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Senate Bill 0235


Senate Bill 0235

ARCHIVE (2013)

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DIGEST OF SB 235 (Updated April 26, 2013 11:33 am - DI 101)


Video service providers. Amends the required contents of the annual report of the utility regulatory commission (IURC) to the regulatory flexibility committee (committee) concerning video and telecommunications service. Authorizes the IURC to grant direct marketing authority to a holder of a video service franchise issued by the IURC if the holder: (1) certifies certain information concerning each employee or agent designated by the holder to exercise the direct marketing authority; and (2) provides proof of financial responsibility. Provides that direct marketing authority allows a holder, through its designated employees, to market any service or product offered by the holder directly to all households in a service area of the holder. Requires the IURC to provide public notice of an order granting direct marketing authority to a holder by posting the order on the IURC's Internet web site. Authorizes only the IURC to grant direct marketing authority to a holder under the new procedure but allows a holder, with respect to direct marketing activities within a political subdivision, to instead elect to: (1) apply for marketing or solicitation authority directly from the political subdivision; and (2) exercise any marketing or solicitation authority granted by the political subdivision. Prohibits a political subdivision from doing any of the following with respect to a holder that is granted direct marketing authority from the IURC: (1) Requiring the holder to also obtain marketing or solicitation authority from the political subdivision. (2) Imposing any licensing requirement or fee on the holder. (3) Except for enforcing certain uniform restrictions as to the hours or manner in which direct marketing activities may be performed, otherwise regulating the holder with respect to the holder's direct marketing activities. Urges the legislative council to assign to the committee for study during the 2013 legislative interim the topic of the transition of Indiana's telecommunications and information infrastructure from the legacy public switched network (PSTN) to predominantly Internet protocol (IP) based networks. Recognizes that the Indiana Code chapter concerning caller identification service was repealed by one enrolled act and amended by another enrolled act during the 2013 legislative session. Expresses the general assembly's intent to repeal those provisions.
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