A02118 Summary:

BILL NO    A02118 

SAME AS    SAME AS S02685

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Ren Art 11 SS4000, 4001 & 4002 to be Art 12 SS4200, 4201 & 4202, add Art 11
SS4100 - 4120, S2807, Pub Auth L; add Art 11-A SS231 - 246, SS92-h, 90-a, 90-b,
90-c, 90-d, 90-e & 90-f, amd SS215, 99 & 100, Pub Serv L; add S32-a, Exec L

Enacts the "omnibus telecommunications reform act of 2015".
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A02118 Actions:

BILL NO    A02118 

01/15/2015 referred to corporations, authorities and commissions
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A02118 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A2118

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the public authorities law, the public service law,
and the executive law, in relation to reforming the telecommunications
sector of the New York economy, by creating a broadband authority,
authorizing statewide cable franchises for the purposes of competitive
cable service, promoting the wide-spread development of high-capacity
broadband internet access, and increasing the availability and quality
of services in this key economic development area and ensuring the
safety, reliability and affordability of telecommunications services

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

This bill makes fundamental reforms in the ever-changing world of
telecommunications to guarantee that residents of New York are
provided with universal access to telecommunications services at just
and reasonable rates, while requiring telecommunications companies to
make investments in telecommunications infrastructure and adequate
staffing.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

S 1. Short Title.  This Act shall be known as the "Omnibus
Telecommunications Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2015.

S 2. Legislative Findings.

S 3. Amends the public authorities law by adding Article 11 to create
the New York State Broadband Development Authority.

S 4. Amends the public service law by adding a new section 92-h to
create the Universal, Affordable and Secure Telecommunications
Services Fund.

S 5. Amends the public authorities law by adding a new article 11-A to
create a statewide cable franchise.

S 6. Amends S 215 of the public service law to require that cable
franchises submit a "neutrality report."

S 7. Amends S 99 of the public service law by adding a new section on
anti-discrimination of service provisions.

S 8. Amends the general business law by adding a new section 349-b-1
on VOIP 911 disclosure.

SS 9-10. Amends the public service law on telecommunications mergers.

S 11. Amends the executive law on State Agency Telecommunications
Resource Management.

S 12. Amends the executive law on State Authorities Telecommunications
Resource Management.


S 13. Amends the public service law to require that the PSC complete a
study on the effects of telecommunications mergers on universal
service.

S 14. Amends the public service law to require that the PSC complete a
study on the effects of any proposed sale of telecommunications
networks on universal service.

S 15. Amends the public authorities law to require a report on
Broadband Deployment.

S 16. Amends the public service law to require the PSC perform a study
on 911 Emergency Services.

S 17. Amends the public service law to require that the PSC perform a
study on consumer protections in wireless telecommunications services.

S 18 Amends the public service law to study and then implement service
quality standards for all telecommunications providers.

S 19. Applicability of other law.

S 20. Severability.

S 21. Effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

The State has a responsibility, as a matter of public safety and
consumer protection, to promote safe, reliable and affordable
telecommunications services. This bill, therefore, has several goals
including:

*guaranteeing that all New Yorkers are offered quality
telecommunications services at just and reasonable rates;

*bridging the ever-widening chasm of the digital divide in rural,
high-cost and low income areas;

*promoting the deployment of high-capacity broadband networks
throughout New York State through the use of public-private
partnerships which will help to remove the barriers to development of
universally deployed world-class high-capacity broadband networks; and

*increasing competition in cable television services across the State,
resulting in increased investment in the state, lower prices and

*improved service offerings for consumers, while still preserving
municipal power to manage public rights of way and their ability to
collect a franchise fee and administer Public Education and Government
access channels.

To reform the telecommunications industry in New York State to ensure
consumer protections and public safety by providing telecommunications
access for all New Yorkers, we need a strong and fundamental reform of
the entire system. This bill begins that process. A comprehensive plan
is needed to lead the State into the next phase of telecommunications.


This comprehensive legislation is a start to that process. Specific
provisions are described below.

I. BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT AUTHORITY/MAPPING

Broadband technologies, which enable the high-speed transmission of
electronic information, play a fundamental role in the State's
economy. These broadband services are essential for electronic
commerce and telecommuting, and are critical for 21st century learning
and medicine.

However, broadband technologies are not evenly dispersed and utilized
among the state's citizens. Rural, inner-city, and low-income
households may be unable to reap the benefits of broadband access. In
order to develop a strategy for encouraging the cost-effective
deployment of broadband technologies in the state, the legislature
intends to identify factors preventing the widespread availability and
use of broadband technologies.

This bill will guarantee adequate service quality by
telecommunications and cable companies in rural, high-cost and low
income areas. Often social access is just as important as physical
access. In other words, even as broadband is deployed, the costs are
so high that most citizens cannot afford to use the technology. Such a
cost prohibitive deployment must be addressed.

As other states have found, due to the complexity and expense of
establishing universal broadband access, the creation of a new public
authority is necessary. This public authority, the Broadband
Deployment Authority, will manage, regulate, and assist with funding
of the wide array of infrastructure enhancement projects necessary for
universal broadband access. This is not a new concept as other states
have already moved ahead with the creation of similar public
authorities. Virginia created the Innovative Technology Authority with
an operational arm known as the Center for Innovative Technology. The
Authority has powers to promote various technology projects and is
authorized to disburse funds to broadband enhancement projects
throughout the state.

The Innovative Technology Authority/Center for Innovative Technology
is considered nation-wide model for broadband deployment authorities.
ConnectKentucky was based off these institutions and has made
impressive strides in its effort to establish 100 Broadband
availability throughout their home state by the end of 2007. Maine has
created the ConnectME authority tasked with establishing universal
broadband access in that state, with power to designate and
redesignate base-level broadband access speeds, designate un- and
under-served areas, distribute funds, and level assessments on
telecommunications providers to support those funds. By creating this
authority, and the requisite broadband infrastructure the economic
future of New York will be greatly enhanced.

However, in order to deploy broadband to the places in greater need,
the State needs a comprehensive system of mapping. Therefore, the
Empire State Development Corporation and the Public Service
Commission, in conjunction with the Geographic Information Services
Clearinghouse of the Office of Cyber Security and Critical


Infrastructure Coordination will be appropriated $250,000 to complete
a survey of broadband availability in New York State. The survey shall
collect and inter part statistically reliable geographic, demographic,
and telecommunications technology information to identify any
broadband deployment disparities in the state. The survey shall also
produce a statistically reliable profile of the following: Households
and businesses in the state with no available broadband options;
Households and businesses in the state with access to broadband
options, but who choose not to purchase an option; and Purposes for
which broadband is used by households and businesses in the state.

The survey will be conducted at the census tract level or such smaller
administrative units as is reasonable. After the initial survey is
complete, the Empire State Development Corporation, Public Service
Commission, and the Geographic Information Services Clearinghouse will
provide updates every six months to track the expansion and progress
of broadband access across the State.

II. COMPETITION OF CABLE TELEVISION SERVICES

The State has a responsibility to promote adequate, affordable and
efficient cable services to its residents and encourage the optimum
development of community-service potentials of the cable television
medium.

Technology is ever-changing and it is imperative that the State of New
York allows for many sources of technological competition to provide
the goal of adequate and affordable cable services to residents. This
Act is a step in providing a balanced approach to providing consumers
cable choice and allowing for areas of the State to have access to
developing broadband technologies. Currently, other states have
enacted laws to provide choice for cable service including:
California, Indiana, New Jersey, Michigan, Kansas, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

Other states have also moved statewide franchise bills through the
legislative process including Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Georgia,
Missouri, New Hampshire and Tennessee, among others. Contrary to
various reports, this bill protects all municipal power, save the
power to approve the franchise, and sets the fees, public access and
other social protections at a ceiling so that municipalities,
community groups and other interested parties have the most
progressive and comprehensive franchise possible. In the end this
section is to protect the consumer and strengthen the economy, while
preserving locality's power to regulate franchises. The GAO, FCC and
other studies show that only statewide franchises cause rate
reductions of 20-25%. In addition, Towns, cities and villages will
receive a 4031 increase in payments from cable companies.

A. ADDITIONAL CONSUMER AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT:  PROTECTIONS

While other states have enacted laws to provide choice, this bill
would require other important protections to protect local input,
community input, citizen access to television channels, the free flow
of ideas and information on broad-brand networks and other consumer
protections This is the most progressive statewide cable franchise in
the country that will protect consumers, bring choice, protects the


power of municipalities and require social responsibility on behalf of
cable providers.

1. It maintains and exceeds financial commitments to local
governments.

The Ant has a progressive franchise fee schedule that includes a 5%
franchise fee, free cable and Internet service to municipal buildings
and agencies and a separate fund to maintain and build quality PEG
channels. Finally, tax loopholes and other financial gimmicks used by
the cable companies to reduce municipal payments are outlawed.

2. It maintains municipal oversight to tailor the provider's
commitment to the community's needs. The Statewide franchise will
allow municipalities the various powers to retain all their historic
powers including:

*The power of municipalities to exercise its power over public
rights-of-way;

*Receive, mediate and resolve cable service quality complaints from a
franchise holder's customers within the municipality;

*Require a franchise holder who is providing cable service within the
municipality to register with the municipality, maintain a point of
contact, and provide notice of any franchise authorization transfer to
the municipality within fourteen business days after the completion of
the transfer; and

*Establish guidelines regarding the use of public, educational, and
governmental access channels within the municipality.

3. It protects and allows for progressive public access. In many parts
of the State, PEG channels are woefully inadequate in providing access
and programming opportunities to citizens. This bill would create a
strong system of PEG channels for it provides the necessary funding
and channel space. The Act will require that the current regulations
governing PEG channels be followed including additional PEG channels
and services not contained in the current regulations.  For example
every statewide franchise will have to allot analog channels of six
megahertz bandwidth. In addition, the Act would create a separate fund
specifically for PEG channels to maintain a reliable service and
community network. This is the most progressive language in the State
or country.

4. It requires a continued commitment to the community. The Act will
require cable operators to provide free cable and high speed Internet
service to hospitals, schools, firehouses and other important
community/municipal organizations. In addition, the Act includes anti-
redlining provisions. If the PSC finds that a cable operator is
redlining, the Commission may terminate the franchise as well as
impose fines and Penalties on the cable operator.

B. REQUIRING COMPANIES TO PROVIDE COMPETITIVE SERVICES AND STOPPING
THE "CHERRY PICKING" PROBLEM.


Contrary to various reports, this Act would mandate that cable
operators fulfill their obligation to provide choice by requiring
certain build out dates as well as impose fines to any company that is
found to discriminate against a class or race of people by not
providing service to communities. Specifically, any evidence of
redlining by a company results in significant penalties.

This bill will require that the franchisee provide service to a
majority of New Yorkers to ensure that competition is offered
throughout the State. This bill would require that any statewide
franchise provide: service to over half the State's consumers
(including in the upstate, western, central and downstate portion of
the State) within three years of receiving a statewide franchise, and
service to over 85% of New Yorkers within five years. This is among
the most progressive deployment requirements in the country.

C. WHY THE NEED FOR THE STATEWIDE FRANCHISE?

It has been argued that there is no need for a statewide franchise
because any company can file for a local franchise now and further,
that it is unfair to companies that have had to file for local
franchises to now compete with a state- wide model. However, the
technology and market has changed considerably since the first cable
franchises. It took years for cable companies to offer cable service
and broadband service to the entire State, so a local
franchise-by-local franchise approach will not deploy and create the
competitive market that consumers deserve. Moreover, a review of
franchises throughout New York has shown that many municipalities get
shortchanged. This bill sets protects municipalities by statutorily.
requiring the financial and community incentives that are needed in
franchises. Finally, and most importantly, in the end the consumer
wins because of lower cable rates.

D.  THE STATEWIDE FRANCHISE PROVIDES CHOICE, CREATES COBS AND SPURS
THE ECONOMY

The Cable Choice Act provides residents all the consumer protections
and statutory requirements for adequate, efficient and affordable
service while providing choice of service providers. This carefully
constructed legislation will promote and facilitate the deployment of
advanced technologies and new reliable and affordable services to all
classes and communities and protect New York's ability to compete in
the national and international marketplace for industry and jobs.

III. PROTECTING THE NEUTRALITY OF THE INTERNET

The proposal includes net neutrality language - whereby networks would
not be able to favor one particular network destination or class of
applications over others--to ensure that the free flow of ideas of the
Internet.  Although the Federal Government has eliminated net
neutrality rules, the State has every right and obligation to build
this important consumer protection in as a condition of a new model of
cable and broad-band deployment.

Net Neutrality is not in itself a new idea. Its roots date back to the
1050's with Common Carrier legislation for telegraphs, Those laws made
it unlawful for anyone owning or operating a telegraph line to refuse


to receive dispatch from any other company or person owning or
operating any telegraph line in the state, or refuse or willfully
neglect to transmit the same in good faith, without partiality. The
offense would result in the forfeiture of all right and franchises
associated with telegraph transmission in the state.

In 2005 the Federal Communications Commission incorrectly decided that
common carrier status need not apply to telecommunication providers.
There is no logical reason to overturn statutes that have worked for
over 140 years, Our legislation will update an existing statute in
order to ensure consumer protection and public safety by providing
equal telecommunications access for all New Yorkers.

IV. PROTECTING 911 EMERGENCY SERVICES

This legislation also protects and will require the further
enhancement of 911 emergency services.  The ability to call 911 during
an emergency saves lives everyday in New York State. Many New Yorkers
who use VoIP (Internet phone service) as their primary phone assume
that emergency 911 works the same for VoIP phones as traditional
phones, but this is mostly not the case, Consumers must be made aware
of any limitations of their 911 service before an emergency occurs.

Disclosure of the limits of VoIP's 911 services will allow New Yorkers
to avoid the tragedies that have occurred in other states when
customers wrongly believed that VoIP would work the same as
traditional phone service when placing a call to 911. For example, in
Texas a child recently witnessed a violent crime in her home, but was
unable to access 911 emergency services from the family's VoIP
telephone, The Attorneys General of the States of Michigan and Texas
have brought suit against the largest provider of VoIP telephony to
require it to fully disclose the limitations of such services to
current and prospective customers.

Furthermore, New York's existing Enhanced 911 (E911) system greatly
enhances public safety by automatically identifying the caller's phone
number and location. Nearly all consumers with traditional wireline
Phone service and most consumers with wireless cellular phones
currently have access to E911. However, outside of New York City, most
VoIP subscribers do not enjoy the benefits of E911. With an increasing
number of New Yorkers using VoIP phones, it is important that the
State studies the technological challenges facing the extension of
E911 to VoIP services and other issues that could degrade the
effective ness of New York's E911 networks in the future.

E911 services are essential to the public safety of all New Yorkers.
E911 is distinguished from traditional 911 in that it provides the
Emergency Operators the caller's phone number as well as their
location. As such it is necessary for New York State to perform a
comprehensive study to ascertain the current availability and
reliability of its E911 services. As the telecommunications industry
migrates from copper wire-based infrastructure to fiber optic-based
infrastructure, it is equally important that New York take steps to
safeguard the current availability and reliability of E911 while
looking secure and expand the service with new and emerging
technologies. After such a study is performed, the public will be


better informed of the policy issues surrounding E911 as well as
possible legislative actions necessary to ensure its availability.

V. ANNUAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESOURCES REPORTS BY AUTHORITIES AND
AGENCIES

Wide access to broadband services will serve the nubile interest and
promote economic development within New York State. This section will
have public authorities and agencies lease on a non-discriminatory and
commercially reasonable basis any excess capacity or bandwidth under
their control to public entities or certified telecommunications
carriers. This excess capacity will then be used to provide broadband
services to unserved, underserved, and distressed areas. This section
will also have public authorities and agencies report on the
telecommunications services they use that may be used in a
telecommunications demand aggregation program administered by the
State Broadband Deployment Council created in this legislation.
Finally, this section will require each public authority and agency to
post on its website documentation on the telecommunications
infrastructure resources controlled by the authority and agency.

It is wasteful for public authorities and agencies to let excess
capacity go unused when it can be leased to public entities or
telecommunications carriers in order to increase broadband access to
under served areas.

VI. PROTECTING UNIVERSAL SERVICE AND THE LEGACY SYSTEM

While new telecommunications technologies emerge daily, many New
Yorkers are forced to rely on the legacy system. New Yorks historic
responsibility was and is to provide universal service at just and
reasonable rates. The Federal government has defined universal service
as being composed of the following parts: the high-cost support
mechanism; the low-income support mechanism; the rural healthcare
support mechanism; and the "E-Rate" which helps to provide
telecommunications access to our schools and libraries. New York
currently provides minimal assistance to elderly persons with help
paying their phone bills as well as telecommunications relay services
(TRS) to the hearing impaired. New York does not provide any E-Rate
assistance beyond what it receives in federal moneys.

This situation is unacceptable. As part of a holistic approach to
reforming the telecommunications industry, implementation of all four
federal aspects of the universal service fund is necessary, as well as
expanding that definition to include high-speed broadband access to
unserved and underserved areas.

As demonstrated in the by Committee's various public hearing and
investigations into Verizon's declining service quality, it is
necessary for comprehensive reform of the telecommunications industry.
Relying on market forces to regulate the industry (legacy or
burgeoning networks) has so far proved inadequate. As the industry
migrates from aging copper wire networks to new, high capacity
fiber-optic cables it is imperative that the State have a free hand to
regulate the industry. Through new regulations the State can ensure
service quality that will provide instant access to emergency phone


and internet services throughout the infrastructure transition and
beyond.

Evaluating service quality should encompass a wide number of criteria;
the length of time needed to repair out of service reports, wait times
for customer service phone calls, the time needed for installations,
missed repair appointments, and more. Along with Assembly Tonko's
service quality proposal, this legislation takes several steps to
ensure adequate service quality for New Yorkers. It requires the
Public Service Commission to issue reports that evaluate the impact of
the sale or transfer of the capital stock of telephone corporations on
service quality in the relevant area along with looking at the impact
on prices and network reliability. The bill also empowers a municipal
government to mediate cable television service quality complaints
within the municipality.

Thus, in order to accomplish the goals of universal service, it is
imperative that a system of support mechanisms remain in place and is
expanded to burgeoning technologies for high-cost areas. The
legislation expands universal service to promote the goal of ensuring
that telecommunications consumers in New York have generally and
readily available and, reasonably priced access to broadband
telecommunication services and other advanced communications services
in a fair and non discriminatory procedure.

Additional measures are needed to ensure that the State fulfills its
responsibility of providing universal service. First, the Public
Service Commission must approve of any sale, lease, or other form of
acquisition of said infrastructure, before that transaction can be
finalized.  Approval of any transaction is contingent on the Public
Service Commis- sion's findings that the transaction will be in the
public interest and meet standards described in statute.

Second, the State must take a hard look at any sale of part of the
legacy system. Recently Verizon has sold off portions of their
networks in New Hampshire, Connecticut and Vermont. As recently as
2005, reports surfaced that verizon and Frontier were looking to
selling off portions of their networks in Upstate New York. Reports
have also indicated that the companies that were interested in
purchasing the lines are private equity firms and speculators
interested in generating quick profits, rather than traditional
telephone companies interested in operating the business over the long
term in the upstate region. Such a sale would clearly have a dramatic
impact on telephone service in upstate areas and would have a
pronounced effect on the policy of universal service. It is therefore
vital that the Department of Public Service, the Legislature, and the
Governor understand the full range of issues and questions arising
from the sale of a large sector of telephone networks on service
quality and public safety among other issues.

Third, before consent is given to any merger, the Public Service
Commission must agree that such merger is within the public's
interest. The Public interest requires that the Public Service
Commission's analysis of mergers and conclusions drawn there arise
from objective alild verifiable empirical evidence, rather than from
unsupported statements of policy or conclusory observations. It is
additionally in the public interest to require a portion of the


benefits of telecommunications mergers to be returned to the state's
ratepayers as refunds, reinvestment in the infrastructure, providing
E-911 services or to finance repairs, maintenance or new construction
that might otherwise be unfunded. Finally, requiring the Public
Service Commission to conduct its analysis upon an enumerated list of
public interest factors increases the participation of the public and
other stakeholder groups in such proceedings, which enhances the
transparency and accountability of the merger analysis process.

VII. ANTI-DISCRIMINATION IN ACCESS TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

Pursuant to section 228 of the public service law, cable television
companies are authorized to install their facilities upon private
premises under reasonable conditions. This statutory authorization,
however, does not apply to any other types of telecommunications
service providers. This bill would permit all types of
telecommunications service providers to install their facilities upon
private premises, under reasonable conditions, in recognition of the
current range of telecommunications service choices available to
consumers and the potential for expansion of such services. The bill
would thereby allow equal access by telecommunications service
providers to install their facilities in private premises so that
consumers will in turn have full access to, a variety of
telecommunications services.

VIII. WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Wireless technology has developed rapidly across the globe. For many
people across the State wireless telephone service is now their
primary mode of communication. Many other customers, especially older
ones, use cell phones primarily for safety in the event of emergencies
during travel. Assemblyman O'Donnell sponsors legislation that will
give consumers protections such as disclosure of terms, conditions of
services and charges, 5-911 service, and coverage maps and areas.
Alongside Assemblyman O'Donnell's legislation there should also be a
study into wireless telecommunications service providers to ensure
consumer protection, health and public safety. With the expansion of
wireless telephone service it is in the public's best interest for the
Public Service Commission to go forth with a study and report their
findings to the Legislature in 180 days after this bill shall become
law. Taken together this legislation will provide the resources for
modernizing the State's telecommunications network, provide choice for
consumers, and protect the legacy system.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

2013-14 A 4143-A report to commissions and authorities.
2009/2010 A1875 referred to corporations, authorities and commissions;
A.3980 (2007-2008). However, note:  Reference to wireless telephone
and consumer protections A. 2030 of 2007 (O'Donnell);
telecommunications service and consumer protections standards A.
3704/3705 of 2007 (Tonko).
Includes elements of A. 6524 of 2006 (Brodsky); A. 9807 of 2006
(Brodsky); A, 9808 of 2006 (Brodsky); A. 9809 of 2006 (Brodsky); A.
1423 of 2007 (Brodsky) and A. 7932 of 2006 (Brodsky).

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:


Not known

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately
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A02118 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         2118

                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                   January 15, 2015
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by M. of A. PRETLOW -- read once and referred to the Commit-
         tee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions

       AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, the public service law,  and
         the  executive  law,  in  relation to reforming the telecommunications
         sector of the New York economy, by  creating  a  broadband  authority,
         authorizing statewide cable franchises for the purposes of competitive
         cable  service, promoting the wide-spread development of high-capacity
         broadband internet access, and increasing the availability and quality
         of services in this key economic development  area  and  ensuring  the
         safety, reliability and affordability of telecommunications services

         THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
    2  the "omnibus telecommunications reform act of 2015".
    3    S  2. Legislative findings. 1. a. It is and has been the long-standing
    4  policy of the state of New York that every resident and business in  the
    5  state  of  New York has a right to have equal physical and social access
    6  to adequate telecommunications services at just  and  reasonable  rates,
    7  because  universal access to the benefits of telephony is fundamental to
    8  effective communication, quality of life, economic  development,  public
    9  safety  and  security, and democratic participation. Telecommunications,
   10  however, is undergoing dramatic changes with  new  technologies  driving
   11  the  ways  people  communicate with one another. No matter the source or
   12  vehicle by which people communicate with each other, the people of  this
   13  state  have  the right to adequate service at just and reasonable rates.
   14  Therefore, all telecommunications services must meet the highest  stand-
   15  ards  of  quality,  reliability,  and  safety--including  protecting and
   16  expanding the system of emergency 911 service--which requires sufficient
   17  investment in telecommunications infrastructure and, as  many  years  of
   18  experience  have  shown,  adequate  staffing provided by trained, career
   19  employees operating under the applicable safety codes and regulations.

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD05431-01-5
       A. 2118                             2

    1    b. While  the  state's  long-standing  mission  has  been  to  provide
    2  universal, affordable and reliable service to all New Yorkers, all citi-
    3  zens  of  the state do not have equal access to communications technolo-
    4  gies that are becoming the standard bearers for  the  21st  century.  In
    5  fact, the state lags behind in deploying communication networks that are
    6  the  foundation  of modern telecommunications. The lack of deployment of
    7  high-capacity telecommunications infrastructure  services  ("broadband")
    8  in rural, underserved, unserved, economically distressed and other areas
    9  of the state is affected with a public interest; the rates, services and
   10  operations  of  cable  television  companies  are affected with a public
   11  interest and it is imperative that the state fairly regulate cable tele-
   12  vision services in the interest of the public, and; the public  interest
   13  is  furthered by comprehensive action in the area of telecommunications,
   14  and by the state's continued promotion of universally available telecom-
   15  munications services of  adequate  service  quality  and  at  affordable
   16  rates,  particularly  in  rural, high-cost and low income areas, and the
   17  state's entry into promoting the universal availability and physical and
   18  social access to  high-quality  broadband  and  advanced  communications
   19  services at affordable rates.
   20    c.   The  deployment  of  high-capacity  broadband  telecommunications
   21  networks and advanced communications networks throughout New  York  will
   22  promote  improvements  in healthcare, public safety, education, consumer
   23  choice, and the economy.
   24    d. State action and public-private  partnerships  will  be  needed  to
   25  deepen  investment  in,  promote  demand for, stimulate adoption of, and
   26  remove barriers to the development of universally  deployed  world-class
   27  high-capacity  broadband  networks,  providing  services to business and
   28  residential consumers in all areas of the state  at  competitive  prices
   29  with adequate service quality.
   30    e.  Reasonably  unfettered  access  of  the citizenry to the maximally
   31  diverse Internet is in the public interest, consistent however with  the
   32  need  or  company choice of telecommunications providers to block, limit
   33  or otherwise restrict the passage of electronic mail messages  or  other
   34  content that transmit, portray, describe, represent or otherwise contain
   35  matters  such  as child pornography or similar obscenity, other unlawful
   36  material, threats of serious bodily harm, threats to the  public  safety
   37  and  homeland  security,  threats  of  death to individuals or groups of
   38  individuals, viruses or similar computer  generated  programs  or  codes
   39  that have the potential to harm computer hardware and/or software and/or
   40  networks, excessive unsolicited commercial email that degrades or inter-
   41  feres  with  or  harms  the  normal operation of broadband networks, and
   42  other similar types or forms of  material  or  software  (the  foregoing
   43  examples  are  illustrative,  not  exhaustive  of  such threats to users
   44  and/or the network).
   45    2. a. New cable television services regulation is  necessary  to:  (i)
   46  promote  adequate,  affordable and efficient cable television service to
   47  the citizens and residents of the  state;  (ii)  encourage  the  optimum
   48  development  of the educational, government and community-service poten-
   49  tials of the cable television medium; (iii) provide just and  reasonable
   50  rates  for  cable  television service without geographic discrimination;
   51  (iv) protect the interests  of  the  municipalities  of  this  state  in
   52  relation  to  the  issuance  of municipal consents for the operations of
   53  cable television companies in those jurisdictions; (v)  to  protect  the
   54  right  of  consumers  to  access  the  lawful  internet content of their
   55  choice, to run applications and use services of their choice, subject to
   56  the requirements of law enforcement, and  to  connect  their  choice  of
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    1  legal  devices  that  do  not  harm the network; and (vi) cooperate with
    2  other states and with the federal government in promoting and coordinat-
    3  ing efforts to regulate  cable  television  effectively  in  the  public
    4  interest.
    5    b.  Competition  in the provisioning of cable service is emerging with
    6  the convergence of preexisting and new technologies for providing voice,
    7  video and data services, which results in increased  investment  in  the
    8  state, lower prices and improved service offerings for consumers.
    9    c. Increased investment and the potential for competition in the cable
   10  service  market  through the provisioning of new communications services
   11  and  deployment  of  advanced  communications   infrastructure   further
   12  enhances  economic  opportunities, public safety, and the overall health
   13  and well-being of the residents of the state.
   14    d. State-issued franchises for the provision  of  cable  service  will
   15  promote  and  facilitate the deployment of advanced technologies and new
   16  services to all classes of communities and protect New York's ability to
   17  compete in the national and international marketplace for  industry  and
   18  jobs.
   19    e.  Modifying  existing cable service regulation through the enactment
   20  of new standards and procedures that provide consumers with access to  a
   21  competitive  facilities-based  cable  market  and also preserves munici-
   22  palities historic authority to manage public  rights-of-way,  collect  a
   23  franchise  fee  up  to  five percent of gross revenue, administer public
   24  educational and government access channels, enforce consumer protections
   25  and ensure competitive cable services are delivered in a  nondiscrimina-
   26  tory manner is warranted in this state.
   27    f. Nothing in this act shall be seen to limit or reduce the protection
   28  afforded  to  cable  television  customers,  broadband internet services
   29  customers, telephone customers, and customers of advanced communications
   30  services generally, and it is in the  public  interest  to  ensure  that
   31  customers  continue  to  be provided a high level of customer protection
   32  and customer service in a more competitive market.
   33    3. Therefore, the legislature declares that the state needs to  funda-
   34  mentally  reform  the  three  key pillars of its vast telecommunications
   35  system--telephone, broadband internet access  and  cable  television--to
   36  provide  21st  Century technology to all New Yorkers that is safe, reli-
   37  able and affordable.
   38    S 3.   Article 11 and sections 4000,  4001  and  4002  of  the  public
   39  authorities  law, article 11 as renumbered by chapter 168 of the laws of
   40  1975 and sections 4000, 4001 and 4002 as renumbered by  chapter  182  of
   41  the  laws of 2005, are renumbered article 12 and sections 4200, 4201 and
   42  4202 and a new article 11 is added to read as follows:
   43                                 ARTICLE 11
   44                       BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
   45  SECTION 4100. SHORT TITLE.
   46          4101. BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
   47          4102. DEFINITIONS.
   48          4103. POWERS OF THE AUTHORITY.
   49          4104. BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
   50          4105. BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT COUNCIL.
   51          4106. APPLICATIONS FOR BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT FINANCING; RESPONSI-
   52                  BILITIES OF THE APPLICANT TO PROVIDE SAFE, RELIABLE  AND
   53                  AFFORDABLE SERVICE.
   54          4107. BONDS AND NOTES OF THE AUTHORITY.
   55          4108. BONDS AND NOTES; PERSONAL LIABILITY.
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    1          4109. RIGHTS  OF  AUTHORITY  TO  FULFILL  TERMS OF AGREEMENT NOT
    2                  LIMITED, ALTERED, OR IMPAIRED.
    3          4110. REMEDIES OF BONDHOLDERS AND NOTEHOLDERS.
    4          4111.  GRANTS  OR  LOANS  OF  PUBLIC OR PRIVATE FUNDS OR IN-KIND
    5                   MATERIAL.
    6          4112. EXEMPTION FROM TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS.
    7          4113. BROADBAND AND ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT FUND.
    8          4114. APPROPRIATIONS BY ANY GOVERNMENT OR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION.
    9          4115. CONVEYANCE, LEASE OR TRANSFER OF PROPERTY  BY  A  CITY  OR
   10                  COUNTY TO THE AUTHORITY.
   11          4116. ACTIONS AGAINST THE AUTHORITY.
   12          4117. AUDIT POWER AND CONTRACT APPROVAL BY THE COMPTROLLER.
   13          4118. ANNUAL REPORT.
   14          4119. EFFECT OF INCONSISTENT PROVISIONS.
   15          4120. SEVERABILITY.
   16    S  4100.  SHORT TITLE. THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE KNOWN AND MAY BE CITED AS
   17  THE "BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY ACT".
   18    S 4101. BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.  1. THE NEW YORK STATE BROAD-
   19  BAND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY IS ESTABLISHED  IN  ORDER  TO  ENCOURAGE  THE
   20  PROVISION  OF  AFFORDABLE  AND  RELIABLE BROADBAND SERVICES AND NETWORKS
   21  THAT WILL:
   22    (A) ENSURE THE LONG TERM GROWTH OF AND THE ENHANCEMENT AND DELIVERY OF
   23  SERVICES BY BUSINESS, EDUCATIONAL, MEDICAL, COMMERCIAL,  NONPROFIT,  AND
   24  GOVERNMENTAL  ENTITIES  IN UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED AREAS IN
   25  NEW YORK;
   26    (B) BENEFIT RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, PUBLIC, GOVERNMENTAL, AND NONPRO-
   27  FIT ENTITIES IN UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED AREAS IN NEW  YORK;
   28  AND
   29    (C)  TO  ADVANCE  THE  AVAILABILITY  OF,  AND PROMOTE THE PHYSICAL AND
   30  SOCIAL ACCESS TO, BROADBAND AND OTHER ADVANCED  COMMUNICATIONS  SERVICES
   31  TO  ALL  CONSUMERS,  INCLUDING  THOSE IN LOW INCOME, RURAL, INSULAR, AND
   32  HIGH COST AREAS AT RATES THAT ARE REASONABLY COMPARABLE TO THOSE CHARGED
   33  IN HIGH-DENSITY URBAN AREAS AND/OR IN THE AREA OF THE STATE  WHERE  SUCH
   34  SERVICES  ARE  MOST COMPETITIVELY PRICED; AND TO INCREASE ACCESS TO, AND
   35  THE UBIQUITY OF, ADVANCED TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES AVAILABLE  TO  THE
   36  PUBLIC IN AN EQUITABLE AND NONDISCRIMINATORY MANNER.
   37    2.  THE  AUTHORITY SHALL ADMINISTER THE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM,
   38  AND SHALL, THROUGH THE  BROADBAND  DEVELOPMENT  AND  DEPLOYMENT  COUNCIL
   39  CREATED IN SECTION FORTY-ONE HUNDRED FIVE OF THIS ARTICLE, WORK TO BUILD
   40  AND FACILITATE LOCAL TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL ACCESS PLANNING ENTITIES, AND
   41  PARTNERSHIPS  WITH  BROADBAND INTERNET SERVICES PROVIDERS AND TECHNOLOGY
   42  COMPANIES, AND THE PRIVATE AND NONPROFIT  SECTORS  GENERALLY,  AND  SUCH
   43  OTHER  PROGRAMS  AS ARE REASONABLY CALCULATED TO FACILITATE THE AUTHORI-
   44  TY'S ACHIEVEMENT OF ITS STATUTORY DUTIES.
   45    S 4102. DEFINITIONS. 1. "AUTHORITY" MEANS THE NEW YORK STATE BROADBAND
   46  DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY CREATED UNDER SECTION  FORTY-ONE  HUNDRED  ONE  OF
   47  THIS ARTICLE.
   48    2.  "UNSERVED  AREA"  MEANS ANY PART OF A MUNICIPALITY WITHOUT READILY
   49  AND GENERALLY AVAILABLE RETAIL CONSUMER ACCESS TO A FACILITIES-BASED  OR
   50  FIXED  WIRELESS  BROADBAND  SERVICES  PROVIDER. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS
   51  SECTION, THE DEFINITION OF WIRELESS BROADBAND SERVICES  PROVIDERS  SHALL
   52  NOT INCLUDE SUBSCRIPTION SATELLITE SERVICE.
   53    3. "UNDERSERVED AREA" MEANS ANY PART OF A MUNICIPALITY WITHOUT READILY
   54  AND  GENERALLY  AVAILABLE RETAIL CONSUMER ACCESS TO AT LEAST TWO OR MORE
   55  NONAFFILIATED FACILITIES-BASED OR FIXED WIRELESS BROADBAND  TELECOMMUNI-
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    1  CATIONS  SERVICES  PROVIDERS.  WIRELESS  SHALL  NOT INCLUDE SUBSCRIPTION
    2  SATELLITE SERVICE.
    3    4. "BROADBAND" MEANS THE TRANSMISSION OF INFORMATION, BETWEEN OR AMONG
    4  POINTS  SPECIFIED  BY  THE  USER,  WITH OR WITHOUT CHANGE IN THE FORM OR
    5  CONTENT OF THE INFORMATION AS SENT AND RECEIVED,  AT  MINIMUM  RATES  OF
    6  TRANSMISSION  OF  TWO MEGABITS PER SECOND DOWNSTREAM AND ONE MEGABIT PER
    7  SECOND UPSTREAM, OR ONE HUNDRED  FIFTY  PERCENT  OF  THOSE  TRANSMISSION
    8  RATES  DEFINED  BY THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION AS "BROADBAND,"
    9  OR AT THOSE SYNCHRONOUS UPSTREAM AND DOWNSTREAM  TRANSMISSION  RATES  AS
   10  MAY BE RECOMMENDED BY THE BROADBAND COUNCIL FROM TIME TO TIME, WHICHEVER
   11  IS FASTEST IN SPEED.
   12    5.  "BROADBAND  CARRIER"  MEANS  ANY  PROVIDER  OF BROADBAND SERVICES,
   13  EXCEPT AGGREGATORS OF BROADBAND SERVICES,  AS  DEFINED  IN  SECTION  TWO
   14  HUNDRED TWENTY-SIX OF THE NINETEEN HUNDRED NINETY-SIX TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   15  ACT.
   16    6.  "BROADBAND  INFRASTRUCTURE"  MEANS  ALL  EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES,
   17  INCLUDING ALL CHANGES, MODIFICATIONS, AND EXPANSIONS TO EXISTING FACILI-
   18  TIES, AS WELL AS THE CUSTOMER PREMISES EQUIPMENT USED TO PROVIDE  BROAD-
   19  BAND,  AND  ANY  SOFTWARE  INTEGRAL  TO  OR  RELATED  TO THE OPERATIONS,
   20  SUPPORT, FACILITATION, OR INTERCONNECTION OF SUCH  EQUIPMENT,  INCLUDING
   21  UPGRADES, AND ANY INSTALLATION, OPERATIONS AND SUPPORT, MAINTENANCE, AND
   22  OTHER FUNCTIONS REQUIRED TO SUPPORT THE DELIVERY OF BROADBAND.
   23    7.  "BROADBAND  SERVICE"  MEANS  THE  OFFERING  OF BROADBAND FOR A FEE
   24  DIRECTLY TO THE PUBLIC, OR TO SUCH CLASSES OF USERS  AS  TO  BE  READILY
   25  AVAILABLE DIRECTLY TO THE PUBLIC, REGARDLESS OF THE FACILITIES USED.
   26    8.  "OPEN NETWORK" MEANS ANY BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH IS OPEN TO
   27  ANY THIRD PARTY USERS IN A NONDISCRIMINATORY MANNER ON A FAIR AND  EQUI-
   28  TABLE BASIS USING PUBLICLY AVAILABLE ACCESS TARIFFS FOR SERVICES.
   29    9.  "OPEN  NETWORK  INTERFACES"  MEANS  THE  TECHNICAL AND OPERATIONAL
   30  MEANS, MANNERS, AND METHODS FOR ANY THIRD PARTY ACCESS TO THE  BROADBAND
   31  INFRASTRUCTURE,  WHICH  SHALL  BE  PROVIDED  ON  THE  BASIS OF GENERALLY
   32  ACCEPTABLE INDUSTRY STANDARDS AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF ACCESS.
   33    10. "DISTRESSED AREA" MEANS:
   34    (A) A CENSUS TRACT OR TRACTS OR BLOCK NUMBERING AREA OR AREAS OR  SUCH
   35  CENSUS TRACT OR BLOCK NUMBERING AREA CONTIGUOUS THERETO WHICH, ACCORDING
   36  TO THE MOST RECENT CENSUS DATA AVAILABLE, HAS:
   37    (I)  A  POVERTY  RATE OF AT LEAST TWENTY PERCENT FOR THE YEAR TO WHICH
   38  THE DATA RELATES OR AT LEAST  TWENTY  PERCENT  OF  HOUSEHOLDS  RECEIVING
   39  PUBLIC ASSISTANCE; AND
   40    (II)  AN  UNEMPLOYMENT  RATE  OF  AT LEAST ONE AND A QUARTER TIMES THE
   41  STATEWIDE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR THE YEAR TO WHICH THE DATA RELATES; OR
   42    (B) A CITY, TOWN, VILLAGE OR COUNTY WITHIN A CITY WITH A POPULATION OF
   43  ONE MILLION OR MORE FOR WHICH:
   44    (I) THE RATIO OF THE FULL VALUE PROPERTY WEALTH, AS DETERMINED BY  THE
   45  COMPTROLLER  FOR  THE  YEAR NINETEEN HUNDRED NINETY, PER RESIDENT TO THE
   46  STATEWIDE AVERAGE FULL VALUE PROPERTY WEALTH PER RESIDENT; AND
   47    (II) THE RATIO OF THE INCOME PER RESIDENT; AS SHOWN  IN  THE  NINETEEN
   48  HUNDRED  NINETY CENSUS TO THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE INCOME PER RESIDENT; ARE
   49  EACH FIFTY-FIVE PERCENT OR LESS OF THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE; OR
   50    (C) AN AREA WHICH WAS DESIGNATED AN EMPIRE ZONE  PURSUANT  TO  ARTICLE
   51  EIGHTEEN-B OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW.
   52    11. "DARK FIBER" MEANS FIBER OPTIC CABLE THAT IS NOT LIGHTED BY LASERS
   53  OR OTHER ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT.
   54    12. "COMPTROLLER" MEANS THE COMPTROLLER OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
   55    13.  "BOARD" MEANS THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS CREATED UNDER SECTION FORTY-
   56  ONE HUNDRED FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE.
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    1    14. "FUND" MEANS THE BROADBAND AND ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT
    2  FUND CREATED UNDER SECTION FORTY-ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN OF THIS ARTICLE.
    3    15. "BROADBAND COUNCIL" MEANS THE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT
    4  COUNCIL AS CREATED UNDER SECTION FORTY-ONE HUNDRED FIVE OF THIS ARTICLE.
    5    16.  "CURRENT  GENERATION BROADBAND SERVICE" MEANS THE TRANSMISSION OF
    6  SIGNALS AT A RATE OF AT LEAST ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND BITS PER
    7  SECOND TO THE SUBSCRIBER AND AT LEAST  TWO  HUNDRED  THOUSAND  BITS  PER
    8  SECOND FROM THE SUBSCRIBER.
    9    17.  "NEXT  GENERATION  BROADBAND  SERVICE"  MEANS THE TRANSMISSION OF
   10  SIGNALS AT A RATE OF AT LEAST TWENTY-TWO MILLION BITS PER SECOND TO  THE
   11  SUBSCRIBER AND AT LEAST TEN MILLION BITS PER SECOND FROM THE SUBSCRIBER.
   12    18. "QUALIFIED EQUIPMENT" MEANS EQUIPMENT CAPABLE OF PROVIDING CURRENT
   13  GENERATION  BROADBAND  SERVICES OR NEXT GENERATION BROADBAND SERVICES AT
   14  ANY TIME TO EACH SUBSCRIBER WHO IS UTILIZING SUCH SERVICES.
   15    19. "QUALIFIED EXPENDITURE" MEANS ANY AMOUNT CHARGEABLE TO THE CAPITAL
   16  ACCOUNT WITH RESPECT TO  THE  PURCHASE  AND  INSTALLATION  OF  QUALIFIED
   17  EQUIPMENT,  INCLUDING  ANY  UPGRADES  THERETO, FOR WHICH DEPRECIATION IS
   18  ALLOWABLE UNDER SECTION 168 OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE.
   19    20. "UNDERSERVED SUBSCRIBER" MEANS A RETAIL  CONSUMER  RESIDING  IN  A
   20  DWELLING LOCATED IN AN UNSERVED OR UNDERSERVED AREA.
   21    21.  "UNDERSERVED  STRUCTURE"  MEANS  A MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING UNIT OR A
   22  MULTIPLE-DWELLING HOUSING UNIT LOCATED IN  AN  UNSERVED  OR  UNDERSERVED
   23  AREA.
   24    S 4103. POWERS OF THE AUTHORITY. 1. THE GENERAL POWERS OF THE AUTHORI-
   25  TY  UNDER  THIS  ARTICLE  INCLUDE  ALL  THOSE NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT AND
   26  EFFECTUATE THE PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED  TO,
   27  THE FOLLOWING:
   28    (A)   TO  INVEST  ANY  MONEY  OF  THE  AUTHORITY  AT  THE  AUTHORITY'S
   29  DISCRETION, IN ANY OBLIGATIONS DETERMINED PROPER BY THE  AUTHORITY,  AND
   30  TO NAME AND USE DEPOSITORIES FOR THE AUTHORITY'S MONEY;
   31    (B) TO RECEIVE AND DISTRIBUTE FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL FUNDING, INCLUD-
   32  ING GRANTS, LOANS, AND APPROPRIATIONS;
   33    (C) TO MAKE EXPENDITURES NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE AUTHORITY'S DUTIES
   34  UNDER THIS ARTICLE, INCLUDING PAYING THE AUTHORITY'S OPERATING EXPENSES;
   35    (D)  TO SUE AND BE SUED, IMPLEAD AND BE IMPLEADED, COMPLAIN AND DEFEND
   36  IN ALL COURTS;
   37    (E) TO ADOPT, USE AND ALTER AT WILL A CORPORATE SEAL;
   38    (F) TO ACQUIRE, PURCHASE, HOLD, USE, LEASE OR OTHERWISE DISPOSE OF ANY
   39  PROJECT AND PROPERTY, REAL, PERSONAL OR MIXED, TANGIBLE  OR  INTANGIBLE,
   40  OR  ANY  INTEREST  THEREIN  NECESSARY  OR DESIRABLE FOR CARRYING OUT THE
   41  PURPOSES OF THE AUTHORITY, AND, WITHOUT LIMITATION OF THE FOREGOING,  TO
   42  LEASE  AS LESSEE, ANY PROJECT AND ANY PROPERTY, REAL, PERSONAL OR MIXED,
   43  OR ANY INTEREST THEREIN, AT SUCH ANNUAL RENTAL AND  ON  SUCH  TERMS  AND
   44  CONDITIONS  AS  MAY BE DETERMINED BY THE BOARD AND TO LEASE AS LESSOR TO
   45  ANY PERSON, ANY PROJECT AND  ANY  PROPERTY,  REAL,  PERSONAL  OR  MIXED,
   46  TANGIBLE OR INTANGIBLE, OR ANY INTEREST THEREIN, AT ANY TIME ACQUIRED BY
   47  THE  AUTHORITY,  WHETHER  WHOLLY  OR PARTIALLY COMPLETED, AT SUCH ANNUAL
   48  RENTAL AND ON SUCH TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS  MAY  BE  DETERMINED  BY  THE
   49  BOARD,  AND  TO SELL, TRANSFER OR CONVEY ANY PROPERTY, REAL, PERSONAL OR
   50  MIXED, TANGIBLE OR INTANGIBLE OR  ANY  INTEREST  THEREIN,  AT  ANY  TIME
   51  ACQUIRED OR HELD BY THE AUTHORITY ON SUCH TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS MAY BE
   52  DETERMINED BY THE BOARD OF THE AUTHORITY;
   53    (G)  TO PLAN, DEVELOP, UNDERTAKE, CARRY OUT, CONSTRUCT, IMPROVE, REHA-
   54  BILITATE, REPAIR, FURNISH, MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE PROJECTS;
   55    (H) TO ADOPT BYLAWS FOR THE MANAGEMENT AND REGULATION OF  ITS  AFFAIRS
   56  CONSISTENT WITH THIS CHAPTER;
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    1    (I) TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN SATELLITE OFFICES WITHIN NEW YORK;
    2    (J)  TO  FIX,  ALTER,  CHARGE,  AND  COLLECT RATES, RENTALS, AND OTHER
    3  CHARGES FOR THE USE OF PROJECTS OF, OR FOR THE SALE OF  PRODUCTS  OF  OR
    4  FOR  THE  SERVICES RENDERED BY, THE AUTHORITY, AT RATES TO BE DETERMINED
    5  BY IT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING FOR THE PAYMENT OF  THE  EXPENSES  OF
    6  THE  AUTHORITY,  THE  PLANNING,  DEVELOPMENT, CONSTRUCTION, IMPROVEMENT,
    7  REHABILITATION, REPAIR, FURNISHING, MAINTENANCE, AND  OPERATION  OF  ITS
    8  PROJECTS  AND  PROPERTIES,  THE  PAYMENT  OF THE COSTS ACCOMPLISHING ITS
    9  TASKS;
   10    (K) THE PAYMENT OF THE PRINCIPAL OF AND INTEREST ON  ITS  OBLIGATIONS,
   11  AND  TO FULFILL THE TERMS AND PROVISIONS OF ANY AGREEMENTS MADE WITH THE
   12  PURCHASERS OR HOLDERS OF ANY SUCH OBLIGATIONS;
   13    (L) TO BORROW MONEY, MAKE AND ISSUE BONDS, AND TO SECURE  THE  PAYMENT
   14  OF  ALL BONDS, OR ANY PART THEREOF, BY PLEDGE OR DEED OF TRUST OF ALL OR
   15  ANY OF ITS REVENUES, RENTALS, AND RECEIPTS OR OF ANY PROJECT OR  PROPER-
   16  TY,  REAL,  PERSONAL  OR  MIXED, TANGIBLE OR INTANGIBLE, OR ANY INTEREST
   17  THEREIN, AND TO MAKE AGREEMENTS WITH THE PURCHASERS OR HOLDERS  OF  SUCH
   18  BONDS  OR  WITH OTHERS IN CONNECTION WITH ANY SUCH BONDS, WHETHER ISSUED
   19  OR TO BE ISSUED, AS THE AUTHORITY DEEMS ADVISABLE,  AND  IN  GENERAL  TO
   20  PROVIDE  FOR THE SECURITY FOR THE BONDS AND THE RIGHTS OF HOLDERS THERE-
   21  OF;
   22    (M) TO MAKE AND ENTER INTO ALL CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS  NECESSARY  OR
   23  INCIDENTAL  TO  THE  PERFORMANCE  OF  ITS DUTIES, THE FURTHERANCE OF ITS
   24  PURPOSES AND THE EXECUTION TO ITS POWERS UNDER THIS  ARTICLE,  INCLUDING
   25  AGREEMENTS WITH ANY PERSON OR FEDERAL AGENCY;
   26    (N)  TO EMPLOY, IN ITS DISCRETION, CONSULTANTS, ATTORNEYS, ARCHITECTS,
   27  ENGINEERS, ACCOUNTANTS, FINANCIAL EXPERTS,  INVESTMENT  BANKERS,  SUPER-
   28  INTENDENTS,  MANAGERS  AND  SUCH  OTHER  EMPLOYEES  AND AGENTS AS MAY BE
   29  NECESSARY, AND TO FIX THEIR COMPENSATION TO BE PAYABLE FROM  FUNDS  MADE
   30  AVAILABLE TO THE AUTHORITY;
   31    (O)  TO  PLEDGE  OR  OTHERWISE  ENCUMBER ALL OR ANY OF THE REVENUES OR
   32  RECEIPTS OF THE AUTHORITY AS SECURITY FOR ALL OR ANY OF THE  OBLIGATIONS
   33  OF THE AUTHORITY; AND
   34    (P) TO DO ALL ACTS AND THINGS NECESSARY OR CONVENIENT TO CARRY OUT THE
   35  POWERS GRANTED TO IT BY LAW.
   36    2.  THE  PHYSICAL  ACCESS  POWERS  OF THE AUTHORITY UNDER THIS ARTICLE
   37  INCLUDE ALL THOSE NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT AND EFFECTUATE THE PURPOSES  OF
   38  THIS ARTICLE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING:
   39    (A)  TO  MAKE  LOANS  OR  GRANTS TO BROADBAND DEVELOPERS AND BROADBAND
   40  OPERATORS, AND DEVELOPERS AND OPERATORS OF ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS, THAT
   41  WILL ACQUIRE, CONSTRUCT, MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE ALL OR PART OF THE BROAD-
   42  BAND INFRASTRUCTURE SERVING UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED AREAS;
   43    (B) TO SET CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION, AND FINANCING  STANDARDS  FOR  THE
   44  BROADBAND  INFRASTRUCTURE  IN CONNECTION WITH AUTHORITY FINANCING AND TO
   45  PROVIDE FOR INSPECTIONS TO DETERMINE COMPLIANCE WITH THOSE STANDARDS;
   46    (C) TO INVESTIGATE, EVALUATE, AND ACCESS THE CURRENT BROADBAND INFRAS-
   47  TRUCTURE AND THE FUTURE BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS OF THE STATE;
   48    (D) TO TAKE ACTIONS REASONABLY CALCULATED TO RESULT IN  INFRASTRUCTURE
   49  CONSTRUCTION, ENHANCEMENT, EXCHANGES, EXPANSION, LEASES, SWAPS AND OTHER
   50  AGREEMENTS OR ARRANGEMENTS GIVING RISE TO SERVICE OR COMPETITIVE SERVICE
   51  TO UNDERSERVED STRUCTURES AND UNDERSERVED SUBSCRIBERS; AND
   52    (E) TO DO ALL ACTS AND THINGS NECESSARY OR CONVENIENT TO CARRY OUT THE
   53  POWERS GRANTED TO IT BY LAW.
   54    3.  THE  SOCIAL  ACCESS  POWERS  OF  THE  AUTHORITY UNDER THIS ARTICLE
   55  INCLUDE ALL THOSE NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT AND EFFECTUATE THE PURPOSES  OF
   56  THIS ARTICLE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING:
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    1    (A)  TO  PROVIDE  OPERATING ASSISTANCE TO MAKE BROADBAND SERVICES MORE
    2  AFFORDABLE TO BROADBAND DEVELOPERS, BROADBAND OPERATORS,  AND  BROADBAND
    3  CUSTOMERS  IN UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED AREAS, IN CONJUNCTION
    4  WITH BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCED BY THE AUTHORITY;
    5    (B)  TO  ENCOURAGE  AND  PARTICIPATE IN AGGREGATION STRATEGIES FOR THE
    6  BROADBAND SERVICES OF ALL PUBLIC ENTITIES AND NONPROFIT CORPORATIONS  IN
    7  THE  STATE  TO  MAXIMIZE  THE  INTERCONNECTIVITY AND EFFICIENCIES OF THE
    8  BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE;
    9    (C) TO RECEIVE AND ACCEPT FROM ANY FEDERAL OR PRIVATE AGENCY,  FOUNDA-
   10  TION, CORPORATION, ASSOCIATION OR PERSON GRANTS TO BE EXPENDED IN ACCOM-
   11  PLISHING THE OBJECTIVES OF THE AUTHORITY, AND TO RECEIVE AND ACCEPT FROM
   12  NEW  YORK  OR ANY STATE, AND ANY MUNICIPALITY, COUNTY OR OTHER POLITICAL
   13  SUBDIVISION THEREOF AND FROM ANY OTHER SOURCE, AID OR  CONTRIBUTIONS  OF
   14  EITHER  MONEY,  PROPERTY, OR OTHER THINGS OF VALUE, TO BE HELD, USED AND
   15  APPLIED ONLY FOR THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH SUCH  GRANTS  AND  CONTRIBUTIONS
   16  MAY BE MADE;
   17    (D)  TO  RENDER  ADVICE  AND  ASSISTANCE,  AND TO PROVIDE SERVICES, TO
   18  INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TO OTHER PERSONS PROVIDING SERVICES
   19  OR FACILITIES FOR SCIENTIFIC  AND  TECHNOLOGICAL  RESEARCH  OR  GRADUATE
   20  EDUCATION, FOCUSED UPON DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLO-
   21  GIES,  PROVIDED  THAT  CREDIT  TOWARDS  A DEGREE, CERTIFICATE OR DIPLOMA
   22  SHALL BE GRANTED ONLY IF SUCH EDUCATION IS PROVIDED IN CONJUNCTION  WITH
   23  AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION AUTHORIZED TO OPERATE IN NEW YORK;
   24    (E)  TO TAKE SUCH OTHER ACTIONS IT DEEMS NECESSARY OR CONVENIENT, THAT
   25  ARE REASONABLY CALCULATED TO RESULT IN ENHANCED, INITIAL OR  COMPETITIVE
   26  SOCIAL  ACCESS  TO  GENERALLY  AVAILABLE  RETAIL  BROADBAND  SERVICES OF
   27  ADEQUATE QUALITY, AT AFFORDABLE PRICES, FOR UNDERSERVED  STRUCTURES  AND
   28  UNDERSERVED SUBSCRIBERS; AND
   29    (F) TO DO ALL ACTS AND THINGS NECESSARY OR CONVENIENT TO CARRY OUT THE
   30  POWERS GRANTED TO IT BY LAW.
   31    S  4104.  BOARD  OF DIRECTORS. 1. THE AUTHORITY SHALL BE GOVERNED BY A
   32  BOARD OF DIRECTORS  CONSISTING  OF  SEVENTEEN  MEMBERS,  INCLUDING:  THE
   33  COMMISSIONERS  OF  THE  DEPARTMENT  OF  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, THE EMPIRE
   34  STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, THE PUBLIC  SERVICE  COMMISSION  AND  THE
   35  STATE  OFFICE  FOR  TECHNOLOGY, OR THEIR DESIGNEES, THE GOVERNOR, SENATE
   36  MAJORITY LEADER, SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, AND THE COMPTROLLER  OR  THEIR
   37  DESIGNEES.  TWO MEMBERS OF THE BOARD SHALL BE PROPOSED BY THE RESPECTIVE
   38  UNIONS OF THE WIRELINE AND WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRIES OF NEW
   39  YORK. THE REMAINING MEMBERS OF THE  BOARD  SHALL  BE  APPOINTED  BY  THE
   40  GOVERNOR WITH THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE, FROM A LIST OF INDI-
   41  VIDUALS  NOMINATED BY THE PRINCIPAL ESTABLISHED INDUSTRY GROUPS, TECHNI-
   42  CAL COUNSELS, OR ACADEMIC PROFESSIONAL GROUPS OF NEW YORK. THE  APPOINT-
   43  EES  SHALL  BE  THE  FOLLOWING:  ONE MEMBER FROM EACH TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   44  INDUSTRY GROUPING, TO BE NOMINATED BY THE NEW YORK-BASED WIRELINE  TELE-
   45  PHONE INDUSTRY, THE NEW YORK-BASED WIRELESS CELLULAR TELEPHONE INDUSTRY,
   46  AND  THE NEW YORK-BASED CABLE TELEVISION/BROADBAND INDUSTRY AND WIRELESS
   47  INTERNET PROVIDER INDUSTRY; THE PRESIDENT OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
   48  OF NEW YORK, TWO PRESIDENTS OF MAJOR NEW YORK RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES, ONE
   49  OF WHOM SHALL REPRESENT PRIVATE RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES AND  ONE  OF  WHOM
   50  SHALL  REPRESENT  PUBLIC RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES; AND ONE MEMBER WHO SHALL
   51  BE NOMINATED BY NEW YORK'S FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMUNITY.
   52    2. THE GOVERNMENT MEMBERS SHALL SERVE ON THE BOARD FOR  TERMS  COINCI-
   53  DENT  WITH THEIR TERMS OF OFFICE. THE INITIAL TERM OF THE NON-GOVERNMEN-
   54  TAL MEMBERS SHALL EXPIRE ON DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO  THOUSAND  SEVEN-
   55  TEEN,   AND   ALL  SUBSEQUENT  NONGOVERNMENTAL  MEMBER  TERMS  SHALL  BE
   56  COINCIDENT WITH THE TERM OF THE GOVERNOR  WHO  APPOINTED  SUCH  MEMBERS.
       A. 2118                             9

    1  VACANCIES  IN THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD SHALL BE FILLED BY APPOINTMENT
    2  BY THE GOVERNOR FOR THE UNEXPIRED PORTION OF  THE  TERM.  NO  NONGOVERN-
    3  MENTAL  MEMBER OF THE BOARD SHALL BE ELIGIBLE TO SERVE FOR MORE THAN TWO
    4  SUCCESSIVE  TERMS,  PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT AFTER THE EXPIRATION OF A FOUR
    5  YEAR TERM, SUCH MEMBERS MAY BE APPOINTED TO AND SERVE UP  TO  TWO  ADDI-
    6  TIONAL  TERMS. MEMBERS OF THE BOARD SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE PUBLIC OFFI-
    7  CERS LAW, AND SHALL SERVE AT THE PLEASURE OF THE GOVERNOR.   IMMEDIATELY
    8  AFTER  APPOINTMENT,  THE  MEMBERS  OF  THE  BOARD  SHALL  ENTER UPON THE
    9  PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES.
   10    3. THE BOARD SHALL ELECT ANNUALLY FROM AMONG ITS MEMBERS A CHAIRPERSON
   11  AND VICE-CHAIRPERSON. THE BOARD SHALL ALSO ANNUALLY ELECT  A  SECRETARY,
   12  WHO  NEED  NOT BE A BOARD MEMBER, AND MAY ALSO ELECT SUCH OTHER SUBORDI-
   13  NATE OFFICERS WHO NEED NOT BE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD AS IT DEEMS NECESSARY
   14  AND PROPER. THE CHAIRPERSON, OR IN HIS OR HER ABSENCE,  THE  VICE-CHAIR-
   15  PERSON,  SHALL PRESIDE OVER ALL MEETINGS OF THE BOARD. IN THE ABSENCE OF
   16  BOTH THE CHAIRPERSON AND VICE-CHAIRPERSON, THE  BOARD  SHALL  APPOINT  A
   17  CHAIRPERSON PRO TEMPORE, WHO SHALL PRESIDE AT SUCH MEETINGS.
   18    4.  THE  BOARD  SHALL  EMPLOY  A PRESIDENT OF THE AUTHORITY, WHO SHALL
   19  SERVE AT THE PLEASURE OF THE BOARD, TO DIRECT THE DAY-TO-DAY  OPERATIONS
   20  AND  ACTIVITIES OF THE AUTHORITY AND CARRY OUT SUCH DUTIES AND POWERS AS
   21  MAY BE CONFERRED UPON HIM OR HER BY THE BOARD.  THE  PRESIDENT  AND  ALL
   22  EMPLOYEES  OF  THE AUTHORITY SHALL BE COMPENSATED IN THE MANNER PROVIDED
   23  BY THE BOARD, PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT SUCH COMPENSATION SHALL  NOT  EXCEED
   24  THE MEDIAN SALARIES OF EMPLOYEES IN EQUIVALENT TITLES OF NEW YORK "STATE
   25  AUTHORITIES" AS DEFINED IN THIS CHAPTER.
   26    S  4105.  BROADBAND  DEVELOPMENT  AND DEPLOYMENT COUNCIL. 1. THE BOARD
   27  SHALL ESTABLISH, WITHIN THIRTY  DAYS  OF  THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF  THIS
   28  SECTION,  A SEVENTEEN MEMBER TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE FROM REPRESEN-
   29  TATIVES RECOMMENDED BY TECHNOLOGY COUNCILS, INDUSTRY AND BUSINESS  ASSO-
   30  CIATIONS,  AND  COLLEGE  AND  UNIVERSITY  PRESIDENTS, TO BE KNOWN AS THE
   31  BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT COUNCIL. FIVE  MEMBERS  SHALL  HAVE
   32  KNOWLEDGE,  SKILLS  AND  EXPERTISE  IN THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY, FIVE SHALL
   33  HAVE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS  AND  EXPERTISE  IN  SPECIFIC  TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   34  TECHNOLOGY  AREAS,  AND  TWO  SHALL  BE  COMMUNITY  REPRESENTATIVES FROM
   35  UNSERVED AND/OR UNDERSERVED AREAS. THE CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICERS FOR  THE
   36  PUBLIC  SERVICE  COMMISSION,  THE STATE OFFICE FOR TECHNOLOGY, THE STATE
   37  OFFICE FOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND THE STATE OFFICE OF  SCIENCE,  TECH-
   38  NOLOGY  AND ACADEMIC RESEARCH, AND THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER FOR THE
   39  STATE OF NEW YORK, SHALL ALSO SERVE ON THIS COMMITTEE.
   40    2. (A) WITHIN SIXTY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF  THIS  SECTION,  THE
   41  BROADBAND  COUNCIL  SHALL  CREATE,  COORDINATE, OR LIAISE WITH EXISTING,
   42  MUNICIPAL AND/OR COUNTY-LEVEL  SOCIAL  ACCESS  COUNCILS  TO  STUDY,  AND
   43  SUBSEQUENTLY  REPORT  TO  THE AUTHORITY UPON: (I) THE LOCATION, SIZE AND
   44  POPULATION OF UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED  AND  DISTRESSED  AREAS  WITHIN  THE
   45  RESPECTIVE  MUNICIPALITIES  AND COUNTIES; (II) A PROPOSED LIST OF SOCIAL
   46  ACCESS PROJECTS FOR THE MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES; (III) THE  PRESENCE
   47  OF  NON-GOVERNMENTAL  ORGANIZATIONS AND FEDERAL 501C3 ORGANIZATIONS THAT
   48  COULD WORK COOPERATIVELY WITH THE AUTHORITY ON SOCIAL  ACCESS  PROJECTS;
   49  (IV)  SUCH  OTHER  MATTERS  AS THE BROADBAND COUNCIL AND LOCAL BROADBAND
   50  DEVELOPMENT COUNCILS BELIEVE NECESSARY TO EFFECTUATING  THE  MISSION  OF
   51  THE AUTHORITY.
   52    (B)  WITHIN  NINETY  DAYS  OF  THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, THE
   53  BROADBAND COUNCIL SHALL STUDY AND REPORT TO THE AUTHORITY UPON:
   54    (I) THE AVAILABILITY OF ANY EXISTING FEDERAL, STATE  AND  LOCAL  FUNDS
   55  THAT  CAN  BE  USED  OR  RE-PURPOSED  TO  FUND BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AND
       A. 2118                            10

