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04/22/2021 03:30 PM COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

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03:32:00 PM Start
03:32:40 PM SJR13
04:16:55 PM Adjourn
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*+ SJR 13 IMPROVE BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSJR 13(CRA) Out of Committee
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+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
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            SJR 13-IMPROVE BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:32:40 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES   announced  the  consideration  of   SENATE  JOINT                                                               
RESOLUTION NO.  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.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:33:36 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES advised  that the  bill was  being fast-tracked  to                                                               
take advantage of  the existing funding from  the American Rescue                                                               
Plan Act (ARPA)  as well as the funding that  is expected to come                                                               
to  the  state  from  the forthcoming  infrastructure  bill.  She                                                               
recounted  that there  was about  $112 million  in ARPA  funding,                                                               
$400  million   to  tribes  in   Alaska  from   the  Consolidated                                                               
Appropriations Act, and  the annual $150 million  from the Alaska                                                               
Plan  for   infrastructure.  Combined,  she  said   this  funding                                                               
provides an  opportunity to  improve broadband  internet coverage                                                               
in all areas of the state.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES  continued the introduction  of SJR  13 paraphrasing                                                               
the following sponsor statement:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          It is well known that in many parts of the state,                                                                     
     internet access is  scarce at best. In  regions such as                                                                    
     the unorganized borough, the  internet can be extremely                                                                    
     limited,  slow, and  prohibitive in  terms of  cost. In                                                                    
     order  for these  regions to  grow  and increase  their                                                                    
     autonomy,  an  economic  base  is  fundamental.  Alaska                                                                    
     certainly faces  unique challenges to keep  up with the                                                                    
     rest  of  the  developed world,  considering  that  our                                                                    
     communities are  often separated by vast  distances and                                                                    
     geographical  impediments. These  facts, combined  with                                                                    
     winter  weather,  relatively  low  business  demand  in                                                                    
     certain  areas, and  limited  daylight  hours half  the                                                                    
     year,  are  all  challenges  not only  to  the  initial                                                                    
     deployment of  services, but  to the  ongoing operation                                                                    
     and maintenance which can entail exorbitant costs.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
          As internet becomes more readily available in                                                                         
     particular regions  of the state,  we see  its benefits                                                                    
     in  education,   healthcare,  and   commerce.  Improved                                                                    
     broadband in areas of Alaska  where the capacity is now                                                                    
     slow  and  limited  could bring  us  similar  benefits.                                                                    
     Senate Joint  Resolution 13 aims  to address  the issue                                                                    
     of    broadband    access,   speed,    capacity,    and                                                                    
     affordability  in  the  state  by  urging  Congress  to                                                                    
     include  the "information  highway" in  any forthcoming                                                                    
     federal  infrastructure  legislation,  just  as  roads,                                                                    
     bridges,  ports, and  other  projects  essential for  a                                                                    
     functional and vibrant society are included.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
          Passage of SJR 13 would send a clear message that                                                                     
     the  legislature firmly  supports broadband  deployment                                                                    
     in  the state,  recognizes the  benefits of  broadband,                                                                    
     urges engagement  with stakeholders  throughout Alaska,                                                                    
     and  requests technology-neutral  and flexible  funding                                                                    
     criteria in federal  appropriation legislation to allow                                                                    
     for Alaska's unique terrain and size.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HUGHES advised  that the  "whereas"  clauses address  that                                                               
technology  is   foundational  for  economic   development,  that                                                               
broadband was  essential during the  pandemic and will  be during                                                               
any  other type  of crisis,  that  broadband will  be needed  for                                                               
ongoing innovation  in many  sectors, and  that between  2017 and                                                               
2020, broadband providers  have invested more than  $1 billion in                                                               
Alaska. It  is also clear  that the  need and cost  outpaces what                                                               
the state alone can provide.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:38:17 PM                                                                                                                    
DAWSON  MANN, Staff  and Committee  Aide, Senator  Shelly Hughes,                                                               
Alaska State  Legislature, Juneau, Alaska, paraphrased  a summary                                                               
of the resolve statements in SJR 13.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     First,  the  legislature   supports  further  broadband                                                                    
     deployment and  urges the administration  to streamline                                                                    
     right-of-way   and   review    processes   related   to                                                                    
     broadband.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Second,  the legislature  urges  the administration  to                                                                    
