On Thursday (Feb 22), Representative Garofalo introduced
- F. No. 3002, A bill for an act relating to broadband; modifying eligibility for the border-to-border broadband grant program; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 116J.39, subdivision 4; 116J.394; 116J.395, subdivisions 1, 5, 6. The bill was read for the first time and referred to the Committee on Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance.
You can see the proposed changes online; it impacts the eligibility for the border-to-border broadband grant program.
Here are the proposed changes:
Remove “unserved areas” from the definition by removing the following:
(start line 3.15) (i) “Unserved areas” means areas of Minnesota in which households or businesses lack
access to wire-line broadband service, as defined in section 116J.39.
And remove the term/idea from the following (I’ll make the deleted terms bold below):
(start line 3.19) A grant program is established under the Department of
Employment and Economic Development to award grants to eligible applicants in order to
promote the expansion of access to broadband service in unserved or underserved areas of
(start line 3.25) An applicant for a grant under this section shall provide
the following information on the application:
(1) the location of the project;
(2) the kind and amount of broadband infrastructure to be purchased for the project;
(3) evidence regarding the unserved or underserved nature of the community in which
the project is to be located;
(start line 4.18) Subd. 6.
(a) In evaluating applications and awarding grants, the
commissioner shall give priority to applications that are constructed in areas identified by
the director of the Office of Broadband Development as unserved.
Added at 2 pm:
Gulp – I just realized I missed one change:
(starting line 3.12) In the definition second of Underserved – “wireline” is removed:
“Underserved areas” means areas of Minnesota in which households or businesses
lack access to wire-line broadband service at speeds of at least 100 megabits per second
download and at least 20 megabits per second upload.
That is important too. The MN Broadband Task Force has been hearing from wireless providers lately.