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Telecommunications

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Chris Thompson
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Matthew Weaver
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The availability of telecommunications is considered critical in creating sustainable and competitive communities.  Community sustainability requires the availability of adequate healthcare, quality education, reliable emergency services, competitive service-sector businesses (banks, insurance, etc.) and connectivity at speeds necessary for entrepreneurs to engage and compete globally.

Telecommunications Planning

Where appropriate, telecommunications funds may be utilized to:

  • assist in promoting awareness of potential eligible activities and gauging stakeholder interest;
  • creating a management team of potential user groups to oversee the creation of a telecommunications plan;
  • conduct surveying efforts to document the eligibility of future telecommunication planning and implementation efforts for DHCD funding;
  • conduct informational and training programs; and
  • identify and procure professional assistance as necessary.

Generally, funding from DHCD must be combined with other resources.

Telecommunications Implementation

Telecommunications efforts, which may include implementation (e.g., installation of a fiber network) or system development and support (e.g., community business training and education), may be eligible for assistance.  All projects must demonstrate activities that are outcome-focused and demonstrate a direct relationship between intended project efforts and measurable, tangible improvements to the health of the community being served. 

All projects funded must first submit a community telecommunications plan for approval by DHCD.  Only implementation projects which target “last mile” installation of broadband applications will be considered for funding. (e.g., no long-haul backbone systems will be installed)

Eligibility

Applicant eligibility depends on the scope and location of the proposed project. Only units of local government in non-entitlement localities are the only eligible recipients of VCDBG funding. Virginia ARC eligible applicants include localities, planning district commissions, educational institutions, health organization, nonprofit organizations and others.

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Forms

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact DHCD prior to undertaking any application process.