Rep Griffin bill works to accelerate broadband expansion efforts

first_img A bill proposed by state Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan streamlining broadband expansion work was approved today in a vote by the Michigan House.County road commissions hold jurisdiction in right-of-way instances and often require permits, inspections and project reviews due to the close proximity of other lines and mains beneath the ground. Right-of-way permit requirements vary widely from county to county, creating a time-consuming process for telecommunication and video service providers that serve large areas of the state. Griffin’s proposal caps fees that can be charged by commissions and will speed up projects while cutting government red tape.“There is an emphasis today on fast and reliable internet, and areas of Michigan that do not have reliable access to high-speed broadband are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to keeping and attracting jobs and residents,” said Griffin, who serves as vice-chair on the House Communications and Technology Committee. “I came to Lansing to cut the government red tape that has been holding our state back and these measures will help ensure that government is not in the way of broadband expansion efforts.”Providers will still be required to obtain permits to perform work in public right-of-ways. House Bill 5097 moves to the Senate for consideration. 28Feb Rep. Griffin bill works to accelerate broadband expansion efforts Categories: Griffin News,Newslast_img

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