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File #: 20-0307    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 2/20/2020 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 3/10/2020 Final action: 3/10/2020
Title: Chief Administrative Office recommending the Board approve and authorize the Chair to sign Resolution 033-2020, authorizing the County to submit an Authorized Representative Request to assign a Representative-Signature-Certifier and Administrator as required by the USDA ReConnect grant procedures, to enable system access to the application for grant funding under the USDA Reconnect Program, in order to allow staff to prepare for potential grant application opportunities that could facilitate broadband deployment in areas of the County that do not have sufficient access to broadband. (Est. Time: 5 Min.) FUNDING: N/A for gaining access to the grant application system.
Attachments: 1. A - ARR Reso Counsel Approval, 2. B - Broadband - USDA Reconnect Resolution 3.10.20, 3. Executed Resolution 033-2020
Related files: 20-0288, 20-0956, 20-0835
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Chief Administrative Office recommending the Board approve and authorize the Chair to sign Resolution 033-2020, authorizing the County to submit an Authorized Representative Request to assign a Representative-Signature-Certifier and Administrator as required by the USDA ReConnect grant procedures, to enable system access to the application for grant funding under the USDA Reconnect Program, in order to allow staff to prepare for potential grant application opportunities that could facilitate broadband deployment in areas of the County that do not have sufficient access to broadband. (Est. Time: 5 Min.)

FUNDING: N/A for gaining access to the grant application system.
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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Rural Utilities Service administers federal programs that support the development and improvement of necessary infrastructure in rural areas, including loan and grant funding for Broadband insfrastructure. In March 2018 Congress appropriated $600M in budget authority to establish the Rural Connectivity Pilot Program (ReConnect Program). In fiscal year 2019 an additional $550M was appropriated for ReConnect 1. In fiscal year 2020 Reconnect 2 was announced to include $600M in appropriations, and it is expected that another large appropriation will be made for ReConnect 3 later in 2020.

El Dorado County has priority areas that would be eligible for this grant funding under the terms of the grant. The County has also contracted with NEO Fiber, dba NEO Connect to research eligible areas within the County and make recommendations of what areas qualify most for the grant opportunity.

The individual identified as the Rep-Sign-Cert will have the authority to provide signatures, authorize certifications, enter/update applications, submit applications for consideration, and assign access to new users. If awarded, the Rep-Sign-Cert will also have the authority to enter/update compliance reports, sub...

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