House committee substitute to the 1st edition makes the following changes. Amends GS 143B-1321 to require that the statewide broadband maps prepared and maintained by the Department of Information Technology (Department) incorporate current and future federal data along with State data collected by the Department or provided to the Department from other sources. Also requires that the maps be used to identify capabilities and need related to broadband distribution in addition to access.
Bill H 289 (2021-2022)Summary date: Mar 23 2021 - View summary
Bill H 289 (2021-2022)Summary date: Mar 11 2021 - View summary
Amends GS 143B-1321 to give the Department of Information Technology (Department) the power and duty to prepare and maintain statewide broadband maps to identify the capabilities and needs related to broadband access and serve as the sole provider of broadband mapping for State agencies. Amends GS 143B-1370 by making conforming changes. Amends GS 143B-1373 to require the Office of Broadband Infrastructure in the Department to serve as the designated agency for the receipt of all State, federal, and private grants, gifts, or matching funds for broadband mapping; requires the funds to remain unexpended until appropriated by the NCGA.
Appropriates $1 million for 2020-21 from the General Fund to the Department for broadband mapping.