HB2423/SB1336 – Establishing the Commonwealth Broadband Advisory Council;
Patrons: Joe May and Phillip Puckett
Broadband Advisory Council. Establishes the Governor's Broadband Advisory Council. The purpose of the Council shall be to advise the Governor on policy and funding priorities to expedite deployment and reduce the cost of broadband access in the Commonwealth. The council shall be staffed by the Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance. Technical amendments to the bill adjust the membership of the Council.
HB 2665 – Broadband Infrastructure Loan Fund
Patron: Joe May
Virginia Broadband Infrastructure Loan Fund. Creates the Virginia Broadband Infrastructure Loan Fund. The Fund would be administered by the Virginia Resources Authority. Money in the Fund would be used exclusively for the financing of broadband infrastructure projects undertaken by a local government. Priority for loans would be given to projects that will utilize private industry in operating and maintaining the projects where private involvement will provide cost savings, to projects that serve two or more local governments, and to projects in unserved areas.
HB1885 – Telephone Regulatory alternaties; determination of competitiveness
Patron: Sam Nixon
Telephone regulatory alternatives; determination of competitiveness. Requires the State Corporation Commission, when determining whether the telephone services of a telephone company are competitive, to consider all wireless communications providers that offer voice communications services to be facilities-based competitors owning wireline network facilities and reasonably meeting the needs of consumers. In making its determination, the Commission shall not exclude as a competitor any affiliate of the telephone company. The measure also requires the Commission, if it determines that 75 percent or more of residential households or businesses in a telephone company’s incumbent territory are in areas that are competitive for a telephone service, to expand, for that telephone service throughout the company’s incumbent territory, its competitive determination. In such cases, the Commission is further required to apply the same regulatory treatment already adopted for that telephone service in competitive areas. The same regulatory treatment shall be applied if a telephone company provides 90 percent or more of its residential and business lines access to fiber-optic or copper-based broadband service within an exchange area.