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The provision establishing the broadband office now goes to the House and Senate floor for a final vote. A House vote on the full jobs conference committee report could come as early as the evening of Wednesday, May 15.
(Published May 15, 2013)
The Jobs and Economic Development Finance and Policy Conference Committee adopted the Office of Broadband Development language as part of their full report to be sent to the floor for a final vote. The new language adopted on May 14 puts the office under Department of Employment and Economic Development’s jurisdiction. This is a change from the original language, which established the office within the Department of Commerce. Additionally, the director of the office will be appointed by the governor.
The office is slated for funding of $250,000 per year, for a total of $500,000 for FY14-15. The office also received $500,000 for FY16-17.
Other provisions in the article language support League policy (LE-14: State Broadband Policy Priorities for Cities- page 51 in 2013 City Policies [pdf]) for progressing towards the state's broadband goals including the "dig once" initiative and the establishment of the fiber collaboration database. Broadband issues are recognized by the LMC Board as a 2013 legislative priority.
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