    1  PROMOTE  UNIVERSAL  ACCESS  TO  BROADBAND  AND  ADVANCED  COMMUNICATIONS
    2  SERVICES IN UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED AREAS;
    3    (II)  COMMERCIALLY  REASONABLE  INVESTMENT BENCHMARKS THAT IT BELIEVES
    4  ARE NECESSARY TO  DETERMINE  BETWEEN  REASONABLY  EQUALLY  VALUABLE  AND
    5  IMPERATIVE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS;
    6    (III)  AN APPROPRIATE SET OF METRICS BY WHICH TO DETERMINE THE QUALITY
    7  OF A BROADBAND BUILDOUT PROJECT, AND WHETHER  SUCH  BUILDOUT  WAS  BEING
    8  COMPLETED  WITHIN THE TIME SPAN UPON WHICH THE AUTHORITY CONDITIONED THE
    9  GRANT OF ANY FUNDS TOWARD SUCH BUILDOUT;
   10    (IV) THE AVAILABILITY, DESIRABILITY AND UTILITY OF A SET OF  STANDARD-
   11  IZED  METRICS  FOR SERVICE QUALITY, SPEED, AND RELIABILITY THAT SHALL BE
   12  APPLIED TO THE NETWORKS BUILT WITH FUNDS FROM THE AUTHORITY; AND
   13    (V) THE AVAILABILITY OF SURPLUS COMPUTERS AND OTHER BROADBAND TELECOM-
   14  MUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT IN THE INVENTORIES OF STATE AND LOCAL  AUTHORITIES
   15  THAT MIGHT BE DONATED TO THE AUTHORITY FOR USE IN ENHANCING PHYSICAL AND
   16  SOCIAL ACCESS TO BROADBAND IN THE STATE.
   17    3.    THE  COUNCIL  SHALL  ACT  AS  LIAISON, AND BINDING MEDIATOR WHEN
   18  REQUESTED, BETWEEN ANY DEPLOYMENT PROJECTS AND OWNERS OF  RIGHTS-OF-WAY,
   19  EASEMENTS  OR INFRASTRUCTURE NECESSARY TO PROMOTE OR ESTABLISH BROADBAND
   20  SERVICE IN UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED AREAS.
   21    4. THE COUNCIL SHALL DETERMINE AND RECOMMEND TO THE BOARD PROJECTS FOR
   22  THE EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS  FROM  THE  FUND,  WITH  SPECIAL  ATTENTION  TO
   23  PROJECTS USING MINORITY AND WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS ENTERPRISES AS CONTRAC-
   24  TORS OR SUB-CONTRACTORS, AND TO PROJECTS PROVIDING PRIVATE SECTOR MATCH-
   25  ING  FUNDING  AT  RATIOS  OF  THREE  TO ONE PRIVATE TO PUBLIC FUNDING OR
   26  GREATER.
   27    5. THE COUNCIL SHALL RECOMMEND TO  THE  BOARD,  ON  AN  ANNUAL  BASIS,
   28  LEGISLATION  THAT IT DETERMINES WOULD BE REASONABLY NECESSARY TO FURTHER
   29  PROMOTE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT, ENHANCE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ARISING FROM
   30  SUCH BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT, AND PROTECT AND ENHANCE ACCESS OF  CONSUMERS
   31  TO  E911  AND  OTHER  PUBLIC  SAFETY  SERVICES AND ENTITIES BY METHOD OF
   32  BROADBAND AND ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES.
   33    6. (A) A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OR OFFICER, EMPLOYEE,  OR  AGENT  OF  THE
   34  AUTHORITY SHALL DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF HIS OR HER POSITION IN A NONPAR-
   35  TISAN  MANNER,  WITH GOOD FAITH, AND WITH THAT DEGREE OF DILIGENCE, CARE
   36  AND SKILL THAT AN ORDINARY PRUDENT PERSON WOULD EXERCISE  UNDER  SIMILAR
   37  CIRCUMSTANCES  IN  A  LIKE POSITION. IN DISCHARGING THE DUTIES OF HIS OR
   38  HER POSITION, A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OR AN OFFICER, EMPLOYEE, OR AGENT OF
   39  THE AUTHORITY, WHEN ACTING IN GOOD FAITH, MAY RELY UPON THE  OPINION  OF
   40  COUNSEL  FOR  THE AUTHORITY, UPON THE REPORT OF AN INDEPENDENT APPRAISER
   41  SELECTED WITH REASONABLE CARE BY THE BOARD, OR UPON FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
   42  OF THE AUTHORITY REPRESENTED TO THE MEMBER  OF  THE  BOARD  OR  OFFICER,
   43  EMPLOYEE,  OR  AGENT  OF THE AUTHORITY TO BE CORRECT BY THE PRESIDENT OR
   44  THE OFFICER OF THE AUTHORITY HAVING CHARGE OF ITS BOOKS OR  ACCOUNT,  OR
   45  STATED  IN  A WRITTEN REPORT BY A CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT OR FIRM OF
   46  CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS TO FAIRLY REFLECT THE  FINANCIAL  CONDITION
   47  OF THE AUTHORITY.
   48    (B)  A MEMBER OF THE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL SHALL DISCHARGE THE
   49  DUTIES OF HIS OR HER POSITION IN A NONPARTISAN MANNER, WITH GOOD  FAITH,
   50  AND  WITH  THAT  DEGREE  OF  DILIGENCE,  CARE AND SKILL THAT AN ORDINARY
   51  PRUDENT PERSON WOULD EXERCISE UNDER  SIMILAR  CIRCUMSTANCES  IN  A  LIKE
   52  POSITION.
   53    (C)  A MEMBER OF A SOCIAL ACCESS COUNCIL SHALL DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF
   54  HIS OR HER POSITION IN A NONPARTISAN MANNER, WITH GOOD FAITH,  AND  WITH
   55  THAT DEGREE OF DILIGENCE, CARE AND SKILL THAT AN ORDINARY PRUDENT PERSON
   56  WOULD EXERCISE UNDER SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES IN A LIKE POSITION.
       A. 2118                            11

    1    S  4106. APPLICATIONS FOR BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT FINANCING; RESPONSIBIL-
    2  ITIES OF THE APPLICANT TO PROVIDE SAFE, RELIABLE AND AFFORDABLE SERVICE.
    3  IN ADDITION TO RULES PROMULGATED BY THE AUTHORITY AS WELL AS  THE  OTHER
    4  REQUIREMENTS  ESTABLISHED IN THIS ARTICLE, AS PART OF AN APPLICATION FOR
    5  FINANCING  UNDER THIS CHAPTER, A BROADBAND DEVELOPER OR BROADBAND OPERA-
    6  TOR MUST FILE WITH THE AUTHORITY:
    7    1. A PARTICIPATION PLAN FOR MINORITY AND WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESSES;
    8    2. A COMMUNITY WIDE OUTREACH PLAN TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC  WITH  RESPECT
    9  TO THE AVAILABILITY OF BROADBAND SERVICES;
   10    3.  A CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE PLAN THAT SHALL DETAIL THE CAPACITY
   11  OF ANY BROADBAND NETWORK OR NETWORKS BUILT WITH FUNDING FROM THE AUTHOR-
   12  ITY, AND WHETHER SUCH NETWORKS SHALL MAINTAIN FULL UPLOAD  AND  DOWNLOAD
   13  SPEEDS WHEN SUBSCRIBED TO ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF CAPACITY;
   14    4.  A  DETAILED PLAN SHOWING HOW SUCH BUILDOUT FUNDED BY THE AUTHORITY
   15  SHALL ADDRESS OR EXCEED  THE  CURRENT  AGGREGATE  DEMAND  FOR  BROADBAND
   16  SERVICES  IN THE AREA OF PROPOSED BUILDOUT AS DETERMINED BY THE AUTHORI-
   17  TY, COUNCIL, CYBER SECURITY  AND  CRITICAL  INFRASTRUCTURE  COORDINATION
   18  OFFICE  ("CSCIC")  AND  PUBLIC  SERVICE  COMMISSION'S MAPPING AND DEMAND
   19  ASSESSMENT ANALYSES AND REPORTS;
   20    5. SUCH OTHER REQUIREMENTS AS MAY BE RECOMMENDED TO THE  AUTHORITY  BY
   21  THE COUNCIL AND THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION;
   22    6. A PLAN FOR FOLLOWING THE PRINCIPLES OF NEUTRAL NETWORKS AS REQUIRED
   23  IN SECTION FORTY-ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN OF THIS ARTICLE; AND
   24    7. A PLAN CONTAINING DETAILED METRICS SETTING FORTH TIME TO COMPLETION
   25  FOR EACH STAGE OF ITS PROPOSED BUILDOUT, THE SPEEDS TO BE OFFERED ON AND
   26  ACROSS  ITS  NETWORK, AND SUCH OTHER METRICS AS THE BROADBAND COUNCIL OR
   27  BOARD MAY PROPOSE. THE AUTHORITY MAY NOT APPROVE AN APPLICATION UNLESS A
   28  PLAN IS SUBMITTED UNDER THIS SECTION AND UNLESS THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS
   29  SECTION ARE MET.
   30    S 4107. BONDS AND NOTES OF THE AUTHORITY.  1. THE AUTHORITY SHALL HAVE
   31  THE POWER AND IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED FROM TIME TO TIME TO ISSUE NEGOTIABLE
   32  BONDS OR NOTES FOR ANY OF ITS CORPORATE PURPOSES FOR UP TO  ONE  HUNDRED
   33  FIFTY  MILLION  DOLLARS ANNUALLY FOR FIVE YEARS TO DO ALL OF THE FOLLOW-
   34  ING:
   35    (A) PAY THE DEVELOPMENT  COSTS  ASSOCIATED  WITH  ACQUIRING,  LEASING,
   36  CONSTRUCTING,  MAINTAINING,  AND OPERATING THE BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE,
   37  IN UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED, AND DISTRESSED AREAS;
   38    (B) MAKE LOANS TO PERSONS FOR DEVELOPMENT COSTS;
   39    (C) MAKE LOANS TO PERSONS TO MAKE PURCHASES RELATED TO  THE  BROADBAND
   40  INFRASTRUCTURE;
   41    (D) PAY THE INTEREST ON BONDS AND NOTES OF THE AUTHORITY;
   42    (E) ESTABLISH RESERVES TO SECURE THE BONDS AND NOTES OF THE AUTHORITY;
   43  AND
   44    (F)  MAKE  OTHER  EXPENDITURES  NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE AUTHORITY'S
   45  DUTIES UNDER THIS ARTICLE, INCLUDING  THE  PAYMENT  OF  THE  AUTHORITY'S
   46  OPERATING EXPENSES.
   47    THE  BONDS  AND  NOTES  SHALL BE IN A FORM, BEAR INTEREST AT A RATE OR
   48  RATES, BE IN THE DENOMINATIONS, CARRY REGISTRATION PRIVILEGES, BE  PAYA-
   49  BLE, AND BE SUBJECT TO THE TERMS OF REDEMPTION AS PROVIDED IN THE RESOL-
   50  UTION  DESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION. THE BONDS AND NOTES
   51  OF THE AUTHORITY MAY BE SOLD BY THE AUTHORITY AT PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SALES
   52  AT PRICES AS THE AUTHORITY DETERMINES.
   53    2. A RESOLUTION RELATING TO AUTHORIZING NOTES OR BONDS MAY CONTAIN ANY
   54  OF THE FOLLOWING PROVISIONS, WHICH SHALL BE A PART OF THE CONTRACT  WITH
   55  THE HOLDERS OF THE NOTES OR BONDS:
       A. 2118                            12

    1    (A) PLEDGING ALL OR ANY PART OF THE REVENUES OF THE AUTHORITY, AND ALL
    2  OR  ANY  PART  OF THE MONEY RECEIVED IN PAYMENT OF LOANS AND INTEREST ON
    3  LOANS, AND OTHER MONEY RECEIVED OR TO BE RECEIVED TO SECURE THE  PAYMENT
    4  OF THE NOTES OR BONDS;
    5    (B) PLEDGING ALL OR ANY PART OF THE ASSETS OF THE AUTHORITY, INCLUDING
    6  MORTGAGES  AND  OBLIGATIONS OBTAINED BY THE AUTHORITY IN CONNECTION WITH
    7  ITS PROGRAMS, TO SECURE THE PAYMENT OF THE NOTES OR BONDS;
    8    (C) PLEDGING ANY LOAN, GRANT, OR CONTRIBUTION FROM A GOVERNMENT  ENTI-
    9  TY;
   10    (D)  THE  USE  AND  DISPOSITION OF THE GROSS INCOME FROM CONTRACTS AND
   11  LEASES OF THE AUTHORITY;
   12    (E) LIMITATIONS ON THE PURPOSE TO WHICH THE PROCEEDS OF SALE OF  NOTES
   13  OR  BONDS  MAY BE APPLIED AND PLEDGING PROCEEDS TO SECURE THE PAYMENT OF
   14  THE NOTES OR BONDS;
   15    (F) LIMITATIONS ON THE ISSUANCE OF  ADDITIONAL  NOTES  OR  BONDS,  THE
   16  TERMS  UPON  WHICH  ADDITIONAL NOTES OR BONDS MAY BE ISSUED AND SECURED,
   17  AND THE REFUNDING OF OUTSTANDING OR OTHER NOTES OR BONDS;
   18    (G) THE PROCEDURE, IF ANY, BY WHICH THE TERMS  OF  ANY  CONTRACT  WITH
   19  NOTEHOLDERS  OR  BONDHOLDERS  MAY BE AMENDED OR ABROGATED, THE AMOUNT OF
   20  NOTES OR BONDS THE HOLDERS OF WHICH SHALL CONSENT TO  THE  AMENDMENT  OR
   21  ABROGATION, AND THE MANNER IN WHICH THE CONSENT IS TO BE GIVEN;
   22    (H)  VESTING  IN  A  TRUSTEE OR TRUSTEES PROPERTY, RIGHTS, POWERS, AND
   23  DUTIES IN TRUST AS THE AUTHORITY MAY DETERMINE, WHICH MAY INCLUDE ANY OF
   24  THE RIGHTS, POWERS, AND DUTIES OF THE TRUSTEE APPOINTED BY THE BONDHOLD-
   25  ERS UNDER THIS ARTICLE AND LIMITING OR ABROGATING THE RIGHT OF THE BOND-
   26  HOLDERS TO APPOINT A TRUSTEE UNDER THIS SECTION OR LIMITING THE  RIGHTS,
   27  POWERS, AND DUTIES OF THE TRUSTEE.
   28    3. NO MORE THAN FIFTY PERCENT OF ANY PAYMENTS TO THE AUTHORITY FOR USE
   29  OF RIGHTS-OF-WAY UNDER ITS CONTROL OR SUPERVISION SHALL BE DEEMED REVEN-
   30  UES  OF THE AUTHORITY. UP TO SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF MONIES ARISING FROM
   31  RIGHT-OF-WAY USE PAYMENTS MAY BE USED TO FUND SOCIAL ACCESS PROJECTS  OF
   32  THE  AUTHORITY,  OR  MAY  BE  CONTRIBUTED TO A STATE FUND ESTABLISHED TO
   33  GUARANTEE UNIVERSAL AND AFFORDABLE BROADBAND SERVICE TO, WITHOUT LIMITA-
   34  TION, UNDERSERVED SUBSCRIBERS AND STRUCTURES. ANY  REMAINING  UNEXPENDED
   35  MONIES  ARISING  FROM  RIGHT-OF-WAY  USE  PAYMENTS MAY BE PLEDGED BY THE
   36  AUTHORITY TO SECURE THE PAYMENT OF NOTES AND BONDS.
   37    S 4108. BONDS AND NOTES; PERSONAL LIABILITY. THE MEMBERS OF THE  BOARD
   38  OR  ANY  PERSON  EXECUTING THE NOTES OR BONDS UNDER THIS ARTICLE ARE NOT
   39  LIABLE PERSONALLY ON THE NOTES OR  BONDS  OR  SUBJECT  TO  ANY  PERSONAL
   40  LIABILITY OR ACCOUNTABILITY BY REASON OF THE ISSUANCE.
   41    S 4109. RIGHTS OF AUTHORITY TO FULFILL TERMS OF AGREEMENT NOT LIMITED,
   42  ALTERED,  OR IMPAIRED. THIS STATE PLEDGES AND AGREES WITH THE HOLDERS OF
   43  ANY NOTES OR BONDS ISSUED UNDER THIS ARTICLE, THAT THE  STATE  WILL  NOT
   44  LIMIT  OR  ALTER THE RIGHTS VESTED IN THE AUTHORITY TO FULFILL THE TERMS
   45  OF ANY AGREEMENTS MADE WITH THE HOLDERS, OR IN ANY WAY IMPAIR THE RIGHTS
   46  AND REMEDIES OF THE HOLDERS UNTIL THE  NOTES  OR  BONDS,  TOGETHER  WITH
   47  EARNED  INTEREST,  WITH INTEREST ON ANY UNPAID INSTALLMENTS OF INTEREST,
   48  AND ALL COSTS AND EXPENSES IN CONNECTION WITH ANY ACTION  OR  PROCEEDING
   49  BY  OR  ON  BEHALF  OF  THE  HOLDERS,  ARE FULLY MET AND DISCHARGED. THE
   50  AUTHORITY IS AUTHORIZED TO INCLUDE THIS  PLEDGE  AND  AGREEMENT  OF  THE
   51  STATE  IN  ANY  AGREEMENT  WITH THE HOLDERS OF NOTES OR BONDS UNDER THIS
   52  ARTICLE.
   53    S 4110. REMEDIES OF BONDHOLDERS AND NOTEHOLDERS. 1. IF  THE  AUTHORITY
   54  DEFAULTS  IN  THE PAYMENT OF PRINCIPAL OR INTEREST OF ANY NOTES OR BONDS
   55  WHEN DUE, WHETHER AT MATURITY OR  UPON  CALL  FOR  REDEMPTION,  AND  THE
   56  DEFAULT CONTINUES FOR A PERIOD OF THIRTY DAYS, OR IF THE AUTHORITY FAILS
       A. 2118                            13

    1  OR  REFUSES  TO  COMPLY  WITH THIS ARTICLE, OR DEFAULTS IN ANY AGREEMENT
    2  MADE WITH THE HOLDERS OF ANY NOTES OR BONDS, THE HOLDERS OF  TWENTY-FIVE
    3  PERCENT  IN  AGGREGATE  PRINCIPAL  AMOUNT  OF  THE  NOTES  OR BONDS THEN
    4  OUTSTANDING  MAY  APPLY  TO THE COURT OF CLAIMS FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF A
    5  TRUSTEE TO REPRESENT THE HOLDERS OF THE NOTES OR BONDS.
    6    2. A TRUSTEE APPOINTED UNDER THIS ARTICLE MAY, AND  UPON  THE  WRITTEN
    7  REQUEST  OF  THE  HOLDERS  OF TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT IN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL
    8  AMOUNT OF THE NOTES OR BONDS SHALL, DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
    9    (A) ENFORCE ALL RIGHTS OF THE NOTEHOLDERS  OR  BONDHOLDERS,  INCLUDING
   10  THE  RIGHT  TO  REQUIRE  THE  AUTHORITY TO PERFORM ITS DUTIES UNDER THIS
   11  ARTICLE;
   12    (B) BRING SUIT UPON THE NOTES OR BONDS;
   13    (C) REQUIRE THE AUTHORITY TO ACCOUNT AS IF IT WERE THE TRUSTEE  OF  AN
   14  EXPRESS TRUST FOR THE HOLDERS OF THE NOTES OR BONDS;
   15    (D)  ENJOIN ANY ACTS OR THINGS THAT MAY BE UNLAWFUL OR IN VIOLATION OF
   16  THE RIGHTS OF THE HOLDERS OF THE NOTES OR BONDS; AND
   17    (E) DECLARE ALL THE NOTES OR BONDS DUE AND PAYABLE.
   18    3. BEFORE DECLARING THE PRINCIPAL OF NOTES OR BONDS DUE  AND  PAYABLE,
   19  THE  TRUSTEE  SHALL  FIRST  GIVE  THIRTY  DAYS' NOTICE IN WRITING TO THE
   20  GOVERNOR, TO THE AUTHORITY, TO  THE  COMPTROLLER  AND  TO  THE  ATTORNEY
   21  GENERAL.
   22    4.  THE TRUSTEE HAS ALL OF THE POWERS NECESSARY OR APPROPRIATE FOR THE
   23  GENERAL REPRESENTATION OF BONDHOLDERS OR NOTEHOLDERS IN THE  ENFORCEMENT
   24  AND PROTECTION OF THEIR RIGHTS.
   25    5.  AN  ACTION  UNDER  THIS  SECTION  SHALL BE BROUGHT IN THE COURT OF
   26  CLAIMS.
   27    S 4111. GRANTS OR LOANS OF PUBLIC OR PRIVATE FUNDS OR IN-KIND  MATERI-
   28  AL.  1.  THE  AUTHORITY  MAY ACCEPT, RECEIVE, RECEIPT FOR, DISBURSE, AND
   29  EXPEND FEDERAL AND STATE MONEYS AND OTHER  MONEYS,  PUBLIC  OR  PRIVATE,
   30  MADE  AVAILABLE BY GRANT OR LOAN OR BOTH OR OTHERWISE, TO ACCOMPLISH, IN
   31  WHOLE OR IN PART ANY OF THE PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE. ALL FEDERAL MONEYS
   32  ACCEPTED UNDER THIS SECTION  SHALL  BE  ACCEPTED  AND  EXPENDED  BY  THE
   33  AUTHORITY UPON SUCH TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS ARE PRESCRIBED BY THE UNITED
   34  STATES  AND  AS  ARE  CONSISTENT  WITH  STATE  LAW; AND ALL STATE MONEYS
   35  ACCEPTED UNDER THIS SECTION  SHALL  BE  ACCEPTED  AND  EXPENDED  BY  THE
   36  AUTHORITY  UPON  SUCH TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS ARE PRESCRIBED BY NEW YORK
   37  STATE LAW.
   38    2. THE AUTHORITY MAY ACCEPT,  RECEIVE,  RECEIPT  FOR,  GRANT  OR  LOAN
   39  COMPUTERS  AND  OTHER  TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT OR BROADBAND INFRAS-
   40  TRUCTURE EQUIPMENT MADE AVAILABLE TO IT BY IN-KIND  DONATION,  GRANT  OR
   41  LOAN,  TO  ACCOMPLISH,  IN WHOLE OR IN PART, ANY OF THE PURPOSES OF THIS
   42  ARTICLE. ALL SUCH IN-KIND MATERIAL  SHALL  BE  ACCEPTED  AND  LOANED  OR
   43  GRANTED  BY  THE  AUTHORITY  UPON  SUCH  TERMS  AND  CONDITIONS  AS  ARE
   44  PRESCRIBED IN APPLICABLE SECTIONS OF THE LAW OF THE UNITED STATES AND AS
   45  ARE CONSISTENT WITH STATE LAW.
   46    S 4112. EXEMPTION FROM TAXES AND  ASSESSMENTS.  THE  EXERCISE  OF  THE
   47  POWERS  GRANTED BY THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE IN ALL RESPECTS FOR THE BENEFIT
   48  OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS STATE, FOR THE  INCREASE  OF  THEIR  COMMERCE  AND
   49  PROSPERITY,  FOR  THE IMPROVEMENT OF THEIR HEALTH AND LIVING CONDITIONS,
   50  AND AS THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF PROJECTS BY  THE  AUTHORITY  AND
   51  THE  UNDERTAKING  OF  ACTIVITIES  IN  FURTHERANCE  OF THE PURPOSE OF THE
   52  AUTHORITY CONSTITUTE THE PERFORMANCE  OF  ESSENTIAL  GOVERNMENTAL  FUNC-
   53  TIONS,  THE  AUTHORITY SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO PAY ANY TAXES OR ASSESS-
   54  MENTS UPON ANY PROJECT OR ANY PROPERTY ACQUIRED OR USED BY THE AUTHORITY
   55  UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THIS  ARTICLE  OR  UPON  THE  INCOME  THEREFROM,
   56  INCLUDING  SALES AND USE TAXES ON TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY USED IN THE
       A. 2118                            14

    1  OPERATIONS OF THE AUTHORITY, AND ANY BONDS ISSUED UNDER  THE  PROVISIONS
    2  OF  THIS ARTICLE, THEIR TRANSFER AND THE INCOME THEREFROM (INCLUDING ANY
    3  PROFIT MADE ON THE SALE THEREOF) SHALL AT ALL TIMES BE FREE  FROM  STATE
    4  AND  LOCAL  TAXATION. THE EXEMPTION GRANTED IN THIS SECTION SHALL NOT BE
    5  CONSTRUED TO EXTEND TO PERSONS CONDUCTING ON THE PREMISES OF A  FACILITY
    6  BUSINESSES FOR WHICH LOCAL OR STATE TAXES WOULD OTHERWISE BE REQUIRED.
    7    S  4113.  BROADBAND  AND ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT FUND.  1.
    8  THERE IS CREATED IN THE JOINT CUSTODY OF THE COMPTROLLER AND THE COMMIS-
    9  SIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE A SPECIAL NONREVERTING,
   10  PERMANENT ACCOUNT IN THE SPECIAL REVENUE FUND, TO BE CALLED THE ADVANCED
   11  COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANCE FUND, TO BE  ADMINISTERED  BY  THE  AUTHORITY.
   12  MONEYS  IN  THE  FUND  SHALL  BE  USED SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF HELPING
   13  UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS IN NEW  YORK
   14  STATE  TAKE  FULL  ADVANTAGE  OF  BROADBAND  AND ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS
   15  SERVICES.  LOANS OR GRANTS FROM THE FUND SHALL  BE  USED  TO  EFFECTUATE
   16  PHYSICAL  AND  SOCIAL  ACCESS  TO BROADBAND IN UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND
   17  DISTRESSED LOCALITIES FOR:
   18    (A) THE INTERNAL COMMUNICATION NEEDS OF  SUCH  LOCALITIES,  WHICH  MAY
   19  INCLUDE  BUT  ARE NOT LIMITED TO FIBER-OPTIC AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS
   20  NETWORKS;
   21    (B) HELP IN FINANCING THE COSTS OF  PLANNING,  DESIGNING,  PURCHASING,
   22  LEASING,  INSTALLING, OR MAINTAINING DARK FIBER TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED,
   23  SUBJECT HOWEVER TO ALL DUTIES AND RESTRICTIONS THAT  EXIST  WITHIN  THIS
   24  SECTION; OR
   25    (C)  TO  ADVANCE THE PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL AVAILABILITY OF BROADBAND AND
   26  OTHER ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES TO ALL CONSUMERS, INCLUDING THOSE
   27  IN LOW INCOME, RURAL, INSULAR, AND HIGH COST AREAS  AT  RATES  THAT  ARE
   28  REASONABLY  COMPARABLE  TO  THOSE  CHARGED  IN  HIGH-DENSITY URBAN AREAS
   29  AND/OR IN THE AREA OF THE STATE WHERE SUCH SERVICES  ARE  MOST  COMPETI-
   30  TIVELY  PRICED;  AND  TO INCREASE PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL ACCESS TO, AND THE
   31  UBIQUITY OF,  ADVANCED  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICES  AVAILABLE  TO  THE
   32  PUBLIC IN AN EQUITABLE AND NONDISCRIMINATORY MANNER.
   33    2.  ALL MONEYS OF THE AUTHORITY FROM WHATEVER SOURCE DERIVED INCLUDING
   34  SUCH FUNDS AS MAY BE APPROPRIATED AND ANY GIFTS, GRANTS, DONATIONS  FROM
   35  PUBLIC  OR  PRIVATE SOURCES, OR MONEYS RAISED FROM BONDS OR NOTES, SHALL
   36  BE DEPOSITED IN THE FUND.
   37    3. INTEREST EARNED ON MONEYS IN THE FUND SHALL REMAIN IN THE FUND  AND
   38  BE  CREDITED  TO IT. ANY MONEYS REMAINING IN THE FUND AT THE END OF EACH
   39  FISCAL YEAR, INCLUDING INTEREST THEREON, SHALL NOT REVERT TO THE GENERAL
   40  FUND BUT SHALL REMAIN IN THE FUND  AND  EXPENDITURES  AND  DISBURSEMENTS
   41  FROM  THE  FUND,  WHICH MAY CONSIST OF GRANTS OR LOANS, SHALL BE MADE BY
   42  THE COMPTROLLER UPON WRITTEN REQUEST BEARING THE SIGNATURE OF THE  CHAIR
   43  OR THE VICE-CHAIR OF THE AUTHORITY, OR, IF SO AUTHORIZED BY THE AUTHORI-
   44  TY, BEARING HIS OR HER FACSIMILE SIGNATURE, AND THE OFFICIAL SEAL OF THE
   45  AUTHORITY.
   46    4.  THE  RECEIPT OF MONIES FROM THE FUND SHALL BE CONDITIONED UPON THE
   47  ACCEPTANCE BY PUBLIC AND PRIVATE  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICES  PROVIDER
   48  RECIPIENTS  OF THE IMPORTANT STATE POLICY THAT THE REASONABLY UNFETTERED
   49  ACCESS OF THE CITIZENRY TO THE MAXIMALLY  DIVERSE  INTERNET  IS  IN  THE
   50  PUBLIC  INTEREST, WITH THE EXPRESS UNDERSTANDING THAT TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   51  PROVIDERS MAY CHOOSE TO BLOCK, LIMIT OR OTHERWISE RESTRICT  THE  PASSAGE
   52  OF  ELECTRONIC  MAIL  MESSAGE  OR  OTHER CONTENT THAT TRANSMIT, PORTRAY,
   53  DESCRIBE, REPRESENT OR OTHERWISE CONTAIN MATTERS SUCH AS CHILD PORNOGRA-
   54  PHY OR SIMILAR OBSCENITY, OTHER UNLAWFUL MATERIAL,  THREATS  OF  SERIOUS
   55  BODILY HARM, THREATS TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY, THREATS
   56  OF  DEATH  TO  INDIVIDUALS  OR GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS, VIRUSES OR SIMILAR
       A. 2118                            15

    1  COMPUTER GENERATED PROGRAMS OR CODE THAT  HAVE  THE  POTENTIAL  TO  HARM
    2  COMPUTER HARDWARE AND/OR SOFTWARE AND/OR NETWORKS, EXCESSIVE UNSOLICITED
    3  COMMERCIAL  EMAIL  THAT  DEGRADES OR INTERFERES WITH OR HARMS THE NORMAL
    4  OPERATION  OF  BROADBAND  NETWORKS,  AND OTHER SIMILAR TYPES OR FORMS OF
    5  MATERIAL OR SOFTWARE  (THE  FOREGOING  EXAMPLES  ARE  ILLUSTRATIVE,  NOT
    6  EXHAUSTIVE  OF SUCH THREATS TO USERS AND/OR THE NETWORK). EACH RECIPIENT
    7  OF MONIES FROM THE FUND SHALL PROVIDE TO  THE  AUTHORITY  ON  AN  ANNUAL
    8  BASIS A WRITTEN REPORT DESCRIBING EVERY INSTANCE IN WHICH SUCH RECIPIENT
    9  BLOCKS, LIMITS OR OTHERWISE RESTRICTS SUBSCRIBERS OR OTHER PURCHASERS OF
   10  BROADBAND  SERVICES  FROM  THE  RECIPIENT  FROM ACCESSING ANY PARTICULAR
   11  INTERNET SITE OR CATEGORY OR TYPE OF INTERNET SITE OR ANY SPECIFIC ELEC-
   12  TRONIC MAIL MESSAGE OR CATEGORY OR TYPE OF ELECTRONIC MAIL  ("NEUTRALITY
   13  REPORT").  SUCH  NEUTRALITY REPORT SHALL CONTAIN DETAIL OF A SPECIFICITY
   14  LEVEL TO BE DETERMINED BY THE AUTHORITY, AND  SHALL  CONTAIN  SUFFICIENT
   15  DETAIL  TO  ALLOW THE AUTHORITY TO ASCERTAIN THE NATURE OF ANY BLOCKING,
   16  LIMITATION OR OTHER RESTRICTIONS,  AND  THE  REASON  FOR  THE  RECIPIENT
   17  TAKING  SUCH ACTION, BUT SHALL BE PROVIDED IN A MANNER REASONABLY CALCU-
   18  LATED TO PROTECT SUBSCRIBER AND  PURCHASER  PRIVACY  OR  THE  LEGITIMATE
   19  NEEDS  OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. NO RECIPIENT OF FUNDS SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE OR
   20  LIABLE FOR ANY EFFORTS BY OR POLICIES, PRACTICES  OR  PROCEDURES  OF  AN
   21  UNAFFILIATED  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICES PROVIDER OR INTERNET SERVICES
   22  PROVIDER OR INTERNET PROTOCOL TRAFFIC ROUTING ENTITY TO BLOCK  SUBSCRIB-
   23  ERS FROM ACCESSING ANY INTERNET SITE OR ANY CATEGORY OR TYPE OF INTERNET
   24  SITE  OR ANY SPECIFIC ELECTRONIC MAIL MESSAGE OR ANY CATEGORY OR TYPE OF
   25  ELECTRONIC MAIL.
   26    5. ANY PLEDGE MADE BY THE AUTHORITY IS VALID AND BINDING FROM THE DATE
   27  THAT THE PLEDGE IS MADE. THE MONEY OR PROPERTY PLEDGED AND  RECEIVED  BY
   28  THE  AUTHORITY  SHALL  IMMEDIATELY  BE SUBJECT TO THE LIEN OF THE PLEDGE
   29  WITHOUT ANY PHYSICAL DELIVERY OR FURTHER ACT AND THE LIEN OF THE  PLEDGE
   30  IS  VALID  AND  BINDING  AGAINST  ALL  PARTIES  HAVING  CLAIMS  IN TORT,
   31  CONTRACT, OR OTHERWISE AGAINST THE AUTHORITY,  IRRESPECTIVE  OF  WHETHER
   32  THE PARTIES HAVE NOTICE OF THE LIEN. THE RESOLUTION OR ANY OTHER INSTRU-
   33  MENT BY WHICH A PLEDGE IS CREATED NEED NOT BE RECORDED.
   34    S 4114. APPROPRIATIONS BY ANY GOVERNMENT OR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION. ANY
   35  GOVERNMENT  OR  MUNICIPAL  CORPORATION  MAY  MAKE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE
   36  ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, IMPROVEMENT, MAINTENANCE OR OPERATION OF  ANY
   37  PROJECT  ACQUIRED,  CONSTRUCTED, IMPROVED, MAINTAINED OR OPERATED BY THE
   38  AUTHORITY.
   39    S 4115. CONVEYANCE, LEASE OR TRANSFER OF PROPERTY BY A CITY OR  COUNTY
   40  TO  THE  AUTHORITY. ANY CITY OR COUNTY WITHIN NEW YORK STATE IN ORDER TO
   41  PROVIDE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION,  RECONSTRUCTION,  IMPROVEMENT,  REPAIR  OR
   42  MANAGEMENT OF ANY PROJECT, OR IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH ANY OF THE PURPOSES
   43  OF  THIS  ARTICLE  MAY,  WITH  OR WITHOUT CONSIDERATION OR FOR A NOMINAL
   44  CONSIDERATION, LEASE, SELL, CONVEY OR OTHERWISE TRANSFER TO THE AUTHORI-
   45  TY ANY REAL, PERSONAL OR MIXED PROPERTY  LOCATED  WITHIN  SUCH  CITY  OR
   46  COUNTY.
   47    S  4116. ACTIONS AGAINST THE AUTHORITY. 1. IN EVERY ACTION AGAINST THE
   48  AUTHORITY FOR DAMAGES, FOR INJURIES TO REAL OR PERSONAL PROPERTY, OR FOR
   49  THE DESTRUCTION THEREOF, OR FOR PERSONAL INJURIES, THE  COMPLAINT  SHALL
   50  CONTAIN  AN  ALLEGATION THAT AT LEAST THIRTY DAYS HAVE ELAPSED SINCE THE
   51  DEMAND, CLAIM OR CLAIMS UPON WHICH SUCH ACTION IS FOUNDED WERE PRESENTED
   52  TO A MEMBER OF THE AUTHORITY, OR TO ITS SECRETARY, OR TO ITS CHIEF EXEC-
   53  UTIVE OFFICER AND THAT THE AUTHORITY HAS NEGLECTED OR REFUSED TO MAKE AN
   54  ADJUSTMENT OR PAYMENT THEREOF FOR THIRTY DAYS AFTER SUCH PRESENTMENT.
   55    2. AN ACTION AGAINST THE AUTHORITY FOR DAMAGES FOR INJURIES TO REAL OR
   56  PERSONAL PROPERTY, OR FOR THE DESTRUCTION THEREOF, OR FOR PERSONAL INJU-
       A. 2118                            16

    1  RIES, ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN SUSTAINED SHALL NOT BE  COMMENCED  MORE  THAN
    2  ONE  YEAR  AND NINETY DAYS AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION THEREFOR SHALL HAVE
    3  ACCRUED, NOR UNLESS A NOTICE OF INTENTION TO COMMENCE SUCH ACTION AND OF
    4  THE  TIME  WHEN  AND PLACE WHERE THE DAMAGES WERE INCURRED OR SUSTAINED,
    5  TOGETHER WITH A  VERIFIED  STATEMENT  SHOWING  IN  DETAIL  THE  PROPERTY
    6  ALLEGED  TO HAVE BEEN DAMAGED OR DESTROYED AND THE VALUE THEREOF, OR THE
    7  PERSONAL INJURIES ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN SUSTAINED AND BY WHOM, SHALL HAVE
    8  BEEN FILED IN THE PRINCIPAL OFFICE OF THE AUTHORITY WITHIN  NINETY  DAYS
    9  AFTER SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION SHALL HAVE ACCRUED.
   10    3.  AN  ACTION  AGAINST  THE  AUTHORITY  FOR  WRONGFUL  DEATH SHALL BE
   11  COMMENCED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE NOTICE OF  CLAIM  AND  TIME  LIMITATION
   12  PROVISIONS OF TITLE ELEVEN OF ARTICLE NINE OF THIS CHAPTER.
   13    S  4117.  AUDIT POWER AND CONTRACT APPROVAL BY THE COMPTROLLER. 1. THE
   14  COMPTROLLER, OR HIS OR HER  LEGALLY  AUTHORIZED  REPRESENTATIVES,  SHALL
   15  HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO EXAMINE THE ACCOUNTS AND FINANCES OF THE AUTHORITY
   16  AND  TO CONDUCT MANAGEMENT AUDITS OF THE STAFF AND BOARD OF THE AUTHORI-
   17  TY.
   18    2. THE PROCUREMENT, PUBLIC WORK, CONSTRUCTION, AND  REVENUE  CONTRACTS
   19  OF  THE  AUTHORITY  SHALL BE SUBJECT TO PRIOR REVIEW AND APPROVAL BY THE
   20  COMPTROLLER, IF THE COMPTROLLER, IN HIS OR  HER  DISCRETION,  DETERMINES
   21  THAT  SUCH  REVIEW  AND  APPROVAL  SHALL BE REQUIRED. IF THE COMPTROLLER
   22  DETERMINES THAT ANY CONTRACT OR CATEGORY OF CONTRACTS OF A STATE AUTHOR-
   23  ITY  REQUIRES  DIRECT  SUPERVISION  IN  THE  FORM  OF  PRE-APPROVAL   OF
   24  CONTRACTS,  AND THE COMPTROLLER SO NOTIFIES SUCH STATE AUTHORITY OF SUCH
   25  DETERMINATION, THEN SUBJECT TO SUBDIVISION THREE  OF  THIS  SECTION,  NO
   26  SUCH  CONTRACT  OR AGREEMENT BY SUCH STATE AUTHORITY SELECTED FOR REVIEW
   27  BY THE COMPTROLLER SHALL BE A VALID  ENFORCEABLE  CONTRACT  UNLESS  SUCH
   28  CONTRACT  SHALL  FIRST BE APPROVED BY THE COMPTROLLER. IN THE EVENT THAT
   29  THE COMPTROLLER NOTIFIES THE AUTHORITY THAT APPROVAL SHALL  BE  REQUIRED
   30  AS  PROVIDED  IN  THIS  SECTION,  THEN  THE  AUTHORITY  SHALL  INCLUDE A
   31  PROVISION IN ALL SUCH CONTRACTS SELECTED FOR REVIEW  AS  STATED  IN  ANY
   32  SUCH  NOTICE INFORMING THE OTHER PARTIES TO SUCH CONTRACTS THAT THE SAME
   33  ARE NOT VALID AND ENFORCEABLE WITHOUT THE COMPTROLLER'S APPROVAL.
   34    3. ANY CONTRACT SELECTED BY THE COMPTROLLER FOR  REVIEW  AND  APPROVAL
   35  PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE A VALID ENFORCEABLE
   36  CONTRACT  ONLY  IF THE COMPTROLLER (A) APPROVES THE CONTRACT, OR (B) HAS
   37  NOT DISAPPROVED THE CONTRACT WITHIN FORTY-FIVE DAYS OF THE SUBMISSION OF
   38  SUCH CONTRACT TO HIS OR HER OFFICE, UNLESS  THE  STATE  AUTHORITY  SHALL
   39  AGREE  WITH  THE  COMPTROLLER ON AN EXTENSION FOR A REASONABLE PERIOD OF
   40  TIME.
   41    S 4118. ANNUAL REPORT. THE AUTHORITY SHALL SUBMIT AN ANNUAL REPORT  NO
   42  LATER  THAN MARCH FIRST OF EACH YEAR, INCLUDING THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE
   43  BY THE  BROADBAND  DEVELOPMENT  AND  DEPLOYMENT  COUNCIL  UNDER  SECTION
   44  FORTY-ONE  HUNDRED  FIVE OF THIS ARTICLE, RELATING TO ITS ACTIVITIES FOR
   45  THE PRECEDING CALENDAR YEAR TO THE GOVERNOR, THE SPEAKER OF  THE  ASSEM-
   46  BLY,  THE  TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE
   47  ASSEMBLY, THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE, THE CHAIR OF  THE  ASSEMBLY
   48  STANDING COMMITTEE ON CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS, AND THE
   49  CHAIR OF THE SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS.
   50    S  4119.  EFFECT OF INCONSISTENT PROVISIONS. INSOFAR AS THE PROVISIONS
   51  OF THIS ARTICLE ARE INCONSISTENT WITH THE PROVISIONS OF ANY  OTHER  ACT,
   52  GENERAL OR SPECIAL, THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE SHALL BE CONTROLLING.
   53    S  4120. SEVERABILITY. IF ANY PROVISION OF ANY SECTION OF THIS ARTICLE
   54  OR THE APPLICATION THEREOF  TO  ANY  PERSON  OR  CIRCUMSTANCE  SHALL  BE
   55  ADJUDGED  INVALID  BY  A  COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION, SUCH ORDER OR
   56  JUDGMENT SHALL BE CONFINED IN ITS OPERATION TO THE CONTROVERSY IN  WHICH
       A. 2118                            17

    1  IT WAS RENDERED, AND SHALL NOT AFFECT OR INVALIDATE THE REMAINDER OF ANY
    2  PROVISION  OF ANY SECTION OF THIS ARTICLE OR THE APPLICATION OF ANY PART
    3  THEREOF TO ANY  OTHER  PERSON  OR  CIRCUMSTANCE  AND  TO  THIS  END  THE
    4  PROVISIONS  OF  EACH  SECTION  OF THIS ARTICLE ARE HEREBY DECLARED TO BE
    5  SEVERABLE.
    6    S 4. The public service law is amended by adding a new section 92-h to
    7  read as follows:
    8    S 92-H. UNIVERSAL, AFFORDABLE AND SECURE  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICES
    9  FUND.   1. THE COMMISSION SHALL ESTABLISH A MECHANISM FOR THE SUPPORT OF
   10  UNIVERSAL SERVICE, ALSO REFERRED TO IN THIS SECTION AS  THE  "HIGH  COST
   11  SUPPORT MECHANISM", WHICH SHALL OPERATE IN ACCORDANCE WITH RULES ADOPTED
   12  BY  THE COMMISSION. THE PURPOSE OF THE HIGH COST SUPPORT MECHANISM IS TO
   13  PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES PROVIDERS TO
   14  HELP MAKE BASIC LOCAL EXCHANGE AND BROADBAND SERVICES UNIVERSALLY AVAIL-
   15  ABLE, AT JUST AND REASONABLE RATES AND ALLOW SUCH PROVIDERS TO BE  FULLY
   16  REIMBURSED  FOR  THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE REASONABLE COSTS INCURRED IN
   17  MAKING BASIC SERVICE AVAILABLE TO THEIR CUSTOMERS WITHIN A  RURAL,  HIGH
   18  COST  GEOGRAPHIC  SUPPORT  AREA  AND THE PRICE CHARGED FOR SUCH SERVICE,
   19  AFTER TAKING INTO ACCOUNT ANY AMOUNTS RECEIVED BY SUCH  PROVIDERS  UNDER
   20  PRICE  SUPPORT  MECHANISMS  ESTABLISHED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND BY
   21  THIS STATE. THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  ENSURE  THAT  NO  TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   22  SERVICES PROVIDER IS RECEIVING FUNDS FROM THIS OR ANY OTHER SOURCE THAT,
   23  TOGETHER  WITH  LOCAL  EXCHANGE  SERVICE  REVENUES,  EXCEEDS THE COST OF
   24  PROVIDING LOCAL EXCHANGE SERVICE TO CUSTOMERS OF SUCH PROVIDER. THE HIGH
   25  COST SUPPORT MECHANISM SHALL BE SUPPORTED AND DISTRIBUTED EQUITABLY  AND
   26  ON  A  NONDISCRIMINATORY,  COMPETITIVELY  NEUTRAL  BASIS  THROUGH A RATE
   27  ELEMENT ASSESSED ON ALL  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICE  PROVIDERS  IN  NEW
   28  YORK.  A  PROVIDER THAT OFFERS BASIC LOCAL EXCHANGE SERVICE OR BROADBAND
   29  SERVICE THROUGHOUT AN ENTIRE SUPPORT AREA THROUGH USE OF ITS OWN FACILI-
   30  TIES OR ON A RESALE BASIS MAY BE QUALIFIED AS A PROVIDER OF LAST  RESORT
   31  OR  MAY  BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE UNIVERSAL SERVICE SUPPORT, AS DETERMINED
   32  BY THE COMMISSION. A PROVIDER THAT FAILS TO PAY AN  ASSESSMENT  DUE  AND
   33  PAYABLE UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE REVOCATION OF CERTIF-
   34  ICATE AFTER NOTICE AND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A HEARING AS PROVIDED IN THIS
   35  CHAPTER.  IN  ALL  RELEVANT GEOGRAPHIC AREAS OF THE STATE, AS DEFINED BY
   36  THE COMMISSION, THE COMMISSION SHALL DESIGNATE AT LEAST ONE PROVIDER  AS
   37  THE  PROVIDER OF LAST RESORT AND ADOPT PROCEDURES FOR CHANGING OR TERMI-
   38  NATING SUCH DESIGNATIONS. A PROVIDER OF LAST RESORT DESIGNATION  CARRIES
   39  THE  RESPONSIBILITY  TO OFFER BASIC LOCAL EXCHANGE SERVICE AND BROADBAND
   40  SERVICE TO ALL CONSUMERS WHO REQUEST IT. A PERSON HOLDING A  CERTIFICATE
   41  OF  PUBLIC  CONVENIENCE  AND NECESSITY TO PROVIDE BASIC SERVICE SHALL BE
   42  SUBJECT TO THE EVOLVING DEFINITION OF BASIC  SERVICE  DEVELOPED  BY  THE
   43  COMMISSION  UNDER  THIS  CHAPTER AND THE SYSTEM OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR
   44  UNIVERSAL SERVICE ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSION UNDER THIS  SECTION.  IF
   45  AND  WHEN  ADDITIONAL  ELEMENTS  ARE INCLUDED IN THE DEFINITION OF BASIC
   46  SERVICE AS A RESULT OF REVIEW BY THE COMMISSION, PRICES MAY INCREASE  AS
   47  IS  DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSION TO BE REASONABLY NECESSARY TO COVER THE
   48  COST AND ACCOUNT FOR THE INCLUSION OF SUCH ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS.
   49    2. ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER FIRST OF  EACH  YEAR,  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL
   50  SUBMIT  A  WRITTEN  REPORT  TO  THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE
   51  SENATE, SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY  LEADERS  OF  THE  SENATE  AND
   52  ASSEMBLY,  CHAIRPERSON  AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE ENERGY
   53  AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE, AND THE CHAIRPERSON AND RANKING MINOR-
   54  ITY MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY  CORPORATIONS,  AUTHORITIES  AND  COMMISSIONS
   55  COMMITTEE,  ACCOUNTING  FOR THE OPERATION OF THE HIGH COST SUPPORT MECH-
       A. 2118                            18

