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SB-431 Mobile telephony service base transceiver station towers: communications infrastructure: performance reliability standards.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 776.2 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

776.2.
 (a) By July 1, 2021, the commission, in consultation with the Office of Emergency Services, shall develop and implement performance reliability standards for all mobile telephony service base transceiver station towers and other infrastructure for providing mobile telephony service, Voice over Internet Protocol service, Internet Protocol enabled service, and cable television service that is located within a commission-designated Tier 2 or Tier 3 High Fire Threat District, or that is located outside such a district, but that affects those towers or that infrastructure within such a district. Those standards shall do both of the following:
(1) Establish a minimum operating life for backup power systems of no less than 72 hours, unless the commission determines that the mobile telephony service base transceiver station tower or communications infrastructure is incapable of a minimum operating life of not less than 72 hours of backup, in which case, the commission shall determine and require a minimum operating life pursuant to subdivision (b).
(2) Establish means to warn a customer when the backup power system is low and the customer’s access can no longer be supported by the backup power system.
(b) In developing and implementing any standards pursuant to subdivision (a), the commission shall consider current best practices and technical feasibility for establishing backup power system requirements.
(c) The commission shall collect data necessary to identify the mobile telephony service base transceiver station infrastructure and infrastructure for providing mobile telephony service, Voice over Internet Protocol service, Internet Protocol enabled service, and cable television service that shall be subject to the performance reliability standards adopted pursuant to subdivision (a).
(d) The commission may require a mobile telephony services provider to collect and forward to the commission any relevant information that may be useful to the commission’s development or implementation of performance reliability standards pursuant to this section.
SEC. 2.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.