     avoid  unnecessary  fees  and roadblocks  to  broadband                                                                    
     deployment.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Third,  the  legislature  urges the  administration  to                                                                    
     seek  input  from  broadband  providers  in  the  state                                                                    
     before making any policy changes related to broadband.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Fourth,  the legislature  urges  the  U.S. Congress  to                                                                    
     include    broadband    funding    in    any    federal                                                                    
     infrastructure  plan along  with other  forms of  vital                                                                    
     infrastructure.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Fifth, the  legislature urges the Alaska  delegation in                                                                    
     Congress  to advocate  for  flexible broadband  funding                                                                    
     parameters given the unique challenges in the state.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.   MANN   offered   his   understanding   that   the   current                                                               
infrastructure  bill sets  aside roughly  $100 for  broadband. He                                                               
also  listed the  individuals  who would  receive  copies of  the                                                               
resolution.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:38:57 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GRAY-JACKSON joined the committee.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:41:01 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES turned to invited testimony.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:41:29 PM                                                                                                                    
RYAN  PONDER,  Director  of   Legal,  Regulatory  and  Government                                                               
Affairs, Matanuska  Telephone Association (MTA),  Palmer, Alaska,                                                               
stated that  MTA is  a nonprofit cooperative  that is  focused on                                                               
serving  the needs  of the  company's  owners, who  are also  its                                                               
member  customers.  He said  it  is  clear  that if  adopted  and                                                               
implemented,  SJR 13  will help  MTA's  customers stay  connected                                                               
into the future. The resolution  accurately portrays the lifeline                                                               
that broadband has become to  society. The resolves make it clear                                                               
that the  Alaska State Legislature  would support  the widespread                                                               
deployment  of broadband  by removing  state-imposed right-of-way                                                               
and  permitting  roadblocks. He  noted  that  these have  delayed                                                               
deployment of  MTA's broadband projects. He  highlighted that the                                                               
further resolves  would help future-proof  the way  Alaskans stay                                                               
connected. He stated support for SJR 13 on behalf of MTA.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:43:56 PM                                                                                                                    
CHRISTINE   O'CONNOR,   Executive    Director,   Alaska   Telecom                                                               
Association,  Anchorage,  Alaska,  stated   that  as  a  lifelong                                                               
Alaskan, she  knows that broadband is  a game changer and  she is                                                               
committed to finding  ways to get broadband to  all Alaskans. She                                                               
emphasized  that   ATA's  member   companies  are   committed  to                                                               
improving   and  extending   Alaska's  broadband   networks.  She                                                               
confirmed  the  earlier  statement   that  these  companies  have                                                               
invested more than $1.2 billion  in upgrades and deployment since                                                               
2017. She said the important findings  and urgings in SJR 13 will                                                               
result in more broadband access  for Alaskans. Resolving to avoid                                                               
unnecessary  fees and  roadblocks  can make  projects viable  and                                                               
facilitate the deployment of more  broadband. She emphasized that                                                               
engaging  with stakeholders  is  critical  to identify  effective                                                               
policies  that  will  encourage and  support  the  deployment  of                                                               
broadband  networks.  Furthermore,  urging Congress  to  dedicate                                                               
funding for  broadband infrastructure that recognizes  the unique                                                               
needs in Alaska sends a  powerful message that likely will result                                                               
in further expansion of broadband.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:46:38 PM                                                                                                                    
LESIL MCGUIRE,  OneWeb, Anchorage, Alaska, stated  that OneWeb is                                                               
the  first LEO  (low-earth-orbit)  spatial constellation  project                                                               
licensed  and committed  to broadband  coverage  over the  entire                                                               
state of  Alaska. She said the  launch in May will  complete this                                                               
coverage. On behalf of OneWeb, she  stated support for SJR 13 and                                                               
lauded  the  committee for  its  leadership  and focus  on  rural                                                               
broadband. She  listed the important  findings in  the resolution                                                               
and  expressed  a commitment  to  work  cooperatively to  further                                                               
broadband in Alaska.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:48:33 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES asked if LEO refers to low-earth-orbit.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCGUIRE  said yes and  added that these  constellations orbit                                                               
1,200  kilometers or  less from  the earth  and thus  have better                                                               
latency.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:49:22 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES  asked if  the  older  geospatial satellites  orbit                                                               
75,000 miles above the earth.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCGUIRE  answered yes, they  are 32,000 to  35,000 kilometers                                                               
from the  earth. She noted  that the constellation  of satellites                                                               
was now the size of a washing  machine as opposed to a school bus                                                               
