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H.855

AN ACT RELATING TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  BROADBAND MAP

The agency of commerce and community development, in cooperation with the department of public service, shall develop or support the development of an on-line map available to consumers, which identifies those areas of the state that have broadband internet access available to consumers at prices commonly sold to residential and small business consumers.  A process shall be developed for service providers to update the information on the map with the supervision of the agency.

Sec. 2.  BROADBAND GOALS; REPORT TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The department of public service shall provide a report to the house committee on commerce, the senate committee on finance, and the senate committee on economic development, housing and general affairs on or before January 15, 2007.  The report shall:

(1)  Identify the steps that have been taken by the state to reach the goal of 90 percent of Vermonters having access to broadband service;

(2)  Identify what percent of Vermonters has broadband service available;

(3)  Identify how current state and federal regulations and programs help or hinder the deployment of additional broadband service; and

(4)  Recommend legislative or administrative actions that could stimulate the further development of broadband service.

 



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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