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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. 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.

Applicants may submit applications at their convenience using the guidance provided in the Application Instructions. The Commission will process applications on a quarterly basis. To be considered in that timeframe, applications must be received on or before the following dates:

  • January 15, 2015

  • April 1, 2015

  • July 1, 2015

  • October 1, 2015

  • January 1, 2016

  • April 1, 2016

  • July 1, 2016

  • October 1, 2016

AB 1299 requires the Commission to award these funds by December 31, 2016; unused funds will be returned to other CASF Accounts.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Final Staff Report (to be published soon)

Final Decision (to be published soon)

Guidelines

Application Template for infrastructure projects

Application Template for adoption projects

Application Instructions

  

Last Modified: 12/19/2014


 
 
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