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SB-546 Telecommunications: universal service.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/18/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 546


Introduced by Senator Wilk
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Lackey)

February 18, 2021


An act relating to telecommunications.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 546, as introduced, Wilk. Telecommunications: universal service.
Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over telephone corporations. Existing law, the Moore Universal Telephone Service Act, establishes the lifeline telephone service program to provide low-income households with access to affordable basic residential telephone service.
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to codify portions of a commission decision that created the iFoster pilot program, and to require the commission to establish a program using moneys available pursuant to the act to ensure that California’s foster youth remain eligible to enroll in, and receive, discounts on lifeline telephone service pursuant to the eligibility criteria established in that decision.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to codify portions of the Public Utility Commission’s decision 19-04-021 (April 25, 2019), Decision Authorizing Pilot Programs of Boost Mobile, Inc. and iFoster, Inc. in the California Lifeline Program, which created the iFoster pilot program, and to require the commission to establish a program using moneys available pursuant to the Moore Universal Telephone Service Act (Article 8 (commencing with Section 871) of Chapter 4 of Part 1 of Division 1 of the Public Utilities Code) to ensure that California’s foster youth remain eligible to enroll in, and receive, discounts on lifeline telephone service pursuant to the eligibility criteria established in that decision.