Monday, March 16, 2009

California PUC sets March 23 public meeting re broadband funding in federal stimulus act

The Schwarzenegger administration is preparing to request some of the $7.2 billion earmarked for broadband telecommunications infrastructure subsidies and loans in the recently enacted federal economic stimulus legislation.

The governor's office has asked the California Public Utilities Commission as well as the nonprofit California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) to get stakeholder input on how best to use the CETF and the CPUC's California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) as vehicles to "quickly target initial federal stimulus funds toward California." The goal is also to determine how to leverage California’s existing broadband programs to assist applicants seeking federal funding available for broadband infrastructure in the stimulus bill.

The CPUC has set a public hearing for March 23 in San Francisco.
"We seek input from a broad spectrum of interests, including broadband providers, public agencies, and consumer groups," the CPUC's notice states.

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