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Public Housing Account Funding Overview

Under the Broadband Public Housing Account (BPHA), not more than $20 million shall be available in grants and loans to a publicly supported community (PSC), as defined in the statute, to finance a project to connect a broadband network to that publicly supported community (infrastructure projects). Not more than $5 million shall be available in 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 (adoption projects).

As of October 17, 2018, the Commission will no longer be accepting applications for adoption projects, as the $5 million dedicated to broadband adoption in PSCs has been fully allocated. However, eligible PSCs can apply for funds for broadband adoption projects from the Broadband Adoption Account http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/General.aspx?id=6442457502.  

Infrastructure grants are only available for network projects to be installed in unserved housing developments, with the term 'unserved' defined as a housing development where at least one housing unit is not offered broadband service. All units within a housing development are offered broadband internet service if an ISP already provides access to all units. See the Guidelines for more information. 

The PSC has to be either a public housing agency or a non-profit organization (see below), if a grant application is to be submitted for an unserved housing development

  • A public housing agency is an agency that has been chartered by the state, or by any city or county in the state, and has been determined an eligible public housing agency by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development; or
  • An incorporated nonprofit organization is an organization as described in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. Sec. 501(c)(3)) that is exempt from taxation under Section 501 (a) of that code (16 U.S.C. Sec. 501(a)), and that has received public funding to subsidize the construction or maintenance of housing occupied by residents whose annual income qualifies as “low”-or “very low” income according to federal poverty guidelines.

The Commission will reimburse for the following expanses for infrastructure projects in unserved housing developments:

  • All broadband networking equipment (hardware and software), wireless access points, wireless bridge(s), modem(s), switches, router(s), and firewall(s) for network security but not personal computers, laptops, handheld or human interface devices.
  • Low voltage contracting work including the installation of inside wiring, network cabinets, NEMA boxes, conduits, patch panels, cable tray or ladders, and other cabling requirements to provide power and connectivity for the broadband network equipment funded as part of the project. Major rehabilitation, demolition or construction work will not be funded.
  • Broadband network engineering and designing documentation.
  • Hardware warranty of broadband network equipment as needed.
  • Installation, provisioning, and configuration labor costs at the Minimum Point of Entry (MPOE), MDFs (Main Distribution Frame), IDFs (Intermediate Distribution Frame), WAPs (Wireless Access Point), Wireless Bridges such as P2P and P2MP (Point to Point and Point to Multi-point) Radios, Switched Ethernet, and xDSL (Digital Subscriber Line) modems.
  • Taxes, shipping and insurance costs (if applicable) that are directly related to broadband network equipment deployed under the BPHA.

See the Public Housing Account, Background and History for more information (https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/General.aspx?id=6442458629).  

Applying for Funds

Applicants may submit applications at any time using the guidance provided in the Application Instructions. Staff will consider applications submitted on or before each deadline listed below as a batch. To be considered in that timeframe, applications must be received on or before the following dates:

  • September 1, 2020
  • October 1, 2020

Any deadline falling on a holiday or a weekend will be extended to the following business day.

To Apply

Application Instructions 

Documents for Infrastructure Projects:

Documents for approved Adoption Projects:

Pre-Award Submissions and Funded Projects

Public Housing Account project proposals submitted during the last application window:

All Approved Public Housing Applications with Current Status

Maps Showing All Public Housing Project Proposal Locations

Broadband Public Housing Reports


 For Further Information  

Guidelines  

Commission resolutions, decisions and legislative history specific to the Public Housing Account

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

 

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