SF1937 Omnibus Job Growth & Energy Finance bill passes – $7 million for broadband grants

A funny thing happened on my way to attend the SF1937 Omnibus discussion on the House floor on Thursday. First, I stopped to check out the satellite demonstration I mentioned earlier this week. HughesNet was giving demonstrations. The invitation has said bring your laptop so I was looking forward to testing Skype and some other applications. Unfortunately when I got there they told me I couldn’t use my own laptop. I could do a demonstration their laptop – but they didn’t have Skype. So no demo – but I did get a flier for their service.

Then I tried to go to the House Floor and was met by a lot of civic engagement. Specifically a lot of people were there to protest the Enbridge pipeline upgrades. So I wasn’t going to get anywhere near the room – but the meeting was well over 5 hours long so in retrospect, I dodged a bullet.

I’ve been watching the archive of the meeting and I’ve tried to pull out any discussion related to broadband. Spoiler alert – the Omnibus passed with what sounded like a genuine promise on both sides of the aisle to work together to smooth out wrinkles on contention.

Here are the broadband highlights in order discussed…

This entry was posted in Conferences, Funding, MN, Policy by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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