and when in polar orbit would cover the entire state.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:50:19 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES  offered her understanding that  some satellites are                                                               
the size of a basketball.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCGUIRE agreed.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:51:12 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:51:29 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES reconvened the meeting  and noted that Senator Myers                                                               
had an amendment.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:51:35 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MYERS  moved  to  adopt  Amendment  1,  work  order  32-                                                               
LS0756\B.1.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                                                 32-LS0756\B.1                                                                  
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                          AMENDMENT 1                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     OFFERED IN THE SENATE                  BY SENATOR MYERS                                                                    
          TO:  SJR 13                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, line 4, following "legislation;":                                                                                
          Insert "urging broadband providers to use savings                                                                   
     from  federal  infrastructure  legislation  to  provide                                                                  
     broadband service  at a reduced  rate to the  state and                                                                  
     its political subdivisions;"                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, following line 24:                                                                                                 
         Insert new material to read:                                                                                           
          "FURTHER   RESOLVED   that    the   Alaska   State                                                                  
     Legislature  urges broadband  providers to  use savings                                                                    
     from    federal    infrastructure   legislation    that                                                                    
     appropriates  public  funds  for  the  installation  or                                                                    
     improvement     of     privately    owned     broadband                                                                    
     infrastructure  to  provide   broadband  service  at  a                                                                    
     reduced   rate  to   the   state   and  its   political                                                                    
     subdivisions; and be it"                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:51:40 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:51:43 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MYERS  explained that  the purpose of  Amendment 1  is to                                                               
ensure that the  state sees a direct return for  the public money                                                               
that  is   expended  on   privately  owned   infrastructure.  The                                                               
amendment asks the companies that  benefit from this public money                                                               
to offer reduced rates to  the state, municipalities, and perhaps                                                               
the federal government where applicable.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HUGHES commented  that  she believes  that  the return  on                                                               
investment  happens naturally,  but it  is important  to make  it                                                               
clear.  She  noted  that  some of  these  providers  are  private                                                               
companies and some are cooperatives.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:53:55 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GRAY-JACKSON  asked for assurance that  consumers that do                                                               
not have agreements with providers  are not subjected to too much                                                               
pressure. She  cited the  example of the  pressure GCI  places on                                                               
consumers that do not have agreements.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:54:36 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WILSON stated that he had the same concerns as Senator                                                                  
Gray-Jackson.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:54:51 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES removed her objection; finding no further                                                                          
objection, Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:55:09 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES moved to adopt Amendment 2, work order 32-                                                                         
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                          AMENDMENT 2                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
    OFFERED IN THE SENATE                 BY SENATOR HUGHES                                                                     
          TO:  SJR 13                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
    Page 2, line 19:                                                                                                            
          Following "from":                                                                                                     
               Insert "all stakeholders, including"                                                                             
          Following "providers":                                                                                                
              Insert ","                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:55:18 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MYERS objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:55:24 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES explained  that the  purpose of  Amendment 2  is to                                                               
ensure that  all stakeholders and  different types  of technology                                                               
providers  will  be  engaged  in  the process  and  part  of  the                                                               
discussion.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:56:03 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MYERS removed his objection to Amendment 2.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:56:11 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES found no further objection and Amendment 2 was                                                                     
adopted.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:56:19 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES  moved  to  adopt   Amendment  3,  work  order  32-                                                               
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                                                 32-LS0756\B.3                                                                  
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                          AMENDMENT 3                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
    OFFERED IN THE SENATE                 BY SENATOR HUGHES                                                                     
          TO:  SJR 13                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, line 2, following "stakeholders;":                                                                               
          Insert "urging the development of a centralized,                                                                    
