MN Broadband Task Force April 2022 notes: Funding Options

MN Broadband Task Force met today. They decided to send a note to policymakers stressing the importance of investment in broadband – especially since MN House decreased their budget for broadband from $100 million to $25 million. Also they heard from OMB about various potential funding streams.

More notes

10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.   Welcome, Task Force Introductions, Attendee Introductions and Approval of Minutes from March 24, 2022 Meeting

10:10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  Legislative and OBD update

Two bills: HF14 was merged into Ag Bill. Funding was reduced from $100M to $25M from general funds. Adjusts grant match to 75 percent and increases grant limit to $10M. Passed the Ways and Means. SF4019 is funding using Capital Fund money (federal funds). They included line extension, mapping, grants and 75 percent match. Funding has $15M for each program – and all IIJA must be used for grants. The House and Senate are clearly far apart.  

Task Force plans to send a letter to policymakers making the case for more funding in broadband.

Diane Wells, Deputy Director, DEED Office of Broadband Development

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Update and discussion on subgroup topics from Teddy Bekele, Chair, Minnesota Governor’s Task Force on Broadband

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.                Break

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Grant Process – role of MMB with IIJA, Capital Projects Fund, and SLFRF Liz Connor, Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB)

Recovery funds

  • $2.1B to cities
    more than 2,000 cities in MN
  • $2.8B to state
    three areas: replace revenue (general fund), for legislature to decide, flexible pot to respond
  • $3.5B programmatic

 

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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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