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HB 2108 - Virginia Wireless Services Authority Act; rates and charges.
Patrons: Kathy J. Byron (chief patron), Jennifer B. Boysko, Timothy D. Hugo, James A. "Jay" Leftwich
Summary: Provides that a wireless services authority may fix rates, fees, and charges for services provided, or facilities owned, operated, or maintained by the authority, for which the authority has received loan funding. Currently, an authority may do so only if it has issued revenue bonds. A similar change authorizes rates to be set at levels to provide for payment of loans. The measure also requires each authority to maintain records demonstrating compliance with certain provisions and to make the records available for inspection and copying by the public pursuant to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.
SB 1282 - Wireless communications infrastructure; procedure for approved by localities.
Patron: Ryan T. McDougle (chief patron)
Summary: Provides a uniform procedure for the way in which small cell facilities on existing structures are approved by localities and approved and installed in public rights-of-way. The measure includes provisions that establish requirements applicable to the location of micro-wireless facilities. The measure also addresses restrictions by localities and the Department of Transportation regarding the use of public rights-of-way or easements and specifies when a permittee may be required to relocate wireless support structures.


HB 912 - Installation of broadband conduit on public highways.
Patrons: J. Randall Minchew (chief patron), Lamont Bagby (chief co-patron), Terry G. Kilgore (chief co-patron), Ronald A. Villanueva (chief co-patron), Hyland F. "Buddy" Fowler, Jr.
Summary: Allows the Department of Transportation to permit broadband service providers to install conduit capable of housing fiber optic cable to provide broadband service on public highways.


HB2207- Broadband Advisory Council; increases membership.
Patron: Del. Margaret Ransone with support from co-patrons Del. Kathy Byron, and Del. Steve Landes
Summary: Changes the membership of the Broadband Advisory Council (the Council) by (i) removing three nonlegislative citizen members: one citizen representative from the Virginia Telecommunications Industry Association and two at-large members and (ii) adding one member of the House of Delegates, one member of the Senate, one nonlegislative citizen member who is a representative of small Internet service providers, and the executive director of the Center for Rural Virginia as an ex officio member. The bill also directs the Division of Legislative Services to provide additional staff support to legislative members serving on the Council.
SB1377- State-owned communication towers; charges for use.
Patron: Sen. Emmett Hanger
Summary: Department of General Services; state-owned communication towers; charges for use. Removes the requirement that the amount charged to lease use of a state-owned communication tower be commensurate with the amount paid for use of comparable space on similar towers.


No broadband-related bills passed.


No broadband-related bills passed.


HB994- Broadband Advisory Council; certain designees to serve on the Council
Patron: Roxann Robinson
Summary: Permits the Secretary of Commerce and Trade and the Secretary of Technology to appoint designees to serve on their behalf on the Broadband Advisory Council
HB1186- Telecommunications service provider or cable television system; rates for pole attachments
Patron: Joe May
Summary: Authorizes the State Corporation Commission to determine just and reasonable rates, and certain terms and conditions of service, for attachments to electric cooperative poles by telecommunications service providers and cable television systems. The authority may be exercised if, after good faith negotiations, the parties cannot reach an agreement regarding the attachment. Fees may be assessed to allow the Commission to recover appropriate costs of such proceedings.


HB2367/ SB1368- Telecommunications services; eliminates certain requirements
Patrons: Timothy Hugo and Mark Herring
Summary: Eliminates certain requirements applicable to competitive telecommunications services. The requirement that competitive services be offered for sale under a filed tariff is eliminated. The State Corporation Commission shall permit, but may not mandate, the detariffing of any or all terms, conditions, or rates for retail telephone service not found prior to January 1, 2011, to be a basic local exchange telephone service.
SB787- Wireless E-911 Services Board; changes name to E-911 Services Board
Patron: John Watkins
Summary: Changes the name of the Wireless E-911 Services Board to the E-911 Services Board
SB788- Wireless E-911 Fund; amends procedure by which Wireless E-911 Services Board distributes funds
Patron: John Watkins
Summary: Wireless E-911 Fund; distributions.  Amends the procedure by which the Wireless E-911 Services Board distributes funds in the Wireless E-911 Fund. The measure requires the Board to recalculate the distribution percentage for each public safety answering point annually before the start of each fiscal year based on the cost and call load data from one or more of the previous fiscal years. Currently, the Board calculates the distribution formula each October based on the data from the prior year.