    1  ANISM DURING THE PRECEDING CALENDAR YEAR AND  CONTAINING  THE  FOLLOWING
    2  INFORMATION, AT A MINIMUM:
    3    (A)  THE  TOTAL  AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT THE COMMISSION DETERMINED SHOULD
    4  CONSTITUTE THE HIGH COST  SUPPORT  MECHANISM  FROM  WHICH  DISTRIBUTIONS
    5  WOULD BE MADE;
    6    (B) THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY ORDERED TO BE CONTRIBUTED THROUGH A RATE
    7  ELEMENT  ASSESSMENT COLLECTED BY EACH TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE PROVID-
    8  ER;
    9    (C) THE BASIS ON WHICH THE  CONTRIBUTION  OF  EACH  TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   10  SERVICE PROVIDER WAS CALCULATED;
   11    (D)  THE  BENCHMARKS  USED  AND THE BASIS ON WHICH THE BENCHMARKS WERE
   12  DETERMINED;
   13    (E) THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT THE COMMISSION DETERMINED SHOULD BE
   14  DISTRIBUTED FROM THE HIGH COST SUPPORT MECHANISM;
   15    (F) THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY DISTRIBUTED TO  EACH  TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   16  SERVICE PROVIDER FROM THE HIGH COST SUPPORT MECHANISM;
   17    (G)  THE BASIS ON WHICH THE DISTRIBUTION TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE
   18  PROVIDERS WAS CALCULATED;
   19    (H)  AS  TO  EACH  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICE  PROVIDER  RECEIVING  A
   20  DISTRIBUTION, THE AMOUNT RECEIVED BY GEOGRAPHIC SUPPORT AREA AND TYPE OF
   21  CUSTOMER,  THE  WAY IN WHICH THE BENEFIT OF THE DISTRIBUTION WAS APPLIED
   22  OR ACCOUNTED FOR;
   23    (I)  THE  PROPOSED  BENCHMARKS,  THE  PROPOSED  CONTRIBUTIONS  TO   BE
   24  COLLECTED  THROUGH  A RATE ELEMENT ASSESSMENT BY EACH TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   25  SERVICE PROVIDER, AND THE PROPOSED TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE HIGH COST SUPPORT
   26  MECHANISM FROM WHICH DISTRIBUTIONS ARE TO  BE  MADE  FOR  THE  FOLLOWING
   27  CALENDAR YEAR; AND
   28    (J)  THE  TOTAL  AMOUNT OF DISTRIBUTIONS MADE FROM THE HIGH COST FUND,
   29  DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, AND HOW THEY ARE BALANCED BY RATE REDUCTIONS  BY
   30  ALL  PROVIDERS  FOR  THE SAME PERIOD AND A FULL ACCOUNTING OF AND JUSTI-
   31  FICATION FOR ANY DIFFERENCE. IF THE REPORT SUBMITTED  PURSUANT  TO  THIS
   32  SUBDIVISION  CONTAINS  A  PROPOSAL FOR AN INCREASE IN ANY OF THE AMOUNTS
   33  LISTED IN PARAGRAPH (B) OF THIS  SUBDIVISION,  SUCH  INCREASE  SHALL  BE
   34  SUSPENDED UNTIL MARCH THIRTY-FIRST OF THE FOLLOWING YEAR.
   35    SUCH  REPORT  MUST  ALSO DETERMINE WHAT AMOUNT OF UNEXPENDED FUNDS, IF
   36  ANY, AT THE END OF EACH FISCAL YEAR, COULD BE REFUNDED TO THE CONTRIBUT-
   37  ING TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES PROVIDERS ON A  BASIS  THAT  IS  PROPOR-
   38  TIONAL  TO  THE  AMOUNTS CONTRIBUTED BY SUCH TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
   39  PROVIDERS.
   40    3. THERE IS HEREBY CREATED, IN THE STATE TREASURY, THE NEW  YORK  HIGH
   41  COST  ADMINISTRATION  FUND,  REFERRED  TO IN THIS SECTION AS THE "FUND",
   42  WHICH SHALL BE USED TO REIMBURSE THE COMMISSION AND, IF APPLICABLE,  ITS
   43  CONTRACTORS,  FOR  REASONABLE EXPENSES INCURRED IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF
   44  THE HIGH COST SUPPORT MECHANISM AS DETERMINED BY RULES  OF  THE  COMMIS-
   45  SION, AND SHALL BE AUDITED IN A MANNER AND FREQUENCY TO BE DETERMINED BY
   46  THE  COMPTROLLER.  THE  MONEYS  IN  THE FUND THAT ARE TO BE USED FOR THE
   47  DIRECT AND INDIRECT ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS INCURRED BY THE COMMISSION  AND
   48  ITS  CONTRACTORS  SHALL  BE APPROPRIATED ANNUALLY BY THE LEGISLATURE. AT
   49  THE END OF ANY FISCAL YEAR, ALL UNEXPENDED AND  UNENCUMBERED  MONEYS  IN
   50  THE  FUND  SHALL REMAIN THEREIN AND SHALL NOT BE CREDITED OR TRANSFERRED
   51  TO THE GENERAL FUND OR ANY OTHER FUND. BASED UPON THE BALANCE  REMAINING
   52  IN  THE FUND AND THE AMOUNT APPROPRIATED ANNUALLY BY THE LEGISLATURE FOR
   53  USE BY THE COMMISSION, EACH YEAR  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  DETERMINE  THE
   54  NONDISCRIMINATORY,  COMPETITIVELY NEUTRAL ASSESSMENT ON ALL TELECOMMUNI-
   55  CATIONS SERVICE PROVIDERS IN NEW YORK THAT WILL BE  NECESSARY  TO  COVER
   56  THE  COST  OF  IMPLEMENTING  THE HIGH COST SUPPORT MECHANISM.   ONLY THE
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    1  MONEYS FROM SUCH ASSESSMENT SHALL BE TRANSMITTED TO THE STATE TREASURER,
    2  WHO SHALL CREDIT THE SAME TO THE FUND. ALL  INTEREST  DERIVED  FROM  THE
    3  DEPOSIT  AND  INVESTMENT OF THIS FUND SHALL REMAIN IN THE FUND AND SHALL
    4  NOT REVERT TO THE GENERAL FUND.
    5    S 5. The public service law is amended by adding a new article 11-A to
    6  read as follows:
    7                                ARTICLE 11-A
    8                 STATEWIDE CABLE FRANCHISING AND REGULATION
    9  SECTION 231. DEFINITIONS.
   10          232. AUTHORIZATION TO PROVIDE CABLE SERVICE.
   11          233. PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION RESPONSIBILITIES.
   12          234. APPLICATION FOR STATEWIDE CABLE FRANCHISE.
   13          235. LENGTH OF STATEWIDE FRANCHISE.
   14          236. TERMINATION OF A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE.
   15          237. ABANDONMENT OF SERVICE.
   16          238. MUNICIPAL POWER AND REGULATION OVER FRANCHISE HOLDERS.
   17          239. PAYMENT AND REMITTANCE OF FRANCHISE FEE.
   18          240. PUBLIC, EDUCATIONAL AND GOVERNMENT CHANNELS.
   19          241. CABLE OPERATOR'S COMMUNITY COMMITMENT.
   20          242. CONSUMER PROTECTION RULES.
   21          243. NEUTRAL INTERNET AND BROADBAND NETWORKS.
   22          244. DEPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR STATEWIDE CABLE FRANCHISE.
   23          245. DISCRIMINATION IN THE PROVISIONING OF SERVICE PROHIBITED.
   24          246. ENFORCEMENT.
   25    S  231.  DEFINITIONS. THE WORDS AND PHRASES USED IN THIS ARTICLE SHALL
   26  HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS UNLESS A DIFFERENT MEANING  CLEARLY  APPEARS
   27  IN THE CONTEXT.
   28    1.  "CABLE SERVICE" SHALL MEAN THE ONE-WAY TRANSMISSION TO SUBSCRIBERS
   29  OF VIDEO PROGRAMMING;  OR  OTHER  PROGRAMMING  SERVICE,  AND  SUBSCRIBER
   30  INTERACTION,  IF ANY, WHICH IS REQUIRED FOR THE SELECTION OR USE OF SUCH
   31  VIDEO PROGRAMMING OR OTHER PROGRAMMING SERVICE, REGARDLESS OF THE  TECH-
   32  NOLOGY  UTILIZED  BY A CABLE TELEVISION COMPANY TO ENABLE SUCH SELECTION
   33  OR USE.
   34    2. "CABLE OPERATOR" SHALL MEAN ANY PERSON OR GROUP OF PERSONS (A)  WHO
   35  PROVIDES  CABLE  SERVICE OVER A CABLE SYSTEM AND DIRECTLY OR THROUGH ONE
   36  OR MORE AFFILIATES OWNS A SIGNIFICANT INTEREST IN SUCH CABLE SYSTEM,  OR
   37  (B)  WHO  OTHERWISE CONTROLS OR IS RESPONSIBLE FOR, THROUGH ANY ARRANGE-
   38  MENT, THE MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION OF SUCH A CABLE SYSTEM, AS SET  FORTH
   39  IN 47 U.S.C. S 522(5).
   40    3.  "CABLE  SYSTEM"  SHALL  MEAN  ANY FACILITY, CONSISTING OF A SET OF
   41  CLOSED TRANSMISSION PATHS AND ASSOCIATED  SIGNAL  GENERATION,  RECEPTION
   42  AND  CONTROL  EQUIPMENT  THAT IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE CABLE SERVICE WHICH
   43  INCLUDES VIDEO PROGRAMMING, WITHOUT REGARD TO  THE  TECHNOLOGY  USED  TO
   44  DELIVER  SUCH  VIDEO PROGRAMMING, INCLUDING INTERNET PROTOCOL TECHNOLOGY
   45  OR ANY SUCCESSOR TECHNOLOGY AND WHICH IS PROVIDED TO MULTIPLE  SUBSCRIB-
   46  ERS  WITHIN  A  COMMUNITY, AS SET FORTH IN 47 U.S.C.  S 522(7), BUT SUCH
   47  TERM DOES NOT INCLUDE:
   48    (A) A FACILITY THAT SERVES ONLY TO RETRANSMIT THE  TELEVISION  SIGNALS
   49  OF ONE OR MORE TELEVISION BROADCAST STATIONS;
   50    (B)  A  FACILITY  THAT  SERVES  SUBSCRIBERS  WITHOUT  USING ANY PUBLIC
   51  RIGHT-OF-WAY;
   52    (C) A FACILITY OF A COMMON CARRIER WHICH IS SUBJECT, IN  WHOLE  OR  IN
   53  PART,  TO  THE PROVISIONS OF TITLE II OF THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934,
   54  47 U.S.C. S 201 ET SEQ., EXCEPT THAT SUCH FACILITY SHALL BE CONSIDERED A
   55  CABLE SYSTEM (OTHER THAN FOR PURPOSES OF 47  U.S.C.  S  541(C))  TO  THE
   56  EXTENT  SUCH  FACILITY  IS USED IN THE TRANSMISSION OF VIDEO PROGRAMMING
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    1  DIRECTLY TO SUBSCRIBERS, UNLESS THE EXTENT OF  SUCH  USE  IS  SOLELY  TO
    2  PROVIDE INTERACTIVE ON-DEMAND SERVICES;
    3    (D) AN OPEN VIDEO SYSTEM THAT COMPLIES WITH 47 U.S.C. S 573; OR
    4    (E)  ANY  FACILITIES OF ANY ELECTRIC UTILITY USED SOLELY FOR OPERATING
    5  ITS ELECTRIC UTILITY SYSTEM.
    6    4. "CATV COMPANY" SHALL MEAN ANY PERSON OR GROUP OF  PERSONS  (A)  WHO
    7  PROVIDES  CABLE  SERVICE OVER A CABLE SYSTEM AND DIRECTLY OR THROUGH ONE
    8  OR MORE AFFILIATES OWNS A SIGNIFICANT INTEREST IN SUCH CABLE SYSTEM,  OR
    9  (B)  WHO  OTHERWISE CONTROLS OR IS RESPONSIBLE FOR, THROUGH ANY ARRANGE-
   10  MENT, THE MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION OF SUCH A CABLE SYSTEM.
   11    5. "CATV SYSTEM" SHALL MEAN ANY FACILITY WHICH RECEIVES AND  AMPLIFIES
   12  THE  SIGNALS BROADCAST BY ONE OR MORE TELEVISION STATIONS AND REDISTRIB-
   13  UTES SUCH SIGNALS BY WIRE, CABLE OR OTHER MEANS,  OR  WHICH  DISTRIBUTES
   14  SIGNALS  IT ORIGINATES OR WHICH ARE ORIGINATED BY ANOTHER FOR VIEWING BY
   15  SUBSCRIBERS, WHETHER THE WIRE, CABLE OR OTHER FACILITIES  ARE  OWNED  OR
   16  LEASED. A "CATV SYSTEM" SHALL NOT INCLUDE:
   17    (A) THE POLES OR OTHER FACILITIES OF ANY TELEPHONE CORPORATION USED TO
   18  PROVIDE CHANNEL SERVICE AS A COMMON CARRIER,
   19    (B) A SYSTEM SERVING NOT MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED FIFTY SUBSCRIBERS, OR
   20    (C) A MASTER ANTENNA SYSTEM SERVICING SUBSCRIBERS SITUATED ON PROPERTY
   21  UNDER COMMON OWNERSHIP.
   22    6.  "COMMISSION"  SHALL  MEAN  THE  PUBLIC  SERVICE  COMMISSION OR ANY
   23  SUCCESSOR AGENCY.
   24    7. "FRANCHISE" SHALL MEAN AN INITIAL AUTHORIZATION, OR RENEWAL  OF  AN
   25  AUTHORIZATION,  ISSUED BY A FRANCHISING AUTHORITY, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER
   26  THE AUTHORIZATION IS DESIGNATED AS A FRANCHISE, PERMIT, LICENSE,  RESOL-
   27  UTION,  CONTRACT,  CERTIFICATE, AGREEMENT, OR OTHERWISE, THAT AUTHORIZES
   28  THE  CONSTRUCTION  AND  OPERATION  OF  A  CABLE  SYSTEM  IN  THE  PUBLIC
   29  RIGHTS-OF-WAY.
   30    8. "FRANCHISE HOLDER" OR "HOLDER" SHALL MEAN A PERSON WHO HAS RECEIVED
   31  A STATE-WIDE FRANCHISE, BUT HAS NOT TRANSFERRED OR TERMINATED SUCH FRAN-
   32  CHISE AUTHORIZATION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE.
   33    9.  "FRANCHISING  AUTHORITY"  SHALL MEAN THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
   34  AND MUNICIPALITIES WHICH ARE ENTITLED TO REQUIRE FRANCHISES  AND  IMPOSE
   35  FEES IN ACCORDANCE WITH 47 U.S.C. SS 522(10) AND 542, RESPECTIVELY.
   36    10.  "GROSS REVENUES" SHALL MEAN ANY AND ALL REVENUES, INCLUDING CASH,
   37  CREDITS, PROPERTY OR OTHER CONSIDERATION OF ANY KIND OR  NATURE  ARISING
   38  FROM, ATTRIBUTABLE TO, OR IN ANY WAY DERIVED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM
   39  THE  OPERATION  OF  THE FRANCHISEE'S CABLE SYSTEM (INCLUDING THE STUDIOS
   40  AND OTHER FACILITIES ASSOCIATED THEREWITH) TO  PROVIDE  CABLE  SERVICES.
   41  GROSS  REVENUES  INCLUDE,  BY  WAY  OF  ILLUSTRATION AND NOT LIMITATION,
   42  MONTHLY FEES CHARGED SUBSCRIBERS FOR ANY BASIC, OPTIONAL, PREMIUM,  PER-
   43  CHANNEL,  PER-PROGRAM  SERVICE,  OR CABLE PROGRAMMING SERVICE; INSTALLA-
   44  TION, DISCONNECTION, RECONNECTION, AND  CHANGE-IN-SERVICE  FEES;  LEASED
   45  CHANNEL  FEES;  LATE  FEES  AND  ADMINISTRATIVE FEES, PAYMENTS, OR OTHER
   46  CONSIDERATION RECEIVED FROM PROGRAMMERS FOR CARRIAGE OF  PROGRAMMING  ON
   47  THE SYSTEM; REVENUES FROM RENTALS OR SALES OF CONVERTERS OR OTHER EQUIP-
   48  MENT;  ANY  STUDIO  RENTAL,  PRODUCTION  EQUIPMENT,  AND PERSONNEL FEES;
   49  ADVERTISING REVENUES; BARTER; REVENUES  FROM  PROGRAM  GUIDES;  REVENUES
   50  FROM  THE  SALE  OR  CARRIAGE OF OTHER CABLE SERVICES; AND REVENUES FROM
   51  HOME SHOPPING CHANNELS AND OTHER  REVENUE  SHARING  ARRANGEMENTS.  GROSS
   52  REVENUES  SHALL  INCLUDE  REVENUES RECEIVED BY ANY ENTITY OTHER THAN THE
   53  FRANCHISEE, AN AFFILIATE, OR ANOTHER ENTITY  THAT  OPERATES  THE  SYSTEM
   54  WHERE  NECESSARY TO PREVENT EVASION OR AVOIDANCE OF THE OBLIGATION UNDER
   55  THIS STATUTE TO PAY THE FRANCHISE FEE. GROSS REVENUES SHALL NOT INCLUDE:
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    1    (A) AMOUNTS NOT ACTUALLY RECEIVED, EVEN IF BILLED, SUCH AS  BAD  DEBT;
    2  REFUNDS, REBATES OR DISCOUNTS TO SUBSCRIBERS OR THIRD PARTIES; OR REVEN-
    3  UE  IMPUTED  FROM THE PROVISION OF CABLE SERVICES FOR FREE OR AT REDUCED
    4  RATES TO ANY PERSON AS REQUIRED OR ALLOWED BY  LAW,  INCLUDING,  WITHOUT
    5  LIMITATION,  THE  PROVISION  OF  SUCH  SERVICES  TO PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS,
    6  PUBLIC SCHOOLS, GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES, OR EMPLOYEES, OTHER THAN  FORGONE
    7  REVENUE  CHOSEN  NOT  TO  BE  RECEIVED  IN EXCHANGE FOR TRADES, BARTERS,
    8  SERVICES, OR OTHER ITEMS OF VALUE; OR
    9    (B) ANY REVENUE FROM ANY CHARGES OR FEES DERIVED FROM SERVICES CLASSI-
   10  FIED AS NON-CABLE SERVICES AND INFORMATION SERVICES AND ANY OTHER REVEN-
   11  UES ATTRIBUTED BY THE HOLDER OF A CERTIFICATE OF APPROVAL OR  SYSTEMWIDE
   12  FRANCHISE  TO  NON-CABLE  SERVICES  IN  ACCORDANCE WITH FEDERAL COMMUNI-
   13  CATIONS COMMISSIONS RULES, REGULATIONS, STANDARDS, OR ORDERS.
   14    IN THE CASE OF CABLE SERVICE THAT MAY BE BUNDLED OR  INTEGRATED  FUNC-
   15  TIONALLY  WITH  OTHER  SERVICES, CAPABILITIES OR APPLICATIONS, THE GROSS
   16  REVENUES SHALL ONLY INCLUDE  THOSE  CHARGES  OR  FEES  DERIVED  FROM  OR
   17  ATTRIBUTABLE  TO  THE  PROVISION  OF  CABLE SERVICE, AS REFLECTED ON THE
   18  BOOKS AND RECORDS OF THE HOLDER  OF  A  CERTIFICATE  OF  APPROVAL  OR  A
   19  SYSTEMWIDE  FRANCHISE, AS THE CASE MAY BE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RULES,
   20  REGULATIONS, STANDARDS AND ORDERS OF THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS  COMMIS-
   21  SION.
   22    11.  "INCUMBENT  CABLE OPERATOR" SHALL MEAN THE CABLE OPERATOR SERVING
   23  THE LARGEST NUMBER OF CABLE SUBSCRIBERS IN A PARTICULAR MUNICIPAL  FRAN-
   24  CHISE AREA ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ARTICLE.
   25    12. "MUNICIPALITY" SHALL MEAN A CITY OR TOWN WITHIN THE STATE.
   26    13. "PERSON" SHALL MEAN AN INDIVIDUAL, PARTNERSHIP, ASSOCIATION, JOINT
   27  STOCK  COMPANY, TRUST, CORPORATION, GOVERNMENT ENTITY, LIMITED LIABILITY
   28  COMPANY OR ANY OTHER ENTITY.
   29    14. "PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY" SHALL MEAN THE AREA ON,  BELOW  OR  ABOVE  A
   30  PUBLIC  ROADWAY,  HIGHWAY,  STREET, PUBLIC SIDEWALK, ALLEY, WATERWAY, OR
   31  UTILITY EASEMENT IN WHICH A MUNICIPALITY HAS AN INTEREST.
   32    15. "VIDEO PROGRAMMING" SHALL MEAN PROGRAMMING PROVIDED BY, OR  GENER-
   33  ALLY  CONSIDERED  COMPARABLE  TO,  PROGRAMMING  PROVIDED BY A TELEVISION
   34  BROADCAST STATION, AS SET FORTH IN 47 U.S.C. S 522(20).
   35    S 232. AUTHORIZATION TO PROVIDE CABLE SERVICE. 1. NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY
   36  OTHER LAW TO THE CONTRARY AND SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE,
   37  A  PERSON SEEKING TO PROVIDE CABLE SERVICE IN THE STATE AFTER THE EFFEC-
   38  TIVE DATE OF THIS ARTICLE MAY FILE AN APPLICATION FOR A STATEWIDE  FRAN-
   39  CHISE WITH THE COMMISSION AS REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION. THIS ARTICLE DOES
   40  NOT  PRECLUDE  CABLE OPERATORS FROM FILING INDIVIDUAL APPLICATIONS UNDER
   41  ARTICLE ELEVEN OF THIS CHAPTER, PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT A PERSON FILING AN
   42  APPLICATION FOR A STATEWIDE  FRANCHISE  WITH  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  BE
   43  REQUIRED  UPON  RECEIPT  OF  SUCH  FRANCHISE TO COMPLY WITH SECTIONS TWO
   44  HUNDRED FORTY-TWO AND TWO  HUNDRED  FORTY-THREE  OF  THIS  ARTICLE  WITH
   45  REGARD  TO  ALL  IN-STATE BROADBAND AND BROADBAND-CAPABLE FACILITIES AND
   46  LINES BUILT DURING THE INITIAL BUILD-OUT PERIOD PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORI-
   47  ZATION PROVIDED BY SUCH FRANCHISE, AND FOR THE  PERIOD  OF  THE  INITIAL
   48  BUILD-OUT  PERIOD  WITH  REGARD  TO SUCH PERSON'S IN-STATE BROADBAND AND
   49  BROADBAND-CAPABLE FACILITIES AND LINES IN EXISTENCE WHEN SUCH  FRANCHISE
   50  BECOMES EFFECTIVE.
   51    2.  A  PERSON,  INCLUDING AN INCUMBENT CABLE OPERATOR, PROVIDING CABLE
   52  SERVICE UNDER A FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH A FRANCHISING  AUTHORITY  WHICH
   53  EXISTED  PRIOR  TO  THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ARTICLE IS NOT SUBJECT TO
   54  THIS SECTION UNTIL THE FRANCHISE AGREEMENT EXPIRES AT  THE  END  OF  ITS
   55  ORIGINAL OR ANY MUTUALLY AGREEABLE RENEWAL TERM, OR UNLESS AND UNTIL THE
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    1  FRANCHISING  AUTHORITY AND ENTITY PROVIDING CABLE SERVICE MUTUALLY AGREE
    2  TO TERMINATE THE EXISTING FRANCHISE AGREEMENT.
    3    3. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL RESTRICT A CABLE OPERATOR FROM APPLY-
    4  ING  TO  THE  COMMISSION  FOR  A  STATEWIDE FRANCHISE TO PROVISION CABLE
    5  SERVICES IN TERRITORIES OF THE STATE FOR  WHICH  IT  DOES  NOT  HAVE  AN
    6  EXISTING  FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH A FRANCHISING AUTHORITY. FOR PURPOSES
    7  OF THIS SECTION, A CABLE OPERATOR WILL BE DEEMED TO HAVE A FRANCHISE  TO
    8  PROVIDE  CABLE  SERVICE  IN  THE  JURISDICTION OF A SPECIFIC FRANCHISING
    9  AUTHORITY IF ANY AFFILIATE, PREDECESSOR OR SUCCESSOR ENTITY OF THE CABLE
   10  OPERATOR MAINTAINS A FRANCHISE GRANTED BY  THAT  FRANCHISING  AUTHORITY.
   11  THE  TERMS  "AFFILIATE, PREDECESSOR OR SUCCESSOR ENTITY" IN THIS SECTION
   12  SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO ANY ENTITY RECEIVING,  OBTAINING  OR
   13  OPERATING  UNDER A FRANCHISE FROM A FRANCHISING ENTITY FOR CABLE SERVICE
   14  THROUGH THE GRANT OF A FRANCHISE, MERGER, SALE, ASSIGNMENT,  RESTRUCTUR-
   15  ING, OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF TRANSACTION.
   16    4. THE COMMISSION SHALL HAVE THE FRANCHISING AUTHORITY TO ISSUE STATE-
   17  WIDE  FRANCHISES  FOR THE PROVISIONING OF CABLE SERVICE UNDER THIS ARTI-
   18  CLE.   NEITHER THE COMMISSION NOR ANY  MUNICIPALITY  IN  THE  STATE  MAY
   19  REQUIRE  THE FRANCHISE HOLDER TO OBTAIN ANY SEPARATE OR ADDITIONAL FRAN-
   20  CHISE OR OTHERWISE IMPOSE ANY FEE OR OTHER  REQUIREMENT,  INCLUDING  BUT
   21  NOT  LIMITED  TO THE REGULATION OF CABLE SERVICE RATES, ON ANY FRANCHISE
   22  HOLDER AS A CONDITION OF PROVIDING CABLE SERVICE, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED  IN
   23  THIS ARTICLE.
   24    5.  16 NYCRR S 895.3, AS AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME, SHALL NOT APPLY TO
   25  THIS ARTICLE.
   26    S 233. PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION RESPONSIBILITIES. 1.  THE  COMMISSION
   27  SHALL ASSIGN EXISTING PERMANENT STAFF OF SUCH LEGAL, TECHNICAL AND OTHER
   28  EMPLOYEES OF THE COMMISSION AS MAY BE REQUIRED FOR THE PROPER CONDUCT OF
   29  ITS  CABLE  FRANCHISING  RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THIS ARTICLE. THE POWERS
   30  AND DUTIES OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION WITH  RESPECT  TO  STATEWIDE
   31  FRANCHISES SHALL NOT EXCEED THOSE PRESCRIBED IN THIS ARTICLE.
   32    2.  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ESTABLISHING ADDITIONAL
   33  ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES AND REGULATIONS NOT EXPLICITLY GRANTED IN THIS
   34  ARTICLE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF STATEWIDE FRANCHISES IN ACCORDANCE WITH  THE
   35  PROVISIONS  OF  THIS ARTICLE. THE COMMISSION'S ADMINISTRATIVE POWERS AND
   36  DUTIES SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE PROVISION FOUND IN  SECTION  TWO  HUNDRED
   37  THIRTY-FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE AND ADDITIONAL POWERS INCLUDING THE:
   38    (A)  DEVELOPMENT OF PROCEDURES TO SUBMIT, REVIEW AND DOCUMENT APPLICA-
   39  TIONS FILED WITH THE COMMISSION;
   40    (B) REVIEW OF THE INITIAL SUBMISSION AND ANY UPDATES  OF  THE  GENERAL
   41  DESCRIPTION  OF  THE  SERVICE  AREA  FOOTPRINT TO BE SERVED OR EXPANDED,
   42  INCLUDING, IF APPLICABLE, ANY AREA WITHIN A MUNICIPALITY TO BE SERVED BY
   43  AN APPLICANT;
   44    (C) DETERMINATION AND NOTICE OF INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS;
   45    (D) APPROVAL OF APPLICATIONS AND AMENDED APPLICATIONS,  OR  DENIAL  OF
   46  SUCH APPLICATIONS, WITHIN THE PERIODS DESIGNATED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF
   47  THIS ARTICLE;
   48    (E)  ISSUANCE TO APPLICANTS WHOSE APPLICATIONS ARE APPROVED FOR STATE-
   49  WIDE FRANCHISES TO PROVIDE CABLE SERVICE IN THE SERVICE  AREA  FOOTPRINT
   50  DESCRIBED IN THE APPLICATION; TO CONSTRUCT, UPGRADE, OPERATE OR MAINTAIN
   51  A  NETWORK  CAPABLE OF PROVIDING SUCH SERVICE, AND TO USE AND OCCUPY THE
   52  PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY IN THE DELIVERY OF THAT SERVICE;
   53    (F) DEVELOPMENT OF PROCEDURES TO REVIEW AND DOCUMENT THE  TRANSFER  OR
   54  TERMINATION OF A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE;
   55    (G)  ESTABLISH  GUIDELINES  IN  ADDITION TO THOSE DEVELOPED BY MUNICI-
   56  PALITIES UNDER SECTION TWO HUNDRED THIRTY-EIGHT OF THIS ARTICLE, TO DEAL
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    1  WITH ANY CONSUMER COMPLAINTS OR COMPLAINTS ALLEGING  VIOLATIONS  OF  ANY
    2  PROVISIONS  OF  THIS ARTICLE. SUCH GUIDELINES SHALL BE EASILY ACCESSIBLE
    3  TO RESIDENTS OF THE STATE AND SHALL  BE  POSTED  ON  THE  INTERNET.  THE
    4  COMMISSION  SHALL  ALSO PROVIDE CONSUMER COMPLAINT FORMS ON THE INTERNET
    5  EVEN IF MUNICIPALITIES ESTABLISH THEIR  OWN  COMPLAINT  FORMS.  IN  SUCH
    6  CASES,  MUNICIPALITIES  AND  THE  COMMISSION  WILL WORK COOPERATIVELY TO
    7  ADDRESS CONSUMER COMPLAINTS.
    8    S 234. APPLICATION FOR STATEWIDE CABLE FRANCHISE. 1. ANY PERSON  WISH-
    9  ING  TO  PROVIDE  CABLE SERVICE IN THE STATE AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF
   10  THIS ARTICLE MAY FILE AN APPLICATION FOR A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE WITH  THE
   11  COMMISSION  AS  REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION. A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE APPLICA-
   12  TION SHALL BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN APPLICATION FEE OF TEN THOUSAND  DOLLARS
   13  THAT  SHALL  BE USED BY THE COMMISSION TO CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES OF THIS
   14  ARTICLE. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION REQUIRES THAT ANY PERSON OR ENTITY FILE
   15  AN APPLICATION FOR A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE.
   16    2. APPLICATIONS FOR A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE SHALL  CONTAIN  BUT  NOT  BE
   17  LIMITED TO:
   18    (A)  A STATEMENT THAT THE APPLICANT HAS FILED OR WILL TIMELY FILE WITH
   19  THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION ALL FORMS REQUIRED BY THAT  AGENCY
   20  IN ADVANCE OF OFFERING CABLE SERVICE IN THIS STATE;
   21    (B)  A  STATEMENT  THAT  THE APPLICANT AGREES TO COMPLY WITH ALL OTHER
   22  APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE STATUTES AND  REGULATIONS  AND  ALL  GENERALLY
   23  APPLICABLE MUNICIPAL ORDINANCES AND REGULATIONS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMI-
   24  TATION  MUNICIPAL  ORDINANCES  AND REGULATIONS REGARDING THE TIME, PLACE
   25  AND MANNER OF  USING  AND  OCCUPYING  PUBLIC  RIGHTS-OF-WAY  ADOPTED  IN
   26  ACCORDANCE WITH STATE AND FEDERAL LAW;
   27    (C)  A GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE SERVICE AREA FOOTPRINT TO BE SERVED,
   28  INCLUDING, IF APPLICABLE, ANY AREA WITHIN A MUNICIPALITY TO BE SERVED BY
   29  THE APPLICANT. SUCH DESCRIPTION MAY BE SET FORTH ON ONE OR MORE MAPS. IF
   30  THE APPLICANT IS A TELEPHONE CORPORATION OR AN AFFILIATE OF A  TELEPHONE
   31  CORPORATION, THE SERVICE AREA WILL INCLUDE A DESCRIPTION OF THE TERRITO-
   32  RY  IN  WHICH  THE  COMPANY PROVIDES TELEPHONE SERVICE.  DESCRIPTIONS OF
   33  SERVICE AREA FOOTPRINTS SHALL BE UPDATED BY THE APPLICANT PRIOR  TO  THE
   34  EXPANSION  OF  CABLE  SERVICE  TO A PREVIOUSLY UNDESIGNATED SERVICE AREA
   35  AND, UPON SUCH EXPANSION, WRITTEN NOTICE SHALL BE GIVEN TO  THE  COMMIS-
   36  SION  OF  THE  NEW  SERVICE  AREA  TO  BE  SERVED  BY THE APPLICANT. THE
   37  STATE-ISSUED FRANCHISE AREA AND ANY SERVICE AREA  WITHIN  THE  FRANCHISE
   38  AREA MAY EXTEND BEYOND THE AREA OR AREAS WHERE THE APPLICANT HAS PRE-EX-
   39  ISTING AUTHORITY TO OCCUPY THE PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY;
   40    (D)  THE  LOCATION OF THE APPLICANT'S PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS, THE
   41  NAMES OF THE APPLICANT'S PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE  OFFICERS,  AND  THE  NAME,
   42  ADDRESS  AND  TELEPHONE  NUMBER  OF AN OFFICER, GENERAL PARTNER OR OTHER
   43  EMPLOYEE OF THE APPLICANT WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR  ONGOING  COMMUNI-
   44  CATIONS WITH THE COMMISSION;
   45    (E)  THE  NAME  AND LOCATION OF THE PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS OF THE
   46  APPLICANT'S PARENT COMPANY, IF ANY;
   47    (F) THE SIGNATURE OF AN OFFICER OR GENERAL PARTNER  OF  THE  APPLICANT
   48  VERIFYING THE INFORMATION SET FORTH IN THE APPLICATION;
   49    (G) DEMONSTRATE THE FINANCIAL, TECHNICAL, MANAGERIAL AND LEGAL CHARAC-
   50  TER  AND OTHER QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED TO CONSTRUCT, OPERATE, AND MAINTAIN
   51  THE NECESSARY PLANT AND TO PROVIDE SERVICE IN A SAFE, ADEQUATE AND PROP-
   52  ER MANNER;
   53    (H) PROVIDE A RECORD OF COMPLIANCE WITH LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS;
   54  AND
   55    (I) PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AS NEEDED BY THE COMMISSION.
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    1    3. UPON FILING AN APPLICATION WITH THE  COMMISSION  FOR  A  SYSTEMWIDE
    2  FRANCHISE  AGREEMENT  PURSUANT  TO  SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION, THE
    3  APPLICANT SHALL INCLUDE A LIST OF THE SPECIFIC MUNICIPALITIES  TO  WHICH
    4  CATV  SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED OR EXTENDED, THE ANTICIPATED CONSTRUCTION
    5  AND  DEPLOYMENT DATES, AND THE ANTICIPATED DATE ON WHICH SERVICE WILL BE
    6  OFFERED AND A CERTIFIED STATEMENT THAT SUCH  DEPLOYMENT  WILL  MEET  THE
    7  REQUIREMENTS  OF  SECTION  TWO  HUNDRED  FORTY-FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE. THE
    8  APPLICANT WILL CONCURRENTLY PROVIDE A COPY OF THE  APPLICATION  TO  EACH
    9  AFFECTED MUNICIPALITY.
   10    4. WITHIN FIFTEEN BUSINESS DAYS AFTER IT RECEIVES THE APPLICATION, THE
   11  COMMISSION SHALL:
   12    (A) DETERMINE WHETHER AN APPLICATION SUBMITTED IS INCOMPLETE; AND
   13    (B) IF SO, THE COMMISSION SHALL NOTIFY THE APPLICANT THAT THE APPLICA-
   14  TION IS INCOMPLETE AND IDENTIFY THE INFORMATION THAT THE COMMISSION MUST
   15  RECEIVE FROM THE APPLICANT TO MAKE THE APPLICATION COMPLETE.
   16    5. WITHIN SIXTY BUSINESS DAYS AFTER IT RECEIVES THE COMPLETED APPLICA-
   17  TION, THE COMMISSION SHALL APPROVE THE APPLICATION AND ISSUE A STATEWIDE
   18  FRANCHISE  TO  THE APPLICANT, OR DENY THE APPLICATION. WITHIN SIXTY DAYS
   19  OF THE RECEIPT THEREOF, THE COMMISSION SHALL SCHEDULE THREE PUBLIC HEAR-
   20  INGS TO BE HELD IN DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS OF  THE  STATE  TO  GAIN
   21  PUBLIC  COMMENT  IN  CONSIDERATION  OF THE APPLICATION. ON OR BEFORE THE
   22  EXPIRATION OF THE SIXTY-DAY PERIOD, THE COMMISSION SHALL ISSUE AN  ORDER
   23  IN  WRITING APPROVING THE APPLICATION IF THE APPLICANT HAS COMPLIED WITH
   24  THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A STATEWIDE  FRANCHISE,  OR  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL
   25  DISAPPROVE THE APPLICATION IN WRITING CITING THE REASONS FOR DISAPPROVAL
   26  IF  THE  BOARD DETERMINES THAT THE APPLICATION FOR A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE
