the Broadband, Equity, Access and Deployment Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 26, 2023 – Today, INCOMPAS CEO Chip Pickering released the following statement after attending the White House ceremony announcing the allocations for the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program: 

“We are at a momentous time in our nation's history where the goal of connecting every single American to the internet is well within reach. The BEAD program is a critical part in achieving this and will give our members the opportunity to participate in a competitive process to build out their networks and offer affordable, reliable and robust services across the country. In addition to the BEAD money, the Middle Mile program is vital to building out networks where we need them most. We are proud of our member companies Zayo, Bluebird Networks, C-Spire, and Ideatek for receiving Middle Mile grants.  

“These resources would not have been possible without the leadership of so many including Congressman Clyburn, Senator Bennett, Senator King and Senator Portman and Assistant Secretary Alan Davidson and the entire NTIA staff for creating, shaping and guiding this historic day. I am immensely proud that INCOMPAS was the first broadband industry association to endorse Internet for All and the Bridge Act, which laid the foundation for the transformational funding announced today. The historic investment we have seen in the past two years has shown that we are ready to meet the moment and end the digital divide. It was an honor to be a part of today's ceremony at the White House. We look forward to continuing to advocate on behalf of our members and work with this Administration and Congress to connect all Americans and provide Internet for all.”