Broadband Equity, Access & Deployment Program Challenge Process

BEAD Challenge Process Rebuttal Period is Now Open Until
July 20, 2024 at 1:30 PM (CT)

The 30-day BEAD Challenge Rebuttal Period is open for eligible participants to rebut eligible challenges. All rebuttals must be submitted by July 20, 2024, at 1:30 pm to Docket 5-BCH-2024 using the provided rebuttal submission templates. Participants should reference the received challenges data, the BEAD Challenge Map, and the updated Step-by-Step Rebuttal Instructions when compling rebuttals. For questions contact:


The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocated $1,055,823,574 to Wisconsin under the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program for broadband infrastructure deployment, with a goal of providing high-speed internet for all (see Internet for All webpage for more information).

Before opening grant applications, Wisconsin will conduct a BEAD Challenge Process to give local and Tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, and internet service providers the opportunity to challenge whether locations are eligible for BEAD funding, and thereafter provide rebuttals to specific challenges. 

Challenges can include contesting a particular location’s status as unserved (lacking 25/3 Mbps) or underserved (lacking 100/20 Mbps) and thus eligible for funding. Changing a location’s status to unserved or underserved would make it eligible for BEAD funding. Challenges may not remove locations from the map or add new locations not currently shown in the map. When the challenge process is complete and results are approved by the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA), the PSC will publish the final list and a map of BEAD-eligible locations, prior to the opening of the BEAD competitive grant application window.

​Who is Eligible to Submit a Challenge

  • 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) nonprofit organizations 
  • Units of local and Tribal governments 
  • Internet service providers with facilities currently in Wisconsin or facilities planned by June 30, 2024.
  • Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs, as defined in the Initial Proposal Volume One)

Prepare for the Challenge Process

​Stay Up to Date on Challenge Process Implementation​

BEAD Chal​lenge Timeline


April 19, 2024  
​Published lists of unserved, underserved, and CAI locations and their BEAD eligibility status. 
April 29 - May 29, 2024 (1:30 PM CT)
30- Day ​Challenge Submission Window 
May 19, 2024
​Last day to submit challenges for preliminary completeness review
Mary 30 - June 5, 2024 (Estimate 5-7 Days)​​

Commission Staff Review Period
​June 20 - July 20, 2024 (1:30 PM CT)

​30- Day Rebuttal Submission Window
​​July 21- August 20, 2024
​Final Determination by PSC (Up to 30 Days)

​For More Information​​