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


 

FEDERAL BROADBAND LEGISLATION

 

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2017 California Broadband Legislation

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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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: Passed Senate and Assembly and sent to Governor

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
  • 5-26-17 Passed out of Committee and goes to the full floor
  • 6-01-17 Passed the Full Assembly floor and goes to the Senate
  • 6-05-17 Read the first time in the Senate
  • 7-03-17 Amended and re-referred to committee
  • 7-10-17 Committee hearing cancelled
  • 7-12-17 Amended and re-referred to committee
  • 7-17-17 Committee hearing cancelled
  • 8-29-17 Passed from Committee and set for a floor vote (needs 2/3 vote to pass)
  • 9-13-17 Passed Senate
  • 9-15-17 Concurrence and sent to Governor

Letter to Governor asking for VETO by Central Coast Broadband Consortium Sept 20, 2017
NBNCBC Proposed amendments to IFAN text – January 2017
Letter to Senator McGuire on amendments to IFANFebruary 2017
Steve Blum’s blogpost – April 24 2017
NBNCBC Oversight Committee memo – May 2, 2017
Steve Blum’s blogpost May 3rd, 2017
Steve Blum’s blogpostMay 8th, 2017
Steve Blum’s blogpostMay 10th, 2017
Letter of Opposition from Central Coast Broadband Consortium – May 18, 2017
Steve Blum’s blogpost – May 22nd, 2017
Steve Blums blogpost – May 26th, 2017
Steve Blum’s blogpostMay 31st, 2017

Steve Blum’s blogpostJune 5th, 2017
Amended IFAN textJune 27th, 2017
Sonoma County withdrawal of support
June 28th, 2017
Steve Blum’s blogpost – June 29, 2017
Steve Blum’s blogpost – Sept 5th, 2017
AB 1665 Analysis used before 8-29-17 vote– 

 

 

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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

This bill attempted to set a minimum standard for state-subsidised broadband connections in schools. Effective in 2021, it would have pegged “high-speed broadband services” at 6 Mbps, although it wasn’t clear whether that was upload and download, or just download speed.  The argument against it was that some rural schools might lose funding if upgraded service wasn’t available. 

Current Status: dead; didn’t get out of Appropriations Committee

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 Com of E, U & C amended and passed to Appropriations Committee
  • 5-15-17 Appropriations Committee Hearing cancelled
  • 5-22-17 Hearing and placed in Appropriation suspense file
  • 5-25-17 Hearing; held in Committee and under submission

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

Current Status: dead; never made it to a senate Energy, Utilities and Communication committee hearing

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: passed both Senate and Assembly.  Sent to Governor.

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
  • 5-25-17 Moved out of Appropriation Committee
  • 5-31-17 Passed Senate by vote of 31-to-1 and ordered to Assembly
  • 6-1-17 Read first time in Assembly.  Held at desk
  • 6-15-17 Referred to committee
  • 6-20-17 From committee with amendments.  Referred to Committee on Local Government
  • 6-29-17 Pass as amended (6-2) and referred to Communications & Conveyance Committee
  • 7-3-17 Amended and re-referred to committee
  • 7-17-17 Pass as amended (10-0) and referred to Appropriations committee
  • 7-18-17 Amended and referred to Appropriations
  • 9-13-17 Passed Assembly
  • 9-14-17 Passed Senate

Links for more info:

City of Ukiah Letter of Opposition – May 5, 2017
City of Point Arena Letter of Opposition – March 31, 2017
County of Humboldt Letter of opposition – June 20, 2017
Sacramento Bee article
– June 1, 2017
        Response to SacBee article  – by Omar Masry
https://medium.com/@omarmasry/sb-649-challenges-legislative-pitfalls-a61a4427651a
Steve Blum’s blog – May 21, 2017
Steve Blum’s blog – May 30, 2017
Steve Blum’s blog – June 26, 2017
Mendocino County Board of Supervisors Letter of Opposition – August 29th, 2017

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AB 375  Internet Service Providers Internet Privacy (Assemblymen Edwin Chau, D)

An act to add Chapter 36 (commencing with Section 22949.1) to Division 8 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to customer privacy. This bill would have enacted privacy rules in California that were rescinded at the national level.

Current status:  In-active

History:

  • 02-09-17 Introduced into Assembly
  • March, April, May – heard in various Assembly committees
  • 05-11-17  Passed out of Assembly (77-0)
  • 05-11-17  Introduced into Senate
  • 05-24-17  Referred to committee (Energy Utilities and Commerce)
  • 06-19-17  Amended in committee and re-referred back to committee
  • 07-18-17 Passed from Committee, and referred to Judiciary Committee
  • 07-19-17 Passed from Committee and referred to Rules Committee
  • 08-21-17 Passed from Committee with Amendments, and re-referred to Rules Committee
  • 09-16-17 Never passed out of committee for a floor vote.  Ordered to the inactive file.

California Internet Privacy Bill trimmed, but not gutted – 8/27/17 Steve Blum blog post