Legal Alerts Dec 05, 2014

California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing

Application Submission Scheduled for Mid-December Through Mid-January

California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing

The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to approve the California Advanced Services Fund Public Housing Broadband Grant Guidelines on December 18, which will create a new state grant opportunity to facilitate the installation of on-site broadband internet for public housing units. Up to $20 million will be available for grants and loans to finance projects to connect broadband networks to public housing, and an additional $5 million will be available to support adoption programs, which will provide devices and training to residents of public housing. Eligible applicants include public housing authorities and non-profit public housing owners.

The window to apply for the first round of grants is fast approaching: December 18 through mid-January. After that, applications will be accepted on a quarterly basis until they run out of funding or reach December 31, 2016, the deadline for awarding grants.

The CPUC will offer an approval process for grant requests up to $75,000 for broadband infrastructure/hardware applications and up to $50,000 for adoption program applications. The grants are intended to provide individual housing units with broadband service for free or a nominal fee of no more than $20 a month.

For more information on this CPUC grant opportunity, please contact the attorney authors of this legal alert listed at right, an attorney in the firm’s Telecommunications practice or your BB&K attorney.

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