   27  DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR  A  STATEWIDE  FRANCHISE.  THE
   28  COMMISSION MAY DENY THE APPLICATION IF THE APPLICANT HAS FAILED TO STATE
   29  IN  THE  APPLICATION  THE  INFORMATION  AND  REPRESENTATIONS REQUIRED BY
   30  SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION. IF THE COMMISSION DENIES  THE  APPLICA-
   31  TION,  IT  MUST SPECIFY WITH PARTICULARITY THE REASON OR REASONS FOR THE
   32  DENIAL, AND THE APPLICANT MAY AMEND ITS APPLICATION TO  CURE  ANY  DEFI-
   33  CIENCY.  THE COMMISSION SHALL DECIDE SUCH AMENDED APPLICATION WITHIN TEN
   34  BUSINESS DAYS OF ITS SUBMISSION TO THE COMMISSION BY THE APPLICANT.   IF
   35  THE  COMMISSION  DENIES THE APPLICATION, THE COMMISSION SHALL SCHEDULE A
   36  PUBLIC MEETING WITH THE  APPLICANT  TO  EXPLAIN  TO  THE  APPLICANT  THE
   37  REASONS  FOR  THE COMMISSION'S DISAPPROVAL. SUCH MEETING SHALL BE SCHED-
   38  ULED NO LATER THAN THIRTY DAYS FOLLOWING THE EXPIRATION OF THE SIXTY-DAY
   39  REVIEW PERIOD AS REQUIRED BY THIS  SECTION.  THE  APPLICANT  SHALL  HAVE
   40  THIRTY  DAYS  FOLLOWING  THE  DATE OF THE MEETING WITH THE COMMISSION TO
   41  FILE AN APPEAL OF THE BOARD'S DECISION. THE COMMISSION SHALL  THEREAFTER
   42  SCHEDULE  AN  ADMINISTRATIVE  HEARING  NOT  LATER THAN THE THIRTIETH DAY
   43  FOLLOWING THE DATE OF THE FILING OF THE APPLICANT'S APPEAL IN  ORDER  TO
   44  CONSIDER  THE  APPLICANT'S  APPEAL.  THE  COMMISSION SHALL ISSUE A FINAL
   45  DECISION IN WRITTEN FORM ON THE APPLICANT'S APPEAL NOT  LATER  THAN  THE
   46  SIXTIETH  DAY  FOLLOWING  THE  ADMINISTRATIVE  HEARING, REQUIRED BY THIS
   47  SUBDIVISION, ON THE APPLICANT'S APPEAL. AFTER AN  ADMINISTRATIVE  PERIOD
   48  AN APPLICANT MAY CHALLENGE A DENIAL OF ITS APPLICATION OR AMENDED APPLI-
   49  CATION IN ANY COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION.
   50    6.  A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE AUTHORIZATION ISSUED BY THE COMMISSION SHALL
   51  CONTAIN:
   52    (A) A GRANT OF A FRANCHISE TO PROVIDE CABLE  SERVICE  IN  THE  SERVICE
   53  AREA  FOOTPRINT  DESCRIBED  IN  THE  APPLICATION; TO CONSTRUCT, UPGRADE,
   54  OPERATE OR MAINTAIN A NETWORK CAPABLE OF PROVIDING SUCH SERVICE,  EXCEPT
   55  WHERE  THIS  GRANT  IS  NOT  REQUIRED  AND  TO USE AND OCCUPY THE PUBLIC
   56  RIGHTS-OF-WAY IN THE DELIVERY OF THAT SERVICE; AND
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    1    (B) A STATEMENT THAT THE FRANCHISE GRANT IN SUBDIVISION  ONE  OF  THIS
    2  SECTION  IS  SUBJECT  TO  LAWFUL  OPERATION  OF THE CABLE SERVICE BY THE
    3  APPLICANT OR ITS SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST.
    4    7.  AN  APPLICANT  HAVING PRE-EXISTING AUTHORITY TO UTILIZE THE PUBLIC
    5  RIGHTS-OF-WAY IS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE PRIOR  TO  THE
    6  ACTUAL  PROVISION  OF  CABLE  SERVICE  ON A COMMERCIAL BASIS DIRECTLY TO
    7  SUBSCRIBERS. HOWEVER, SUCH AN APPLICANT IS  NOT  REQUIRED  TO  OBTAIN  A
    8  STATEWIDE  FRANCHISE OR ANY MUNICIPALITY AUTHORIZATION, EXCEPT FOR BEING
    9  SUBJECT  TO  MUNICIPALITY  RIGHT-OF-WAY  REQUIREMENTS,   IN   ORDER   TO
   10  CONSTRUCT,  UPGRADE,  OPERATE  OR  MAINTAIN A NETWORK THAT IS CAPABLE OF
   11  PROVIDING CABLE SERVICE.
   12    8. A SYSTEM-WIDE FRANCHISE ISSUED BY THE BOARD SHALL BE  NONTRANSFERA-
   13  BLE, EXCEPT BY WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE BOARD.
   14    S  235. LENGTH OF STATEWIDE FRANCHISE. A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE ISSUED BY
   15  THE COMMISSION SHALL BE VALID FOR TEN YEARS FROM THE DATE  OF  ISSUANCE.
   16  RENEWAL OF A SYSTEMWIDE FRANCHISE SHALL BE VALID FOR A PERIOD OF FIFTEEN
   17  YEARS  FROM  THE  DATE OF THE RENEWAL ISSUANCE, AND THE COMMISSION SHALL
   18  ESTABLISH RULES GOVERNING THE RENEWAL OF A SYSTEMWIDE FRANCHISE.
   19    S 236. TERMINATION OF A STATEWIDE  FRANCHISE.  1.  A  FRANCHISE  SHALL
   20  TERMINATE  AT THE EXPIRATION OF ITS TERM OR OTHERWISE IN ACCORDANCE WITH
   21  THE PROVISIONS THEREOF, UNLESS, PRIOR THERETO, THE COMMISSION  OTHERWISE
   22  ORDERS.  THE  COMMISSION  MAY  SO  ORDER  ONLY IF IT FINDS, AFTER PUBLIC
   23  NOTICE AND OPPORTUNITY FOR A HEARING, THAT THE FRANCHISEE:
   24    (A) HAS COMMITTED A MATERIAL BREACH OF ITS FRANCHISE OR ANY APPLICABLE
   25  PROVISION OF THIS ARTICLE OR OF THE  REGULATIONS  PROMULGATED  HEREUNDER
   26  AND  HAS  FAILED,  WITHOUT REASONABLE JUSTIFICATION, TO CURE SAID BREACH
   27  WITHIN SIXTY DAYS AFTER HAVING RECEIVED WRITTEN NOTICE THEREOF FROM  THE
   28  COMMISSION; OR
   29    (B)  HAS  NOT MET THE REQUIREMENTS OF SECTIONS TWO HUNDRED FORTY-THREE
   30  AND TWO HUNDRED FORTY-FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE;
   31    (C) HAS ENGAGED IN BLOCKING OF LAWFUL CONTENT ON WEB SITES OR SERVICES
   32  OF COMPETITORS, OR REFUSED  TO  INTERCONNECT  ITS  FACILITIES  WITH  THE
   33  FACILITIES  OF ANOTHER PROVIDER OF BROADBAND NETWORK SERVICES ON REASON-
   34  ABLE AND NONDISCRIMINATORY TERMS OR CONDITIONS; OR
   35    (D) HAS BEEN ADJUDICATED A BANKRUPT OR HAS FILED A VOLUNTARY  PETITION
   36  FOR  BANKRUPTCY  OR REORGANIZATION OR FOR AN ORDER PROTECTING ITS ASSETS
   37  FROM THE CLAIMS OF CREDITORS AND THE COMMISSION FINDS  THAT  TERMINATION
   38  OF THE FRANCHISE OR CERTIFICATE OF CONFIRMATION UNDER SUCH CONDITIONS IS
   39  IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC.
   40    2. UPON TERMINATION OF A FRANCHISE OR CERTIFICATE OF CONFIRMATION, THE
   41  CABLE  OPERATOR  SHALL  DISPOSE OF ITS FACILITIES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE
   42  PROVISIONS OF THE FRANCHISE OR CERTIFICATE. HOWEVER, ON  MOTION  OF  ANY
   43  INTERESTED  PARTY  OR  UPON  ITS OWN MOTION, AND AFTER PUBLIC NOTICE AND
   44  OPPORTUNITY FOR HEARING, IF THE  COMMISSION  FINDS  THAT  THE  CONTINUED
   45  PRESENCE  OF  THE  FACILITIES  IN  ANY  PUBLIC THOROUGHFARE WOULD POSE A
   46  NUISANCE TO THE MUNICIPALITY OR ITS RESIDENTS, THE OPERATOR SHALL REMOVE
   47  ITS FACILITIES WITHIN SUCH PERIOD AS THE COMMISSION SHALL ORDER. IN  THE
   48  ABSENCE OF ANY APPLICABLE FRANCHISE OR CERTIFICATE PROVISION OR ORDER BY
   49  THE COMMISSION TO THE CONTRARY, THE CABLE TELEVISION COMPANY MAY ABANDON
   50  ITS FACILITIES.
   51    S  237.  ABANDONMENT  OF SERVICE. 1. NO CABLE OPERATOR MAY ABANDON ANY
   52  SERVICE OR PORTION THEREOF WITHOUT  GIVING  SIX  MONTHS'  PRIOR  WRITTEN
   53  NOTICE TO THE COMMISSION AND TO THE FRANCHISOR, IF ANY, AND TO THE MUNI-
   54  CIPALITIES IT SERVES.
   55    2.  WHEN  ABANDONMENT  OF ANY SERVICE IS PROHIBITED BY A FRANCHISE, NO
   56  CABLE OPERATOR MAY ABANDON SUCH SERVICE WITHOUT WRITTEN CONSENT  OF  THE
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    1  COMMISSION.  IN  GRANTING  SUCH  CONSENT, THE COMMISSION MAY IMPOSE SUCH
    2  TERMS, CONDITIONS OR REQUIREMENTS AS IN ITS JUDGMENT  ARE  NECESSARY  TO
    3  PROTECT THE PUBLIC INTEREST.
    4    S  238. MUNICIPAL POWER AND REGULATION OVER FRANCHISE HOLDERS. A MUNI-
    5  CIPALITY MAY:
    6    1. EXERCISE ITS PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY AUTHORITY OVER FRANCHISE HOLDERS,
    7  INCLUDING REQUIRING FRANCHISE HOLDERS TO FOLLOW MUNICIPAL ORDINANCES  AS
    8  WELL AS ALL APPLICABLE LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS;
    9    2. RECEIVE, MEDIATE, AND RESOLVE CABLE SERVICE QUALITY COMPLAINTS FROM
   10  A FRANCHISE HOLDER'S CUSTOMERS WITHIN THE MUNICIPALITY;
   11    3.  REQUIRE  A  FRANCHISE HOLDER WHO IS PROVIDING CABLE SERVICE WITHIN
   12  THE MUNICIPALITY TO REGISTER WITH THE MUNICIPALITY, MAINTAIN A POINT  OF
   13  CONTACT,  AND  PROVIDE NOTICE OF ANY FRANCHISE AUTHORIZATION TRANSFER TO
   14  THE MUNICIPALITY WITHIN FOURTEEN BUSINESS DAYS AFTER THE  COMPLETION  OF
   15  THE TRANSFER;
   16    4. ESTABLISH REASONABLE GUIDELINES REGARDING THE USE OF PUBLIC, EDUCA-
   17  TIONAL,  AND  GOVERNMENTAL  ACCESS  CHANNELS  WITHIN THE MUNICIPALITY IN
   18  ADDITION TO THOSE ESTABLISHED IN SECTION TWO HUNDRED FORTY-ONE  OF  THIS
   19  ARTICLE.
   20    S 239. PAYMENT AND REMITTANCE OF FRANCHISE FEE. 1. THE FRANCHISE HOLD-
   21  ER  WHO  OFFERS  CABLE SERVICE WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF A MUNICIPALITY
   22  SHALL CALCULATE AND REMIT TO THE MUNICIPALITY AT THE END OF EACH  CALEN-
   23  DAR YEAR QUARTER A FRANCHISE FEE, AS PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION. THE OBLI-
   24  GATION TO CALCULATE AND REMIT THE FRANCHISE FEE TO A MUNICIPALITY BEGINS
   25  IMMEDIATELY  UPON  PROVISION OF CABLE SERVICE WITHIN THAT MUNICIPALITY'S
   26  JURISDICTION, BUT THE FIRST REMITTANCE SHALL NOT BE DUE UNTIL THE END OF
   27  THE FIRST CALENDAR YEAR QUARTER THAT IS LATER THAN  ONE  HUNDRED  EIGHTY
   28  DAYS AFTER THE PROVISION OF CABLE SERVICE BEGAN.
   29    2.  THE FRANCHISE FEE SHALL BE CALCULATED AS A PERCENTAGE OF THE HOLD-
   30  ER'S GROSS REVENUES, AS DEFINED IN SECTION  TWO  HUNDRED  THIRTY-ONE  OF
   31  THIS  ARTICLE  AND  SHALL BE FIVE PERCENT.  A MUNICIPALITY MAY, BY ORDI-
   32  NANCE, CHANGE THE PERCENTAGE APPLIED TO THE GROSS REVENUES OF THE  HOLD-
   33  ER.
   34    3.  NO  FEE  UNDER THIS SECTION WILL BECOME DUE UNTIL THE MUNICIPALITY
   35  CERTIFIES AND PROVIDES DOCUMENTATION TO THE FRANCHISE HOLDER  SUPPORTING
   36  THE  PERCENTAGE  PAID  BY  ANY INCUMBENT CABLE OPERATOR SERVING THE AREA
   37  WITHIN THE MUNICIPALITY'S JURISDICTION.
   38    4. NO MUNICIPALITY OR ANY OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION  OF  THIS  STATE
   39  MAY  ASSESS ANY ADDITIONAL FEES OR CHARGES OR REQUIRE OTHER REMUNERATION
   40  OF ANY KIND FROM THE FRANCHISE HOLDER OTHER THAN AS SET  FORTH  IN  THIS
   41  SECTION,  PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,  THAT THE PROVISION OF IN-KIND SERVICES OR
   42  SUPPORT, PERSONNEL AND FUNDING  DEDICATED  TO  PUBLIC,  EDUCATIONAL  AND
   43  GOVERNMENT  FACILITIES  AND  SERVICES SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED ADDITIONAL
   44  FEES, CHARGES OR REMUNERATION.
   45    5. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, IN THE CASE OF A CABLE  SERVICE  THAT
   46  MAY BE BUNDLED OR INTEGRATED FUNCTIONALLY WITH OTHER SERVICES, CAPABILI-
   47  TIES  OR  APPLICATIONS,  THE  FRANCHISE FEE SHALL BE APPLIED ONLY TO THE
   48  GROSS REVENUES, AS  DEFINED  IN  THIS  ARTICLE,  ATTRIBUTABLE  TO  CABLE
   49  SERVICE  OR  THE USE OF THE CABLE SYSTEM AND FACILITIES, AS REFLECTED ON
   50  THE BOOKS AND  RECORDS  OF  THE  HOLDER  IN  ACCORDANCE  WITH  GENERALLY
   51  ACCEPTED  ACCOUNTING  PRINCIPLES  AND  FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
   52  RULES, REGULATIONS, STANDARDS OR ORDERS, AS APPLICABLE.
   53    6. THE FRANCHISE FEE SHALL BE REMITTED TO THE APPLICABLE  MUNICIPALITY
   54  QUARTERLY,  WITHIN  FORTY-FIVE DAYS AFTER THE END OF THE QUARTER FOR THE
   55  PRECEDING CALENDAR QUARTER. EACH  PAYMENT  SHALL  BE  ACCOMPANIED  BY  A
   56  SUMMARY  EXPLAINING  THE BASIS FOR THE CALCULATION OF THE FRANCHISE FEE.
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    1  NOT MORE THAN ONCE ANNUALLY, A MUNICIPALITY MAY  EXAMINE  THE  FRANCHISE
    2  HOLDER'S  BUSINESS  RECORDS TO THE EXTENT REASONABLY NECESSARY TO ENSURE
    3  COMPENSATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS SECTION. EACH PARTY SHALL BEAR  THE
    4  PARTY'S  OWN COSTS OF THE EXAMINATION. ANY CLAIMS BY A MUNICIPALITY THAT
    5  COMPENSATION IS NOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS SECTION, AND ANY CLAIMS  FOR
    6  REFUNDS  OR OTHER CORRECTIONS TO THE REMITTANCE OF THE FRANCHISE HOLDER,
    7  MUST BE MADE WITHIN THREE YEARS AND FORTY-FIVE DAYS OF THE  END  OF  THE
    8  QUARTER FOR WHICH COMPENSATION IS REMITTED, OR THREE YEARS FROM THE DATE
    9  OF  REMITTANCE,  WHICHEVER  IS LATER. EITHER A MUNICIPALITY OR THE FRAN-
   10  CHISE HOLDER MAY, IN THE EVENT  OF  A  DISPUTE  CONCERNING  COMPENSATION
   11  UNDER  THIS  SECTION,  BRING AN ACTION IN A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDIC-
   12  TION.
   13    S 240. PUBLIC, EDUCATIONAL AND GOVERNMENT CHANNELS. 1. IN ADDITION  TO
   14  THE  REQUIREMENTS  SET  FORTH  IN 16 NYCRR SEC. 894.4 (AS MAY BE AMENDED
   15  FROM TIME TO TIME), THE FRANCHISE HOLDER SHALL PROVIDE THE  MUNICIPALITY
   16  WITH  CAPACITY  IN  ITS  CABLE  SYSTEM TO ALLOW PUBLIC, EDUCATIONAL, AND
   17  GOVERNMENTAL (PEG) ACCESS CHANNELS FOR  NONCOMMERCIAL  PROGRAMMING.  FOR
   18  THE  PURPOSES  OF  THIS SECTION, PEG CHANNELS SHALL BE DEFINED AS ANALOG
   19  CHANNELS OF SIX MEGAHERTZ BANDWIDTH OR THE SAME AS ANY OTHER CHANNEL  ON
   20  THE  BASIC  TIER,  WHICHEVER IS GREATER. IN ADDITION TO THE REQUIREMENTS
   21  SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION, THE COMMISSION MAY ISSUE ADDITIONAL RULES  OR
   22  GUIDELINES  REGARDING  PEG ACCESS CHANNELS. THE HOLDER SHALL PROVIDE THE
   23  SAME ANCILLARY SERVICES TO THE PEG CHANNELS AND ENTITIES AS  THE  INCUM-
   24  BENT PROVIDER.
   25    2. THE FRANCHISE HOLDER SHALL DESIGNATE A SUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF CAPACI-
   26  TY  ON ITS CABLE SYSTEM TO ALLOW THE PROVISION OF A COMPARABLE NUMBER OF
   27  PEG CHANNELS OR HOURS OF PROGRAMMING THAT THE INCUMBENT  CABLE  OPERATOR
   28  HAS  ACTIVATED  AND  PROVIDED WITHIN THE MUNICIPALITY UNDER THE TERMS OF
   29  ITS FRANCHISE AGREEMENT AS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ARTICLE.  IF  A
   30  MUNICIPALITY DID NOT HAVE PEG ACCESS CHANNELS AS OF THAT DATE, THE CABLE
   31  OPERATOR  SHALL FURNISH TO THE MUNICIPALITY UPON REQUEST UP TO THREE PEG
   32  CHANNELS FOR A MUNICIPALITY WITH A POPULATION OF AT LEAST FIFTY THOUSAND
   33  AND UP TO TWO PEG CHANNELS FOR A MUNICIPALITY WITH A POPULATION OF  LESS
   34  THAN  FIFTY THOUSAND. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, A PEG CHANNEL IS
   35  DEEMED ACTIVATED IF IT IS BEING UTILIZED FOR PEG PROGRAMMING WITHIN  THE
   36  MUNICIPALITY FOR AT LEAST EIGHT HOURS PER DAY AND IF SUCH PROGRAMMING IS
   37  NOT BROADCAST MORE THAN ONCE IN EVERY EIGHT HOURS. THE HOLDER SHALL HAVE
   38  TWELVE  MONTHS FROM THE DATE THE MUNICIPALITY REQUESTS SUCH PEG CHANNELS
   39  TO DESIGNATE THE CAPACITY;  PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,  THAT  THE  TWELVE-MONTH
   40  PERIOD  SHALL  BE  TOLLED  BY ANY PERIOD DURING WHICH THE DESIGNATION OR
   41  PROVISION OF PEG CHANNEL CAPACITY IS TECHNICALLY  INFEASIBLE,  INCLUDING
   42  ANY  FAILURE  OR  DELAY OF THE INCUMBENT CABLE OPERATOR TO MAKE ADEQUATE
   43  INTERCONNECTION AVAILABLE, AS REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION. IN CITIES WITH A
   44  POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE PERSONS, IF A SYSTEM HAS  TOTAL  ACTI-
   45  VATED  BANDWIDTH  IN EXCESS OF EIGHT HUNDRED SIXTY-TWO MEGAHERTZ THEN AT
   46  LEAST TWO ADDITIONAL PEG CHANNELS SHALL BE  SET  ASIDE  BY  THE  HOLDER,
   47  INCLUDING ONE FOR PUBLIC ACCESS.
   48    3. THE FRANCHISE HOLDER MAY SUBMIT TO THE COMMISSION AN APPLICATION TO
   49  CEASE  PROVIDING  ANY PEG CHANNEL PROVIDED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION THAT
   50  IS NOT UTILIZED BY THE MUNICIPALITY FOR AT LEAST EIGHT  HOURS  PER  DAY,
   51  AND  EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, THE CHANNEL MAY THEREAFTER BE PROGRAMMED
   52  AT THE FRANCHISE HOLDER'S DISCRETION. THE COMMISSION MAY HOLD A  HEARING
   53  IN  THE  MUNICIPALITY  TO  AID  IN  MAKING  ITS DETERMINATION WHETHER TO
   54  APPROVE THE APPLICATION. THE COMMISSION SHALL ISSUE  A  DECISION  WITHIN
   55  THIRTY  BUSINESS  DAYS  OF  THE FRANCHISEE'S APPLICATION. IF THE MUNICI-
   56  PALITY SUBSEQUENTLY CERTIFIES TO THE COMMISSION AND  HOLDER  A  SCHEDULE
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    1  FOR AT LEAST EIGHT HOURS OF DAILY NON-REPEAT PEG CHANNEL PROGRAMMING PER
    2  CHANNEL,  THE  HOLDER  SHALL RESTORE THE PEG CHANNEL OR CHANNELS FOR THE
    3  USE OF THE MUNICIPALITY FOR AS LONG AS THE MUNICIPALITY USES THE CHANNEL
    4  OR CHANNELS FOR AT LEAST EIGHT HOURS A DAY.
    5    4. THE CONTENT AND OPERATION OF ANY PEG ACCESS CHANNEL PROVIDED PURSU-
    6  ANT  TO  THIS  SECTION  SHALL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MUNICIPALITY,
    7  RECEIVING THE BENEFIT OF SUCH CHANNEL, AND THE  FRANCHISE  HOLDER  BEARS
    8  ONLY THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE TRANSMISSION OF SUCH CHANNEL, SUBJECT TO
    9  REASONABLE  TECHNOLOGICAL  CONSTRAINTS.  THE  FRANCHISE  HOLDER SHALL BE
   10  RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING THE CONNECTIVITY, AS WELL AS  OTHER  EQUIPMENT
   11  NECESSARY,  TO EACH PEG ACCESS CHANNEL PROGRAMMING DISTRIBUTION LOCATION
   12  AND FOR DOING SO WITHOUT CHARGE FOR UP TO THE FIRST TWO HUNDRED FEET  OF
   13  THE HOLDER'S CONNECTING FACILITIES.
   14    5.  THE  MUNICIPALITY,  OR  ITS DESIGNEES, MUST ENSURE THAT ALL TRANS-
   15  MISSIONS, CONTENT, OR PROGRAMMING TO BE TRANSMITTED OVER  A  PEG  ACCESS
   16  CHANNEL  OR  FACILITY BY A FRANCHISE HOLDER ARE PROVIDED OR SUBMITTED TO
   17  THE CABLE OPERATOR IN A MANNER OR FORM THAT IS CAPABLE OF BEING ACCEPTED
   18  AND TRANSMITTED BY THE CABLE OPERATOR,  WITHOUT  REQUIREMENT  FOR  ADDI-
   19  TIONAL  ALTERATION  OR CHANGE IN THE CONTENT BY THE CABLE OPERATOR, OVER
   20  THE CABLE SYSTEM OF THE  CABLE  OPERATOR.  THE  MUNICIPALITY'S,  OR  ITS
   21  DESIGNEES'  PROVISION  OF  PEG  CONTENT  TO  THE HOLDER SHALL CONSTITUTE
   22  AUTHORIZATION FOR THE HOLDER TO CARRY SUCH  CONTENT  INCLUDING,  AT  THE
   23  HOLDER'S  OPTION,  BEYOND  THE  JURISDICTIONAL BOUNDARIES OF THE MUNICI-
   24  PALITY.
   25    6. THE FRANCHISE HOLDER AND AN  INCUMBENT  CABLE  OPERATOR  SHALL  USE
   26  REASONABLE  EFFORTS  TO INTERCONNECT THEIR CABLE SYSTEMS FOR THE PURPOSE
   27  OF PROVIDING PEG PROGRAMMING. INTERCONNECTION  MAY  BE  ACCOMPLISHED  BY
   28  DIRECT  CABLE,  MICROWAVE LINK, SATELLITE, OR OTHER REASONABLE METHOD OF
   29  CONNECTION. FRANCHISE HOLDERS AND INCUMBENT CABLE OPERATORS SHALL  NEGO-
   30  TIATE  IN  GOOD  FAITH  AND  INCUMBENT  CABLE OPERATORS MAY NOT WITHHOLD
   31  INTERCONNECTION OF PEG CHANNELS. IN THE EVENT A FRANCHISE HOLDER AND  AN
   32  INCUMBENT  CABLE  OPERATOR  CANNOT REACH A MUTUALLY ACCEPTABLE INTERCON-
   33  NECTION AGREEMENT, THEN THE DUTY OF THE HOLDER SHALL  BE  DISCHARGED  IF
   34  THE  HOLDER MAKES INTERCONNECTION AVAILABLE TO THE CHANNEL ORIGINATOR AT
   35  A POINT ON THE HOLDER'S NETWORK DETERMINED BY THE HOLDER.
   36    7. THE PEG CHANNELS SHALL BE FOR THE EXCLUSIVE USE OF THE LOCAL ENTITY
   37  OR ITS DESIGNEE TO PROVIDE PUBLIC, EDUCATIONAL, AND  GOVERNMENTAL  CHAN-
   38  NELS.    THE PEG CHANNELS SHALL BE USED ONLY FOR NONCOMMERCIAL PURPOSES.
   39  HOWEVER, ADVERTISING, UNDERWRITING, OR SPONSORSHIP  RECOGNITION  MAY  BE
   40  CARRIED  ON  THE  CHANNELS FOR THE PURPOSE OF FUNDING PEG-RELATED ACTIV-
   41  ITIES. THE PEG CHANNELS SHALL ALL BE CARRIED ON THE BASIC SERVICE  TIER.
   42  TO  THE  EXTENT FEASIBLE, THE PEG CHANNELS SHALL NOT BE SEPARATED NUMER-
   43  ICALLY FROM OTHER CHANNELS CARRIED ON THE BASIC  SERVICE  TIER  AND  THE
   44  CHANNEL  NUMBERS  FOR THE PEG CHANNELS SHALL BE THE SAME CHANNEL NUMBERS
   45  USED BY THE INCUMBENT CABLE OPERATOR UNLESS PROHIBITED BY  FEDERAL  LAW.
   46  AFTER  THE  INITIAL  DESIGNATION  OF  PEG  CHANNEL  NUMBERS, THE CHANNEL
   47  NUMBERS SHALL NOT BE CHANGED WITHOUT THE AGREEMENT OF THE  LOCAL  ENTITY
   48  UNLESS  THE  CHANGE  IS  REQUIRED  BY FEDERAL LAW. EACH CHANNEL SHALL BE
   49  CAPABLE OF CARRYING A NATIONAL TELEVISION SYSTEM COMMITTEE (NTSC)  TELE-
   50  VISION SIGNAL.
   51    8.  THE  CONTENT TO BE PROVIDED OVER THE PEG CHANNEL CAPACITY PROVIDED
   52  PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE LOCAL ENTITY
   53  OR ITS DESIGNEE RECEIVING THE BENEFIT OF THAT CAPACITY, AND  THE  HOLDER
   54  OF  A STATE FRANCHISE BEARS ONLY THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE TRANSMISSION
   55  OF THAT CONTENT, SUBJECT TO TECHNOLOGICAL RESTRAINTS.
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    1    9. THE PEG SIGNAL SHALL BE RECEIVABLE BY ALL SUBSCRIBERS, WHETHER THEY
    2  RECEIVE DIGITAL OR ANALOG SERVICE, OR A COMBINATION THEREOF, WITHOUT THE
    3  NEED FOR ANY EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN THE EQUIPMENT NECESSARY TO RECEIVE THE
    4  LOWEST COST TIER OF SERVICE. THE PEG ACCESS CAPACITY PROVIDED  SHALL  BE
    5  OF SIMILAR QUALITY AND FUNCTIONALITY TO THAT OFFERED BY COMMERCIAL CHAN-
    6  NELS ON THE LOWEST COST TIER OF SERVICE UNLESS THE SIGNAL IS PROVIDED TO
    7  THE HOLDER AT A LOWER QUALITY OR WITH LESS FUNCTIONALITY.
    8    10.  AFTER  JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN, AND UNTIL THE EXPIRA-
    9  TION OF THE INCUMBENT CABLE OPERATOR'S FRANCHISE, IF THE INCUMBENT CABLE
   10  OPERATOR HAS EXISTING UNSATISFIED OBLIGATIONS  UNDER  THE  FRANCHISE  TO
   11  REMIT  TO  THE  LOCAL  ENTITY  OR ITS DESIGNEE ANY CASH PAYMENTS FOR THE
   12  ONGOING COSTS OF PUBLIC,  EDUCATIONAL,  AND  GOVERNMENT  ACCESS  CHANNEL
   13  FACILITIES,  THE  LOCAL  ENTITY,  OR  ITS DESIGNEE FOR THE PUBLIC ACCESS
   14  CHANNELS, SHALL DIVIDE THOSE CASH PAYMENTS  AMONG  ALL  CABLE  OR  VIDEO
   15  PROVIDERS AS PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION. THE FEE SHALL BE THE HOLDER'S PRO
   16  RATA PER SUBSCRIBER SHARE OF THE CASH PAYMENT REQUIRED TO BE PAID BY THE
   17  INCUMBENT  CABLE  OPERATOR TO THE LOCAL ENTITY OR ITS DESIGNEE COMMUNITY
   18  ACCESS ORGANIZATION FOR THE COSTS OF PEG CHANNEL FACILITIES.  ALL  VIDEO
   19  SERVICE  PROVIDERS  AND THE INCUMBENT CABLE OPERATOR SHALL BE SUBJECT TO
   20  THE SAME REQUIREMENTS FOR RECURRING PAYMENTS  FOR  THE  SUPPORT  OF  PEG
   21  CHANNEL  FACILITIES,  WHETHER EXPRESSED AS A PERCENTAGE OF GROSS REVENUE
   22  OR AS AN AMOUNT PER SUBSCRIBER, PER MONTH, OR OTHERWISE.
   23    11. A LOCAL ENTITY SHALL ESTABLISH A PAYMENT FOR THE  ONGOING  SUPPORT
   24  OF  THE  COST OF PEG FACILITIES AND SERVICES THAT WOULD BECOME EFFECTIVE
   25  SUBSEQUENT TO THE  EXPIRATION  OF  ANY  FEE  IMPOSED  BY  THIS  ARTICLE,
   26  PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,  THAT  NO  SUCH FEE SHALL BE ALLOCATED SUCH THAT ANY
   27  COMMUNITY ACCESS ORGANIZATION IS RECEIVING ANYTHING LESS THAN WHAT IT IS
   28  RECEIVING FROM THE CABLE OPERATOR ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF  THIS  LEGIS-
   29  LATION, AND PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT EVERY LOCAL ENTITY SHALL BE ENTITLED
   30  TO  A  PAYMENT  OF  NOT LESS THAN TWO PERCENT FROM THE HOLDER OF A STATE
   31  FRANCHISE FOR THE ONGOING SUPPORT OF THE  COST  OF  PEG  FACILITIES  AND
   32  SERVICES.  IF,  ON  DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN, A LOCAL
   33  ENTITY OR ITS DESIGNEE WAS IMPOSING A SEPARATE FEE TO SUPPORT PEG  CHAN-
   34  NEL  FACILITIES  THAT  IS  IN  EXCESS OF TWO PERCENT, THAT ENTITY OR ITS
   35  DESIGNEE MAY ESTABLISH A FEE NO GREATER THAN THAT SEPARATE FEE,  AND  IN
   36  NO  EVENT  GREATER THAN THREE PERCENT, TO SUPPORT PEG ACTIVITIES. IF THE
   37  PEG SUPPORT FEE IMPOSED BY A LOCAL ENTITY OR ITS DESIGNEE  IS  EXPRESSED
   38  IN  A  MANNER  OTHER  THAN  AS A PERCENTAGE OF GROSS REVENUES, THE LOCAL
   39  ENTITY OR ITS DESIGNEE COMMUNITY ACCESS ORGANIZATION  MAY  CONVERT  THAT
   40  FEE  TO A CURRENTLY EQUIVALENT PERCENTAGE OF GROSS REVENUES AT ANY TIME.
   41  THE LOCAL  ENTITY  OR  ITS  DESIGNEE  MAY  ADOPT  REQUIREMENTS  FOR  THE
   42  PROVISION  OF  PEG-RELATED  IN-KIND  RESOURCES  BY  ALL  CABLE AND VIDEO
   43  SERVICE PROVIDERS.
   44    12. RULES AND REGULATIONS ADOPTED BY THE COMMUNITY ACCESS ORGANIZATION
   45  SHALL GOVERN THE USE OF ANY CHANNEL TIME ON THE PUBLIC CHANNELS AS  WELL
   46  AS  THE  EQUIPMENT,  FACILITIES AND SERVICES RELATED TO THE PUBLIC CHAN-
   47  NELS.
   48    13. THE COMMISSION, THROUGH AN ADMINISTRATIVE  PROCEEDING  SHALL  HAVE
   49  THE ORIGINAL JURISDICTION TO ENFORCE ANY REQUIREMENTS UNDER THIS SECTION
   50  TO  RESOLVE  ANY  DISPUTE  REGARDING  THE REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN THIS
   51  SECTION. AFTER THE ADMINISTRATIVE  PROCESS  IS  EXHAUSTED,  A  COURT  OF
   52  COMPETENT  JURISDICTION  SHALL HAVE JURISDICTION TO ENFORCE ANY REQUIRE-
   53  MENT UNDER THIS SECTION OR RESOLVE ANY DISPUTE  REGARDING  THE  REQUIRE-
   54  MENTS  SET  FORTH  IN  THIS SECTION, AND NO CABLE OPERATOR MAY BE BARRED
   55  FROM THE PROVISION OF CABLE SERVICE OR BE REQUIRED  TO  TERMINATE  CABLE
   56  SERVICE AS A RESULT OF SUCH DISPUTE OR ENFORCEMENT ACTION.
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    1    S  241.    CABLE  OPERATOR'S  COMMUNITY COMMITMENT. 1. CABLE OPERATORS
    2  SHALL INSTALL AND RETAIN OR PROVIDE, WITHOUT CHARGE, ONE SERVICE  OUTLET
    3  ACTIVATED  FOR  BASIC  SERVICE  TO  ANY  AND  ALL  FIRE STATIONS, PUBLIC
    4  SCHOOLS, POLICE STATIONS, PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND OTHER SUCH BUILDINGS USED
    5  FOR MUNICIPAL PURPOSES.
    6    2.  CABLE  OPERATORS  SHALL  PROVIDE INTERNET SERVICE, WITHOUT CHARGE,
    7  THROUGH ONE SERVICE OUTLET ACTIVATED FOR BASIC SERVICE TO  ANY  AND  ALL
    8  FIRE  STATIONS,  PUBLIC  SCHOOLS, POLICE STATIONS, PUBLIC LIBRARIES, AND
    9  OTHER SUCH BUILDING USED FOR MUNICIPAL PURPOSES.
   10    S 242. CONSUMER  PROTECTION  RULES.  1.  EVERY  CABLE  OPERATOR  SHALL
   11  PROVIDE  SAFE, ADEQUATE AND RELIABLE SERVICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICA-
   12  BLE LAWS, REGULATIONS, AND FRANCHISE REQUIREMENTS. CABLE OPERATORS  WITH
   13  A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE ARE SUBJECT TO THE REQUIREMENTS UNDER SECTIONS TWO
   14  HUNDRED  TWENTY-FOUR  AND  TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-FOUR-A OF THIS CHAPTER AND
   15  ANY OTHER CUSTOMER SERVICE STANDARDS  PERTAINING  TO  THE  PROVISION  OF
   16  VIDEO  SERVICE  ESTABLISHED  BY  FEDERAL LAW OR REGULATION OR ADOPTED BY
   17  SUBSEQUENT ENACTMENT  OF  THE  LEGISLATURE.  ALL  CUSTOMER  SERVICE  AND
   18  CONSUMER  PROTECTION  STANDARDS  UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL BE INTERPRETED
   19  AND APPLIED TO ACCOMMODATE NEWER OR DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGIES WHILE MEETING
   20  OR EXCEEDING THE GOALS OF THESE STANDARDS.
   21    2. IN ADDITION, CABLE OPERATORS:
   22    (A) SHALL CLEARLY  AND  CONSPICUOUSLY  DISCLOSE  TO  USERS,  IN  PLAIN
   23  LANGUAGE,  ACCURATE  INFORMATION  CONCERNING  ANY  TERMS, CONDITIONS, OR
   24  LIMITATIONS ON THE BROADBAND NETWORK SERVICE THEY OFFER, THE  SPEEDS  OF
   25  THE DOWNLOAD AND UPLOADING SPEEDS OF THE PROVIDER'S INTERNET SERVICE;
   26    (B) PROVIDE THEIR BROADBAND NETWORK SERVICES ON REASONABLE AND NONDIS-
   27  CRIMINATORY  TERMS  AND  CONDITIONS  SUCH  THAT  ANY PERSON CAN OFFER OR
   28  PROVIDE CONTENT, APPLICATIONS, OR SERVICES TO OR OVER THE NETWORK  IN  A
   29  MANNER THAT IS AT LEAST EQUAL TO THE MANNER IN WHICH THE PROVIDER OR ITS
   30  AFFILIATES  OFFER  CONTENT,  APPLICATIONS,  AND  SERVICES,  FREE  OF ANY
   31  SURCHARGE ON THE BASIS OF THE CONTENT, APPLICATION, OR SERVICE;
   32    (C) INTERCONNECT THEIR FACILITIES WITH THE FACILITIES OF OTHER PROVID-
   33  ERS OF BROADBAND NETWORK SERVICES ON  REASONABLE  AND  NONDISCRIMINATORY
   34  TERMS OR CONDITIONS.
   35    S  243.  NEUTRAL  INTERNET AND BROADBAND NETWORKS. 1.  CABLE OPERATORS
   36  SHALL NOT:
   37    (A) BLOCK, IMPAIR, DISCRIMINATE AGAINST, OR INTERFERE WITH THE ABILITY
   38  OF ANY PERSON TO USE INTERNET BASED TRAFFIC BASED ON THE SOURCE,  DESTI-
   39  NATION, OR OWNERSHIP OF THE INTERNET TRAFFIC THAT CARRIES VIDEO SERVICE,
   40  IN A MANNER THAT DEGRADES OR OTHERWISE NEGATIVELY IMPACTS THE ACCESS TO,
   41  OR THE QUALITY OF SERVICES RECEIVED BY AN END USER;
   42    (B)  ENGAGE  IN  ANY  EXCLUSIVE OR PREFERENTIAL DEALINGS REGARDING THE
   43  CARRIAGE AND TREATMENT OF INTERNET TRAFFIC, INCLUDING, BUT  NOT  LIMITED
   44  TO,  TRAFFIC  THAT  CARRIES  VIDEO PROGRAMMING OR VIDEO SERVICE, WITH AN
   45  AFFILIATE OR THIRD PARTY PROVIDER OF  INTERNET  APPLICATIONS,  SERVICES,
   46  CONTENT, OR VIDEO SERVICES;
   47    (C) IMPOSE AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE TO AVOID ANY CONDUCT THAT IS PROHIBIT-
   48  ED BY THIS SECTION;
   49    (D) PROHIBIT A USER FROM ATTACHING OR USING A DEVICE ON THE PROVIDER'S
   50  INTERNET  OR  BROADBAND NETWORK THAT DOES NOT PHYSICALLY DAMAGE OR MATE-
   51  RIALLY DEGRADE OTHER USERS' UTILIZATION OF THE NETWORK.
   52    2. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO PREVENT  A  BROADBAND
   53  OR INTERNET NETWORK PROVIDER FROM TAKING REASONABLE AND NONDISCRIMINATO-
   54  RY MEASURES:
