Coronavirus Capitol Projects Fund Guidance and Application Release

Posted by the U.S. Department of Treasury on 09/20/2021

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) released guidance for the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CPF) program established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This program provides $10 billion for eligible governments to carry out critical capital projects that directly enable work, education, and health monitoring, including remote options, in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Capital Projects Fund Guidance, now available at treasury.gov/CPF, describes how governments may access and use these funds.

A key priority of this program is to make funds available to recipients that would like to make investments in high-quality, affordable broadband infrastructure and other digital connectivity technologies focused on closing the digital divide. This pandemic has shown us that broadband infrastructure is indispensable for access to critical services and participation in aspects daily life, including remote work, telehealth, and distance learning. The guidance provides information about eligible areas for investment and technical standards, and encourages projects in economically distressed areas, supports community empowerment, and encourages strong labor practices.

Treasury will make several resources available to assist eligible governments with accessing CPF funds, including webinars or other information sessions and points of contact in the CPF office.  

For States, Territories, and Freely Associated States
The first webinar for states, territories, and freely associated states will be held on September 30, 2021 at 3:00 PM ET and will focus on accessing and navigating the application portal and provide an overview of the Guidance. Interested parties may register here.  

For Tribal Governments
Treasury has partnered with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Tribal Connectivity & Nation to Nation Coordination office to support Tribal government applicants. Treasury and NTIA will host awebinar on October 6, 2021 at 3:00 PM ET that will focus on accessing and navigating the application. Interested parties may register here.

For more information
To learn more about the Capital Projects Fund, including specific allocations, please visit Treasury’s Capital Projects Fund website.  To receive updates on Treasury’s COVID-19 Economic Relief programs, please sign up here

Thank you for your continued partnership.  

Office of Recovery Programs
U.S. Department of the Treasury
https://www.treasury.gov/CPF

ARPA Funding Webinar September 8, 2021

The WV Department of Economic Development, WV Broadband Enhancement Council and the WV Broadband Office conducted a webinar to share information about the proposed West Virginia Broadband Investment Plan, on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 9:30 a.m.  The webinar provided details concerning proposed programs that may be funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and other funding sources that may be available for broadband investment in West Virginia. View the webinar recording here: September Webinar

WVDED, Broadband Enhancement Council and State Broadband Office issue Request for Comment Regarding Unserved Areas, comment period open until Sept. 7.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Economic Development (WVDED), in coordination with the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council and the State Broadband Office, has issued a Request for Comment Regarding Unserved Areas, related to broadband connectivity in West Virginia. The comment period began on July 12, 2021, and will close on September 7, 2021.

Through this request, WVDED seeks information that will allow it to classify broadband availability more accurately at the address level. Existing location information on the availability of broadband from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) or other federal sources is limited because the FCC instructs ISPs to report service in an entire census block, even if an ISP can only provide service to a small part of a census block.

The WVDED has issued this Request for Comment Regarding Unserved Areas to support the effective allocation of broadband investments to unserved addresses and to avoid duplication of previously funded projects to the extent practical. Funding for broadband is anticipated through the American Rescue Plan Act.

“Our highest priority will be to expand world-class, reliable broadband service to the areas of West Virginia that need it most. This Request for Comment Regarding Unserved Areas will help us accurately identify service locations so that any available funding can be allocated in a transparent and responsible manner to reach those areas of West Virginia with the greatest need for investment in this critical infrastructure,” explained WVDED Cabinet Secretary Mitch Carmichael.

The Request for Comment is directed to Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Regional Planning and Development Councils and Local Economic Development Authorities may also submit data.

West Virginia’s residential and business users can participate in the Request for Comment through the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council’s Survey and Speed Test found online here

To support the Request for Comment, the WVDED has published a Preliminary Target Area Map at broadband.wv.gov. The map contains four address classifications:

  1. Unserved: Addresses not reported as served to the FCC,
  2. Likely Unserved: Addresses within a census block reported as served to the FCC, but that may contain some unserved addresses,
  3. Likely Served: Addresses in an area that is likely served, or
  4. Funded: Addresses in an area that is funded by a state, local or federally funded project (excluding satellite).

The WVDED conducted a webinar with ISPs and community leaders on July 21, 2021. Based upon initial feedback, the classifications of “Likely Served” and “Funded” were separated into distinct categories to clarify that information concerning these addresses is also requested during the comment period. As a result of this clarification, the comment period has been extended one week to close on September 7, 2021.

“Our goal is to be as inclusive as possible and to collect as much information as possible during the comment period to develop a more accurate analysis of broadband availability in West Virginia,” said Robert L. Morris, Jr., Chairman of the WV Broadband Enhancement Council.

The WVDED especially seeks data to narrow the number of addresses identified as “Likely Unserved” and “Likely Served,” to reclassify them as either “Unserved” or “Served.”  After the conclusion of this request for comment, WVDED intends to publish a revised Target Area Map.

The Preliminary Target Area Map and additional details on West Virginia’s Request for Comment Regarding Unserved Areas are available at broadband.wv.gov

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