Considerations for Leveraging Federal Funding to Close the Digital Equity Gap

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With billions of dollars in available federal funding, state and local governments can significantly improve the quality of public broadband connectivity services, especially for unserved and underserved populations. As they work to close the digital divide and utilize these funds, governments also face a great need for program integrity and audit readiness solutions that ensure projects facilitate compliance and deliver results.

Paul Folkers, a Senior Manager on Cherry Bekaert’s Government & Public Sector (GPS) team, and Dr. Robert Loube, Vice President and owner of Rolka Loube, sat down with Denise Lippuner, Cherry Bekaert GPS’s State & Local Advisory Leader, to discuss funding opportunities for state and local governments, digital equity programs, implementation considerations and how to ensure program longevity.

Part of our GPS podcast series, this episode covers:

  • Funding opportunities for state and local governments
  • Cost concerns including, revenue, detailed cost analysis and funding sources
  • Post-award monitoring considerations
  • Acceptance and usage monitoring to ensure program success and longevity
  • Risk factors and mitigation
  • Key takeaways for listeners considering funding for broadband implementation

Cherry Bekaert recognize that state and local government organizations may not have the capacity or requisite skills to meet grant administration and compliance requirements. Our state and local team can enhance your grant administration capabilities by providing resources to help strengthen your performance in process and internal control design, grant administration and project management, subaward administration, and monitoring and reporting.

If you have any questions specific to your business needs, Cherry Bekaert’s Government & Public Sector team is available to discuss your situation with you.

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