        technology-neutral broadband and internet access                                                                      
     entity in the state;"                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, following line 20:                                                                                                 
          Insert new material to read:                                                                                          
         "FURTHER    RESOLVED   that   the    Alaska   State                                                                  
     Legislature  urges  the  Governor's  administration  to                                                                    
     create a centralized,  technology-neutral broadband and                                                                    
     internet  access  entity  to provide  all  Alaskans  an                                                                    
     equal seat at the table; and be it"                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:56:23 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MYERS objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:56:25 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES  explained that she  had Amendment [3],  B.3 drafted                                                               
after discussion  with stakeholders.  It seeks  to ensure  that a                                                               
technology-neutral  broadband and  internet access  entity exists                                                               
within the  state. She said close  to $1 billion could  come into                                                               
the  state  to expand  broadband  and  she  believes that  it  is                                                               
important  to have  some kind  of  working group  as the  central                                                               
point of contact. She highlighted  that when the unmanned systems                                                               
taskforce started,  there was no  entity in the state  for people                                                               
to check to  see what they could do with  unmanned aerial systems                                                               
and by default, her office became the point of contact.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:57:52 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MYERS  commented that when  unmanned aerial  systems came                                                               
into vogue  in the civilian market,  it made sense to  figure out                                                               
how to  integrate them because  of the likelihood  of interfering                                                               
with  traditional  aircraft.  He  pointed out  that,  except  for                                                               
satellites that  are handled at  the federal level, this  was not                                                               
new  technology. He  asked what  needed to  be coordinated  in an                                                               
office because the bill was about expanding what already exists.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:58:52 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES said  she envisioned  a  work group  for a  limited                                                               
time, not an office for the  long term. She related that the task                                                               
force for  unmanned aerial systems  existed three or  four years.                                                               
She pointed  out that there is  new technology with the  LEOs and                                                               
the amendment  is an opportunity  to keep  everyone communicating                                                               
and working together to get  statewide coverage. She suggested he                                                               
conceptually amend Amendment 3 to  clarify the intention that the                                                               
work group would be temporary.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:59:56 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MYERS  moved  Conceptual  Amendment 1  to  Amendment  3.                                                               
Insert  "temporary" between  "a"  and "centralized"  on [page  1,                                                               
line 3].                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:00:26 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES  objected  for   discussion  purposes.  Finding  no                                                               
comments or questions, she removed her objection.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:00:48 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR   HUGHES   announced   that  without   further   objection,                                                               
Conceptual Amendment 1 to Amendment 3 was adopted.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:01:01 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:01:41 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES   reconvened  the  meeting  and   moved  Conceptual                                                               
Amendment 2 to  Amendment 3. Delete "entity"  and insert "working                                                               
group". [No page or line number was identified.]                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:01:58 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MYERS objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES found no comments or questions.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:02:06 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MYERS removed his objection.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:02:15 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR   HUGHES   announced   that  without   further   objection,                                                               
Conceptual Amendment 2 to Amendment 3 was adopted.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES asked  Senator Myers if he  maintained his objection                                                               
to Amendment 3.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:02:48 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MYERS removed his objection to Amendment 3.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:02:54 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES  announced that without further  objection Amendment                                                               
3, as amended, was adopted.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:03:09 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES opened public testimony on SJR 13.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:03:34 PM                                                                                                                    
CHARLES  MCKEE, representing  self, Anchorage,  Alaska, mentioned                                                               
the written material he submitted  indicating that Lewis McFadden                                                               
initiated  HJR -federal-  which established  the Social  Security                                                               
agency. He  drew a  parallel to  that and  SJR 13  because public                                                               
money was mentioned.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:05:58 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES asked him to speak to SJR 13.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. MCKEE  answered that  he was talking  about public  money and                                                               
that he  wanted $80 million  restitution to remedy the  harm done                                                               
to him through municipal and state action.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES asked for his closing statement.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. MCKEE stated  that based on information he  submitted and the                                                               
