2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Reduce New Funding for Broadband Initiative

Item 109 #2c

Item 109 #2c

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Commerce and Trade
Department of Housing and Community Development FY2017 ($1,500,000) FY2018 ($1,500,000) GF

Page 85, line 50, strike "$50,637,001" and insert "$49,137,001".
Page 85, line 50, strike "$64,504,601" and insert "$63,004,601".

Page 88, line 3, strike "$2,750,000" and "$2,750,000" and insert:

"$1,250,000" and "$1,250,000".

Page 88, line 4, strike "Of these" and insert:

"The funds shall be used for providing financial  assistance to supplement construction costs by private sector broadband service providers to extend service to areas that presently are unserved by any broadband provider."

Page 88, strike lines 5 and 6.

Page 88, line 8, after "provided" strike the remainder of line and insert:

"to the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative. Such criteria and guidelines shall facilitate the extension of broadband networks by the private sector and shall focus solely on unserved areas. Areas designated to receive funds for construction through the federal Connect America program or receiving other state or federal funds for construction are not eligible to receive funds through the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative. The Department shall encourage additional assistance from the local governments in areas designated to receive funds to lower the overall cost and further assist in the timely completion of construction, including assistance with permits, rights of way, easement and other issues that may hinder or delay timely construction.

3. The Department shall consult with the Broadband Advisory Council to designate the unserved areas to receive funds. The Department shall report annually to the Governor's Broadband Advisory Council on the progress by the private sector on the designated projects."

Strike lines 9 through 10.


(This amendment reduces funding included in the introduced budget for the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative.)