Introduced Senate Bill (S)

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Video service franchise fees. Provides that after December 31, 2020, a local unit (unit) may not assess, and the holder of a video service franchise covering all or part of the unit is not obligated to pay, a franchise fee in connection with the franchise, unless at least 90% of the amount of the franchise fee imposed and collected by the unit is dedicated to one or more of the following purposes: (1) Investments in, or incentives for investments in, infrastructure, facilities, and technologies used in the deployment or transmission of eligible broadband and advanced services (eligible services) by providers Video service franchise fees. Provides that after December 31, 2020, a local unit (unit) may not assess, and the holder of a video service franchise covering all or part of the unit is not obligated to pay, a franchise fee in connection with the franchise, unless at least 90% of the amount of the franchise fee imposed and collected by the unit is dedicated to one or more of the following purposes: (1) Investments in, or incentives for investments in, infrastructure, facilities, and technologies used in the deployment or transmission of eligible broadband and advanced services (eligible services) by providers of eligible services. (2) Obtaining certification as a broadband ready community through the Indiana economic development corporation. (3) Programs to promote the adoption of eligible services by residential, commercial, and other entities in underserved areas. (4) Public, educational, or governmental programming. Provides that the remaining amount of the franchise fee not required to be used for one of the specified purposes may be used by the unit for administrative expenses incurred in connection with the franchise fee, or for any other lawful purpose. Provides that a unit that imposes a franchise fee may enter into an interlocal agreement with one or more other units to use one or more of the participating units' franchise fees for any of the required purposes. Provides that a unit that is required to submit an annual report to the Indiana utility regulatory commission (IURC) on the unit's use of franchise fees collected by the unit must include in reports submitted for a calendar year beginning after December 31, 2020, information about the amount of the franchise fee used or spent by the unit for each of the required purposes. Authorizes the IURC to adopt rules to implement these provisions. ... View more