2020 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5005 (Conference Report)

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Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (language only)

Item 114 #1c

Item 114 #1c

Commerce and Trade
Department of Housing and Community Development


Page 28, after line 32, insert:

"5. The Broadband Advisory Council shall assess updating the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) to allow for public broadband authorities to apply directly for VATI funds without investment from the private sector. The Department of Housing and Community Development on behalf of the Council shall submit feedback on the potential impacts of this policy change to the Chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees on or before the start of the 2021 General Assembly Session."


(This amendment directs the Broadband Advisory Council to review a policy change for the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative.)