SB17-081 - Rural Broadband Deployment

Postponed Indefinitely
Concerning the use of high cost support mechanism funds for rural broadband deployment.


Section 1 of the bill updates the definition of a broadband network for purposes of telecommunications regulation and deregulation.


Section 2 updates how the public utilities commission (commission) makes an effective competition determination for high cost support mechanism (HCSM) funding, which is financial assistance provided to telecommunications companies that provide basic telephone service or broadband service in areas that lack effective competition.


Section 3 establishes that HCSM funding cannot be used to support more than one wireline and one wireless line per individual household or individual business.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


Latest update: February 22, 2017
02/22/2017 - Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely
01/13/2017 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology