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ACT SUMMARY 2007-2008

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ACT NO. 131


Utilities; electric and gas utilities; communications facilities;

preexisting utility lines

This act establishes certain procedures and rules to promote the use of existing electric and gas utilities’ infrastructure, networks, and easement rights by communications service providers in order to improve and increase access to mobile telecommunications and broadband services for all underserved Vermont households and businesses. The act requires gas and electric utilities to allow access to their plant, equipment, lines or structures so that communications service providers may install and maintain communications services. The act also requires electric and gas utilities to provide notice of transmission projects or construction plans in certain circumstances to the Vermont telecommunications authority, and to first solicit proposals from commercial wireless service providers for the installation of two-way point-to-multipoint mobile wireless communications networks. Finally, the act establishes certain procedures and presumptions in favor of streamlining the condemnation of property or other easement rights over property upon which a currently existing utility line is located.

Effective Date: July 1, 2008.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont