Broadband Bill with Key Changes Okayed by Iowa House Committee

Des Moines:- A house committee has approved Gov Terry Brandstand’s broadband bill, but has made several key changes in how the legislation will support expanding high-speed internet in Iowa.
A full commerce committee voted 22-1 Wednesday in support of the bill, which in it’s latest version would strip away $5 million in state funds for a grant program.Lawmakers agreed instead to fund the program through private and federal dollars.
It’s unclear how much money will be immediately available for the program, which aims to help service providers build up infrastructure for broadband, known as high speed internet.
The bill would also expand a property tax program from 3 years to 10 years. West Des Moines Republican, Rep Peter Cowie says other changes to the bill are possible.
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