HB1329 and SB206, HB 1329 Communication towers, state-owned; wireless broadband service in unserved areas (2008)
Patrons - Delegate Christopher K. Peace, Senator Richard Stuart
State-owned communications towers; broadband service. Requires state agencies to lease or convey a license or other interest in a state-owned communication tower for which they are responsible to qualified providers of wireless broadband service in order to deploy broadband Internet service in areas of the Commonwealth that do not have access to terrestrial broadband or radio frequency Internet service. The requirement is subject to the provider presenting a spectrum and certified structural analysis of the tower and proof that the tower satisfies all applicable local government requirements. The conveyance shall require payment of such consideration as the Director of the Department of General Services deems appropriate and which is commensurate with the consideration paid for use of comparable space on similar towers. This bill is identical to SB 206.
HB 632 Resources Authority; provisions of broadband services (2008)
Patron - Joe T. May
Virginia Resources Authority; broadband services. Clarifies that the Virginia Resources Authority may be used as a funding mechanism for all projects involving the provision of broadband services, and not just those utilizing wireless broadband technologies.
HB 1017 Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance, Office of; established, report.
Patron - Timothy D. Hugo
Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance; codified; sunset. Codifies Executive Order 35 (2006) creating the Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance under the Secretary of Technology. The goals of the Office are to encourage telework as a family-friendly, business-friendly public policy that promotes workplace efficiency and reduces strain on transportation infrastructure. In conjunction with efforts to promote telework, the Office shall work with public and private entities to develop widespread access to broadband services. The provisions of this act expire on July 1, 2018.