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Bill Detail: HB21-1289

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Title Funding For Broadband Deployment
Status Governor Signed (06/28/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Telecommunications & Information Technology
House Sponsors C. Kennedy (D)
M. Baisley (R)
Senate Sponsors K. Priola (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House Committee Transportation and Local Government
Senate Committee Business, Labor and Technology
Date Introduced 04/21/2021
Summary

Sections 1 and 2 of the bill extend the grant award distribution

and reporting dates for the connecting Colorado students grant program.
Section 4 creates the Colorado broadband office (broadband
office) in the office of information technology (office) as a type 1 entity.
Section 4 also creates the digital inclusion grant program fund and directs
the state treasurer to transfer $35 million from the general fund to the
fund for use by the broadband office to implement the digital inclusion
grant program to award grant money to proposed broadband deployment
projects throughout the state. Grant recipients other than Indian tribe or
nation recipients are prohibited from using the grant money for last-mile
broadband deployment. Section 3 requires the chief information officer
in the office to appoint a director of the broadband office.
Section 5 defines community anchor institution, critically
unserved, and income-qualified plan in relation to grants awarded by
the broadband deployment board (board) for proposed broadband
deployment projects throughout the state.
Section 6 creates the broadband stimulus grant program (grant
program) and requires the board to implement the grant program by
awarding grant money from the broadband stimulus account created in
the broadband administrative fund. The state treasurer is directed to
transfer $35 million from the general fund to the account for this grant
program. The board is encouraged to award money under the grant
program to applicants that previously applied for broadband deployment
grants from the board but were denied due to insufficient funding. An
applicant seeking money under the grant program must submit an
income-qualified plan to the board.
Section 7 updates the legislative declaration related to the division
of local government in the department of local affairs (division) to
include language indicating the importance of broadband deployment, and
section 8 defines terms related to the division's work in deploying
broadband.
Section 9 requires the division to submit a copy of any application
it receives for broadband deployment grant money to the board for the
board to review and provide a recommendation regarding the application
within 30 days after the division sends the copy to the board.
Section 9 also creates the interconnectivity grant program and
requires the division to implement the grant program by awarding grant
money for proposed projects that seek to achieve regional broadband
deployment and provide interconnection between communities. Projects
awarded money under this grant program, except for projects awarded to
Indian tribes or nations, cannot use the money awarded for last-mile
broadband deployment. To finance this grant program, section 9 also
creates the interconnectivity grant program fund into which the state
treasurer is directed to transfer $5 million from the general fund.
Section 10 appropriates:
  • $35 million from the digital inclusion grant program fund
to the office of information technology for use by the
Colorado broadband office to implement the digital
inclusion grant program;
  • $35 million from the broadband stimulus account in the
broadband administrative fund to the department of
regulatory agencies for use by the board to implement the
broadband stimulus grant program; and
  • $5 million from the interconnectivity grant program fund
to the department of local affairs for use by the division of
local government to implement the interconnectivity grant
program.

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