This section may be cited as the “Advancing Critical Connectivity Expands Service, Small Business Resources, Opportunities, Access, and Data Based on Assessed Need and Demand Act” or the “ACCESS BROADBAND Act”.
Not later than 180 days after December 27, 2020, the Assistant Secretary shall establish the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
The Office shall track the construction and use of and access to any broadband infrastructure built using any Federal support in a central database.
The Office shall develop a streamlined accounting mechanism by which any agency offering a Federal broadband support program and the Commission for any Universal Service Fund Program shall provide the information described in subparagraph (A) in a standardized and efficient fashion.
The Assistant Secretary shall assign to the Office all activities performed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration as of December 27, 2020, that are similar to the activities required to be conducted by the Office under this section.
The Office shall consult with any agency offering a Federal broadband support program to streamline and standardize the applications process for financial assistance or grants for such program.
Any agency offering a Federal broadband support program shall amend the applications of the agency for broadband support, to the extent practicable and as necessary, to streamline and standardize applications for Federal broadband support programs across the Government.
To the greatest extent practicable, the Office shall seek to create one application that may be submitted to apply for all, or substantially all, Federal broadband support programs.
Not later than 180 days after December 27, 2020, the Office shall create a central website through which potential applicants can learn about and apply for support through any Federal broadband support program.
The Office and the Commission shall consult the broadband availability maps produced by the Commission when coordinating under paragraph (1).
The term “agency” has the meaning given that term in section 551 of title 5.
The term “Assistant Secretary” means the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information.
The term “Commission” means the Federal Communications Commission.
The term “Universal Service Fund Program” means any program authorized under section 254 of this title to help deploy broadband.
The term “universal service mechanism” means any funding stream provided by a Universal Service Fund Program to support broadband access.
Nothing in this section is intended to alter or amend any provision of section 254 of this title.