Representative Garofalo introduced bill HF4180 – Satellite broadband providers made eligible for grants…
Here is the text for the bill…
A bill for an act
relating to broadband; making certain satellite broadband providers eligible for
grants; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 116J.394; 116J.395,
subdivisions 2, 5, 7.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 116J.394, is amended to read:
(b) “Broadband” or “broadband service” has the meaning given in section 116J.39,
subdivision 1, paragraph (b).
(c) “Broadband infrastructure” means networks of deployed telecommunications
equipment and technologies necessary to provide high-speed Internet access and other
advanced telecommunications services for end users.
(d) “Commissioner” means the commissioner of employment and economic development.
(e) “Last-mile infrastructure” means broadband infrastructure that serves as the final leg
connecting the broadband service provider’s network to the end-use customer’s on-premises
(f) “Middle-mile infrastructure” means broadband infrastructure that links a broadband
service provider’s core network infrastructure to last-mile infrastructure.
(g) “Political subdivision” means any county, city, town, school district, special district
or other political subdivision, or public corporation.
“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.
(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.
Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 116J.395, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
Grants may be awarded under this section to fund the
acquisition and installation of
middle-mile and last-mile infrastructure that support broadband service scalable to
speeds of at least 100 megabits per second download and 100 megabits per second upload.
Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 116J.395, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
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;
(4) the number of households passed that will have access to broadband service as a
result of the project, or whose broadband service will be upgraded as a result of the project;
(5) significant community institutions that will benefit from the proposed project;
(6) evidence of community support for the project;
(7) the total cost of the project;
(8) sources of funding or in-kind contributions for the project that will supplement any
(9) evidence that no later than six weeks before submission of the application the applicant
contacted, in writing, all entities providing broadband service in the proposed project area
to ask for each broadband service provider’s plan to upgrade broadband service in the project
area to speeds that meet or exceed the state’s broadband speed goals in section 237.012,
subdivision 1, within the time frame specified in the proposed grant activities;
(10) the broadband service providers’ written responses to the inquiry made under clause
(11) any additional information requested by the commissioner.
Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 116J.395, subdivision 7, is amended to read:
(a) No grant awarded under this section may fund more than 50
percent of the total cost of a project.
(b) Grants awarded to a single project under this section must not exceed $5,000,000.