2020 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5005 (Committee Approved)

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Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (language only)

Item 114 #1h

Item 114 #1h

Commerce and Trade
Department of Housing and Community Development


Page 28, after line 32, insert:

"5. Notwithstanding the foregoing, during the fiscal year 2022 application period for the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative only, the Department may evaluate and consider proposals that do not not include investment from a private sector partner for submissions that address an unserved community's lack of access to telehealth or virtual learning platforms. The Department shall report to the Chairs of the House Appropriations Committee, House Labor and Commerce Committee, Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee, and Senate Commerce and Labor Committee the results of this pilot project to expand the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative to public broadband authorities and other relevant bodies by June 30, 2022."


(This amendment creates a pilot program for broader application of the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative.)