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House Bill 1148


House Bill 1148

ARCHIVE (2005)

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL


Local government telecommunications. Prohibits a political subdivision from controlling, owning, or operating facilities for providing cable, telecommunications, and information services unless the political subdivision: (1) conducts an inquiry into the availability of services from other providers in the area; (2) holds a public hearing; and (3) determines the costs and benefits of the proposed facilities. Prohibits a political subdivision that provides services from requiring a nonsubscriber to pay any of the costs of providing the services. Prohibits a political subdivision from providing a subsidy to a person to provide services in an area without first conducting an inquiry into the availability of services in the area. Specifies the procedures that a political subdivision may use in conducting an inquiry into the availability of services. Requires a political subdivision that provides services to comply with antitrust laws. Allows a political subdivision to issue bonds to finance the capital costs of facilities for providing services. Establishes remedies for a person aggrieved by an action of a political subdivision that provides services.
Current Status:
 In Committee - first House
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