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.