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.
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)
- $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