The Michigan House today approved Rep. Beth Griffin’s proposal aimed at increasing access to broadband-based internet in underserved, rural areas of the state.
Griffin’s measure would make it more cost effective for companies to install fiber networks by exempting broadband equipment from personal property taxes in areas lacking broadband service.
“If it made financial sense for companies to lay fiber in these unserved rural areas of Michigan, it would have been done already,” said Griffin, of Mattawan. “We must act to increase access to broadband because that’s what people are asking for and need – a need that has only been exacerbated over this past year. This legislation will truly move the ball down the field to serve rural Michigan residents who want better access to telehealth, students who need to livestream classes, and for workers who are now doing so much more of their business from home.”
Broadband service is generally defined as high-speed, always available internet access. It is costly to install – which is a problem in rural areas, which often have so few customers that companies do not see a return on investment.
Griffin’s measure would lower costs for companies by exempting them from personal property taxes on broadband equipment under certain conditions – and only in areas with slow internet speeds. Griffin noted that the need for improved broadband access has become even more apparent over the past year.
“The COVID pandemic forced everyone to change how they do business, how they learn, how they keep in touch with the outside world,” Griffin said. “Today is a huge win for Michigan families and I look forward to helping improve broadband service at a time our state needs it most.”
Rep. Griffin talks about the Governor’s veto of her HB 4210, which focused on expanding rural broadband in Michigan. Rep. Griffin says she is puzzled by the Governor’s claim that speeds in the bill were not high enough, even though they met the federal standard and says the veto hurts rural Michigan families who would […]
Rep. Griffin speaks on the House floor Wednesday prior to approval of her plan that would lower costs for rural broadband expansion by exempting providers from personal property taxes on high-speed internet equipment under certain conditions – and only in areas with slow internet speeds.
Rep. Beth Griffin today said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hurt rural Michigan families by vetoing legislation aimed at increasing access to broadband-based internet in underserved areas. Whitmer rejected House Bill 4210, sponsored by Griffin. The measure was recently approved by the Legislature. “The governor stresses the importance of increasing access to broadband, but when it came […]
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