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SF 1408

as introduced - 93rd Legislature (2023 - 2024) Posted on 02/09/2023 09:35am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to broadband grants; allowing broadband grants to be used for fixed
wireless broadband and clarifying broadband mapping requirements; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2022, sections 116J.394; 116J.397.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 116J.394, is amended to read:


(a) For the purposes of sections 116J.394 to 116J.398, the following terms have the
meanings given them.

(b) "Broadband" or "broadband service" has the meaning given in section 116J.39,
subdivision 1, paragraph (b).

(c) "Broadband infrastructure" means networks of deployed telecommunications
equipment and technologies necessary to provide high-speed Internet access and other
advanced telecommunications services for end users.

(d) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of employment and economic development.

(e) "Last-mile infrastructure" means broadband infrastructure that serves as the final leg
connecting the broadband service provider's network to the end-use customer's on-premises
telecommunications equipment.

(f) "Middle-mile infrastructure" means broadband infrastructure that links a broadband
service provider's core network infrastructure to last-mile infrastructure.

(g) "Political subdivision" means any county, city, town, school district, special district
or other political subdivision, or public corporation.

(h) "Underserved areas" means areas of Minnesota in which households or businesses
lack access to wire-line new text begin or fixed wireless new text end broadband service at speeds of at least 100 megabits
per second download and at least 20 megabits per second upload.

(i) "Unserved areas" means areas of Minnesota in which households or businesses lack
access to wire-line new text begin or fixed wireless new text end broadband service, as defined in section 116J.39.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 116J.397, is amended to read:


(a) deleted text begin Beginning in 2016 and continuing each year thereafter,deleted text end The Office of Broadband
Development shall contract new text begin annually new text end with one or more independent organizations that have
extensive experience working with Minnesota broadband providers to:

(1) collect broadband deployment data new text begin reflecting all broadband delivery technologies
new text end from Minnesota providers, verify its accuracy through on-the-ground testing, and create
state and county maps available to the public deleted text begin by April 15, 2017, anddeleted text end each April 15 deleted text begin thereafterdeleted text end ,
showing the availability of broadband service at various upload and download speeds
throughout Minnesota;

(2) analyze the deployment data collected to help inform future investments in broadband
infrastructure; and

(3) conduct business and residential surveys that measure broadband adoption and use
in the state.

(b) Data provided by a broadband provider under this section is nonpublic data under
section 13.02, subdivision 9. Maps produced under this paragraph are public data under
section 13.03.