§ 2.2-2233

Advanced Communications Assistance Fund created; purposes

A. From such funds as may be appropriated by the General Assembly and any gifts, grants, or donations from public or private sources, there is created in the state treasury a special nonreverting, permanent fund, to be known as the Advanced Communications Assistance Fund (“the Fund”), to be administered by the Authority. The Fund shall be established on the books of the Comptroller. Interest earned on moneys in the Fund shall remain in the Fund and be credited to it. Any moneys remaining in the Fund at the end of each fiscal year, including interest thereon, shall not revert to the general fund but shall remain in the Fund. Expenditures and disbursements from the Fund, which may consist of grants or loans, shall be made by the State Treasurer on warrants issued by the Comptroller upon written request bearing the signature of the chairman or the vice-chairman of the Authority, or, if so authorized by the Authority, bearing his facsimile signature, and the official seal of the Authority.

B. Moneys in the Fund shall be used solely for the purpose of helping underserved localities in the Commonwealth take full advantage of advanced communications services. Loans or grants from the Fund shall be used in underserved localities for (i) the internal communication needs of such localities, which may include but are not limited to fiber-optic, satellite, and wireless communications networks, or (ii) help in financing the costs of planning, designing, purchasing, leasing, installing, or maintaining dark fiber to the extent permitted in § 15.2-1500.

C. For purposes of this section:”Dark fiber” means fiber optic cable that is not lighted by lasers or other electronic equipment.”Underserved locality” means a locality wherein advanced communication services are not readily and generally available from three or more nonaffiliated certificated local exchange companies.


1999, c. 924, § 9-265.1; 2001, c. 844.


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