House Bill (S)

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DIGEST

Study of universal service for telecommunications. Provides that a local governmental unit (unit) that wishes to be certified as a broadband ready community must establish a procedure (procedure) under which the unit promotes increasing the number of subscribers to broadband services in the unit after the unit is certified as a broadband ready community. Specifies criteria for the procedure. Prohibits: (1) discrimination among communication service providers with respect to broadband adoption in the unit; and (2) imposition of a fee on communications service providers to fund promotion of broadband adoption in the unit; under the procedure established to promote broadband Study of universal service for telecommunications. Provides that a local governmental unit (unit) that wishes to be certified as a broadband ready community must establish a procedure (procedure) under which the unit promotes increasing the number of subscribers to broadband services in the unit after the unit is certified as a broadband ready community. Specifies criteria for the procedure. Prohibits: (1) discrimination among communication service providers with respect to broadband adoption in the unit; and (2) imposition of a fee on communications service providers to fund promotion of broadband adoption in the unit; under the procedure established to promote broadband subscriptions. Urges the legislative council (council) to assign to the interim study committee on energy, utilities, and telecommunications (committee) the topic of universal service funding for telecommunications services in Indiana. Provides that if the topic is assigned to the committee, the committee may: (1) consider issues related to universal service, rural broadband, broadband adoption and deployment, and federal funding sources; and (2) request information concerning these issues from: (A) the Indiana utility regulatory commission; (B) service providers and customers; and (C) experts, stakeholders, or other interested parties. Provides that if the topic is assigned to the committee, the committee shall issue a final report, including any recommendations for legislation, to the council not later than November 1, 2017. ... View more