STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1360

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: S.B. No. 553

S.D. 2

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Economic Development & Business and Intrastate Commerce, to which was referred S.B. No. 553, S.D. 2, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO BROADBAND SERVICE INFRASTRUCTURE,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to:

 

(1) Establish the Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program to award grants to applicants to extend deployment of infrastructure used to provide broadband service to unserved and underserved areas of the State; and

 

(2) Make an appropriation to establish and administer the program.

 

The Department of Health testified in support of this measure. The Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism; Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs; Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.; Maui Electric Company, Ltd.; Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc.; Hawaiian Telcom; and Charter Communications provided comments on this measure.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Changing the name of the program to the "Broadband Service Infrastructure Grant Program";

 

(2) Clarifying the definition for "broadband service";

 

(3) Replacing the definition of "broadband infrastructure" with a new definition of "broadband service infrastructure";

 

(4) Reducing the minimum amount that grant applicants must pay for the project costs out of applicant's own funds from fifty percent to twenty percent and removing the requirement that a grant applicant may not provide a matching amount from any funds derived from federal or state government grants, loans, or subsidies;

 

(5) Clarifying the definition of "unserved area" to mean a project area without access to broadband service with minimum speeds of at least twenty-five megabits per second downstream and three megabits per second upstream;

 

(6) Clarifying the definition of "underserved area" to mean project areas without access to broadband service with minimum speeds of at least fifty megabits per second downstream and five megabits per second upstream;

 

(7) Deleting the requirement that the grant application include a certification that none of the funds provided by the program for the project proposed in the application will be used to extend or deploy facilities to any already-served households;

 

(8) Appropriating $5,000,000 for fiscal year 2019-2020 for DBEDT to establish and administer the Broadband Service Infrastructure Grant Program;

 

(9) Changing this measure's effective date to July 1, 2112; and

 

(10) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Economic Development & Business and Intrastate Commerce that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 553, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 553, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Economic Development & Business and Intrastate Commerce,

 

 

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TAKASHI OHNO, Chair

 

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ANGUS L.K. McKELVEY, Chair