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HB18-1099

Broadband Deployment Level Playing Field

Concerning criteria that the broadband deployment board is required to develop with regard to an incumbent telecommunications provider's exercise of a right to implement a broadband deployment project in an unserved area of the state upon a nonincumbent provider's application to the broadband deployment board to implement a proposed broadband deployment project in the unserved area.
Session:
2018 Regular Session
Subject:
Telecommunications & Information Technology
Bill Summary

The broadband deployment board in the department of regulatory agencies (board) implements and administers a grant program regarding the deployment of broadband service in unserved areas of the state. Upon a telecommunications provider's application for funding of a proposed project to provide access to a broadband network in an unserved area of the state, the board must allow an incumbent telecommunications provider in the unserved area the right of first refusal with regard to implementing a broadband deployment project for the unserved area.

The board is required to develop criteria regarding an incumbent telecommunications provider's exercise of its right to develop a broadband project in an unserved area upon another telecommunications provider having submitted to the board a proposed project for the unserved area. The bill requires that the board's criteria include requirements that an incumbent telecommunications provider exercising its right to implement a broadband deployment project for the unserved area agree to provide demonstrated downstream and upstream speeds equal to or faster than the speeds indicated in the applicant's proposed project and at a cost per household that is equal to or less than the cost per household indicated in the applicant's proposed project.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

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Status

Introduced
Passed
Became Law

Bill Text

  • All Versions (7 )
    Date Bill Type Documents
    04/02/2018 Signed Act PDF
    04/02/2018 Final Act PDF
    03/23/2018 Rerevised PDF
    03/22/2018 Revised PDF
    03/06/2018 Reengrossed PDF
    03/05/2018 Engrossed PDF
    01/18/2018 Introduced PDF