2024 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Conference Report)

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Designated Uses of BEAD Funding (language only)

Item 103 #9c

Item 103 #9c

Commerce and Trade
Department of Housing and Community Development


Page 105, strike lines 34 through 36, and insert:

"T. l. The department is hereby authorized to use federal funding received by Virginia from the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program of the Federal Infrastructure and Jobs Act (Public Law 117-58).

2. In its implementation of Public Law 117-58, the department shall first confirm that sufficient funds are allocated to ensure the deployment of service to all unserved locations and all underserved locations, followed by coverage to Community Anchor Institutions in a manner consistent with Public Law 117-58 and related federal guidance.

3. Of the federal funding remaining after Paragraph T.2., the department shall take such measures as necessary to allocate the additional funding to include the purposes outlined below, drawn from the  National Telecommunications Information Administration BEAD Notice of Funding Opportunity ("NOFO"):

(i) User training with respect to cybersecurity, privacy, and other digital safety matters;

(ii) Remote learning or telehealth services/facilities;

(iii) Digital literacy/upskilling (from beginner-level to advanced);

(iv) Computer science, coding and cybersecurity education programs;

(v) Implementation of Eligible Entity digital equity plans to supplement, but not to duplicate or supplant, Planning Grant funds received by the Eligible Entity in connection with the Digital Equity Act of 2021;

(vi) Broadband sign-up assistance and programs that provide technology support;

(vii) Multi-lingual outreach to support adoption and digital literacy;

(viii) Prisoner education to promote pre-release digital literacy, job skills, online job acquisition skills, etc.;

(ix) Digital navigators;

(x) Direct subsidies for use toward broadband subscription, where the Eligible Entity shows the subsidies will improve affordability for the end user population and to supplement, but not to duplicate or supplant, the subsidies provided by the Affordable Connectivity Program;

(xi) Costs associated with stakeholder engagement, including travel, capacity-building, or contract support;

(xii) Other allowable costs necessary to carrying out programmatic activities of an award, not to include ineligible costs described in Section V.H.2 of the NOFO; and

(xiii) Broadband resiliency to include utility pole replacements, mid-span pole installations, and undergrounding.

4. Prior to entering a contract with a sub recipient from the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program of the Federal Infrastructure and Jobs Act (Public Law 117-58), the department shall receive approval from the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) validating eligibility under the BEAD program."


(This amendment outlines the uses of Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program funds.)