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SF 2447

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 03/24/2016 08:32am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to broadband; regulating eligibility for border-to-border broadband
grants; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2015 Supplement,
section 116J.394.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2015 Supplement, section 116J.394, is amended to read:


116J.394 DEFINITIONS.

(a) For the purposes of sections 116J.394 to 116J.396, 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 broadband service at speeds deleted text beginthat meet the state
broadband goals
deleted text end of deleted text beginten to 20deleted text end new text beginat least 100 new text endmegabits per second download and deleted text beginfive to ten
deleted text endnew text beginat least 20new text end megabits per second upload.

(i) "Unserved areas" means areas of Minnesota in which households or businesses
lack access to wire-line broadband servicedeleted text begin, as defined in section 116J.39deleted text endnew text begin at speeds of at
least 25 megabits per second download and at least three megabits per second upload
new text end.

Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; BORDER-TO-BORDER BROADBAND GRANTS.
new text end

new text begin $100,000,000 in fiscal year 2017 is appropriated from the general fund to
the commissioner of employment and economic development for deposit in the
border-to-border broadband fund account under Minnesota Statutes, section 116J.396.
The appropriation may be used for the purposes provided in Minnesota Statutes, section
116J.395.
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