HB672– Virginia Infrastructure Project Loan Fund; created.
Patron: Joe May
Summary: Creates the Virginia Infrastructure Project Loan Fund. The Fund would be administered by the Virginia Resources Authority. Money in the Fund would be used exclusively for the financing of landfill gas energy projects and sewerage system or wastewater treatment projects undertaken by a local government. The measure also specifies that a landfill gas energy project constitutes a “project” under the Virginia Resources Authority Act.


HB2423/SB1336 – Establishing the Commonwealth Broadband Advisory Council;
Patrons: Joe May and Phillip Puckett
Broadband Advisory Council. Establishes the Governor’s Broadband Advisory Council. The purpose of the Council shall be to advise the Governor on policy and funding priorities to expedite deployment and reduce the cost of broadband access in the Commonwealth. The council shall be staffed by the Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance. Technical amendments to the bill adjust the membership of the Council.
HB 2665 – Broadband Infrastructure Loan Fund 
Patron: Joe May
Virginia Broadband Infrastructure Loan Fund. Creates the Virginia Broadband Infrastructure Loan Fund. The Fund would be administered by the Virginia Resources Authority. Money in the Fund would be used exclusively for the financing of broadband infrastructure projects undertaken by a local government. Priority for loans would be given to projects that will utilize private industry in operating and maintaining the projects where private involvement will provide cost savings, to projects that serve two or more local governments, and to projects in unserved areas.
HB1885 – Telephone Regulatory alternaties; determination of competitiveness 
Patron: Sam Nixon
Telephone regulatory alternatives; determination of competitiveness.  Requires the State Corporation Commission, when determining whether the telephone services of a telephone company are competitive, to consider all wireless communications providers that offer voice communications services to be facilities-based competitors owning wireline network facilities and reasonably meeting the needs of consumers.  In making its determination, the Commission shall not exclude as a competitor any affiliate of the telephone company. The measure also requires the Commission, if it determines that 75 percent or more of residential households or businesses in a telephone company’s incumbent territory are in areas that are competitive for a telephone service, to expand, for that telephone service throughout the company’s incumbent territory, its competitive determination.  In such cases, the Commission is further required to apply the same regulatory treatment already adopted for that telephone service in competitive areas.  The same regulatory treatment shall be applied if a telephone company provides 90 percent or more of its residential and business lines access to fiber-optic or copper-based broadband service within an exchange area.


HB1329 and SB206, HB 1329 Communication towers, state-owned; wireless broadband service in unserved areas (2008)
Patrons – Delegate Christopher K. Peace, Senator Richard Stuart
State-owned communications towers; broadband service. Requires state agencies to lease or convey a license or other interest in a state-owned communication tower for which they are responsible to qualified providers of wireless broadband service in order to deploy broadband Internet service in areas of the Commonwealth that do not have access to terrestrial broadband or radio frequency Internet service. The requirement is subject to the provider presenting a spectrum and certified structural analysis of the tower and proof that the tower satisfies all applicable local government requirements. The conveyance shall require payment of such consideration as the Director of the Department of General Services deems appropriate and which is commensurate with the consideration paid for use of comparable space on similar towers. This bill is identical to SB 206.
HB 632 Resources Authority; provisions of broadband services (2008)
Patron – Joe T. May 
Virginia Resources Authority; broadband services. Clarifies that the Virginia Resources Authority may be used as a funding mechanism for all projects involving the provision of broadband services, and not just those utilizing wireless broadband technologies.
HB 1017 Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance, Office of; established, report.
Patron – Timothy D. Hugo
Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance; codified; sunset. Codifies Executive Order 35 (2006) creating the Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance under the Secretary of Technology. The goals of the Office are to encourage telework as a family-friendly, business-friendly public policy that promotes workplace efficiency and reduces strain on transportation infrastructure. In conjunction with efforts to promote telework, the Office shall work with public and private entities to develop widespread access to broadband services. The provisions of this act expire on July 1, 2018.