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AB-980 Department of Transportation: broadband: fiber optic cables: priority areas. (2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/16/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 980


Introduced by Assembly Member Wood

February 16, 2017


An act to amend Section 14051 of the Government Code, relating to highways.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 980, as introduced, Wood. Department of Transportation: broadband: fiber optic cables: priority areas.
Existing law provides that the Department of Transportation has full possession and control of state highways and associated property. Existing law requires the department to notify companies and organizations working on broadband deployment on its Internet Web site of specified department-led highway construction projects and authorizes those companies and organizations to collaborate with the department to install broadband conduits as part of those projects.
This bill would require the department, as part of those projects that are located in priority areas, as defined, to install broadband conduits capable of supporting fiber optic communication cables.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 14051 of the Government Code is amended to read:

14051.
 (a) For purposes of this section, “companies section:
(1) “Companies or organizations working on broadband deployment” includes, but is not limited to, local governments, nonprofit organizations, cable television corporations, as defined in Section 216.4 of the Public Utilities Code, and telephone corporations, as defined in Section 234 of the Public Utilities Code.
(2) “Priority area” means an area listed as a priority area in Appendix 4 of Public Utilities Commission Resolution T-17443 (Implementation of New Timelines for California Advanced Services Fund Applicants), as updated pursuant to subdivision (c).
(b) (1) During the project planning phase of a department-led highway construction project that was initiated on or after January 1, 2017, is parallel to the highway, and involves construction methods that are suitable for installing broadband conduit, the department shall notify companies and organizations working on broadband deployment of the project on its Internet Web site to encourage collaborative broadband installations.
(2) For the purpose of supporting fiber optic communication cables, after receiving notification from the department, a company or organization working on broadband deployment may collaborate with the department to install a broadband conduit as part of the project.
(3) The department, as part of each project located in a priority area, shall install a broadband conduit capable of supporting fiber optic communication cables.

(3)

(4) The department, in consultation with stakeholders, on or before January 1, 2018, shall develop guidelines to facilitate the installation of broadband conduit on state highway rights-of-way. The guidelines shall address access to information on existing assets and collaboration on future projects.
(c) The Public Utilities Commission, in consultation with regional consortia, shall, at the request of the department, or may, in its own discretion, update Appendix 4 of Public Utilities Commission Resolution T-17443 for the purposes of this section.