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S.F. No. 980 - Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program Modifications and Appropriation
Author: Senator Torrey N. Westrom
Prepared By: Carlon D. Fontaine, Senate Counsel (651/296-4395)
Date: February 24, 2017


Section 1 [Limitation] specifies that grants for projects in underserved areas may fund no more than 50 percent of a project cost. Requires grants for projects in unserved areas to have a 25 percent match. Current law allows only up to 50 percent of the project cost for all projects. Lowers the maximum grant allowed from $5 million to $3 million.

Section 2 [Broadband prevailing wage exemption] amends the broadband prevailing wage exemption to include any project or portion of a project in unserved areas. The current exemption is for last-mile infrastructure only.

Section 3 [Appropriation] appropriates $35 million in fiscal year 2018 from the general fund for the grant program. Specifies that no more than $5 million may be for grants to underserved areas.


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