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(2) Other definitions In this section: (A) Assistant Secretary The term “Assistant Secretary” means the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information. (B) Broadband; broadband service The term “broadband” or “broadband service” has the meaning given the term “broadband internet access service” in section 8.1 (b) of title 47, Code of Federal Regulations , or any successor regulation. (C) Broadband DATA maps The term “broadband DATA maps” means the maps created under section 802(c)(1) of the Communications Act of 1934 ( 47 U.S.C. 642(c)(1) ). (D) Commission The term “Commission” means the Federal Communications Commission. (E) Community anchor institution The term “community anchor institution” means an entity such as a school, library, health clinic, health center, hospital or other medical provider, public safety entity, institution of higher education, public housing organization, or community support organization that facilitates greater use of broadband service by vulnerable populations, including low-income individuals, unemployed individuals, and aged individuals. (F) Eligible entity The term “eligible entity” means a State. (G) High-cost area (i) In general The term “high-cost area” means an unserved area in which the cost of building out broadband service is higher, as compared with the average cost of building out broadband service in unserved areas in the United States (as determined by the Assistant Secretary, in consultation with the Commission), incorporating factors that include— (I) the remote location of the area; (II) the lack of population density of the area; (III) the unique topography of the area; (IV) a high rate of poverty in the area; or (V) any other factor identified by the Assistant Secretary, in consultation with the Commission, that contributes to the higher cost of deploying broadband service in the area. (ii) Unserved area For purposes of clause (i), the term “unserved area” means an area in which not less than 80 percent of broadband-serviceable locations are unserved locations. (H) Location; broadband-serviceable location The terms “location” and “broadband-serviceable location” have the meanings given those terms by the Commission under rules and guidance that are in effect, as of November 15, 2021 . (I) Priority broadband project The term “priority broadband project” means a project designed to— (i) provide broadband service that meets speed, latency, reliability, consistency in quality of service, and related criteria as the Assistant Secretary shall determine; and (ii) ensure that the network built by the project can easily scale speeds over time to— (I) meet the evolving connectivity needs of households and businesses; and (II) support the deployment of 5G, successor wireless technologies, and other advanced services. (J) Program The term “Program” means the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program established under subsection (b)(1). (K) Project The term “project” means an undertaking by a subgrantee under this section to construct and deploy infrastructure for the provision of broadband service. (L) Reliable broadband service The term “reliable broadband service” means broadband service that meets performance criteria for service availability, adaptability to changing end-user requirements, length of serviceable life, or other criteria, other than upload and download speeds, as determined by the Assistant Secretary in coordination with the Commission. (M) State The term “State” has the meaning given the term in section 942 of this title , except that that definition shall be applied by striking “, and any other territory or possession of the United States”. (N) Subgrantee The term “subgrantee” means an entity that receives grant funds from an eligible entity to carry out activities under subsection (f).