Sen Westrom introduces MN Broadband grant bills: $120M for biennium (SF945 & SF946)

As reported in the Journal of the Senate for Feb 11

S.F. No. 945: A bill for an act relating to telecommunications; transferring money for the broadband grant program. Referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development Finance and Policy. Senator Westrom introduced—

S.F. No. 946: A bill for an act relating to telecommunications; transferring money for the broadband grant program. Referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development Finance and Policy.

Details for SF945

A bill for an act relating to telecommunications; transferring money for 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.

Details for SF946…

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

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

Section 1. BROADBAND GRANT PROGRAM; TRANSFER.

(a) $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.

(b) $15,000,000 in fiscal year 2022 and $15,000,000 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. This transfer must be used only to provide broadband service in unserved areas, except that money from the transfer may be used to place broadband infrastructure, as defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.394, in underserved areas. Notwithstanding the limitation in Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.395, subdivision
7, paragraph (a), the grants are available for 55 percent of total project cost if the grant is matched by ten percent or more from a nonstate entity. The nonstate entity providing the match may include but is not limited to organized townships, cities, counties, foundations, nonprofits, school districts, or higher education institutions.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective the day following final enactment.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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