SJR 13: Supporting broadband deployment in the state; recognizing the benefits of broadband; urging facilitation of broadband deployment; urging engagement with stakeholders; urging the United States Congress to include broadband in 2021 federal infrastructure legislation; and urging the Alaska delegation in Congress to advocate for flexible broadband funding parameters.
00 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 13 01 Supporting broadband deployment in the state; recognizing the benefits of broadband; 02 urging facilitation of broadband deployment; urging engagement with stakeholders; 03 urging the United States Congress to include broadband in 2021 federal infrastructure 04 legislation; and urging the Alaska delegation in Congress to advocate for flexible 05 broadband funding parameters. 06 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 07 WHEREAS improving transportation, energy, and technological foundations in the 08 state is a key goal of, and is critical to, the state's comprehensive economic development 09 strategy; and 10 WHEREAS broadband has been an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic, 11 connecting families and communities, supporting healthcare, education, remote work, and 12 commerce; and 13 WHEREAS the Alaska Broadband Task Force plan, as updated in 2019, identifies 14 expanding broadband infrastructure as critical to meeting the ever-increasing demand for 15 bandwidth needed to support innovations in healthcare, education, remote work, and
01 commerce, among other parts of the economy; and 02 WHEREAS broadband will play a critical role in connecting and supporting Alaskans 03 through future challenges and crises, such as earthquakes and other natural disasters; and 04 WHEREAS broadband providers made more than $1,000,000,000 in capital 05 investments from 2017 to 2020 and continue to make capital investments to expand and 06 improve broadband in the state; and 07 WHEREAS the need for improved and expanded broadband far outpaces the state 08 government's ability to directly fund deployment; 09 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature supports widespread broadband 10 deployment in the state and urges the Governor's administration to support broadband 11 deployment through right-of-way access and by streamlining, consistent with state law, the 12 authorization and environmental permitting and review processes required for the 13 construction of broadband facilities; and be it 14 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the Governor's 15 administration to ensure that no unnecessary or burdensome fees, such as increased permit or 16 right-of-way fees, consistent with state law, become barriers or roadblocks to broadband 17 deployment; and be it 18 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the Governor's 19 administration to engage with and seek input from broadband providers in the state before 20 making policy changes that affect broadband providers; and be it 21 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States 22 Congress to include broadband, the "information highway," in 2021 federal infrastructure 23 legislation, along with roads, bridges, ports, and other projects essential for a functional and 24 vibrant society; and be it 25 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the Alaska 26 delegation in Congress to advocate for flexible broadband funding parameters given the 27 unique challenges in the state. 28 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, President 29 of the United States; the Honorable Charles Schumer, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the 30 Honorable Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Nancy 31 Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Kevin McCarthy,
01 Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives; the Honorable Mike Dunleavy, 02 Governor of Alaska; the Honorable Amanda Holland, Acting Commissioner, Department of 03 Administration; the Honorable Julie Anderson, Commissioner, Department of Commerce, 04 Community, and Economic Development; the Honorable Nancy Dahlstrom, Commissioner, 05 Department of Corrections; the Honorable Dr. Michael Johnson, Commissioner, Department 06 of Education and Early Development; the Honorable Jason Brune, Commissioner, 07 Department of Environmental Conservation; the Honorable Doug Vincent-Lang, 08 Commissioner, Department of Fish and Game; the Honorable Adam Crum, Commissioner, 09 Department of Health and Social Services; the Honorable Dr. Tamika Ledbetter, 10 Commissioner, Department of Labor and Workforce Development; the Honorable Treg 11 Taylor, Alaska Attorney General; the Honorable Torrence Saxe, Adjutant General, 12 Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs; the Honorable Corri Feige, Commissioner, 13 Department of Natural Resources; the Honorable Leon Morgan, Commissioner, Department 14 of Public Safety; the Honorable Lucinda Mahoney, Commissioner, Department of Revenue; 15 the Honorable John MacKinnon, Commissioner, Department of Transportation and Public 16 Facilities; and the Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senators, 17 and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in 18 Congress.