Today's Law As Amended


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AB-1557 Communications: utility pole attachments.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 767.6 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

767.6.
 (a) The definitions in Section 767.5 apply to this section.
(b) A public utility shall respond to a request for pole attachment by a cable television corporation as follows:
(1) As soon as possible, but by no later than 10 days after receipt of the request, the public utility shall notify the cable television corporation of any additional information needed to respond to the attachment request.
(2) (A) As soon as possible, but by no later than 45 days after receipt of the request, the public utility shall notify the cable television corporation if the attachment request is accepted or denied.
(B) If denied, the notice shall state all of the reasons for the denial and the remedy to gain access to the pole for attachment.
(C) If accepted, the notice shall include a cost estimate, based on actual cost, for any necessary make-ready work required to accommodate the requested attachment.
(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (c) of Section 767.5, if the public utility determines that a pole replacement is necessary to accommodate a requested attachment, the public utility and cable television corporation may negotiate terms and conditions for the requested attachment. If the public utility is an electrical corporation, it may recover the cost of the pole replacement in a general rate case or, if applicable, a wildfire mitigation plan approval proceeding pursuant to Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 8385) of Division 4.1.
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.