National Skills Coalition Comment Template: Broadband workforce development and digital skills

By Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, December 12, 2023

National Skills Coalition has published a short summary of broadband workforce development and digital skills recommendations to that advocates can use as a comment template. It is designed to help education and workforce advocates who want to ensure that their state’s implementation of federal Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) funds responds to the needs of workers and small businesses on the ground. Specifically, this template can be used to: 

  • Submit formal comments on a State BEAD Action Plan or BEAD Initial Proposal (especially Volume II).  
  • Submit informal comments to a state broadband office or related state agency  
  • Comment on other state policy documents related to BEAD, such as draft Requests for Proposals for BEAD funds. 

The recommendations cover why states should invest in broadband workforce development and digital skills as part of their federal BEAD spending, what program models and strategies they should focus on, and how they can measure the success of their efforts.