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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.

Per AB 1299, $20 million will be diverted from the CASF Infrastructure Account and $5 million from the CASF Loan Account in order to fund the new Broadband Public Housing Account (BPHA).

Subsequently, up to $20 million from the BPHA will be available for 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. AB 1299 also authorizes up to $5 million from the BPHA to be available 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.

On January 17, 2014, a scoping memo soliciting stakeholder comments was issued as part of Rulemaking 12-10-012. The comment period ended on February 10, 2014.

The following parties submitted comments:

On July 8, 2014, the assigned commissioner issued the draft staff report for public comment.  A proposed decision adopting rules to implement AB 1299 is pending.   

  

Last Modified: 10/20/2014


 
 
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