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AB-1409 California Teleconnect Fund Administrative Committee Fund: Digital Divide Grant Program: homework gap projects.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.

 Section 270 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

270.
 (a) The following funds are hereby created in the State Treasury:
(1) The California High-Cost Fund-A Administrative Committee Fund.
(2) The California High-Cost Fund-B Administrative Committee Fund.
(3) The Universal Lifeline Telephone Service Trust Administrative Committee Fund.
(4) The Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program Administrative Committee Fund.
(5) The California Teleconnect Fund Administrative Committee Fund.
(6) The California Advanced Services Fund.
(b) Moneys in the funds are held in trust and may only be expended pursuant to this chapter and upon appropriation in the annual Budget Act or upon supplemental appropriation. appropriation, except as provided in Section 280.5. 
(c) The commission, in administering the universal service program funds listed in subdivision (a), and in administering state participation in federal universal service programs, is encouraged, consistent with the state’s universal service policies and goals, to maximize the amount of federal funding to California participants in the federal programs.
(d) Moneys in each fund shall not be appropriated, or in any other manner transferred or otherwise diverted, to any other fund or entity, except as provided in Sections 19325 and 19325.1 of the Education Code.

SEC. 2.

 Section 280.5 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

280.5.
 (a) Of the revenues from fees collected pursuant to Section 14666.8 of the Government Code after the operative date of this section, except for revenues from fees from a lease agreement for access to Department of Transportation property or a lease agreement existing prior to  before  the operative date of the section, 15 percent shall be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature,  available  for the purpose of addressing the state’s digital divide.
(b) (1) The Department of General Services shall timely deposit the revenues made available pursuant to subdivision (a) into the Digital Divide Account, which is hereby established in the California Teleconnect Fund Administrative Committee Fund established pursuant to Section 270.
(2) Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code and Section 270 of this code, the moneys in Digital Divide Account are hereby continuously appropriated without regard to fiscal years to the commission for purposes of the Digital Divide Grant Program.
(3) Moneys in the Digital Divide Account shall be used only for digital divide pilot projects.
(b) (4)  Revenues described in subdivision (a) shall be deposited in the Digital Divide Account, which is hereby established in the California Teleconnect Fund Administrative Committee Fund established pursuant to Section 270, to be used only for digital divide pilot projects.  Not more than 5 percent of the revenues described in subdivision (a) may be used to pay the costs incurred in connection with the administration of digital divide pilot projects by the commission.
(c) (1) The Digital Divide Grant Program is hereby established subject to the availability of funding pursuant to this section. The commission may not  shall  implement the grant program until upon  the commission projects projecting  that at least five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) will be available in the Digital Divide Account during the calendar year following that  implementation, based on money collected pursuant to Section 14666.8 of the Government Code.
(2) The commission shall provide grants pursuant to this subdivision  on a competitive basis basis,  subject to criteria to be established by the commission and in a way that disburses the funds widely, including to both  urban and rural areas. Grants shall be awarded to community-based nonprofit organizations that are exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code for the purpose of funding community technology programs. 
(3) Grants may be awarded to community-based nonprofit organizations that are exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code for the purpose of funding community technology programs.
(4) To support universal service to schools, community colleges, libraries, hospitals, health clinics, and community organizations, grants may be awarded to fund the use of broadband services funded, in whole or in part, through the California Teleconnect Fund Administrative Committee Fund for homework gap projects.
(5) To support universal service to schools, community colleges, libraries, hospitals, health clinics, and community organizations, whose broadband services are funded, in whole or in part, through the California Teleconnect Fund Administrative Committee Fund, grants may be awarded to fund the installation of broadband, broadband service, equipment, administrative implementation, and maintenance for homework gap projects.
(3) (6)  Recipients of grants pursuant to this subdivision  shall report to the commission annually on the effectiveness of the grant program.
(7) Participation in the federal Universal Service E-rate program administered by the Schools and Libraries Division of the Universal Service Administrative Company or in the California Teleconnect Fund Administrative Committee Fund program shall not affect the eligibility of an entity to receive a grant pursuant to this subdivision.
(d) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(d)  For purposes  (1)   of this section, “community  “Community  technology programs” means a program that is engaged in diffusing technology in local communities and training local communities in the use of technology, especially local communities that otherwise would have no access or limited access to the Internet internet  and other technologies.
(e)  For purposes  (2)   of this section, “digital divide  “Digital divide pilot  projects” means community technology programs involved in activities that include, but are not limited to, the following:
(1) (A)  Providing open access to and opportunities for training in technology.
(2) (B)  Developing content relevant to the interests and wants of the local community.
(3) (C)  Preparing youth for opportunities in the new economy through multimedia training and skills.
(4) (D)  Harnessing technology for e-government e-Government  services.
(E) To support the goal of closing the digital divide, homework gap projects.
(3) “Grants” means those grants awarded pursuant to the Digital Divide Grant Program.
(4) “Homework gap project” means a project that provides pupils in kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, with after school access to broadband, such as Wi-Fi enabled schoolbuses or school or library Wi-Fi hot spot lending.