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Broadband/Telecom bills introduced

posted Mar 20, 2014, 3:32 PM by Megan Chadwick Gernert - OIT   [ updated Mar 20, 2014, 3:39 PM ]
There have been 5 bills introduced into the legislature (House) that will have an impact on broadband efforts in the state.  They have been assigned to the House Business, Labor, Economic & Workforce Development Committee, but are not yet scheduled on the calendar.

Please get in contact with your legislators if you want to engage in the process.

Bill summaries (All bills official number will start with 'HB14-'):
  • 1327:  This bill provides a tax-break for the purchase and installation of broadband equipment similar to other industries.  Additionally it addresses the application process for cell towers (at the local level) and access to rights-of-way for state highways.
  • 1328:  This is essentially the Broadband Bill.  It directs monies from the High Cost Fund to be transferred to a Broadband Fund for use in deploying broadband in unserved areas of the state.  Unserved is defined (currently) as 4 down and 1 up (and tied to the FCC definition for future use).
  • 1329:  This bill statutorily de-regulates IP services.
  • 1330:  This bill updates some of language and terminology in the current telecom/broadband laws.
  • 1331:  This bill addresses Basic Local Exchange Service (plain old telephone lines) and how the service is regulated.