State Rep. Daire Rendon, of Lake City, today supported a pair of proposals working to expand effective broadband services to more areas throughout Northern Michigan.
House Bill 4266, proposed by state Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona, makes it easier and more cost-effective for electric cooperatives to build and expand broadband networks on existing infrastructure and within existing easements. Many cooperatives already have infrastructure in place and are equipped and eager to work with unserved areas.
“Broadband service is essential in the technological age we operate in today,” Rendon said. “This proposal is going to get services like high-speed internet into more people’s hands and into more locations, making Michigan more attractive for residents and businesses.”
HB 4266 protects against legal issues other states have faced as they have tried to employ similar strategies. Because of the potential for litigation, progress has slowed as cooperatives decide whether to risk building broadband infrastructure or update easements. The proposals won’t use taxpayer funds to increase expansion opportunities and maintain property rights for surrounding landowners.
The plan, along with corresponding legislation dealing with pole attachments – HB 5266 – moves to the Senate for consideration.
State Rep. Daire Rendon this week joined the Michigan House of Representatives in approving its bipartisan plan that won’t raise taxes for the state’s Fiscal Year 2021 K-12 budget.
“We must not let the coronavirus pandemic steal away our children’s education,” Rendon said. “A lot has changed since March – we all have a better understanding of what COVID-19 is and how to slow the spread. As we embrace the new year, I am glad this plan is now finalized for our communities. This is the most practical, well-thought out way to get our kids back to school, whether that be in the classroom or virtually.”
State. Rep. Daire Rendon and her colleagues in the Michigan House today approved a plan to ensure the safety of Michigan students as learning resumes in the fall. The Legislature’s plan empowers local school districts and health departments to work together to develop health and safety standards that are best for their unique areas. “The […]