2008 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Broadband Feasibility (language only)

Item 105 #3c

Item 105 #3c

Commerce And Trade
Commerce and Trade, Secretary of

Page 89, after line 48, insert:
"C.  The Secretary of Commerce and Trade shall report to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees on the work undertaken to support high speed broadband deployment in the Hampton Roads (Planning District II) region pursuant to the appropriation of funding for such purpose in Chapter 847 of the Acts of Assembly of 2007.  Such report shall also include a feasibility assessment of the implementation of a broadband infrastructure that should include, but not be limited to, services such as a load-balanced 20-gigabit capacity to all site locations; fully redundant, fault-tolerant data networking; unlimited bandwidth without monthly recurring charges; disaster recovery planning and services; internet streaming video services; network-based telephone services; electronic software distribution, inventory and maintenance systems; network security and intrusion prevention systems; video teleconferencing; community wireless “hot spots”; system co-location and maintenance; and electronic, network-based, building security systems made available to all federal, state, and local government agencies, medical facilities, and other commercial and private entities. Such assessment should include an estimate of the project's full costs as well as the availability of funding to implement said proposal from federal, state and other sources.  The report, including the feasibility assessment of implementing the broadband network, should be submitted no later than December 1, 2008.”

(This amendment directs the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to report to the General Assembly by December 1, 2008 on the uses of the funding provided to support broadband deployment from Hampton Roads up the Eastern Shore and provide a feasibility assessment of future implementation of the broadband network.)