MN Senate Bill for broadband funding includes grant priority for net neutrality projects

The latest version of the MN Senate Omnibus supplemental budget bill reads

Subd. 3. Broadband Development-0-15,000,000

$15,000,000 in fiscal year 2019 is for deposit  in the border-to-border broadband fund account in the special revenue fund established  under Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.396. This is a onetime appropriation. In awarding  grants, the commissioner must give priority to projects that include broadband providers  who commit to adhere to net neutrality principles.

The addition of net neutrality principles passed on Thursday (April 26) Senate Floor Amendment …

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1.1Senator Latz moved to amend S.F. No. 3656 as follows:
1.2Page 48, line 21, after the period, insert “In awarding grants, the commissioner must 
1.3give priority to projects that include broadband providers who commit to adhere to net 
1.4neutrality principles.
1.5The motion prevailed. #did not prevail. So the amendment was #not adopted.

This entry was posted in MN, MN Broadband Fund Awards, MN Office of Broadband Development, 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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