2018 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5002 (Committee Approved)

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Center for Innovative Technology (language only)

Item 425 #1h

Item 425 #1h

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority


Page 371, strike lines 20 through 27, and insert:

"2. Out of the amounts appropriated in this item, $500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year from the general fund shall be used to support the expansion and continual improvement of broadband services in regions and localities throughout the Commonwealth. The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) shall support broadband policy development and priorities established by the Commonwealth's Chief Broadband Advisor, as well as coordinate with and support the broadband assessment and planning activities of the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board.  CIT shall assess strategies and solutions designed to close gaps in Virginia's broadband coverage and performance. In addition CIT will provide technical assistance to unserved and underserved regions and localities where wired broadband services are not currently available, in order to assist those regions and localities in determining the issues, business practices, and vendor requirements, including an assessment of the existing technologies, for the provision of broadband services to their citizens."


(This amendment directs CIT to coordinate its broadband activities with the Commonwealth Chief Broadband Advisor and the broadband activities of the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board.)