gospel, his constitutional rights were being violated.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:07:45 PM                                                                                                                    
MARGE  STONEKING,  Associate  State Director  of  Advocacy,  AARP                                                               
Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska, stated that  AARP supports most of the                                                               
goals  of SJR  13 but  urges including  consumers in  addition to                                                               
providers  in  the  process  of determining  how  to  reduce  the                                                               
digital divide in  Alaska. She related that AARP  works on issues                                                               
that matter to  elders and their families,  which includes access                                                               
to broadband. She said this  can benefit all segments of society,                                                               
but for  elders it makes  aging in place possible.  Reliable high                                                               
speed  internet  service  provides access  to  telehealth,  civic                                                               
engagement, entrepreneurism,  teleworking, connection  to friends                                                               
and  family,  educational  opportunities,  and  vital  assistance                                                               
programs. She  said that AARP  urges the legislature to  create a                                                               
state  broadband office  at  DCEED or  the  Denali Commission  as                                                               
recommended  in  the  2019 blueprint.  She  highlighted  that  no                                                               
entity has been  designated to oversee the  implementation of the                                                               
plan to  continue engagement with stakeholders  and ensure equity                                                               
and  accountability in  federal  funding  decisions. A  dedicated                                                               
broadband office  will help policymakers bring  digital equity to                                                               
all Alaskans.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HUGHES noted  that the  amendments  the committee  adopted                                                               
ensure that  all Alaskan have a  seat at the table  and expressed                                                               
appreciation for AARP's support for the resolution.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:11:31 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES closed public testimony on SJR 13.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:11:36 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:12:16 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES reconvened the meeting  and noted that Senator Gray-                                                               
Jackson had a conceptual amendment to offer.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:12:38 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GRAY-JACKSON moved  to adopt  Conceptual Amendment  1 to                                                               
SJR 13.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                     CONCEPTUAL AMENDMENT 1                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 19, following "providers":                                                                                  
          Insert "and consumers"                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:12:49 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:12:55 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GRAY-JACKSON  said the testimony  from Ms.  Stoneking was                                                               
compelling;  consumers should  be  specifically  included in  the                                                               
resolution.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES stated support for the amendment.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:13:29 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MYERS noted  that Amendment  2 added  "all stakeholders"                                                               
and questioned  whether that term  was broad enough to  cover all                                                               
consumers.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:13:49 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GRAY-JACKSON offered  her  belief that  adding the  word                                                               
"consumers" added clarity.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:14:04 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES   read  the  line  with   the  proposed  conceptual                                                               
amendment:   "...to  engage   with  and   seek  input   from  all                                                               
stakeholders including  broadband providers and consumers  in the                                                               
state..." She commented that it works nicely.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:14:26 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES removed  her objection  to Conceptual  Amendment 1.                                                               
Finding  no   further  objection,  Conceptual  Amendment   1  was                                                               
adopted.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
She solicited the will of the committee.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:15:11 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MYERS moved  to report SJR 13, work  order 32-LS0756\B as                                                               
amended,  from  committee  with  individual  recommendations  and                                                               
attached fiscal note(s).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:15:19 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:15:35 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR   HUGHES  reconvened   the  meeting   and  made   committee                                                               
announcements.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:16:19 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:16:33 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES  reconvened the meeting  and announced  that without                                                               
objection,  CSSJR   13(CRA)  moved  from  Senate   Community  and                                                               
Regional Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                            

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SJR 13 v. B Legislation.PDF SCRA 4/22/2021 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR 13 Support Document- Digital Diversity Broadband and Indigenous Populations in Alaska.pdf SCRA 4/22/2021 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR 13 Supporting Document- A Blueprint for Alaskas Broadband Future 12.11.19.pdf SCRA 4/22/2021 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR 13 Supporting Document- AO 310 Broadband Infrastructure 5.29.19.pdf SCRA 4/22/2021 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR 13 Support Letter- ATA 4.22.21.pdf SCRA 4/22/2021 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR 13 Zero Fiscal Note.pdf SCRA 4/22/2021 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR 13 Support Letter- Alaska Communications.pdf SCRA 4/22/2021 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR 13 Sponsor Statement 4.22.21.pdf SCRA 4/22/2021 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR 13 v. B Amendment 1.pdf SCRA 4/22/2021 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR 13 v. B Amendment 2.pdf SCRA 4/22/2021 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR 13 v. B Amendment 3.pdf SCRA 4/22/2021 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR 13 Letter of Support-MTA.pdf SCRA 4/22/2021 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13
SJR 13 Public Testimony 4.22.21.pdf SCRA 4/22/2021 3:30:00 PM
SJR 13