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SB 0232 - Broadband - Authorize EMCs to Provide
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Tracking Level: Support
Sponsor: Steve Gooch (R)
Last Action: 3/5/2018 - House Second Readers
Senate Committee: Regulated Industries and Utilities
House Committee: Ways and Means
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

This legislation authorizes EMCs to provide broadband service, VoIP, wireless services and other emerging communications technologies within their service areas and a 5-mile radius thereof.  EMCs would be allowed to accept state, federal and private grants loans to fund this endeavor, but cannot cross-subsidize their broadband services from their electric or natural gas funds. To do this, EMCs must provide nondiscriminatory, competitively neutral and commercially reasonable terms, conditions and access to their utility poles for other communications service providers.      


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