Current Broadband Legislation

Broadband Related Legislation 

Disclaimer:  Information is provided to the best of my abilities, but it may not be accurate nor up-to-date.  Please verify information independently.  Sometimes information that can’t be found on one site is available on the others.

Resources

Legi-Scan – https://legiscan.com/CA/legislation
Legi-Info – http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billSearchClient.xhtml
Congress.gov – https://www.congress.gov

Full glossy of legislative terms – http://www.legislature.ca.gov/quicklinks/glossary.html

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2017 Legislative Session (below)

Bills listed in red are considered on hold or“failed”
Bills listed in green have passed/expected to pass
Bills in black are still active

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H.R.2479 (Rep. Pallone D-NJ) – The LIFT America Act

To rebuild and modernize the Nation’s infrastructure to expand access to broadband internet, rehabilitate drinking water infrastructure, modernize the electric grid and energy supply infrastructure, redevelop brownfields, strengthen health care infrastructure, create jobs, protect public health and the environment, and for other purposes.

  • Proposes $40 billion over five years for deploying secure and resilient broadband networks.
  • Three quarters of the funding will be used for a national reverse auction for unserved areas of the country. The other $10 billion will be directed towards separate state-wide reverse auctions. If there are no unserved areas in a state, those funds can be used to connect schools and libraries or deploy a Next Generation 9-1-1 network.
  • Recognizes that schools, libraries, clinics, hospitals and other community anchor institutions are essential to closing the digital divide  – connecting to and through our anchors is the most efficient and cost-effective way to ensure that every community in America has access to high-quality broadband.

History:

  • 5-17-17 Introduced into House and referred to Natural Resources Committee

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SB 993Restoring Internet Freedom Act (Lee plus 11 other republicans)

A partisan bill that nullifies the rule adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on February 26, 2015, relating to the reclassification of broadband Internet access service as a telecommunications service. The FCC is prohibited from reissuing such rule in substantially the same form, or from issuing a new rule that is substantially the same, unless the rule is specifically authorized by a law enacted after enactment of this bill.

Status:  active

History:

  • 5-1-17 Introduced into Senate and referred to Committee on Science, Commerce, and Transportation

Senator Lee Press Release

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HB 800 New Deal Rural Broadband Act (Huffman plus 4 other Democrats)

An ambitious plan to connect every American home, business, and school to high-speed, reliable broadband internet that is based on Roosevelt’s New Deal rural electrification model.

  • Establish a new Office of Rural Broadband Initiatives to coordinate and centralize all Federal rural broadband programs;
  •  Authorize $20 billion for new broadband infrastructure focused on rural communities and those without adequate access;
  • Authorize a new Tribal Broadband Assistance Program to support tribal communities in broadband deployment;
  • Improve and modernize the Telecommunications Loan and Loan Guarantee Program to increase eligibility, allow greater flexibility, and break down federal agency broadband “silos”;
  • Authorize the Rural Utility Service (RUS) to offer broadband grants in addition to loans and loan guarantees to provide small communities with the seed funds needed to compete in loan applications or develop commercially attractive proposals and increase overall (RUS) broadband investment from $25 million to $50 million annually; and
  • Establish an inventory of Federal and State assets on which a broadband facility could be constructed and;
  • Provide land management agencies with cooperative agreement and fee retention authority for telecommunications rights-of-way to leverage public lands for broadband deployment

Current Status:  active

History:

  • 2-01-17 Introduced into House and referred to Com. on Agriculture and Com. on Natural Resources
  • 2-03-17 Referred to sub-committee on Communications and Technology
  • 2-15-17 Referred to sub-committee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs; referred to sub-committee on Federal lands
  • 2-24-17 Referred to sub-committee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit

 

Congressman Huffman’s press release – Feb 2, 2017

 

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HR 2425 The Public Lands Telecommunications Act (Huffman) 

To support the establishment and improvement of communications sites on or adjacent to Federal lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture through the retention and use of rental fees associated with such sites, and for other purposes.

This bill would accelerate broadband and telecommunications deployment on and near public lands by:

  • Providing federal land management agencies with fee retention authority for rights-of-way and other telecommunications infrastructure use authorizations to ensure these funds are reinvested to further broadband and telecommunications deployment;
  • Providing cooperative agreement authority to federal land management agencies for the administration of communications sites to break down funding silos and encourage new federal partnerships.

Current Status: active

History:

  • 5-15-17 Introduced into House for 2017 and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Agriculture

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S1013 (Sen. Moore, R-WV)- Gigabit Opportunity Act

The GO Act would amend the Internal Revenue Code by proposing tax changes to give private sector companies a greater incentive to deploy broadband in low-income areas called “Gigabit Opportunity Zones.” GO Zones are defined as geographically concentrated areas that are facing obstacles to economic and broadband development.

