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Bill Detail: SB19-107

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Title Broadband Infrastructure Installation
Status Governor Signed (06/03/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Telecommunications & Information Technology
House Sponsors D. Roberts (D)
Senate Sponsors K. Donovan (D)
House Committee Rural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate Committee Business, Labor and Technology
Date Introduced 01/29/2019

Section 1 of the bill authorizes an electric utility or other
electricity supplier to install and maintain above-ground broadband
internet service infrastructure for internal use, for external use in
providing broadband internet service, or for lease of any excess capacity
to a broadband internet service provider (provider).
Section 1 also authorizes a provider to enter into a contract with a

landowner to access an electric utility's existing easement on the
landowner's private property if:
  • The provider seeks to access the easement to construct or
maintain infrastructure to be used in providing broadband
internet service;
  • The provider's access will not violate an exclusivity term in
the electric utility's contract with the landowner; and
  • The electric utility has previously determined that the
provider's access would not likely interfere with the electric
utility's construction, maintenance, or use of any
infrastructure placed on the property.
A provider seeking access to an electric utility's existing easement
on private property is required to seek written authorization from the
electric utility, which authorization the electric utility shall not
unreasonably withhold or delay.
An electric utility authorizing a provider's access to its existing
easement on private property may seek reimbursement from the provider
for actual and reasonable costs the electric utility incurs as a result of
sharing the easement.
The public utilities commission may enforce the requirements set
forth in the bill by directing the attorney general to commence an action
or proceeding in district court seeking to stop or prevent the violations.
Sections 2 and 3 make conforming amendments.

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