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ACT SUMMARY 2007-2008


ACT NO. 79

(H. 248)

Vermont telecommunications authority; broadband; wireless

This act establishes legislative goals for the availability of broadband and mobile telecommunications services throughout the state. It provides “that all residences and businesses in all regions of the state have access to affordable broadband services not later than the end of the year 2010”; and that mobile telecommunications services, including voice and high-speed data, be available throughout the state by the end of the year 2010.

To accomplish these goals, the act establishes a “Vermont Telecommunications Authority” of 11 members, including state officials, public members appointed by the leaders of the General Assembly, and a chair and vice chair appointed by the legislative leaders and the governor.

The Authority is directed to:

The Authority is granted powers to:

The Act also enables broadband service providers to place facilities on utility poles and in state highway and rail rights-of-way.

The Act would also revise state and local land use permitting processes applicable to structures and antennae necessary to provide both cellular phone service and

wireless-based broadband service, with the objective of reducing the time and expense necessary for communications service providers to construct those facilities.

The Act would also facilitate provision of broadband services by municipalities or by nonmunicipal entities in partnership with municipalities.

Other significant provisions of the act:

Effective Date: From passage: June 9, 2007

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont