MN House Ways and Means Committee: moves broadband funding to

Representative Ecklund’s bill (HF14) is moved into HF1524 as a separate article and then HF1524 is placed on general register…

High level notes…

  • Originally recommended $120 million for broadband over two years
  • Now asking for $30 million for one year and $350,000 per year for operating funds for the Office of Broadband Development

Questions/concerns

  • Do we have enough work to spend $30 million?
  • Does the Office of Broadband Development allow for non-fiber solutions? [yes! But I’m going to say more in another post]
  • Can’t we have the federal funding pay for our broadband?
  • Can we use public funding to give end customers money to get satellite connections?
This entry was posted in MN, MN Broadband Fund Awards, Policy by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

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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