The California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) was expanded in September 2013 with the Assembly’s passage (and subsequent signing into law by Governor Brown) of Assembly Bill (AB) 1299. AB 1299 adds a fourth account, dedicated to broadband access and adoption in public housing, to the CASF program.
Per AB 1299, $20 million will be diverted from the CASF Infrastructure Account and $5 million from the CASF Loan Account in order to create a 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 commenting period ended on February 10, 2014.
The following parties submitted comments:
The Commission intends to issue a draft Proposed Decision for public comment in June 2014 followed by a final Decision in August 2014. Publicly supported communities’ applications are to be accepted beginning in September 2014.