Makes various changes to the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) broadband development program, including requiring that the surcharges in existing law continue until $330M is collected
Creates a grant program at the PUC to fund broadband, digital literacy, and computer equipment in affordable housing.
Creates a $25M loan guarantee program for low-income households and communities affected by the covid pandemic.
Revises provisions for lifeline telephone service so that more than one person sharing a residence is eligible for lifeline service, if they are not part of the same household unit.
Establishes the Water Affordability Assistance Fund to provide water affordability assistance, for both drinking water and wastewater services, to low-income households; funding would be from separate appropriation.
Extends current water cut-off protections for customers of public water systems with more than 200 customers to customers of all public water systems; prohibits these systems from discontinuing residential water service for nonpayment to a master-metered multifamily residence with at least 4 units or to a master-metered mobilehome park; requires these systems to waive fees for disconnection and reconnection of service for customers under 200% of the federal poverty level.
Makes various changes to the California Advanced Services Fund broadband program.
Allocates $25M per year in the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) to the Broadband Public Housing Account to provide connectivity to residents of publicly subsidized multiunit housing complexes and other low income communities.
Allows California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) broadband development assistance in areas where the existing broadband provider demonstrates it will deploy broadband or upgrade existing broadband service.
Establishes the California Procurement Authority, to provide electricity as a last resort if a utility is unable to do so or ceases to operate.