House Committee considers proposal to extend broadband access in underserved areas.

The House State and Local Government Committee met this morning to consider the latest version of HB 431, FIBER NC, an act to foster infrastructure for broadband expansion and resources in NC by authorizing counties and cities to install and lease broadband infrastructure to increase adequate broadband services to attract investment in local economies, provide educational and career opportunities, modernize farming technologies, and to provide for improved health care. Check my twitter feed at @beckigray for play by play of the discussion. (And give me a follow while you’re there!)

The bill passes 13-9, referral to Finance next.

Here’s how the committee members voted:

Chair Harry Warren – not voting

Kevin Corbin –  yes

George Cleveland – no

Michael Speciale – no

John Ager – yes

John Autry – yes

Sydney Batch – yes

Jamie Boles – no

Jerry Carter – no

Josh Dobson – yes

John Faircloth – yes

Susan Fisher – yes

Steve Jarvis – no

Brendon Jones – no

Brandon Lofton – yes

Carolyn Logan – yes

Pat McElraft – no

Amos Quick – yes

Steven Ross – yes

Wayne Sasser – yes

Mitchell Setzer – no

Julie Von Haefer – yes

Shelly Willingham – no

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