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HUD/HUDSEC RIN: 2501-AD75 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Narrowing the Digital Divide Through Broadband Installation in HUD-Funded New Construction and Substantial Rehabilitation (FR-5890) 
Abstract:

Through this proposed rule, HUD continues its efforts to narrow the digital divide in low-income communities served by HUD by providing, where feasible and with HUD funding, broadband access to communities in need of such access. Broadband is the common term used to refer to a very fast connection to the Internet. Such connection is also referred to as high-speed broadband or high-speed Internet. In this rule, HUD proposes to require installation of broadband infrastructure at the time of new construction or substantial rehabilitation of multifamily rental housing that is funded by HUD. Installation of broadband infrastructure at the time of new construction or substantial rehabilitation is generally easier and less costly than when such installation is undertaken as a stand-alone effort. The proposed rule, however, recognizes that installation of broadband infrastructure may not be feasible for all new construction or substantial rehabilitation, and therefore the proposed rule allows limited exceptions to the installation requirements. Installing unit-based high-speed Internet in multifamily rental housing that is newly constructed and substantially rehabilitated with HUD funding will not only expand affordable housing for low-income families but will provide a platform for individuals and families residing in such housing to participate in the digital economy, and increase their access to economic opportunities.

 
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 24 CFR 5    24 CFR 92    24 CFR 93    24 CFR 570    24 CFR 578    24 CFR 880    24 CFR 905    24 CFR 983   
Legal Authority: 12 U.S.C. 1701q    12 U.S.C. 4568    1437a, 1437c, 1437d, 1437f, 1437n, 1437z-2, 1437z-7    42 U.S.C. 3535(d)    42 U.S.C. 5301-5320    42 U.S.C. 8013    42 U.S.C. 11371 et seq.    42 U.S.C.12701 to 12839    42 U.S.C.12901 to 12912    42 U.S.C.13611 to 13619    sec 327, Pub. L. 109–115, 119 Stat 2936    sec 607, Pub. L. 109–162, 119 Stat 3051   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/18/2016  81 FR 31181   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/18/2016 
Final Action  12/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Dominique Blom
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Public Housing Investments,Office of Public and Indian Housing
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of the Secretary
451 Seventh Street SW.,
Washington, DC 20410
Phone:202 402-4181

Katie Buckner
Restructuring Analyst, Office of Multifamily Programs, Office of Housing
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of the Secretary
451 Seventh Street SW.,
Washington, DC 20410
Phone:202 402-7140

Stanley Gimont
Director, Office of Block Grant Assistance, Office of Community Planning and Development
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of the Secretary
451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7286,
Washington, DC 20410
Phone:202 708-3587