HB14-1328

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HB14-1328 - Connect Colorado Broadband Act

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning The Deployment Of Broadband Into Unserved Areas Of Colorado Through Grant-Making From Moneys Allocated From The Colorado High Cost Support Mechanism.

The high cost support mechanism (HCSM) reimburses telecommunications service providers for some of the cost of providing telephone services to rural areas. The bill adds broadband service in unserved areas to the services that are reimbursable.

Section 1 of the bill defines terms including "broadband service","broadband network", and "unserved area". Section 2 of the bill adds the provision of broadband networks in unserved areas to the purposes served through financial assistance from the HCSM. Section 2 also requires the department of regulatory agencies (department) to include information about the implementation and administration of the HCSM in its presentation to legislative committees.

Section 3 adds universal access to broadband service to the list of goals stated in the current expression of state policy concerning telecommunications policy and planning.

Section 4 creates a broadband fund and a broadband deployment board to facilitate the funding of projects to deploy broadband service into unserved areas of the state through the award of grants from moneys allocated to the provision of broadband service from the HCSM.

Section 5 repeals the functions of the broadband deployment board regarding its administration of the broadband fund on September 1, 2024, subject to a sunset review by the department of regulatory agencies.

Latest update: May 10, 2014
05/10/2014 Governor Signed
05/07/2014 Sent to the Governor
05/07/2014 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/07/2014 Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/28/2014 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/25/2014 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/23/2014 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/21/2014 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/16/2014 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
04/11/2014 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology + State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
04/09/2014 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/08/2014 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
04/08/2014 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/25/2014 House Committee on Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development Refer Amended to Appropriations
03/19/2014 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development