Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant (BIIG 2.0)
To further support educational technology in California, and continue the important work started under BIIG 1.0, the state budget included an additional $50 million in 2015-2016 for network infrastructure improvement for schools and districts. This opportunity was handled through a grant application process and services are distributed by the K-12 High-Speed Network (K12HSN), in consultation with the Department of Education (CDE) and State Board of Education (SBE).
The first wave of the 2015-16 Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grants (BIIG) was awarded to 166 sites. 47 additional sites with projects that exceed $1,000 per testing student were reviewed by the Legislature and were allowed to move forward.
As stated in the 2015-16 budget bill language (AB 93), first priority went to local educational agencies that are unable to administer computer-based assessments on-site. Second priority went to the local educational agencies that have to shut down essential operations to administer computer-based assessments at the school site, including, but not limited to, business services, email, and access to other critical online activities.
For more information about the Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant process and timeline, please review our Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant (BIIG) Grant Process page.
- Circuit Installation Tracker
- Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant (BIIG 2.0) Flyer
- Frequently Asked Questions
BIIG 2.0 Wave 4
The application window for the BIIG 2.0 Wave 4 closed on October 26, 2018. We received 169 applications and after careful consideration and review of all applications, 60 sites were moved forward in the process for further fact-finding and bidding purposes. CENIC posted the RFP for the BIIG 2.0 Wave 4 sites which closed on January 18, 2019.
CENIC and K12HSN reviewed bids at the CENIC offices on January 23, 2019, and recommended the best option for awards to each site. A peer review panel consisting of 12 technology leaders from various regions around the state, was assembled and convened on February 5, 2019, to review the bid award recommendations made by K13HSN and CENIC. With some additional due diligence needed to address questions raised during peer review, 50 sites are now moving forward in the next step of the process.
This funding is dedicated to helping schools with inadequate bandwidth to upgrade their current connection to the internet. Potential applicants should understand the grant program will leverage federal subsidies via the E-rate process and contracts with telecom providers will be signed in Spring 2019.
Applicants will be categorized by the following
- First priority: School sites with current connection speeds below 20Kbps per student and are unable to administer the 2019 computer-based CAASPP and are unable to improve their internet connection.
- Second priority: schools with less than 100Kbps per student and have limited options to improve their internet connection for the computer-based CAASPP testing.
- Third priority: Other under-connected sites with unscalable connections or limited options to improve their internet connection.
All public school districts, county offices of education and charter schools are eligible to apply and are encouraged to do so if they meed the criteria above. While the conditions listed above will help prioritize funding and serve as a guiding principle, school sites with external connectivity under 100Mbps or school districts with external connectivity under 1000Mbps (1Gbps) should consider applying. Interested school sites are urged to communicate with their district administration about the grant opportunity before applying.
BIIG Site Progress
(as of January 1, 2019)
338 Sites Completed
41 Sites Work-in-Progress
50 Sites in the process for BIIG 2, Wave 4
• 165 total circuits tracked
• 164 circuits are live
• 1 site work-in-progress (Green Point in Humboldt, anticipated completion Q3, 2019)
• 144 total circuits tracked
• 139 circuits are live
• 5 sites work-in-progress
BIIG 2 Wave 2
• 48 total circuits tracked
• 34 circuits are live
• 14 sites work-in-progress
BIIG 2 Wave 3
• 22 total circuits tracked
• 1 circuit live
• 21 sites work-in-progress
Questions related to the program may be directed to the K-12 High-Speed Network.
Phone: (760) 312-6227