HB1265: Broadband affordability plan; Department of Housing and Community Development to develop, report.


VIRGINIA ACTS OF ASSEMBLY -- CHAPTER
An Act to direct the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop a plan to address broadband affordability.
[H 1265]
Approved

 

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. The Department of Housing and Community Development (the Department) shall develop a plan, to be known as the Commonwealth Digital Affordability and Cost Effectiveness Plan (the Plan), to access federal funding under the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (P.L. 117-58). In order to achieve this goal, the Department shall apply for funding through a planning grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The Plan shall include (i) an overview of options for affordable broadband connectivity in the Commonwealth; (ii) recommendations on how best to leverage federal grants addressing broadband affordability; (iii) best practices for establishing a broadband affordability program, taking into account existing federal funds and programs; and (iv) recommendations for public outreach, with consideration of the report submitted by the Department of Social Services as required in Item 359 L of Chapter 552 of the Acts of Assembly of 2021, Special Session I. The Department shall report the Plan to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2022.


HOUSE BILL NO. 1265
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the House Committee on General Laws
on February 8, 2022)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Delegate Subramanyam)
A BILL to direct the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop a plan to address broadband affordability and equity.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. The Department of Housing and Community Development (the Department) shall develop a plan, to be known as the Commonwealth Digital Affordability and Cost Effectiveness Plan (the Plan), to access federal funding under the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (P.L. 117-58). In order to achieve this goal, the Department shall apply for funding through a planning grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The Plan shall include (i) an overview of options for affordable broadband connectivity in the Commonwealth; (ii) recommendations on how best to leverage federal grants addressing broadband affordability; (iii) best practices for establishing a broadband affordability program, taking into account existing federal funds and programs; and (iv) recommendations for public outreach, with consideration of the report submitted by the Department of Social Services as required in Item 359 L of Chapter 552 of the Acts of Assembly of 2021, Special Session I . The Department shall report the Plan to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2022.

HOUSE BILL NO. 1265

Offered January 20, 2022
A BILL to direct the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop a plan to address broadband affordability and equity.
Patron-- Subramanyam

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. The Department of Housing and Community Development (the Department) shall develop a plan to address broadband affordability and equity. The Commonwealth Digital Affordability and Cost-Effectiveness Plan (the Plan) shall include (i) an overview of where in the Commonwealth broadband and other digital connectivity is unaffordable; (ii) recommendations on how best to leverage federal grants addressing broadband affordability to best execute the Plan; (iii) best practices for establishing a grant program or its equivalent to address digital affordability, taking into account existing federal funds and programs; (iv) a strategy to expand the affordability of broadband by retrofitting all affordable housing projects with broadband installations and other necessary infrastructure improvements; and (v) recommendations, including recommendations for a public outreach plan, on how to take advantage of the $14 billion Affordability Connectivity Program of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (P.L. 117-58) to support a permanent $30-a-month broadband subsidy for low-income households, National Telecommunications and Information Administration programs, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Reconnect program. The Department shall report the Plan to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2022.