MN HF14: $120 million for broadband grants is introduced in the House

MN House of Representatives Daily Intro to Bills (Jan 7) reports

Ecklund, Sandstede, Sundin, Lislegard and Keeler introduced:

  1. F. 14,A bill for an act relating to telecommunications; transferring money for deposit in the broadband grant program.

The bill was read for the first time and referred to the Committee on Industrial Education and Economic Development Finance and Policy.

And more details

A bill for an act
relating to telecommunications; transferring money for deposit in the broadband
grant program.

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

Section 1. BROADBAND GRANT PROGRAM; TRANSFER.

$60,000,000 in fiscal year 2022 and $60,000,000 in fiscal year 2023 are transferred from
the general fund to the commissioner of employment and economic development for deposit
in the border-to-border broadband fund account established in Minnesota Statutes, section
116J.396, subdivision 1, for the purposes specified in Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.396,
subdivision 2.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Earlier this week, Senator Bakk said he would push for $120 million for broadband. Last month, we saw that the MN Broadband Task Force was recommending $120 million for broadband.

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