California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) Public Housing Account Background and History 

Public Housing Account History

 The California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) was expanded in September 2013 with the passage and subsequent signing into law by Governor Brown of Assembly Bill (AB) 1299. AB 1299 added a fourth account to the CASF program dedicated to broadband access and adoption in publicly supported housing communities. On December 18, 2014, the Commission approved the rules implementing the new Broadband Public Housing Account (BPHA).

 
AB 1299 made not more than $20 million available in grants and loans to a publicly supported community, as defined in the statute, to finance a project to connect a broadband network to that publicly supported community (infrastructure projects) and not more than $5 million available in grants and loans to a publicly supported community to support programs designed to increase adoption rates for broadband services for residents in that publicly supported community (adoption projects). AB 1299 required the Commission to award these funds by December 31, 2016, returning unused funds to other CASF Accounts.

 
Senate Bill (SB) 745, effective January 1, 2017, extended the date of monies available to the Public Housing Account until December 31, 2020. SB 745 limited the awarding of grants for infrastructure projects to unserved housing developments, with the term 'unserved' defined as a housing development where at least one housing unit is not offered broadband service. A housing unit is ”not offered broadband Internet service” if the unit does not have access to a commercially available broadband Internet service, such as Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), a cable modem, or another protocol, available at the unit.

 
AB 1665, effective October 15, 2017, made the provisions of SB 745 specific to the requirement that the housing development be unserved, applicable to all outstanding and potential BPHA infrastructure applications. AB 1665 authorized applicants eligible for funding from the BPHA for infrastructure projects to be able to apply to the Broadband Infrastructure Account once the funds available for BPHA infrastructure projects has been exhausted. AB 1665 authorized applicants eligible for funding from the BPHA for adoption projects to be able to apply to the Broadband Adoption Account once the funds available for BPHA Adoption projects has been exhausted.

Commission Resolutions and Decisions Specific to the Public Housing Account

On December 18, 2014, the Commission issued Decision (D.) 14-12-039 which adopted the BPHA application requirements and guidelines.

 
On January 28, 2016, the Commission adopted Resolution T-17506 which authorized funding for seven broadband infrastructure projects in the amount of $421,257.

 
On June 9, 2016, the Commission adopted Resolution T-17515 which authorized  funding for 12 broadband infrastructure projects in the amount of $239,793. This resolution modified D.14-12-039, Appendix B, delegating to CD staff the authority to approve applications through expedited review for properties that are wired.

 
On August 24, 2016, the Commission adopted Resolution T-17518 which authorized funding for 12 broadband adoption projects in the amount of $506,588. This resolution modified D.14-12-039, Appendix B, changing the maximum age for an acceptable refurbished computer from two years to five years.

 
On December 6, 2016, the Commission adopted Resolution T-17514 which authorized  funding for 35 broadband infrastructure projects in the amount of $1,475,481.

 
On August 11, 2017, the Commission issued  Decision (D.) 17-08-015 which modified Resolution T-17514, and denied Charter Communications Application for Rehearing of Resolution T-17514.

 
On August 11, 2017, the Commission issued Decision (D) 17-08-018 which modified Resolution T-17515, and denied Charter Communications  Application for  Rehearing and  motion for the stay of Resolution T-17515.

 
On August 24, 2017, the Commission adopted Resolution T-17575 which implemented changes in the CASF enacted by Senate Bill (SB) 745.

 
On April 26, 2018, the Commission adopted Resolution T-17594 which authorized  funding for the Oakland Housing Authority's Lockwood Learning Center project in the amount of $98,495.

On June 21, 2018, the Commission issued  Decision (D.) 18-06-032 which implemented provisions of Assembly Bill (AB) 1665 relating to the CASF accounts: Broadband Adoption Account, the BPHA and the Broadband Revolving Loan Account. 

On December 13, 2018, the Commission adopted  Resolution T-17636 which authorized  funding for the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino Digital Learning Centers project in the amount of $405,730.

 


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