   55    (A)  TO  MANAGE THE FUNCTIONING OF ITS NETWORK TO PROTECT THE SECURITY
   56  AND TO OFFER PARENTAL CONTROLS AND OTHER CONSUMER PROTECTION MEASURES OF
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    1  SUCH NETWORK AND BROADBAND OR INTERNET NETWORK SERVICES IF SUCH  MANAGE-
    2  MENT  DOES NOT RESULT IN DISCRIMINATION AMONG THE CONTENT, APPLICATIONS,
    3  OR SERVICES ON THE NETWORK;
    4    (B) TO GIVE PRIORITY TO EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS; OR
    5    (C)  TO  PREVENT  A  VIOLATION OF A FEDERAL OR STATE LAW, OR TO COMPLY
    6  WITH AN ORDER OF A COURT TO ENFORCE  SUCH  LAW,  OR  SUCH  OTHER  ACTION
    7  AGAINST  NETWORK  THREATS  AS  MAY  BE AUTHORIZED IN SECTION TWO HUNDRED
    8  FIFTEEN OF THIS CHAPTER.
    9    S 244. DEPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR STATEWIDE CABLE FRANCHISE. 1.    AS
   10  PART  OF ANY FRANCHISE ISSUED BY THE COMMISSION IN THIS ARTICLE, A CABLE
   11  OPERATOR SHALL BE REQUIRED TO:
   12    (A) BEGIN PROVIDING CABLE SERVICE ON A COMMERCIAL BASIS, WITHIN  THREE
   13  YEARS OF ISSUANCE OF THE SYSTEM-WIDE FRANCHISE, IN:
   14    (I)  EACH  COUNTY SEAT THAT IS WITHIN THE CATV COMPANY'S SERVICE AREA;
   15  AND
   16    (II) EACH MUNICIPALITY WITHIN THE CATV COMPANY'S SERVICE AREA THAT HAS
   17  A POPULATION DENSITY GREATER THAN SEVENTY-ONE HUNDRED ELEVEN PERSONS PER
   18  SQUARE MILE OF LAND AREA, AS  DETERMINED  BY  THE  MOST  RECENT  FEDERAL
   19  DECENNIAL  CENSUS,  PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT IF SUCH COUNTY SEATS ARE NOT
   20  LOCATED WITHIN OR CONTIGUOUS TO SUCH MUNICIPALITIES,  EACH  SUCH  COUNTY
   21  SEAT  SHALL  BE  INTERCONNECTED TO THE NEAREST MUNICIPALITY WITH A POPU-
   22  LATION DENSITY GREATER THAN PERSONS PER SQUARE MILE OF LAND AREA BY  THE
   23  CABLE OPERATOR; AND
   24    (B) MAKE CABLE TELEVISION SERVICE AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE RESIDENTIAL
   25  AREAS  ON  A  COMMERCIAL  BASIS,  BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE SIXTH YEAR
   26  AFTER THE ISSUANCE OF THE SYSTEM-WIDE FRANCHISE, IN:
   27    (I) EACH MUNICIPALITY WITHIN THE STATE THAT HAS A  POPULATION  DENSITY
   28  GREATER  THAN  FIVE HUNDRED ONE PERSONS PER SQUARE MILE OF LAND AREA, AS
   29  DETERMINED BY THE MOST RECENT FEDERAL DECENNIAL CENSUS; AND
   30    (II) THROUGHOUT THE RESIDENTIAL AREAS OF ANY MUNICIPALITIES SERVED  BY
   31  CENTRAL  OFFICES  LOCATED  WITHIN  A COUNTY SEAT WITHIN THE FRANCHISEE'S
   32  SERVICE AREA, SUBJECT TO THE CABLE  OPERATOR'S  LINE  EXTENSION  POLICY;
   33  PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,  A  CATV  COMPANY MAY APPLY TO THE COMMISSION FOR AN
   34  EXEMPTION FROM THIS REQUIREMENT IF THE BOARD FINDS, AFTER  CONDUCTING  A
   35  HEARING  WITH FULL NOTICE AND OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD, THAT THE AREAS IN
   36  QUESTION ARE AREAS IN WHICH THE CATV COMPANY IS  UNABLE  TO  ACCESS  THE
   37  PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY UNDER REASONABLE TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
   38    2.  THE  REQUIREMENTS  OF  SUBDIVISION  ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL ONLY
   39  APPLY TO CABLE OPERATORS THAT  ON  THE  DATE  OF  THE  ISSUANCE  OF  THE
   40  SYSTEM-WIDE  FRANCHISE  PROVIDE  MORE  THAN  FORTY  PERCENT OF THE LOCAL
   41  EXCHANGE TELEPHONE SERVICE MARKET IN THIS STATE; AND TO CABLE  OPERATORS
   42  THAT  ON  THE  DATE OF THE ISSUANCE OF THE SYSTEM-WIDE FRANCHISE PROVIDE
   43  TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND OR MORE LOCAL  EXCHANGE  TELEPHONE  LINES  IN
   44  THIS STATE;
   45    3.  INCUMBENT  CABLE COMPANIES THAT BECOME STATEWIDE FRANCHISE HOLDERS
   46  SHALL NOT REDUCE THE NUMBER OR PERCENTAGE  OF  HOUSEHOLDS  SERVED;  WILL
   47  BUILD  OUT  TO ALL RESIDENTIAL HOUSEHOLDS SUBJECT TO THE OPERATOR'S LINE
   48  EXTENSION POLICY WITHIN THREE YEARS; AND WILL UPGRADE  THEIR  FACILITIES
   49  TO  THE  ENTIRE  SERVICE  AREA  WITHIN THREE YEARS OF THE DATE THE CABLE
   50  OPERATOR UPGRADES ANY PART OF ITS FACILITIES.
   51    4. WITHIN THREE YEARS OF THE ISSUANCE OF THE SYSTEM-WIDE FRANCHISE ALL
   52  OTHER STATEWIDE FRANCHISE HOLDERS SHALL FULLY COMPLETE A SYSTEM  CAPABLE
   53  OF PROVIDING CABLE SERVICE TO ALL HOUSEHOLDS WITHIN THE CABLE OPERATOR'S
   54  SERVICE AREA, SUBJECT TO THE CABLE OPERATOR'S LINE EXTENSION POLICY.
   55    S  245.   DISCRIMINATION IN THE PROVISIONING OF SERVICE PROHIBITED. 1.
   56  THE FRANCHISE HOLDER SHALL BECOME CAPABLE OF PROVIDING CABLE SERVICE  TO
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    1  ALL  HOUSEHOLDS  WITHIN  THE  DESIGNATED SERVICE AREA FOOTPRINT. A CABLE
    2  OPERATOR THAT HAS BEEN GRANTED A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE UNDER THIS  ARTICLE
    3  SHALL  NOT  DENY ACCESS TO CABLE SERVICE TO ANY GROUP OF POTENTIAL RESI-
    4  DENTIAL  SUBSCRIBERS  BECAUSE  OF THE INCOME OR RACE OF THE RESIDENTS IN
    5  THE LOCAL AREA IN WHICH SUCH GROUP RESIDES. A FRANCHISEE MUST SUBMIT  TO
    6  THE  COMMISSION  A DEPLOYMENT SCHEDULE, SETTING FORTH THE MUNICIPALITIES
    7  TO BE SERVED, THE DATE SERVICE SHALL  BEGIN  IN  EACH  PROPOSED  MUNICI-
    8  PALITY,  AND  A  DATE  CERTAIN  BY  WHICH EACH COMMUNITY WILL BE ABLE TO
    9  RECEIVE CABLE SERVICE. THE COMMISSION WILL  ENSURE  THAT  THE  BUILD-OUT
   10  PROCESS  IS  NOT  DISCRIMINATORY  BASED  ON  AN AREA'S CLASS OR RACE. IF
   11  DEPLOYMENT OF CABLE SERVICES UNDER A STATEWIDE  FRANCHISE  IS  SCHEDULED
   12  FOR DEPLOYMENT IN A GIVEN AREA, THE CABLE OPERATOR MUST OFFER SERVICE TO
   13  ALL RESIDENTS WITHIN THE GEOGRAPHIC AREA OR THE COMMISSION MAY TERMINATE
   14  THE  FRANCHISE  PURSUANT TO SECTION TWO HUNDRED THIRTY-SIX OF THIS ARTI-
   15  CLE.
   16    2. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW,  THE  FRANCHISE  HOLDER
   17  SHALL  COMPLY  WITH  CUSTOMER  SERVICE REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN ARTICLE
   18  ELEVEN OF THIS CHAPTER, AT 47 C.F.R.  S 76.309(C) AND ANY OTHER CUSTOMER
   19  SERVICE STANDARDS PERTAINING TO THE PROVISION OF  VIDEO  SERVICE  ESTAB-
   20  LISHED  BY  FEDERAL  LAW OR REGULATION OR BY SUBSEQUENT ENACTMENT OF THE
   21  LEGISLATURE. ALL CUSTOMER  SERVICE  AND  CONSUMER  PROTECTION  STANDARDS
   22  UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL BE INTERPRETED AND APPLIED TO ACCOMMODATE NEWER
   23  OR  DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGIES WHILE MEETING OR EXCEEDING THE GOALS OF THESE
   24  STANDARDS.
   25    3. IF THE COMMISSION DETERMINES  THAT  A  CABLE  OPERATOR  HAS  DENIED
   26  ACCESS  OF CABLE SERVICE TO A GROUP OF POTENTIAL RESIDENTIAL SUBSCRIBERS
   27  BECAUSE OF THE INCOME LEVELS OF THE RESIDENTS OF THE LOCAL AREA IN WHICH
   28  SUCH GROUP RESIDES OR  HAS  FAILED  TO  MEET  THE  REQUIREMENTS  OF  THE
   29  SECTION,  THE  COMMISSION  IS  AUTHORIZED TO, AFTER CONDUCTING A HEARING
   30  WITH FULL NOTICE AND OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD, IMPOSE MONETARY  PENALTIES
   31  OF NOT LESS THAN FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS, NOR MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED THOU-
   32  SAND  DOLLARS  PER  MUNICIPALITY, NOT TO EXCEED A TOTAL OF THREE MILLION
   33  SIX HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS PER YEAR FOR ALL VIOLATIONS. A  MUNI-
   34  CIPALITY  IN  WHICH THE PROVIDER OFFERS CABLE SERVICE SHALL BE AN APPRO-
   35  PRIATE PARTY IN ANY SUCH PROCEEDING.
   36    S 246. ENFORCEMENT. THE EXCLUSIVE REMEDY FOR ENFORCING THE  PROVISIONS
   37  OF  THIS  ARTICLE,  NOTWITHSTANDING  SPECIFIC  SECTIONS OF THIS ARTICLE,
   38  SHALL BE AN ACTION IN A  COURT  OF  COMPETENT  JURISDICTION  BROUGHT  BY
   39  EITHER  THE  MUNICIPALITY, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ON BEHALF OF THE COMMIS-
   40  SION OR OTHER INJURED PARTY. AT LEAST SIXTY DAYS BEFORE BRINGING SUCH AN
   41  ACTION, THE MUNICIPALITY OR ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL SERVE  THE  FRANCHISE
   42  HOLDER  WITH A NOTICE SETTING OUT THE ALLEGED VIOLATION AND STATING THAT
   43  AN ACTION  MAY  BE  BROUGHT  UNLESS  THE  HOLDER  CORRECTS  THE  ALLEGED
   44  VIOLATION  OR  ENTERS  INTO A BINDING AGREEMENT TO CORRECT THE VIOLATION
   45  WITHIN THE SIXTY-DAY NOTICE PERIOD. THE NOTICE SHALL  CONTAIN  A  SUFFI-
   46  CIENTLY  DETAILED  DESCRIPTION  OF  THE  ALLEGED VIOLATION TO ENABLE THE
   47  FRANCHISE HOLDER TO MAKE A SPECIFIC RESPONSE.
   48    S 6. Section 215 of the public service law is amended by adding a  new
   49  subdivision 14 to read as follows:
   50    14.  REQUIRE THAT CABLE TELEVISION FRANCHISES CONTAIN, UPON SUBMISSION
   51  FOR  CERTIFICATES  OF  CONFIRMATION, PROVISIONS REQUIRING THAT THE CABLE
   52  TELEVISION SERVICES FRANCHISEE DELIVER TO THE FRANCHISOR AND THE COMMIS-
   53  SION, ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, A WRITTEN REPORT DESCRIBING EVERY INSTANCE  IN
   54  WHICH  SUCH FRANCHISEE BLOCKS, LIMITS OR OTHERWISE RESTRICTS SUBSCRIBERS
   55  OR OTHER PURCHASERS OF  BROADBAND  SERVICES  FROM  THE  FRANCHISEE  FROM
   56  ACCESSING  ANY  PARTICULAR INTERNET SITE OR CATEGORY OR TYPE OF INTERNET
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    1  SITE OR ANY SPECIFIC ELECTRONIC MAIL MESSAGE  OR  CATEGORY  OR  TYPE  OF
    2  ELECTRONIC  MAIL  ("NEUTRALITY  REPORT").  SUCH  NEUTRALITY REPORT SHALL
    3  CONTAIN DETAIL OF A SPECIFICITY LEVEL TO BE DETERMINED  BY  THE  COMMIS-
    4  SION, AND SHALL CONTAIN SUFFICIENT DETAIL TO ALLOW THE COMMISSION OR THE
    5  FRANCHISOR  TO ASCERTAIN THE NATURE OF ANY BLOCKING, LIMITATION OR OTHER
    6  RESTRICTIONS, AND THE REASON FOR THE FRANCHISEE FOR TAKING SUCH  ACTION,
    7  BUT  SHALL  BE  PROVIDED  IN  A  MANNER REASONABLY CALCULATED TO PROTECT
    8  SUBSCRIBER PRIVACY OR THE LEGITIMATE NEEDS OF LAW  ENFORCEMENT.  NOTHING
    9  IN THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE INTERPRETED TO RESTRICT THE RIGHTS OF FRAN-
   10  CHISEES,  IF  THEY  SO CHOOSE, TO BLOCK, LIMIT OR OTHERWISE RESTRICT THE
   11  PASSAGE OF ELECTRONIC MAIL MESSAGES  OR  OTHER  CONTENT  THAT  TRANSMIT,
   12  PORTRAY,  DESCRIBE, REPRESENT OR OTHERWISE CONTAIN MATTERS SUCH AS CHILD
   13  PORNOGRAPHY OR SIMILAR OBSCENITY, OTHER UNLAWFUL  MATERIAL,  THREATS  OF
   14  SERIOUS BODILY HARM, THREATS TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY,
   15  THREATS  OF  DEATH  TO  INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS, VIRUSES OR
   16  SIMILAR COMPUTER GENERATED PROGRAMS OR CODE THAT HAVE THE  POTENTIAL  TO
   17  HARM  COMPUTER HARDWARE AND/OR SOFTWARE AND/OR NETWORKS, EXCESSIVE UNSO-
   18  LICITED COMMERCIAL EMAIL THAT DEGRADES OR INTERFERES WITH OR  HARMS  THE
   19  NORMAL OPERATION OF BROADBAND NETWORKS, AND OTHER SIMILAR TYPES OR FORMS
   20  OF  MATERIAL  OR  SOFTWARE (THE FOREGOING EXAMPLES ARE ILLUSTRATIVE, NOT
   21  EXHAUSTIVE OF SUCH THREATS TO USERS  AND/OR  THE  NETWORK,  COLLECTIVELY
   22  HEREAFTER  "NETWORK  THREATS").  BLOCKING  OR  LIMITATION  OF SUBSCRIBER
   23  ACCESS TO THE MAXIMALLY DIVERSE INTERNET, IF  NOT  PREDICATED  UPON  THE
   24  FRANCHISEE'S  RIGHT  TO  DEFEND  ITS  NETWORK  AND  SUBSCRIBERS  AGAINST
   25  "NETWORK THREATS", SHALL PRESUMPTIVELY BE A BREACH OF THE FRANCHISE.  NO
   26  FRANCHISEE  SHALL  BE  RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY EFFORTS BY OR POLI-
   27  CIES, PRACTICES OR  PROCEDURES  OF  AN  UNAFFILIATED  TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   28  SERVICES  PROVIDER  OR  INTERNET  SERVICES PROVIDER OR INTERNET PROTOCOL
   29  TRAFFIC ROUTING ENTITY TO BLOCK SUBSCRIBERS FROM ACCESSING ANY  INTERNET
   30  SITE OR ANY CATEGORY OR TYPE OF INTERNET SITE OR ANY SPECIFIC ELECTRONIC
   31  MAIL MESSAGE OR ANY CATEGORY OR TYPE OF ELECTRONIC MAIL.
   32    S  7.  Section 99 of the public service law is amended by adding a new
   33  subdivision 4 to read as follows:
   34    4.  NO BUILDING OWNER MAY DISCRIMINATE AGAINST  A  TELEPHONE  COMPANY,
   35  BROADBAND  SERVICES  OR ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY OR THEIR ABILITY
   36  TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO ONE OR MORE TENANTS OF  A  MULTI-TENANT  PROPERTY
   37  THAT IS OWNED OR CONTROLLED BY THE BUILDING OWNER, INCLUDING DISCRIMINA-
   38  TORY  TERMS  AND  CONDITIONS  BY  WHICH THE TELEPHONE COMPANY, BROADBAND
   39  SERVICES OR ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY GAIN PHYSICAL ACCESS TO  THE
   40  PROPERTY TO PLACE ITS FACILITIES AND PROVIDE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
   41  TO  THE  PROPERTY'S  TENANTS.  THE COMMISSION SHALL HAVE JURISDICTION TO
   42  IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION BY  APPROPRIATE  RULES  AND
   43  REGULATIONS  AND  TO  ADMINISTRATIVELY ADJUDICATE DISPUTES ARISING UNDER
   44  THIS SUBDIVISION. IN NO EVENT MAY THE LACK OF AGREEMENT OVER  TERMS  AND
   45  CONDITIONS  OF  ACCESS  DELAY  THE  ABILITY OF A REQUESTING TELECOMMUNI-
   46  CATIONS COMPANY TO OBTAIN ACCESS FOR MORE THAN THIRTY DAYS FOLLOWING  AN
   47  INITIAL REQUEST THEREFOR.
   48    S 8. Subdivision 2 of section 99 of the public service law, as amended
   49  by chapter 383 of the laws of 1996, is amended to read as follows:
   50    2.  (A) No franchise nor any right to or under any franchise to own or
   51  operate a telegraph line or telephone line  shall  be  assigned,  trans-
   52  ferred,  or  leased,  nor shall any contract or agreement hereafter made
   53  with reference to or affecting any such franchise or right be  valid  or
   54  of  any  force  or effect whatsoever[,] unless the assignment, transfer,
   55  lease, contract, or agreement shall have been approved  by  the  commis-
   56  sion.
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    1    (B)  No  telephone  corporation  shall  transfer or lease its works or
    2  system or any part of such works or system to any other person or corpo-
    3  ration or contract for the operation of its works or  system[,]  without
    4  the  written  consent of the commission. [Notwithstanding the foregoing,
    5  any  such  transfer  or  lease  between  affiliated corporations with an
    6  original cost of (a) less than one hundred thousand dollars proposed  by
    7  a  telephone  corporation  having annual gross revenues in excess of two
    8  hundred million dollars, (b)  less  than  twenty-five  thousand  dollars
    9  proposed by a telephone corporation having annual gross revenues of less
   10  than  two  hundred million but more than ten million dollars or (c) less
   11  than ten thousand dollars proposed by  a  telephone  corporation  having
   12  annual  gross  revenues  of  less than ten million dollars and any other
   13  transfer or lease between non-affiliates regardless  of  cost  shall  be
   14  effective  without  the  commission's written consent within ninety days
   15  after such corporation notifies the commission that it plans to complete
   16  such transfer or lease and submits a  description  of  the  transfer  or
   17  lease,  unless  the  commission, or its designee, determines within such
   18  ninety days that the public interest requires  the  commission's  review
   19  and written consent.]
   20    (C) (1) NO CONSENT SHALL BE GIVEN BY THE COMMISSION TO THE ASSIGNMENT,
   21  TRANSFER, OR LEASE OF ANY RIGHT OR FRANCHISE TO OPERATE A TELEGRAPH LINE
   22  OR  TELEPHONE LINE UNLESS IT SHALL HAVE BEEN SHOWN THAT SUCH ASSIGNMENT,
   23  TRANSFER, OR LEASE IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.
   24    (2) NO CONSENT SHALL BE GIVEN BY THE  COMMISSION  TO  THE  ASSIGNMENT,
   25  TRANSFER,  OR  LEASE  OF ANY RIGHT OR FRANCHISE TO OPERATE ANY PART OF A
   26  TELEPHONE CORPORATION'S WORKS OR SYSTEM, OR TO A CONTRACT FOR THE OPERA-
   27  TION OF SUCH ENTITY'S WORKS OR SYSTEM, UNLESS IT SHALL HAVE  BEEN  SHOWN
   28  THAT  SUCH  ASSIGNMENT,  TRANSFER, OR LEASE OR CONTRACT IS IN THE PUBLIC
   29  INTEREST.
   30    (D) BEFORE AUTHORIZING THE MERGER, ACQUISITION, ASSIGNMENT, LEASE,  OR
   31  TRANSFER  OF  CONTROL  OF  ANY TELEPHONE CORPORATION ORGANIZED AND DOING
   32  BUSINESS IN THIS STATE, WHERE ANY OF THE ENTITIES THAT  ARE  PARTIES  TO
   33  THE  PROPOSED  TRANSACTION  HAS GROSS ANNUAL NEW YORK REVENUES EXCEEDING
   34  TWO HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS, THE COMMISSION SHALL FIND THAT THE PROPOSAL
   35  DOES ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
   36    (1) PROVIDES SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO RATEPAYERS.
   37    (2) EQUITABLY ALLOCATES, WHERE THE COMMISSION HAS RATEMAKING  AUTHORI-
   38  TY,  THE TOTAL SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM FORECASTED ECONOMIC BENEFITS, AS
   39  DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSION, OF THE PROPOSED  MERGER,  ACQUISITION,  OR
   40  CONTROL  BETWEEN  SHAREHOLDERS  AND RATEPAYERS. RATEPAYERS SHALL RECEIVE
   41  NOT LESS THAN FORTY PERCENT OF SUCH BENEFITS.
   42    (3) MAINTAINS OR IMPROVES THE FINANCIAL  CONDITION  OF  THE  RESULTING
   43  TELEPHONE  CORPORATIONS  DOING BUSINESS IN THE STATE AND DOES NOT UNREA-
   44  SONABLY ALLOCATE A TELEPHONE CORPORATION'S DEBT TO A DIVESTITURE  ENTITY
   45  CREATED  FROM AN EXISTING TELEPHONE CORPORATION. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS
   46  SECTION, A DIVESTITURE ENTITY  IS  A  BUSINESS  ENTITY  CREATED  BY  THE
   47  ASSIGNMENT,  EXCHANGE,  SALE,  OR  OTHER  TRANSFER  OF SOME OR ALL OF AN
   48  EXISTING TELEPHONE CORPORATION'S LINES, SYSTEM, OR WORKS TO A NEW  TELE-
   49  PHONE CORPORATION.
   50    (4)  MAINTAINS  OR IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF SERVICE TO TELEPHONE CORPO-
   51  RATION RATEPAYERS IN THE STATE.
   52    (5) MAINTAINS OR IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF MANAGEMENT OF  THE  RESULTING
   53  TELEPHONE CORPORATION DOING BUSINESS IN THE STATE.
   54    (6)  IS  FAIR AND REASONABLE TO AFFECTED TELEPHONE CORPORATION EMPLOY-
   55  EES, INCLUDING BOTH UNION AND NONUNION EMPLOYEES.
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    1    (7) IS FAIR AND REASONABLE TO THE MAJORITY OF ALL  AFFECTED  TELEPHONE
    2  CORPORATIONS.
    3    (8) IS BENEFICIAL ON AN OVERALL BASIS TO STATE AND LOCAL ECONOMIES AND
    4  TO  THE  COMMUNITIES IN THE AREA SERVED BY THE RESULTING ENTITY AND DOES
    5  NOT ALLOCATE SUBSTANTIALLY UNFUNDED PENSION OR HEALTH  CARE  OBLIGATIONS
    6  OR OTHER EMPLOYEE BENEFITS TO A RESULTING TELEPHONE CORPORATION.
    7    (9)  PRESERVES  THE JURISDICTION OF THE COMMISSION AND THE CAPACITY OF
    8  THE COMMISSION TO EFFECTIVELY REGULATE AND AUDIT  TELEPHONE  CORPORATION
    9  OPERATIONS IN THE STATE.
   10    (10)  PROVIDES  MITIGATION  MEASURES  TO  PREVENT  SIGNIFICANT ADVERSE
   11  CONSEQUENCES WHICH MAY RESULT.
   12    (11) DOES NOT ADVERSELY AFFECT COMPETITION. IN  MAKING  THIS  FINDING,
   13  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  REQUEST  AN  ADVISORY  OPINION FROM THE ATTORNEY
   14  GENERAL REGARDING WHETHER OR NOT COMPETITION WILL BE ADVERSELY  AFFECTED
   15  AND  WHAT MITIGATORY MEASURES COULD BE ADOPTED TO AVOID ANY SUCH ADVERSE
   16  EFFECT.
   17    (E) WHEN REVIEWING A  MERGER,  ACQUISITION,  OR  TRANSFER  OF  CONTROL
   18  PROPOSAL,  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  CONSIDER  REASONABLE  ALTERNATIVES OR
   19  MODIFICATIONS TO THE PROPOSAL RECOMMENDED BY OTHER PARTIES, INCLUDING NO
   20  MERGER, ACQUISITION, OR CONTROL, TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT  COMPARABLE
   21  SHORT-TERM  AND LONG-TERM ECONOMIC SAVINGS CAN BE ACHIEVED THROUGH OTHER
   22  MEANS WHILE AVOIDING THE POSSIBLE ADVERSE CONSEQUENCES OF THE PROPOSAL.
   23    (F) THE PERSON OR CORPORATION SEEKING  ACQUISITION  OR  CONTROL  OF  A
   24  TELEPHONE  CORPORATION  ORGANIZED AND DOING BUSINESS IN THIS STATE SHALL
   25  HAVE BEFORE THE COMMISSION THE BURDEN OF PROVING BY A  PREPONDERANCE  OF
   26  THE  EVIDENCE THAT THE REQUIREMENTS OF PARAGRAPH (D) OF THIS SUBDIVISION
   27  ARE MET.
   28    (G) IN DETERMINING WHETHER OR NOT AN ACQUIRING  TELEPHONE  CORPORATION
   29  HAS  GROSS  ANNUAL  REVENUES EXCEEDING THE AMOUNT SPECIFIED IN PARAGRAPH
   30  (D) OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE REVENUES OF  THAT  TELEPHONE  CORPORATION'S
   31  AFFILIATES  SHALL  NOT  BE  CONSIDERED,  UNLESS  THE  AFFILIATE IS TO BE
   32  UTILIZED FOR THE PURPOSE  OF  EFFECTING  SUCH  MERGER,  ACQUISITION,  OR
   33  CONTROL.
   34    (H)  SUBPARAGRAPHS  ONE  AND  TWO OF PARAGRAPH (D) OF THIS SUBDIVISION
   35  SHALL NOT APPLY TO THE FORMATION OF A HOLDING COMPANY.
   36   (I) SUBPARAGRAPHS ONE AND TWO OF  PARAGRAPH  (D)  OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION
   37  SHALL  NOT APPLY TO ACQUISITIONS OR CHANGES IN CONTROL THAT ARE MANDATED
   38  BY EITHER THE COMMISSION OR THE LEGISLATURE.
   39    S 9. Section 100 of the public service law, as amended by chapter  226
   40  of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows:
   41    S 100. Transfer and ownership of stock. 1. No telegraph corporation or
   42  telephone  corporation,  domestic  or  foreign, shall hereafter purchase
   43  [or], acquire, take, or hold any part of the capital stock of any  tele-
   44  graph  corporation  or telephone corporation organized or existing under
   45  the laws of this state unless authorized so to do by the commission.
   46    2. Save where stock shall be transferred or held for  the  purpose  of
   47  collateral security, no stock corporation, domestic or foreign, company,
   48  including, but not limited to, a limited liability company, association,
   49  including  a  joint  stock association, partnership, including a limited
   50  liability partnership, or person, other than a telegraph corporation  or
   51  telephone  corporation,  shall,  without  the consent of the commission,
   52  purchase [or], acquire, take, or hold more than ten [per centum] PERCENT
   53  of the voting capital stock issued by any telegraph corporation or tele-
   54  phone corporation organized or existing under or by virtue of  the  laws
   55  of  this  state.  Any corporation now lawfully holding a majority of the
   56  voting capital stock of any telegraph corporation  or  telephone  corpo-
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    1  ration  may, without the consent of the commission, acquire and hold the
    2  remainder of the voting capital stock of such telegraph  corporation  or
    3  telephone corporation[,] or any portion thereof.
    4    3.  (A) No consent shall be given by the commission to the acquisition
    5  of any stock in accordance with this section unless it shall  have  been
    6  shown that such acquisition is in the public interest[; provided, howev-
    7  er,  that any], WHICH THE COMMISSION SHALL DETERMINE BY FINDING THAT THE
    8  PROPOSAL DOES ALL OF THE FOLLOWING,  TO  THE  EXTENT  DETERMINED  TO  BE
    9  APPLICABLE:
   10    (I) PROVIDES SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO RATEPAYERS.
   11    (II)  EQUITABLY  ALLOCATES,  WHERE APPLICABLE AND WHERE THE COMMISSION
   12  HAS RATEMAKING AUTHORITY, THE TOTAL SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM  FORECASTED
   13  ECONOMIC  BENEFITS,  AS  DETERMINED  BY  THE COMMISSION, OF THE PROPOSED
   14  ACQUISITION, PURCHASE, SALE, TRANSFER, OR RETENTION BETWEEN SHAREHOLDERS
   15  AND RATEPAYERS. RATEPAYERS SHALL RECEIVE NOT LESS THAN FORTY PERCENT  OF
   16  THOSE BENEFITS.
   17    (III)  MAINTAINS  OR IMPROVES THE FINANCIAL CONDITION OF THE RESULTING
   18  TELEPHONE CORPORATIONS DOING BUSINESS IN THE STATE AND DOES  NOT  UNREA-
   19  SONABLY  ALLOCATE A TELEPHONE CORPORATION'S DEBT TO A DIVESTITURE ENTITY
   20  CREATED FROM AN EXISTING TELEPHONE CORPORATION. FOR THE PURPOSE OF  THIS
   21  SECTION,  A  DIVESTITURE  ENTITY  IS  A  BUSINESS  ENTITY CREATED BY THE
   22  ASSIGNMENT, EXCHANGE, SALE, OR OTHER TRANSFER  OF  SOME  OR  ALL  OF  AN
   23  EXISTING  TELEPHONE CORPORATION'S LINES, SYSTEM, OR WORKS TO A NEW TELE-
   24  PHONE CORPORATION.
   25    (IV) MAINTAINS OR IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF SERVICE TO TELEPHONE  CORPO-
   26  RATION RATEPAYERS IN THE STATE.
   27    (V)  MAINTAINS  OR IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF MANAGEMENT OF THE RESULTING
   28  TELEPHONE CORPORATION DOING BUSINESS IN THE STATE.
   29    (VI) IS FAIR AND REASONABLE TO AFFECTED TELEPHONE CORPORATION  EMPLOY-
   30  EES, INCLUDING BOTH UNION AND NON-UNION EMPLOYEES.
   31    (VII) IS FAIR AND REASONABLE TO THE MAJORITY OF ALL AFFECTED TELEPHONE
   32  CORPORATIONS.
   33    (VIII)  IS  BENEFICIAL, ON AN OVERALL BASIS, TO STATE AND LOCAL ECONO-
   34  MIES, AND TO THE COMMUNITIES IN THE AREA SERVED BY THE RESULTING  ENTITY
   35  AND  DOES  NOT  ALLOCATE  SUBSTANTIALLY  UNFUNDED PENSION OR HEALTH CARE
   36  OBLIGATIONS OR OTHER EMPLOYEE BENEFITS TO A RESULTING  TELEPHONE  CORPO-
   37  RATION.
   38    (IX)  PRESERVES THE JURISDICTION OF THE COMMISSION AND THE CAPACITY OF
   39  THE COMMISSION TO EFFECTIVELY REGULATE AND AUDIT  TELEPHONE  CORPORATION
   40  OPERATIONS IN THE STATE.
   41    (X)  PROVIDES  MITIGATION  MEASURES  TO  PREVENT SIGNIFICANTLY ADVERSE
   42  CONSEQUENCES WHICH MAY RESULT FROM SUCH ACQUISITION.
   43    (XI) DOES NOT ADVERSELY AFFECT COMPETITION. IN  MAKING  THIS  FINDING,
   44  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  REQUEST  AN  ADVISORY  OPINION FROM THE ATTORNEY
   45  GENERAL REGARDING WHETHER OR NOT COMPETITION WILL BE ADVERSELY  AFFECTED
   46  AND  WHAT MITIGATORY MEASURES COULD BE ADOPTED TO AVOID ANY SUCH ADVERSE
   47  EFFECT.
   48    (B) ANY such consent, HOWEVER, shall be deemed to be  granted  by  the
   49  commission  ninety days after such corporation applies to the commission
   50  for its consent, unless the commission, or its designee, determines  and
   51  informs  the applicant in writing within such ninety day period that the
   52  public  interest  requires  the  commission's  review  and  its  written
   53  consent.   Nothing [herein] IN THIS SECTION contained shall be construed
   54  to prevent the holding of any stock heretofore lawfully acquired, nor to
   55  prevent, upon the surrender or exchange of  such  stock  pursuant  to  a
   56  reorganization  plan,  the purchase, acquisition, taking or holding of a
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    1  proportionate amount of stock of any new corporation organized  to  take
    2  over, at foreclosure or other sale the property of any corporation whose
    3  stock  has  been thus surrendered or exchanged[;], but the proportion of
    4  the  voting  capital stock of the new corporation held by a stock corpo-
    5  ration, company, association, partnership or person and acquired  by  it
    6  by any such surrender or exchange of stock shall not without the consent
    7  of the commission exceed the proportion of the voting capital stock held
    8  by it in the former corporation.
    9    4.  Every contract, assignment, transfer, or agreement for transfer of
   10  any stock by or through any person or corporation  to  any  corporation,
   11  company,  association,  partnership  or  person,  in  violation  of  any
   12  provision of this chapter shall be void and of no effect,  and  no  such
   13  transfer  or  assignment  shall be made upon the books of any such tele-
   14  graph corporation or telephone corporation[,] or shall be recognized  as
   15  effective for any purpose.
   16    S  10.  The  executive  law is amended by adding a new section 32-a to
   17  read as follows:
   18    S 32-A. STATE AGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. 1. WITHIN
   19  NINETY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, ALL  STATE  AGENCIES,
   20  AS  SUCH  ARE  DEFINED  IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION THIRTY-TWO OF THIS
   21  ARTICLE, SHALL STUDY  AND  REPORT  UPON  THE  PHYSICAL  LOCATION  AND/OR
   22  FREQUENCY,  AND  AMOUNT  OF ALL EXCESS CAPACITY, WITHIN THE TELECOMMUNI-
   23  CATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE AND RADIO FREQUENCY BANDWIDTH OWNED, LICENSED  OR
   24  OTHERWISE CONTROLLED BY SUCH AGENCIES. TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
   25  IS  HEREIN DEFINED FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE TO INCLUDE CONDUITS,
   26  DUCTS, POLES, WIRES, FIBER OPTIC  CABLE  AND/OR  LINES,  COAXIAL  CABLE,
   27  COPPER  TWISTED PAIR TELEPHONE LINES, RECEIVERS, TRANSMITTERS, BROADCAST
   28  RADIO  FREQUENCY  BANDWIDTH,  LASERS  AND  MULTIPLEXERS,   TRANSMITTERS,
