HUD Proposes Broadband Installation Rule for HUD-Financed Multifamily Construction

In an effort to extend affordable Internet access to children and families living in federally assisted housing, HUD recently proposed a rule to require the installation of broadband infrastructure into most HUD-financed multifamily housing developments during their construction or substantial rehabilitation. The rule is entitled, “Narrowing the Digital Divide Through Installation of Broadband Infrastructure in HUD-Funded New Construction and Substantial Rehabilitation of Multifamily Rental Housing.”

Recognizing that it’s generally easier and cheaper to install the necessary technology for high-speed Internet at the time of construction, HUD is proposing that, when feasible, developers include these technologies in their multifamily development plans. HUD’s proposed rule seeks to require that, when feasible, developers install broadband infrastructure at the time of new construction or substantial rehabilitation in multifamily rental housing that’s funded or supported by HUD. Additionally, the rule will help states and local governments address the need for broadband access and climate change for low- and moderate-income residents in the communities they serve.

This rule builds on ConnectHome, an initiative to extend affordable broadband access to families living in HUD-assisted housing. ConnectHome will ensure that high-speed Internet follows children from their classrooms back to their homes. Through this initiative, Internet Service Providers, non-profit organizations and the private sector partners offer no- or low-cost broadband access, technical training, digital literacy programs, and devices for HUD-assisted households in 28 communities across the nation.