House File 2324 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 2324 BY SORENSEN A BILL FOR An Act establishing a satellite internet grant program. 1 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 2 TLSB 5302YH (8) 89 es/rn
H.F. 2324 Section 1. Section 8B.4, Code 2022, is amended by adding the 1 following new subsection: 2 NEW SUBSECTION . 20. Administer the satellite internet 3 grant program pursuant to section 8B.11A. 4 Sec. 2. NEW SECTION . 8B.11A Satellite internet grant 5 program —— fund. 6 1. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise 7 requires: 8 a. “Initial hardware costs” means manufacturing and 9 equipment expenses generated from accessing a satellite. 10 b. “Person” means the same as defined in section 4.1. 11 c. “Satellite” means electronic infrastructure equipment 12 that facilitates broadband service that revolves around the 13 earth at atmospheric altitudes between two hundred kilometers 14 and two thousand kilometers. 15 2. The office shall establish and administer a satellite 16 internet grant program. The purpose of the program is to 17 facilitate broadband service to residents of the state through 18 a satellite connection. 19 3. A person may apply to the office for a grant to cover 20 up to the initial hardware costs under this section by filing 21 a completed application. The office shall develop a grant 22 application form and establish criteria for the awarding of 23 grants, which shall include the following: 24 a. Broadband services shall be facilitated where there is 25 no broadband currently available. The applicant must submit 26 satisfactory proof of the lack of service. 27 b. A statement of initial hardware costs for the satellite 28 project. 29 c. The satellite connection shall facilitate internet 30 service that provides a minimum download speed of one hundred 31 megabits per second and a minimum upload speed of twenty 32 megabits per second. 33 d. Other performance-based standards and criteria deemed 34 appropriate by the office. 35 -1- LSB 5302YH (8) 89 es/rn 1/ 2
H.F. 2324 4. A satellite internet grant fund is established in 1 the state treasury under the authority of the office. The 2 fund shall consist of moneys appropriated to and obtained or 3 accepted by the office. Moneys in the fund are appropriated 4 to the office to be used to provide grants to communications 5 service providers pursuant to this section. Notwithstanding 6 section 8.33, moneys in the fund that remain unencumbered or 7 unobligated at the close of the fiscal year shall not revert 8 but shall remain available for the purposes designated in the 9 following fiscal year. 10 EXPLANATION 11 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 12 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 13 This bill creates a satellite internet grant program 14 under the office of the chief information officer to provide 15 broadband connection to Iowans with limited or nonexistent 16 internet connectivity. 17 The bill defines “initial hardware costs” to mean 18 manufacturing and equipment costs generated from accessing a 19 satellite. The bill defines “satellite” to mean an electronic 20 infrastructure orbiting the earth at atmospheric altitudes 21 between 200 kilometers and 2,000 kilometers that facilitates 22 broadband service. 23 The bill provides that a person may apply for grants 24 administered by the office to cover up to the initial hardware 25 costs for satellite interconnection if certain criteria are 26 satisfied. Criteria for awarding a grant include providing 27 broadband service to areas with no broadband, a statement 28 of the initial hardware costs for the satellite project, 29 interconnection facilitating internet service that provides 30 certain minimum download and upload speeds, and other standards 31 and criteria as determined by the office. 32 -2- LSB 5302YH (8) 89 es/rn 2/ 2