State Broadband Task Forces, Commissions, or Authorities

Heather Morton 1/31/2022

Conceptual Image of Broadband

With roughly 9 out of 10 adults in America using the internet, many consider it to be a necessity of modern life. Because access to the internet is unavailable or inadequate in parts of the country, states and the federal government are focusing on deploying broadband—the technologies that allow internet data to be transmitted at high speeds—as universally as possible.

More than half the states have active commissions, councils, task forces, offices etc. to help develop and promote broadband use. The advantage of creating a statewide broadband authority is that it can 1) provide input on the development of a statewide broadband framework and plan; 2) promote public-private sector participation; 3) develop a broadband map to determine unserved and underserved areas 4) administer and assist with funding programs and 5) assist with encouraging adoption, use and digital literacy.

At least 35 states have created a goverance structure through statute.

 

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State Broadband Task Forces Commissions and Authorities

State:

Statutory Citation:

Governance Structure Name:

Notes:

Alabama

Ala. Code §41-23-210 et seq.

Ala. Code §41-23-270 et seq.

Alabama Rural Broadband Oversight Committee
Alabama Digital Expansion Authority

Administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs

Alaska

Not specified in statute

 

 

Arizona

Not specified in statute

 

 

Arkansas

Ark. Stat. Ann. §25-4-125

State Broadband Manager

Designated by the governor

California

Cal. Government Code §8885 et seq.
Cal. Government Code §11549.50

California Broadband Council
Office of Broadband and Digital Literacy
Broadband Advisory Committee


Administered by the Department of Technology

Colorado

Colo. Rev. Stat. §24-37.5-119
Colo. Rev. Stat. §24-37.5-901 et seq.

Broadband Deployment Board
Colorado Broadband Office

Administered by the Office of Information Technology
Administered by the Office of Information Technology

Connecticut

Conn. Gen. Stat. §16-2a
Public Act 21-159

Office of State Broadband
Office of Policy and Management

Administered by the Office of Consumer Counsel
Develop and maintain broadband map

Delaware

Not specified in statute

 

 

District of Columbia

Not specified in statute

 

 

Florida

Fla. Stat. §288.9961 et seq.

Florida Office of Broadband

Administered by the Department of Economic Opportunity

Georgia

Ga. Code §50-40-1 et seq.
Ga. Code §50-7-8

Georgia Technology Authority
Georgia Broadband Deployment Initiative
Georgia Broadband Ready Community Site Designation Program


Administered by the Department of Community Affairs

And assisted by the Board of Economic Development

Guam

Not specified in statute

 

 

Hawaii

2010 Act 199
2011 Act 151
2016 Act 23
Hawaii Rev. Stat. §440G-11.5
Hawaii Rev. Stat. §206S-1 et seq.

Broadband Assistance Advisory Council


Director
Hawaii Broadband and Digital Equity Office

Administered by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs


Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism

Idaho

Idaho Code §33-5604

Idaho Code §67-4761

Education Opportunity Resource Committee
Idaho Broadband Advisory Board

Administered by Department of Education

Administered by the Department of Commerce

Illinois

Ill. Rev. Stat. ch. 220, §80/1 et seq.

Broadband Advisory Council

Administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

Indiana

Ind. Code §4-4-38-0.1 et seq.
Ind. Code §4-4-38.5-1 et seq.
Ind. Code §4-4-41-1 et seq.

Ind. Code §5-28-28.5-0.5 et seq.

Office of Community and Rural Affairs
Broadband grants for rural areas
Indiana Broadband Connectivity Program
Broadband Ready Communities Development Center


Administered by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs
Administered by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs

Administered by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs

Iowa

Iowa Code §8B.3
Iowa Code §8B.4
Iowa Code §8B.9
Iowa Code §8B.11
Iowa Code §8D.1 et seq.

State Chief Information Officer


Empower Rural Iowa
Iowa Telecommunications and Technology Commission




Administered by state chief information officer
Maintains the Iowa Communications Network

Kansas

2020 Executive Order 67

Office of Broadband Development

Administered by the Department of Commerce

Kentucky

Ky. Rev. Stat. §154.15-010 et seq.
Ky. Rev. Stat. §224A.112 et seq.

KentuckyWired
Broadband Deployment Fund

Administered by the Kentucky Communications Network Authority
Administered by the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority

Louisiana

Executive Order 19-15
La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §3:311 et seq.
La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §51:1361 et seq.

Broadband for Everyone Commission
Office of Rural Development
Office of Broadband and Connectivity

Administered by the Division of Administration

Administered by the Division of Administration

Maine

Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 35-A, §9201 et seq.
Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 94-A, §9401 et seq.

ConnectMe Authority

Maine Connectivity Authority

Administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development

Maryland

Md. Economic Development Code Ann. §13-501 et seq.
Md. Housing & Community Development Code Ann. §6.5-101 et seq.

