An Act To Promote Community Broadband Planning and Strengthen Economic Opportunity throughout Maine
Sec. 1. 5 MRSA §12004-I, sub-§85-A, as enacted by PL 2005, c. 665, §2, is repealed.
Sec. 2. 35-A MRSA §9202, sub-§5, as enacted by PL 2005, c. 665, §3, is amended to read:
Sec. 3. 35-A MRSA §9202-A, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 586, §1, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
§ 9202-A. State broadband policy
Sec. 4. 35-A MRSA §9203, sub-§§1 to 3, as enacted by PL 2005, c. 665, §3, are amended to read:
Compensation of members is as provided in Title 5, section 12004-G, subsection 33-F.
Sec. 5. 35-A MRSA §9203, sub-§6, as enacted by PL 2005, c. 665, §3, is repealed.
Sec. 6. 35-A MRSA §9204, as amended by PL 2009, c. 63, §§1 and 2, is repealed.
Sec. 7. 35-A MRSA §9204-A is enacted to read:
§ 9204-A. Duties of authority
Sec. 8. 35-A MRSA §9206, as enacted by PL 2005, c. 665, §3, is repealed.
Sec. 9. 35-A MRSA §9208, sub-§2, as enacted by PL 2005, c. 665, §3, is amended to read:
Sec. 10. 35-A MRSA §9216, sub-§4, ¶A, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 612, §10, is amended to read:
Sec. 11. 35-A MRSA §§9217 and 9218 are enacted to read:
§ 9217. Community broadband planning
The authority shall provide funds for broadband planning grants to municipalities, groups of municipalities or nonprofit local or regional community organizations that are providing local or regional economic development programs to develop plans to expand the availability of broadband services in unserved and underserved areas.
The authority shall make all plans developed using grant funds under this section available on the authority's publicly accessible website.
§ 9218. Broadband service strategic plan
Sec. 12. Triennial strategic plan for broadband service. By February 15, 2016, the ConnectME Authority shall establish and approve the first triennial strategic plan for broadband service pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, section 9218.