History:

  • 5-3-17 Introduced into Senate and referred to Committee on Finance

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SB293 Investing in Opportunity Act

(see also AB828 introduced in house)

Investing in Opportunity Act This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to authorize the designation of opportunity zones in low-income communities and to provide tax incentives for investments in the zones, including deferring the recognition of capital gains that are reinvested in the zones.

Co-authors: bi-partisan support with 15 co-authors

Current status: active

History:

  • 2-2-17 Introduced in Senate; referred to Committee on Finance

See similar bill introduced in House AB 828

Muli-channel article 5-3-17

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AB 1665 (Garcia, Aguiar-Curry, Holden, and McCarty) An act to amend Sections 281 and 914.7 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to communications (California Advanced Services Fund) 

This is a bill to re-authorize the state broadband program, or the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF).  We are very supportive of the re-authorization of the program and believe it’s important to close the digital divide, but this current bill is problematic (see Steve Blum’s blog posts).

Co-authors: Chiu, Eggman, and Mullin, Caballero, Gipson, Jones-Sawyer, Levine, Reyes Rubio, and Wood)

Current Status: active

History:

  • 2-16-17 Introduced in Assembly
  • 3-16-17 Referred to Committee on Communications and Conveyance
  • 3-21-17 Coauthors revise
  • 4-26-17 Passed out of Com. on C & C on 12-0 vote; referred to Appropriations Committee
  • 5-02-17 Amended and re-referred to Appropriations Committee

NBNCBC Proposed amendments to IFAN text – January 2017
Letter to Senator McGuire on amendments to IFANFebruary 2017
NBNCBC Oversight Committee memo – May 2, 2017
Letter of Opposition from Central Coast Broadband Consortium – May 18, 2017
Steve Blum’s blogpost on AB 1665
Steve Blum’s 5/3 blogpost
Steve Blum’s 5/8 blogpost
Steve Blum’s 5/10 blogpost

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AB 854 (Aguiar-Curry)  An act to amend Section 281 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to telecommunications

Current status:  This is a placeholder bill.

History:

  • 2-16-17 Introduced in Assembly and referred to Committee on Communications and Conveyance

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AB 928 (Quirk)  An act to amend Section 281 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to telecommunications

Current Status:  This is a placeholder bill.

History:

  • 2-16-17  Introduced in Assembly and referred to Committee on Communications and Conveyance

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SB 460 (Hueso)  – An act to amend Section 281 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to telecommunications

Current Status: placeholder bill

History:

  • 2-16-17 Introduced into Senate

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AB 980 (Wood) An act to amend Section 14051 of the Government Code, relating to highways

Current Status: “on hold”

History:

  • 2-16-17 Introduced in Assembly and referred to Committee on Communications and Conveyance
  • 3-20-17 Pass committee and re-referred to Committee on Communications and Conveyance
  • 3-28-17 Co-authors revise
  • 4-20-17 Wood’s office sent out the following press release: We are happy to report that Caltrans will be doing this by developing a policy directive, so we have decided not to move AB 980. Thank you for all your support.

Read the press release here

 

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AB 1263 (Garcia)  Telecommunications Infrastructure

Current Status:

History: active

  • 2-17-17 Introduced in Assembly

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SB 514 (Bradford)  California Teleconnect Fund Administrative Committee Fund

Current Status: active

History:

  • 2-16-17 Introduced in Senate
  • 3-2-17 Referred to Committee on Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee (Com of E, U&C)
  • 3-28-17 From Committee with author’s amendments; re-referred to Com of E, U&C
  • 4-18-17 Hearing date?

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SB 566 (McGuire, Hill) Telecommunications: Warren-911-Emergency Assistance Act: notification of rural outages

Current Status: active

History:

  • 2-17-17 Introduced in Senate
  • 3-2-17 Referred to Committees on Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee (Com of E, U&C) and Governmental Organization (G.O.)
  • 4-2-17 Hearing date (postponed by committee)
  • 4-18-17 Hearing date cancelled at request of author

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SB 649 (Hueso, Quirk, Dodd) Wireless telecommunications facilities

Current Status: active

History:

  • 2-17-17 Introduced in Senate
  • 3-02-17 Referred to Coms. on E., U. & C. and Governance & Finance (Gov & F)
  • 3-28-17 From committee with author’s amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee (Com of E, U&C)
  • 4-05-17 From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on Gov. & F. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (April 4). Re-referred to Com. on Gov. & F
  • 5-01-17 Amended and passed from committee (Ayes 7 Noes 0) Referred to Appropriations; hearing set for 5/15
  • 5-15-17 Placed in Appropriation Suspense File

Links for more info:

https://medium.com/@omarmasry/sb-649-challenges-legislative-pitfalls-a61a4427651a
Steve Blum’s blog – May 21, 2017