Indot Broadband Corridor Agreement

Calls on the State Corporation Commission to establish pilot programs that allow Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power to launch a petition to provide or provide broadband capacity to non-government Internet service providers located in areas of the Commonwealth that are not served by broadband. The cost of Dominion Power and Appalachian Power`s proposals is limited to $60 million per year. The provision of such broadband capacity shall be declared to be in the public interest. The measure allows distribution undertakings to cover the net costs of the pilot programme through a customer tariff adjustment clause. The measure allows that distribution undertaking to own or supply broadband equipment. The measure obliges the Commission to implement procedures to determine whether an area is not invaded by broadband coverage. provides that the Office of Municipal and Rural Affairs (Bureau) may award a grant from the Rural Economic Development Fund to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) providing Internet services at a transmission speed of at least 3 megabits per second upstream; and (2) at least 25 megabits per second downstream; in an unserved area. Provides that the amount of the grant is $750 for each customer in an unserved area subscribing to the ISP`s broadband Internet service for a period of one year under the subscription terms set by the Bureau, subject to notification of broadband access grants. provides that the Office of Municipal and Rural Affairs (Bureau) may award a grant from the Rural Economic Development Fund to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) providing Internet services at a transmission speed of at least 3 megabits per second upstream; and (2) at least 25 megabits per second downstream; in an unserved area. Provides that the amount of the grant is $750 for each customer in an unserved area subscribed to the ISP`s broadband Internet service for a period of one year under the subscription terms set by the Bureau, subject to reporting and verification rules established by the Bureau and approved by the National Broadband Director. During the 2019 legislature, 45 states and Puerto Rico looked at broadband in areas such as educational institutions and schools, the gap, funding, government authorities and commissions, infrastructure, municipal broadband networks, rural and underserved communities, and taxes.

Thirty-one States and Puerto Rico have passed laws or resolutions. UPDATE: As of 8.11.2020, US 31 South from I-465 to Ohio River will no longer be a designated broadband corridor or require a broadband access agreement. Us 31 North, from I 465 to South Bend, is retained as a designated broadband corridor. provides that the Indiana Services Regulatory Commission (IURC) may adopt rules necessary for the management of the Indiana Universal Service Fund (IUSF), including rules to: (1) adjust the percentage markup to be collected by communications service providers and transferred to IUSF; and (2) define the types of communications service providers that must charge a surcharge for transfer to IUSF. Provides that the IURC may require a provider of connected VoIP services, unless prohibited by federal law, to levy a mark-up on the provider`s revenues and transfer it to IUSF. provides that the Indiana Services Regulatory Commission (IURC) may adopt rules necessary for the management of the Indiana Universal Service Fund (IUSF), including rules to: (1) adjust the percentage markup to be collected by communications service providers and transferred to IUSF; and (2) define the types of communication service providers that must levy a surcharge for the transfer to IUSF. . . .

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