U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer Reintroduces the Broadband for All Act - A Perfect Match for PUD 3's Fiberhood Program

U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer Reintroduces the Broadband for All Act - A Perfect Match for PUD 3's Fiberhood Program

by Mason PUD 3 on

May 24, 2019

If the "Broadband for All Act" passes, residents could use a 75 percent tax credit to cover costs of extending broadband service.

(L-R) Larry Edraline, Island Shores Fiberhood Champion – Representative Derek Kilmer – and Justin Holzgrove, PUD 3 Telecom Mgr. at PUD 3 May 24 for the announcement of the reintroduction of the “Broadband for All Act.” 

img_2231-web.jpg(SHELTON, WA) — U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) was in Shelton today (Friday) to announce the reintroduction of his bipartisan “Broadband for all Act.” (H.R.2921)

The bill would allow tax credits for citizens who participate in neighborhood groups to pay the shared cost of extending broadband to their communities. The measure is co-sponsored by Representative Kilmer with Representative Elise Stefanik (NY-21).

Mason County residents and community leaders participated in a meeting Friday to hear the announcement.

There are thousands of Mason County residents that have asked PUD 3 how it can leverage public-private partnerships to help bring high-speed broadband to unserved or underserved areas of the County. The PUD Fiberhood program is one answer to this dilemma.

“The ‘Broadband for All Act’ is a perfect fit for PUD 3’s Fiberhood program,” said Justin Holzgrove, telecommunications and community relations manager. “For those in the PUD’s designated Fiberhood areas, this will help them cover a good share of the individual cost of extending service to designated unserved, or underserved areas of Mason County. In addition, we’ve adopted a low-income discount program that, in partnership with our internet service providers, will mean added opportunities for high-speed internet access.”

To pay for the extension of gigabit broadband service to communities and homes, Fiberhood participants pay a $25 “construction adder” each month for 12 years. It shows up on the bill from the customer’s internet service provider.

Under Kilmer & Stefanik’s bill, Fiberhood participants would be eligible for a 75% tax credit on their “construction adder” charges, greatly cutting the cost to hook up.