SB 377

  • Indiana Senate Bill
  • 2021 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate
  • Passed Senate Feb 23, 2021
  • Passed House Apr 13, 2021
  • Signed by Governor Apr 29, 2021

Broadband development.

Abstract

Establishes the Indiana broadband connectivity program (program) for the purpose of expanding availability of broadband Internet connectivity throughout Indiana. Provides that as part of the program, the office must establish a public broadband portal through which an individual may report that minimum broadband Internet (defined as a connection to the Internet at an actual speed of at least 25 megabits per second downstream and at least three megabits per second upstream) is unavailable at the individual's residential or business address. Provides that a broadband Internet provider may: (1) register with the program; (2) receive, at least every three months, listings of addresses submitted to the office as addresses at which minimum broadband Internet is unavailable; (3) report to the office any listed address at which the provider's minimum broadband Internet service is already available; and (4) bid for an award of a grant for purposes of extending connectivity to broadband Internet service (defined as a connection to the Internet at an actual speed of at least 50 megabits per second downstream and at least five megabits per second upstream) to an address at which minimum broadband Internet is unavailable. Provides that in evaluating any bids received under the program, the office shall select the provider whose bid presents the lowest cost to the state. Provides that a grant awarded to a provider under the program may not exceed the following: (1) A per-line extension amount that exceeds $25,000, regardless of the number of addresses served by the line extension. (2) A per-passing amount that exceeds the state's cost per passing for all rural broadband grants awarded from the fund as of the last day of the immediately preceding state fiscal year. Requires the office to provide to the general assembly an annual report containing specified data regarding the program. Provides that the office may maintain a geographic information system (GIS) or similar data base that contains spatial data regarding the availability of broadband Internet service in Indiana. Provides that the office may evaluate the broadband Internet coverage map created by the Federal Communications Commission under the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act (FCC map) and: (1) if the office finds that the FCC map: (A) provides address level broadband Internet coverage information; or (B) provides a greater level of detail than the office's broadband Internet coverage map; use the FCC map to update the office's broadband Internet coverage map; or (2) if the office finds that the FCC map does not: (A) provide address level broadband Internet coverage information; or (B) provide a greater level of detail than the office's broadband Internet coverage map; report that finding to the interim study committee on energy, utilities, and telecommunications during the 2022 legislative interim.

Bill Sponsors (17)

Votes


Actions


Apr 29, 2021

Senate

Public Law 158

Office of the Governor

Signed by the Governor

Apr 28, 2021

House

Signed by the Speaker

Senate

Signed by the President of the Senate

Apr 23, 2021

Senate

Signed by the President Pro Tempore

Apr 19, 2021

Senate

Senate concurred in House amendments; Roll Call 453: yeas 48, nays 0

Apr 15, 2021

Senate

Motion to concur filed

Apr 14, 2021

House

Returned to the Senate with amendments

Apr 13, 2021

House

Third reading: passed; Roll Call 426: yeas 89, nays 2

Apr 12, 2021

House

Representative O'Brien T added as cosponsor

Apr 06, 2021

House

Second reading: amended, ordered engrossed

House

Amendment #1 (Negele) prevailed; voice vote

Apr 05, 2021

House

Representatives Negele and Manning added as cosponsors

Mar 29, 2021

House

Committee report: amend do pass, adopted

Mar 04, 2021

House

First reading: referred to Committee on Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications

  • Reading-1
  • Referral-Committee
utilities, energy and telecommunications

Feb 24, 2021

Senate

Referred to the House

Feb 23, 2021

Senate

Third reading: passed; Roll Call 198: yeas 47, nays 0

Senate

House sponsor: Representative Soliday

Senate

Senator Crane added as coauthor

Feb 22, 2021

Senate

Second reading: ordered engrossed

Feb 18, 2021

Senate

Committee report: amend do pass, adopted

Feb 15, 2021

Senate

Senator Koch added as second author

Senate

Senator Houchin added as coauthor

Senate

Senators Donato and Yoder added as coauthors

Senate

Senators Baldwin, Buchanan, Freeman, Garten, Grooms, Glick added as coauthors

Senate

Senator Charbonneau added as third author

Senate

Committee report: amend do pass adopted; reassigned to Committee on Appropriations

  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
appropriations

Jan 14, 2021

Senate

First reading: referred to Committee on Utilities

  • Reading-1
  • Referral-Committee
utilities

Senate

Authored by Senator Zay

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Introduced Senate Bill (S) PDF
Senate Bill (S) PDF
Senate Bill (S) PDF
Senate Bill (H) PDF
Engrossed Senate Bill (H) PDF
Enrolled Senate Bill (S) PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note: SB0377.06.ENRH.FN001 PDF

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