Author: Jaclyn Terwey

April 5, 2022

Concern

HB22-1306 aligns the Broadband Deployment Board Grants with the requirements of the Treasury Department to get these dollars out the door more quickly, and not reinvent the wheel with respect to a Broadband board that has already been debated and decided. 

CML is requesting the following amendments:

  • INCREASE the number of days for the review and comment period to 45 days.
  • ENSURE that the areas receiving grants are still un- or underserved before approving prior applications that do comply with the new requirements.

What House Bill 22-1306 does

HB22-1306 aligns the Broadband Deployment Board Grants with the requirements of the Treasury Department to get these dollars out the door more quickly, and not reinvent the wheel with respect to a Broadband board that has already been debated and decided. 

As drafted, any previously denied application that fits the new requirements would be automatically funded, without ensuring that the situation remains the same and the area in question is still not adequately being served. We are asking that this is confirmed prior to approving the applications and distributing the funding so projects are not duplicative when resources are needed statewide. Further, the comment period is being reduced from 60 days to 30 days, and CML is advocating for that to be increased to 45 days, as it is sometimes difficult to get all the information and parties together for adequate comment and review. CML supports this legislation with these amendments as it would increase accessibility to $170 million and increase access to broadband statewide.


Related Document

HB 1306 Position Paper