Broadband Bill in Senate (SF3049): Senators recommend $30 million more for broadband grants

Senators Draheim, Simonson, Westrom, Koran, and Utke introduce a broadband bill (SF3049) to the MN Senate. (A similar bill was introduced in the MN House earlier.)

S.F. No. 3049: A bill for an act relating to telecommunications; providing an annual statutory appropriation for the broadband development grant program; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 116J.396, subdivision 3.

Here’s the full text:

A bill for an act
relating to telecommunications; providing an annual statutory appropriation for
the broadband development grant program; appropriating money; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 116J.396, subdivision 3.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 116J.396, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Transfer; appropriation; use.

$30,000,000 each fiscal year is transferred from
the general fund to the commissioner of employment and economic development for deposit
in the border-to-border broadband fund under subdivision 1. 
Money in the account is
appropriated to the commissioner for the purposes of specified in subdivision 2.

EFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICATION.

This section is effective July 1, 2020. The first
transfer under this section must be made in fiscal year 2021.

The Bill  was referred to Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Finance.

This entry was posted in MN, MN Broadband Fund Awards, 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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