California Advanced Services Fund – Public Housing Account

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 adds 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).

Under the BPHA, the Commission will award up to $20 million 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. The Commission also will award up to $5 million for 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.

The Commission will reimburse for the following expenses for network projects:

  • All networking equipment, both hardware and software, including wireless access points;

  • Low voltage contracting (including the installation of conduit, panels and cabling required to provide power for the equipment funded as part of the project) , provided it does not include major rehabilitation, demolition or construction;

  • Modems or routers, but not computers or human interface devices;

  • Engineering & design;

  • Hardware warranty;

  • Installation labor from the Minimum Point of Entry (MPOE) to the individual unit; and

  • Taxes, shipping and insurance costs directly related to broadband equipment deployed under the CASF Public Housing Account.

The Commission will fund up to 85 percent of the costs for adoption projects, reimbursing the following expenses:

  • Education and outreach efforts and materials;

  • Desks and chairs to furnish a designated space for digital literacy;

  • Acceptable computers and devices (excluding smartphones) and software intended for use either in a computer lab or their household;

  • Digital literacy instructors;

  • Printers for a computer lab or other designated space for digital literacy;

  • Routers; and

  • Provision of residential (not network) technical support.

Applications were submitted quarterly in 2015 and 2016.  See below for lists of proposed and awarded projects.  Projects were awarded either through a ministerial process, where projects were approved by staff when they met specific criteria (expedited review) or through a Commission resolution when such ministerial review criteria was not met, but the project was determined to be otherwise eligible. 

AB 1299 required the Commission to award these funds by December 31, 2016, returning unused funds to other CASF Accounts.  SB 745, effective January 1, 2017, extends the date of monies available to the Public Housing Account until December 31, 2020.  SB 745 limits the awarding of grants for network 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. As stated in Resolution T-17514, "Staff interprets SB 745 amendments as not applicable to application submitted previous to its effectiveness and therefore intends to consider applications filed prior under existing program rules."

Presently there is no application window for 2017. Staff will implement SB 745 and a renewed application window following a Resolution adopting program rule changes.

 

Public Housing Applications Submitted in 2015 through 2016 with Award Status

Public Housing Infrastructure Projects 

Public Housing Adoption Projects  

 

Map Showing All Public Housing Project Proposal Locations

State map showing locations of BPHA Infrastructure Projects

State map showing locations of BPHA Adoption Projects 

 

Commission Resolutions Specific to the Public Housing Account

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

On June 9, 2016, the Commission approved Resolution T-17515 which adopts 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 approved Resolution T-17518 which adopts 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 approved Resolution T-17514 which adopts funding for 35 broadband infrastructure projects in the amount of $1,475,481.  
 

Public Housing Reporting Documents

 Documents for Infrastructure Projects:

 Documents for Adoption Projects:

 

 For Further Information  

Final Decision Adopting Guidelines

Guidelines  

 

Frequently Asked Questions

CASF Public Housing Account Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about this program should be directed to the following:  CPUC_Housing@cpuc.ca.gov 

 

 

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