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S.60

Introduced by Senator Sears of Bennington District, Senator Hartwell of Bennington District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District and Senator McCormack of Windsor District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Crimes and criminal procedure; fraud in commercial transactions; cellular telephone service

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require cellular telephone service providers to provide consumers with a map that accurately depicts wireless signal coverage within the state and with data on specific limits of the wireless telephone service.  The bill imposes a fine on cellular telephone providers for not disclosing the information or disclosing inaccurate information to consumers.

AN ACT RELATING TO DISCLOSURE OF CELLULAR TELEPHONE SIGNAL COVERAGE BY CELLULAR TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDERS

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


Sec. 1.  13 V.S.A. § 2067 is added to read:

§ 2067.  DISCLOSURE OF CELLULAR SERVICE INFORMATION

(a)  Each wireless telephone service provider offering service in the state shall make available the following information:

(1)  Maps showing the provider’s service areas throughout the state, which contain as much detail as is reasonably practicable.

(2)  Data regarding the following limitations on service:

(A)  Dropped calls.

(B)  Blocked calls.

(C)  Known coverage gaps.

(D)  Average signal strength throughout the state.

(b)  The information required to be made available in subsection (a) of this section shall be:

(1)  Provided to a consumer:

(A)  upon the request of the consumer; or

(B)  whenever the consumer enters into or renews a service contract with the wireless telephone service provider.

(2)  Available on the wireless telephone service provider’s website.

(3)  Available on the website of the department of public service.

(c)  A wireless telephone service provider that fails to disclose the information required by subsection (a) of this section or discloses false or inaccurate information under that subsection shall be fined not more than $10,000.00.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


www.leg.state.vt.us