January 29, 2018
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HB 2749: Rural broadband

House Bill 2749 would allow a local sales and use tax credit against the state sales tax for high-speed internet infrastructure. Sponsored by Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, the bill would allow rural counties to impose an additional 0.05 percent sales tax as a credit against the state sales tax for development of broadband in unserved areas. Currently, counties can keep 0.09 percent of the state sales tax for economic development purposes and this bill would allow counties to keep an additional 0.05 percent restricted to rural broadband infrastructure.

"This legislation isn’t just about providing faster internet – it’s about laying the groundwork so many underserved parts of our state can connect to the internet for the first time," Orcutt said. "It’s about allowing people to connect with the information and resources that many of us have come to take for granted.”

The Chronicle has more on this bill, which was up for a public hearing last week. A vote is scheduled to move the bill forward in the House Committee on Technology and Economic Development this week.

Contact Mike Ennis, AWB government affairs director for rural issues and infrastructure, to learn more.

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