Maryland Rural Broadband Coordination Board
Office of Statewide Broadband

Administered by the Rural Maryland Council

Massachusetts

Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 40J, §6B

Massachusetts Broadband Institute

Administered by the Massachusetts Technology Park Corporation

Michigan

Mich. Comp. Laws §484.3201 et seq.

2021 Executive Order 2

Michigan Broadband Development Authority
Michigan High Speed Internet Office



Administered by the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

Minnesota

Minn. Stat. §116J.39 et seq.
2019 Executive Order 19-10

Office of Broadband Development
Governor’s Task Force on Broadband

Administered by the Department of Employment and Economic Development

Mississippi

Not specified in statute

 

 

Missouri

Mo. Rev. Stat. §620.2450 et seq.

Office of Broadband Development

Administered by the Department of Economic Development

Montana

Mont. Code Ann. §90-1-601 et seq.

Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Program

Administered by the Department of Commerce

Nebraska

Neb. Rev. Stat. §86-166
Neb. Rev. Stat. §86-331
Neb. Rev. Stat. §86-1101 et seq.

Broadband Data Improvement Program
State Broadband Coordinator
Rural Broadband Task Force

Administered by the Public Service Commission
Reports to the Nebraska Chief Information Officer
Administered by the Nebraska Information Technology Commission

Nevada

Nev. Rev. Stat. §223.600 et seq.

Nev. Rev. Stat. §408.55028

Office of Science, Innovation and Technology
Telecommunications Advisory Council

Within the Office of the Governor

Administered by the Office of Science, Innovation and Technology

New Hampshire

Not specified in statute

 

 

New Jersey

2021 Chapter 161

Broadband Access Study Commission

Administered by the Board of Public Utilities

New Mexico

N.M. Stat. Ann. §9-27-6
N.M. Stat. Ann. §63-9J-1 et seq.

N.M. Stat. Ann. §63-9K-1 et seq.

Department of Information Technology
Office of Broadband Access and Expansion
Connect New Mexico Council


Administered by the Department of Information Technology

Administered by the Department of Information Technology

New York   ConnectALL Office Within the Office of the Governor

North Carolina

 

Broadband Infrastructure Office

Created and administered by the Department of Information Technology

North Dakota

Not specified in statute

 

 

N. Mariana Islands

Not available

 

 

Ohio

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. §122.40 et seq.

Broadband Expansion Program Authority

Administered by the Development Services Agency

Oklahoma

Okla. Stat. tit. 17, §139.201 et seq.

Oklahoma Rural Broadband Expansion Council

Administered by the Department of Commerce

Oregon

Or. Rev. Stat. §285A.154 et seq.
Or. Rev. Stat. §285A.166

Oregon Broadband Advisory Council
Oregon Broadband Office

Administered by the Oregon Business Development Department

Pennsylvania

Pa. Cons. Stat. tit. 64, §6101 et seq.

Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority

 

Puerto Rico

Not specified in statute

 

 

Rhode Island

Not specified in statute

 

 

A. Samoa

Not available

 

 

South Carolina

Not specified in statute

 

 

South Dakota

Not specified in statute

 

 

Tennessee

Not specified in statute

 

 

Texas

Tex. Government Code Ann. §490H.001 et seq.
Tex. Government Code Ann. §490I.0101 et seq.

Governor's Broadband Development Council
Broadband Development Office

The office of the governor provides administrative support to the council

Administered by the comptroller

Utah

Utah Code Ann. §63N-17-101 et seq.
Utah Code Ann. §63N-17-202

Utah Broadband Center
Broadband Advisory Council

Administered by the Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity (GO Utah)

Vermont

Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 30, §201 et seq.

Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 30, §8081 et seq.

Telecommunications and Connectivity Advisory Board
Vermont Community Broadband Board

Administered by the Department of Public Service

Virginia

Va. Code §2.2-205.2

Va. Code §2.2-2699.3 et seq.

Commonwealth Broadband Chief Advisor
Broadband Advisory Council

Within the Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade

Staff to the Council shall be provided by the secretary of Commerce and Trade. The Division of Legislative Services shall provide additional staff support to legislative members serving on the Council.

U.S. Virgin Islands

Not specified in statute

 

 

Washington

Wash. Rev. Code §43.330.421

Wash. Rev. Code §43.330.530 et seq.

Advisory group on digital inclusion and technology planning
Broadband Office

Administered by the Department of Commerce

West Virginia

W. Va. Code §31G-1-1 et seq.
W. Va. Code §31G-1A-1 et seq.

Broadband Enhancement Council
Office of Broadband

Administered by the Department of Commerce
Administered by the Department of Economic Development

Wisconsin


2020 Executive Order 80

Wisconsin Broadband Office
Governor's Task Force on Broadband Access

Administered by the Public Service Commission

Wyoming

Wyo. Stat. §9-12-1501 et seq.

Broadband Advisory Council

Administered by the Wyoming Business Council

 

Heather Morton is a senior fellow in Fiscal Affairs. She covers financial services, alcohol production and sales, and telecommunications issues for NCSL.

 

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