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AB-1100 Communications service: disasters: reports.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 914.8 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

914.8.
 (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Advanced telecommunications capability” has the same meaning as defined in Section 1302 of Title 47 of the United States Code.
(2) “Communications infrastructure” means the conduits, ducts, wires, lines, cables, poles, towers, and any other equipment and facilities used to provide telecommunications service and advanced telecommunications capability.
(3) “Telecommunications service provider” means a facilities-based wireline or mobile telephony services provider that is required to file a communications resiliency plan pursuant to commission Decision 20-07-011 (July 16, 2020), Decision Adopting Wireless Provider Resiliency Strategies, or commission Decision 21-02-029 (February 11, 2021), Decision Adopting Wireline Provider Resiliency Strategies, or a successor order.
(b) Following a state or local disaster for which the Governor has issued a declaration pursuant to Section 8558 of the Government Code, within 12 months of the declaration, the commission shall collect all of the following information from telecommunications service providers relating to the provider’s efforts to restore, repair, or replace communications infrastructure that was damaged as a result of the disaster:
(1) The extent of any damage to communications infrastructure caused by the disaster, including the type of infrastructure damaged.
(2) The types of infrastructure used to restore telecommunications service and advanced telecommunications capability following an outage caused by, or to repair or replace related communications infrastructure damaged by, the disaster.
(3) The obstacles encountered by the telecommunications service provider in repairing or replacing communications infrastructure.
(c) (1) The information collected from telecommunications service providers by the commission pursuant to subdivision (b) shall be broken down by each disaster and, consistent with paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section 920, and shall be submitted annually in a report by the commission to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature, and posted in a conspicuous area on the commission’s internet website.
(2) The president of the commission shall annually present to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature a summary of the information collected pursuant to subdivision (b). The summary may be presented at the same time that the president presents the annual report pursuant to Section 321.6.
(d) The commission may require a telecommunications service provider to collect and forward to the commission any relevant information required to be collected by the commission pursuant to subdivision (b) and may make this information public, unless making the information public would present a security threat to the public, a threat to the property of the telecommunications service provider, or a threat to the employees of the telecommunications service provider. When submitting information that is requested by the commission, a telecommunications service provider shall identify any information the disclosure of which might present a security threat to the public, a threat to the property of the telecommunications service provider, or a threat to the employees of the telecommunications service provider.
(e) As part of the commission’s data collection requirements pursuant to this section, the commission shall seek to limit duplicative data requests.
(f) This section does not require the commission to revise or otherwise modify the requirements in commission Decision 20-07-011 (July 16, 2020), Decision Adopting Wireless Provider Resiliency Strategies, and commission Decision 21-02-029 (February 11, 2021), Decision Adopting Wireline Provider Resiliency Strategies.
SEC. 2.
 The Legislature finds and declares that Section 1 of this act, which adds Section 914.8 to the Public Utilities Code, imposes a limitation on the public’s right of access to the meetings of public bodies or the writings of public officials and agencies within the meaning of Section 3 of Article I of the California Constitution. Pursuant to that constitutional provision, the Legislature makes the following findings to demonstrate the interest protected by this limitation and the need for protecting that interest:
The interests in withholding information from the public that, if disclosed, presents a security threat to the public, to the property of a telecommunications service provider, or the employees of a telecommunications service provider that outweighs the benefits of public disclosure of that information.
SEC. 3.
 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.