DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Broadband availability study. Requires the utility regulatory commission (IURC) to conduct a study to determine the availability and quality of broadband service in Indiana. Specifies certain data that the IURC must collect in conducting the study. Requires the IURC to prepare certain maps depicting the availability of broadband service in Indiana. Allows the IURC to use certain sources of information to determine the areas in which providers offer broadband service in Indiana. Requires the IURC to report the findings of its study to the regulatory flexibility committee (committee) not later than November 1, 2008. Specifies certain information, analyses, and recommendations that the report must contain. Allows the committee or the legislative council to require status reports on the commission's study before the final report is due. Allows the committee to recommend legislation to encourage the provision of broadband service in underserved areas, based on the committee's review of the IURC's findings. Provides that certain information collected or reported by the commission is confidential. Requires the IURC and the committee to exercise necessary caution to avoid disclosure of confidential information.