   29  INSTRUMENTS,  MACHINES,  APPLIANCES  AND ALL DEVICES, REAL ESTATE, EASE-
   30  MENTS, APPARATUS, PROPERTY AND ROUTES  USED  AND/OR  OPERATED  BY  STATE
   31  AGENCIES.
   32    2.  ALL  STATE  AGENCIES  SHALL,  WITHIN ONE HUNDRED FIFTY DAYS OF THE
   33  EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, IDENTIFY THE EXCESS CAPACITY  AND  BAND-
   34  WIDTH  REPORTED  UPON  WHICH  MAY  BE LEASED ON A NON-DISCRIMINATORY AND
   35  COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE BASIS TO PUBLIC ENTITIES OR CERTIFIED TELECOMMU-
   36  NICATIONS CARRIERS THAT NEED SUCH CAPACITY TO PROVIDE BROADBAND SERVICES
   37  TO UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED AREAS. SUCH EXCESS CAPACITY  AND
   38  BANDWIDTH SO IDENTIFIED SHALL BE REPORTED UPON.
   39    3.  ALL  STATE  AGENCIES  SHALL, WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS OF THE
   40  EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, IDENTIFY AND REPORT UPON ALL  TELECOMMU-
   41  NICATIONS  SERVICES  PURCHASED, LEASED OR OTHERWISE USED BY THE AGENCIES
   42  THAT MAY BE USED IN  A  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  DEMAND  AGGREGATION  PROGRAM
   43  ADMINISTERED  BY  THE STATE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT COUNCIL
   44  PURSUANT TO SECTION FOUR THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED FIVE OF THE PUBLIC AUTHOR-
   45  ITIES LAW.
   46    4. (A) ALL STATE AGENCIES SHALL, WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF  THE  EFFECTIVE
   47  DATE  OF  THIS  SECTION,  INSTALL  TELECOMMUNICATIONS-GRADE  CONDUIT AND
   48  ANTENNA ATTACHMENT POINTS IN AND/OR ON ALL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS NEWLY
   49  CONSTRUCTED OR UPGRADED BY SUCH AGENCIES, FOR LEASE ON A NON-DISCRIMINA-
   50  TORY AND COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE BASIS TO PUBLIC ENTITIES  OR  CERTIFIED
   51  TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIERS THAT NEED SUCH CAPACITY TO PROVIDE BROADBAND
   52  SERVICES  TO  UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED AREAS. STATE AGENCIES
   53  MAY, HOWEVER, EXEMPT FROM THIS  REQUIREMENT  INFRASTRUCTURE  WHERE  SUCH
   54  INSTALLATIONS  COULD  POSE  A  THREAT  TO  PUBLIC SAFETY OR OTHERWISE BE
   55  UNREASONABLE. SUCH CONDUIT AND ANTENNA  ATTACHMENT  POINT  INSTALLATIONS
   56  SHALL BE REPORTED ON A SEMI-ANNUAL BASIS.
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    1    (B)  THE STATE OFFICE OF GENERAL SERVICES SHALL, WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF
    2  THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, MAKE WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS AVAIL-
    3  ABLE TO THE PUBLIC IN PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE AND HIGHLY-TRAFFICKED AREAS OF
    4  THE STATE CAPITOL AND THE LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING,  AND  SUCH  OTHER
    5  PUBLICLY  ACCESSIBLE  AND  HIGHLY-TRAFFICKED  OFFICE OF GENERAL SERVICES
    6  MANAGED STATE BUILDINGS AS IS REASONABLE AND PRUDENT.
    7    5. ALL REPORTS  PROVIDED  FOR  IN  THIS  SECTION  SHALL  BE  DELIVERED
    8  INITIALLY, AND THEREAFTER ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY
    9  PRESIDENT  OF  THE  SENATE, SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF
   10  THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE
   11  ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS  COMMITTEE,  AND  THE  CHAIR  AND  RANKING
   12  MINORITY  MEMBER  OF  THE ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMIS-
   13  SIONS COMMITTEE, CHAIR OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMISSIONER OF
   14  THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, COMMISSIONER OF THE EMPIRE STATE
   15  DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND THE CHAIRPERSONS OF THE  BROADBAND  DEVELOP-
   16  MENT AND DEPLOYMENT COUNCIL AND BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
   17    S  11.  The  public authorities law is amended by adding a new section
   18  2807 to read as follows:
   19    S 2807. ANNUAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESOURCES REPORTS BY AUTHORITIES. 1.
   20  STATE AUTHORITIES. (A) FOR THE PURPOSE  OF  FURNISHING  THE  STATE  WITH
   21  SYSTEMATIC  INFORMATION  REGARDING  THE  EXISTING, NEWLY CONSTRUCTED AND
   22  PLANNED TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE RESOURCES OF  PUBLIC  AUTHORI-
   23  TIES,  EVERY STATE AUTHORITY CONTINUED OR CREATED BY THIS CHAPTER OR ANY
   24  OTHER CHAPTER OF THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK SHALL:
   25    (I) WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS  SECTION,  SUBMIT
   26  TO  THE  GOVERNOR,  TEMPORARY  PRESIDENT  OF  THE SENATE, SPEAKER OF THE
   27  ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND RANKING
   28  MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE ENERGY AND  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  COMMITTEE,
   29  AND  THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS,
   30  AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS  COMMITTEE,  CHAIR  OF  THE  PUBLIC  SERVICE
   31  COMMISSION,  COMMISSIONER  OF  THE  DEPARTMENT  OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT,
   32  COMMISSIONER OF THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND THE  CHAIRS
   33  OF THE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT COUNCIL AND BROADBAND DEVEL-
   34  OPMENT  AUTHORITY,  A  COMPLETE  AND DETAILED REPORT OR REPORTS UPON THE
   35  PHYSICAL LOCATION AND/OR FREQUENCY, AND AMOUNT OF ALL  EXCESS  CAPACITY,
   36  WITHIN  THE  TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE AND RADIO FREQUENCY BAND-
   37  WIDTH OWNED, LICENSED OR OTHERWISE CONTROLLED BY STATE AUTHORITIES;
   38    (II) WITHIN ONE HUNDRED FIFTY DAYS  OF  THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF  THIS
   39  SECTION,  SUBMIT  TO  THE  GOVERNOR,  TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE,
   40  SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF THE  SENATE  AND  ASSEMBLY,
   41  CHAIR  AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNI-
   42  CATIONS COMMITTEE, AND THE CHAIR AND  RANKING  MINORITY  MEMBER  OF  THE
   43  ASSEMBLY  CORPORATIONS,  AUTHORITIES  AND  COMMISSIONS COMMITTEE, CHAIR-
   44  PERSON OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMISSIONER OF THE  DEPARTMENT
   45  OF  ECONOMIC  DEVELOPMENT,  COMMISSIONER OF THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT
   46  CORPORATION AND  THE  CHAIRPERSONS  OF  THE  BROADBAND  DEVELOPMENT  AND
   47  DEPLOYMENT  COUNCIL  AND BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, A COMPLETE AND
   48  DETAILED REPORT OR REPORTS IDENTIFYING THE EXCESS CAPACITY AND BANDWIDTH
   49  POSSESSED OR CONTROLLED BY STATE AUTHORITIES WHICH MAY BE  LEASED  ON  A
   50  NON-DISCRIMINATORY  AND COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE BASIS TO PUBLIC ENTITIES
   51  OR CERTIFIED TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIERS  THAT  NEED  SUCH  CAPACITY  TO
   52  PROVIDE  BROADBAND  SERVICES  TO  UNSERVED,  UNDERSERVED  AND DISTRESSED
   53  AREAS;
   54    (III) WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS OF THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF  THIS
   55  SECTION,  IDENTIFY  AND  REPORT  UPON  ALL  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICES
   56  PURCHASED, LEASED OR OTHERWISE USED BY THE AUTHORITIES THAT MAY BE  USED
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    1  IN  A  TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEMAND AGGREGATION PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE
    2  STATE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT COUNCIL.
    3    (B)  ALL  STATE  AUTHORITIES  SHALL,  FROM  THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS
    4  SECTION, INSTALL TELECOMMUNICATIONS-GRADE CONDUIT AND ANTENNA ATTACHMENT
    5  POINTS IN AND/OR ON ALL INFRASTRUCTURE  PROJECTS  NEWLY  CONSTRUCTED  OR
    6  UPGRADED BY SUCH AGENCIES, FOR LEASE ON A NON-DISCRIMINATORY AND COMMER-
    7  CIALLY  REASONABLE  BASIS  TO  PUBLIC ENTITIES OR CERTIFIED TELECOMMUNI-
    8  CATIONS CARRIERS THAT NEED SUCH CAPACITY TO PROVIDE  BROADBAND  SERVICES
    9  TO  UNSERVED,  UNDERSERVED  AND DISTRESSED AREAS. STATE AUTHORITIES MAY,
   10  HOWEVER, EXEMPT FROM THIS REQUIREMENT INFRASTRUCTURE WHERE SUCH  INSTAL-
   11  LATIONS  COULD  POSE A THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY OR OTHERWISE BE UNREASON-
   12  ABLE. SUCH CONDUIT AND ANTENNA ATTACHMENT POINT INSTALLATIONS  SHALL  BE
   13  REPORTED ON A SEMI-ANNUAL BASIS.
   14    (C)  ALL STATE AUTHORITY REPORTS PROVIDED FOR IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE
   15  DELIVERED INITIALLY, AND THEREAFTER ON AN ANNUAL BASIS UNLESS  OTHERWISE
   16  SPECIFIED,  TO  THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, SPEAKER
   17  OF THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR  AND
   18  RANKING  MINORITY  MEMBER  OF  THE  SENATE ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   19  COMMITTEE, AND THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY  MEMBER  OF  THE  ASSEMBLY
   20  CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS COMMITTEE, CHAIR OF THE PUBLIC
   21  SERVICE  COMMISSION, COMMISSIONER OF THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPO-
   22  RATION AND THE CHAIRPERSONS OF THE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AND  DEPLOYMENT
   23  COUNCIL AND BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
   24    (D)  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  INFRASTRUCTURE IS DEFINED FOR THE PURPOSES OF
   25  THIS ARTICLE TO INCLUDE CONDUITS, DUCTS, POLES, WIRES, FIBER OPTIC CABLE
   26  AND/OR LINES,  COAXIAL  CABLE,  COPPER  TWISTED  PAIR  TELEPHONE  LINES,
   27  RECEIVERS, TRANSMITTERS, BROADCAST RADIO FREQUENCY BANDWIDTH, LASERS AND
   28  MULTIPLEXERS,  TRANSMITTERS,  INSTRUMENTS,  MACHINES, APPLIANCES AND ALL
   29  DEVICES, REAL ESTATE, EASEMENTS, APPARATUS,  PROPERTY  AND  ROUTES  USED
   30  AND/OR OPERATED BY STATE AUTHORITIES AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
   31    2. LOCAL AUTHORITIES. (A) FOR THE PURPOSE OF FURNISHING THE STATE WITH
   32  SYSTEMATIC  INFORMATION  REGARDING  THE  EXISTING, NEWLY CONSTRUCTED AND
   33  PLANNED TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE RESOURCES OF  PUBLIC  AUTHORI-
   34  TIES,  EVERY LOCAL AUTHORITY CONTINUED OR CREATED BY THIS CHAPTER OR ANY
   35  OTHER CHAPTER OF THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK SHALL:
   36    (I) WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS  SECTION,  SUBMIT
   37  TO  THE  GOVERNOR,  TEMPORARY  PRESIDENT  OF  THE SENATE, SPEAKER OF THE
   38  ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND RANKING
   39  MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE ENERGY AND  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  COMMITTEE,
   40  AND  THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS,
   41  AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS  COMMITTEE,  CHAIR  OF  THE  PUBLIC  SERVICE
   42  COMMISSION, COMMISSIONER OF THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND
   43  THE  CHAIRS  OF  THE  BROADBAND  DEVELOPMENT  AND DEPLOYMENT COUNCIL AND
   44  BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY,  A  COMPLETE  AND  DETAILED  REPORT  OR
   45  REPORTS  UPON  THE PHYSICAL LOCATION AND/OR FREQUENCY, AND AMOUNT OF ALL
   46  EXCESS CAPACITY, WITHIN THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE AND  RADIO
   47  FREQUENCY  BANDWIDTH  OWNED,  LICENSED  OR OTHERWISE CONTROLLED BY STATE
   48  AUTHORITIES;
   49    (II) WITHIN ONE HUNDRED FIFTY DAYS  OF  THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF  THIS
   50  SECTION,  SUBMIT  TO  THE  GOVERNOR,  TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE,
   51  SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF THE  SENATE  AND  ASSEMBLY,
   52  CHAIR  AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNI-
   53  CATIONS COMMITTEE, AND THE CHAIR AND  RANKING  MINORITY  MEMBER  OF  THE
   54  ASSEMBLY  CORPORATIONS,  AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS COMMITTEE, CHAIR OF
   55  THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMISSIONER OF THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOP-
   56  MENT CORPORATION AND THE CHAIRS OF THE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOY-
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    1  MENT  COUNCIL  AND  BROADBAND  DEVELOPMENT  AUTHORITY,  A  COMPLETE  AND
    2  DETAILED REPORT OR REPORTS IDENTIFYING THE EXCESS CAPACITY AND BANDWIDTH
    3  POSSESSED  OR  CONTROLLED  BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES WHICH MAY BE LEASED ON A
    4  NON-DISCRIMINATORY  AND COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE BASIS TO PUBLIC ENTITIES
    5  OR CERTIFIED TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIERS  THAT  NEED  SUCH  CAPACITY  TO
    6  PROVIDE  BROADBAND  SERVICES  TO  UNSERVED,  UNDERSERVED  AND DISTRESSED
    7  AREAS;
    8    (III) WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS OF THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF  THIS
    9  SECTION,  IDENTIFY  AND  REPORT  UPON  ALL  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICES
   10  PURCHASED, LEASED OR OTHERWISE USED BY THE AUTHORITIES THAT MAY BE  USED
   11  IN  A  TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEMAND AGGREGATION PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE
   12  STATE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT COUNCIL.
   13    (B) ALL LOCAL AUTHORITIES SHALL,  FROM  THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF  THIS
   14  SECTION, INSTALL TELECOMMUNICATIONS-GRADE CONDUIT AND ANTENNA ATTACHMENT
   15  POINTS  IN  AND/OR  ON  ALL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS NEWLY CONSTRUCTED OR
   16  UPGRADED BY SUCH AGENCIES, FOR LEASE ON A NON-DISCRIMINATORY AND COMMER-
   17  CIALLY REASONABLE BASIS TO PUBLIC  ENTITIES  OR  CERTIFIED  TELECOMMUNI-
   18  CATIONS  CARRIERS  THAT NEED SUCH CAPACITY TO PROVIDE BROADBAND SERVICES
   19  TO UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED AREAS.  LOCAL  AUTHORITIES  MAY,
   20  HOWEVER,  EXEMPT FROM THIS REQUIREMENT INFRASTRUCTURE WHERE SUCH INSTAL-
   21  LATIONS COULD POSE A THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY OR OTHERWISE  BE  UNREASON-
   22  ABLE.  SUCH  CONDUIT AND ANTENNA ATTACHMENT POINT INSTALLATIONS SHALL BE
   23  REPORTED ON A SEMI-ANNUAL BASIS.
   24    (C) ALL LOCAL AUTHORITY REPORTS PROVIDED FOR IN THIS SECTION SHALL  BE
   25  DELIVERED  INITIALLY, AND THEREAFTER ON AN ANNUAL BASIS UNLESS OTHERWISE
   26  SPECIFIED, TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE  SENATE,  SPEAKER
   27  OF  THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND
   28  RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF  THE  SENATE  ENERGY  AND  TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   29  COMMITTEE,  AND  THE  CHAIR  AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY
   30  CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS COMMITTEE, CHAIRPERSON OF  THE
   31  PUBLIC  SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMISSIONER OF THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT
   32  CORPORATION AND THE CHAIRPERSONS OF THE  BROADBAND  DEVELOPMENT  COUNCIL
   33  AND BROADBAND AUTHORITY.
   34    3.  STATE  AND  LOCAL  AUTHORITIES.  TO  THE  EXTENT  PRACTICABLE, AND
   35  CONSISTENT WITH APPLICABLE DIRECTIVES OR  GUIDELINES  BY  THE  EMERGENCY
   36  PREPAREDNESS  COMMISSION,  STATE  EMERGENCY  MANAGEMENT OFFICE AND STATE
   37  OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY, EACH STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITY  SHALL  MAKE
   38  ACCESSIBLE  TO  THE PUBLIC VIA ITS OFFICIAL INTERNET WEB SITE DOCUMENTA-
   39  TION PERTAINING TO THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE RESOURCES OWNED
   40  BY, LEASED BY, USED BY OR OTHERWISE CONTROLLED BY SUCH STATE  AND  LOCAL
   41  AUTHORITIES.
   42    S  12.  The public service law is amended by adding a new section 90-a
   43  to read as follows:
   44    S 90-A. STATEMENT OF POLICY. 1. THE STATE OF NEW YORK'S  LONG-STANDING
   45  POLICY,  CODIFIED IN THIS SECTION, IS THAT CERTAIN COMMUNICATIONS TOOLS,
   46  AND PARTICULARLY TELEPHONE SERVICES, I.E.  ESSENTIAL  SERVICES,  ARE  SO
   47  FUNDAMENTAL  THAT  IT  IS  NOT  IN  THE  PUBLIC  INTEREST TO LEAVE THEIR
   48  PROVISION TO THE VAGARIES OF THE  MARKETPLACE  ALONE.  FURTHERMORE,  THE
   49  LEGISLATURE  DECLARES THAT IT IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST THAT SUCH ESSEN-
   50  TIAL SERVICES BE MADE AND MAINTAINED UNIVERSALLY ACROSS NEW  YORK.  SUCH
   51  TOOLS  AND  SERVICES HAVE, OVER TIME, AND INCREASINGLY NOW, SHAPED CITI-
   52  ZENS' ABILITY TO PARTICIPATE  IN  CIVIC  AFFAIRS,  TO  ACQUIRE  LEARNING
   53  SKILLS  NEEDED  FOR THEIR ECONOMIC SUCCESS AND THAT OF THE STATE, AND TO
   54  ENJOY THE RICH AND UNPARALLELED SOCIAL AND CULTURAL LIFE THAT IS A VITAL
   55  PART OF NEW YORK  STATE'S  ECONOMY.  THE  STATE'S  GOALS  FOR  UNIVERSAL
   56  SERVICE  ARE TO FURTHER AND PROTECT THE PUBLIC INTEREST BY PROMOTING THE
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    1  AVAILABILITY OF QUALITY SERVICES AT  JUST,  REASONABLE,  AND  AFFORDABLE
    2  RATES;  TO  ADVANCE  THE AVAILABILITY OF SUCH SERVICES TO ALL CONSUMERS,
    3  INCLUDING THOSE IN LOW INCOME, RURAL, INSULAR, AND HIGH  COST  AREAS  AT
    4  RATES  THAT  ARE  REASONABLY COMPARABLE TO THOSE CHARGED IN HIGH-DENSITY
    5  URBAN AREAS; AND TO INCREASE ACCESS TO, AND THE  UBIQUITY  OF,  ADVANCED
    6  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC IN AN EQUITABLE AND
    7  NONDISCRIMINATORY MANNER. ALL TELEPHONE CORPORATIONS AND  PROVIDERS  AND
    8  RESELLERS  OF  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICES  SHOULD  CONTRIBUTE  TO CORE
    9  PUBLIC SAFETY AND PUBLIC INTEREST GOALS TO THE EXTENT ALLOWABLE BY  LAW.
   10  AT  A  MINIMUM,  THESE  INCLUDE  EQUIVALENT  UNIVERSAL  SERVICE SUPPORT,
   11  PROVISION AND SUPPORT FOR E911, DISABILITY ACCESS, CONSUMER PROTECTIONS,
   12  AND EQUITABLE TAXATION. EFFECTIVE PUBLIC PROGRAMS MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE
   13  WHERE COMPETITIVE FORCES DO NOT RESULT IN THE  DEPLOYMENT,  MAINTENANCE,
   14  OR  RECONSTRUCTION  OF  AFFORDABLE,  HIGH-QUALITY,  AND RELIABLE ADVANCE
   15  TELECOMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY ACROSS ALL GEOGRAPHIC  REGIONS  AND  DEMO-
   16  GRAPHIC  SEGMENTS  OF  THE  STATE.  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  NETWORKS MUST BE
   17  INTER-OPERABLE, BASED ON OPEN STANDARDS, RELIABLE, SURVIVABLE, DIVERSELY
   18  PATHED, AS WIDELY INTERCONNECTED AS IS REASONABLE,  ACCESSIBLE  FOR  ALL
   19  USERS AS PROVIDED FOR BY LAW, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE AMERICANS
   20  WITH  DISABILITIES  ACT,  AND  ALL  APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL
   21  REGULATIONS, AND MUST MEET BASIC REQUIREMENTS CONCERNING PUBLIC  SAFETY,
   22  CONSUMER PROTECTION, AND RELEVANT SOCIAL AND MORAL OBLIGATIONS.
   23    2. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION:
   24    (A)  THE  TERM  "UNIVERSAL SERVICE" MEANS THAT CERTAIN BASIC TELEPHONE
   25  FACILITIES,  SERVICES,  AND  INSTRUMENTALITIES,  KNOWN   AS   "ESSENTIAL
   26  SERVICES",  SHALL  BE ACCESSIBLE TO ANY PERSON, CORPORATION, OR LOCALITY
   27  IN NEW YORK STATE AT COSTS REASONABLY COMPARABLE  TO  RATES  CHARGED  IN
   28  URBAN  AREAS AND LOW-COST AREAS, SO THAT THERE SHALL NOT BE ANY UNDUE OR
   29  UNREASONABLE PREFERENCE OR ADVANTAGE  TO  ANY  PERSON,  CORPORATION,  OR
   30  LOCALITY.
   31    (B)  THE  TERM  "ESSENTIAL  SERVICES" MEANS THE PROVISION BY TELEPHONE
   32  CORPORATIONS OF VOICE GRADE ACCESS TO AND  ACROSS  THE  PUBLIC  SWITCHED
   33  TELEPHONE  NETWORK,  WITH  THE  ABILITY  TO  PLACE  AND  RECEIVE  CALLS;
   34  TOUCH-TONE SERVICE; SINGLE-PARTY SERVICE; ACCESS TO EMERGENCY  SERVICES,
   35  INCLUDING 911 AND E911 (WHICH IDENTIFIES A CALLER'S LOCATION); ACCESS TO
   36  OPERATOR SERVICES; ACCESS TO INTER-EXCHANGE SERVICES; ACCESS TO DIRECTO-
   37  RY  ASSISTANCE;  ACCESS TO "LIFELINE" SERVICES, OR OTHER SERVICES EQUIV-
   38  ALENT IN PRICE AND QUALITY  FOR  QUALIFYING  LOW-INCOME  CONSUMERS;  AND
   39  ACCESS  TO  ALL  OF  SUCH  OTHER SERVICES AS MAY BE MANDATED BY FEDERAL,
   40  STATE, AND LOCAL LAW.
   41    3. WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF THE DATE ON WHICH THE COMMISSION  HAD  ACTUAL
   42  KNOWLEDGE,  OR  SHOULD  REASONABLY  HAVE  KNOWN OR BEEN INFORMED, OF THE
   43  OCCURRENCE, OR APPEARANCE OF THE PROXIMATE OCCURRENCE,  OF  A  PURCHASE,
   44  ACQUISITION,  TAKING,  OR  OTHER TRANSFER OF CONTROL OR OWNERSHIP OF THE
   45  CAPITAL STOCK OF A  TELEGRAPH  OR  TELEPHONE  CORPORATION  ORGANIZED  OR
   46  EXISTING  UNDER  THE  LAWS  OF  THIS  STATE  WITHIN THE CONTEMPLATION OF
   47  SECTION ONE HUNDRED OF THIS ARTICLE OR PARAGRAPH (B)  OF  THIS  SUBDIVI-
   48  SION,  THE  COMMISSION SHALL COMPILE AND PUBLISH A REPORT ON THE EFFECT,
   49  IF ANY, OF SUCH TRANSFER OF CONTROL UPON UNIVERSAL SERVICE IN THE STATE.
   50  SUCH REPORT SHALL BE KNOWN AS THE "UNIVERSAL SERVICE  IMPACT  ANALYSIS",
   51  AND  SHALL BE ISSUED BEFORE THE COMMISSION MAY VOTE UPON THE APPROVAL OF
   52  SUCH OCCURRENCE. IF, ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THERE IS
   53  A PROCEEDING BEFORE THE COMMISSION WITHIN THE CONTEMPLATION OF  SUBDIVI-
   54  SION  ONE  OF  THIS  SECTION, THEN THE COMMISSION SHALL HAVE THIRTY DAYS
   55  FROM SUCH EFFECTIVE DATE TO ISSUE ITS UNIVERSAL SERVICE IMPACT  ANALYSIS
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    1  REPORT. SUCH UNIVERSAL SERVICE IMPACT ANALYSIS REPORT SHALL INCLUDE, BUT
    2  NOT BE LIMITED TO:
    3    (A)  AN  ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECTS UPON PRICING OF TELEPHONE SERVICES IN
    4  HIGH-COST AND RURAL AND LOW-INCOME AREAS AFFECTED BY  SUCH  TRANSFER  OF
    5  CONTROL;
    6    (B) AN ANALYSIS OF THE ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL EFFECTS OF SUCH TRANSFER OF
    7  CONTROL  UPON  NETWORK  RELIABILITY  AND  SERVICE  QUALITY  IN  THE AREA
    8  AFFECTED BY SUCH TRANSFER OF CONTROL;
    9    (C) AN ANALYSIS OF THE ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL EFFECTS  UPON  NEW  SERVICE
   10  PROVISION  IN  RURAL  AND HIGH-COST AND LOW-INCOME AREAS WITHIN THE AREA
   11  AFFECTED BY SUCH TRANSFER OF CONTROL.
   12    FOR THE PURPOSES OF  TRIGGERING  SUCH  REPORTING  REQUIREMENT  BY  THE
   13  COMMISSION,  THERE  SHALL  BE  A REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTION OF A TRANSFER OF
   14  CONTROL OR OWNERSHIP UPON THE ACQUISITION OR ACCUMULATION BY ANY  PERSON
   15  OR  GROUP  OF  PERSONS  OF  TEN  PERCENT OR MORE OF THE SHARES OF, OR OF
   16  COMPARABLE OWNERSHIP INTEREST IN, A TELEGRAPH OR TELEPHONE  CORPORATION.
   17  SUCH  TRANSFER  OF  CONTROL  OR ACQUISITION OR ACCUMULATION OF OWNERSHIP
   18  INTERESTS SHALL ALSO BE DEEMED  TO  OCCUR  UPON  THE  SALE,  ASSIGNMENT,
   19  TRANSFER,  DIVESTITURE OF A PORTION OF A BUSINESS ENTITY, LEASE OR OTHER
   20  DISPOSAL, EITHER IN WHOLE OR PART, EITHER  BY  INVOLUNTARY  SALE  OR  BY
   21  VOLUNTARY SALE, MERGER, OR CONSOLIDATION, OR BANKRUPTCY, OF ANY TITLE TO
   22  SUCH  TELEGRAPH  OR TELEPHONE CORPORATION, EITHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE, OR
   23  OF THE LINES OR OTHER NETWORK ELEMENTS OF SUCH  TELEGRAPH  OR  TELEPHONE
   24  CORPORATION  WITHIN  THREE  OR  MORE  LOCAL  ACCESS  AND TRANSPORT AREAS
   25  (LATAS) OR COUNTIES.
   26    4. UPON THE COMPLETION OF THE REPORT UNDER SUBDIVISION THREE  OF  THIS
   27  SECTION  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  HAVE POWER AND THE DUTY TO ESTABLISH BY
   28  RULE OR REGULATION, WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF  THIS
   29  SECTION,  SUCH  CHARGES,  EXCHANGES  OF  FUNDS, FEES, METHODOLOGIES, AND
   30  MODALITIES AS ARE NECESSARY AND CONVENIENT TO  PROMOTE  AND  ENSURE  THE
   31  STATEWIDE  UNIVERSAL  AVAILABILITY OF HIGH-QUALITY ESSENTIAL SERVICES AT
   32  JUST, REASONABLE, AND AFFORDABLE RATES; TO ADVANCE THE  AVAILABILITY  OF
   33  SUCH  SERVICES  TO  ALL CONSUMERS, INCLUDING THOSE IN LOW INCOME, RURAL,
   34  INSULAR, AND HIGH COST AREAS AT RATES THAT ARE REASONABLY COMPARABLE  TO
   35  THOSE  CHARGED  IN  LOW COST AND URBAN AREAS; AND TO INCREASE ACCESS TO,
   36  AND THE UBIQUITY OF, ADVANCED TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES  AVAILABLE  TO
   37  THE  PUBLIC IN AN EQUITABLE AND NONDISCRIMINATORY MANNER. THE COMMISSION
   38  SHALL HAVE POWER AND THE DUTY TO PROMULGATE SUCH RULES OR REGULATIONS AS
   39  ARE NECESSARY AND CONVENIENT TO EFFECTUATE THE STATE POLICIES SET  FORTH
   40  IN THIS SECTION.
   41    S  13.  The public service law is amended by adding a new section 90-b
   42  to read as follows:
   43    S 90-B.  REPORTS, HEARINGS AND INVESTIGATIONS STUDYING MATTERS IN  THE
   44  PUBLIC INTEREST. THE LEGISLATURE FINDS THAT UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO AFFORDA-
   45  BLE  TELEPHONE  SERVICE HAS BEEN A LONG-STANDING TRADITION AND POLICY OF
   46  THE STATE. HOWEVER, THIS POLICY HAS COME INTO QUESTION WITH PROPOSALS BY
   47  INCUMBENT CARRIERS TO SELL SIGNIFICANT PORTIONS OF THE UPSTATE TELEPHONE
   48  NETWORK TO COMPANIES WITH LITTLE OR NO BACKGROUND IN  THE  PROVISION  OF
   49  TELEPHONE  SERVICE.  UNIVERSAL SERVICE, LONG TAKEN FOR GRANTED, MUST NOW
   50  BE REEVALUATED TO ENSURE THAT ANY FUTURE UPSTATE TELEPHONE CARRIERS WILL
   51  MAINTAIN THIS  POLICY.  THEREFORE,  THE  DEPARTMENT  SHALL  PREPARE  AND
   52  SUBMIT,  ON  OR BEFORE AUGUST FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SEVENTEEN, A REPORT TO
   53  THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, SPEAKER OF  THE  ASSEM-
   54  BLY,  MINORITY  LEADERS  OF  THE  SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND RANKING
   55  MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE ENERGY AND  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  COMMITTEE,
   56  AND  THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS,
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    1  AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS COMMITTEE. THE  REPORT  SHALL  EVALUATE  THE
    2  IMPLICATIONS OF A SALE OF A PORTION OF THE UPSTATE TELEPHONE NETWORK FOR
    3  THE  POLICY  OF UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE SERVICE. THE REPORT SHALL
    4  FURTHER  EVALUATE  THE  STANDARDS BY WHICH THE DEPARTMENT WILL ANALYZE A
    5  PROPOSED SALE.
    6    S 14. The public service law is amended by adding a new  section  90-c
    7  to read as follows:
    8    S  90-C. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS. 1. THE LEGISLATURE FINDS THAT DEPLOYING
    9  BROADBAND NETWORKS AND ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES  THROUGHOUT  NEW
   10  YORK  WILL  ENABLE  CONTINUED IMPROVEMENTS IN HEALTHCARE, PUBLIC SAFETY,
   11  EDUCATION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND  THE  CREATION  OF  JOBS,  AND  WILL
   12  FACILITATE  THE  FREE  EXCHANGE OF IDEAS THAT IS VITAL TO DEMOCRACY. THE
   13  LEGISLATURE FURTHER FINDS THAT NEW YORK'S FINANCIAL SERVICES  COMMUNITY,
   14  PUBLISHING COMMUNITY, HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITY, HIGH-TECHNOLOGY COMMU-
   15  NITY  AND OTHER WORLD-CLASS BUSINESS COMMUNITIES HAVE PLACED NEW YORK AT
   16  THE FOREFRONT OF NUMEROUS VITAL INDUSTRIES, BUT THAT TO CONTINUE TO BE A
   17  WORLD-CLASS LEADER, NEW YORK MUST  ADOPT  POLICIES  AND  PRACTICES  THAT
   18  PROMOTE  THE ROLL-OUT AND FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF BROADBAND. FINALLY, THE
   19  LEGISLATURE FINDS THAT RURAL AREAS OF NEW YORK LACK THE  MULTIPLE  TELE-
   20  COMMUNICATIONS CONNECTIONS NECESSARY TO LINK TO OUTSIDE RESOURCES DURING
   21  TIMES  OF  EMERGENCY, THAT BROADBAND NETWORKS ARE NECESSARY TO CREATE OR
   22  FACILITATE SUSTAINABLE TELEMEDICINE NETWORKS THAT CONNECT  RURAL  HEALTH
   23  CLINICS  TO  URBAN MEDICAL CENTERS, AND THAT INCREASED GOVERNMENT USE OF
   24  BROADBAND NETWORKS AND ADVANCED  COMMUNICATIONS  SERVICES  WILL  ENHANCE
   25  GOVERNMENT  OPERATIONS  THROUGH  TELEMEDICINE  FOR  HEALTHCARE, DISTANCE
   26  LEARNING FOR EDUCATION, REDUNDANT  AND  DIVERSELY-PATHED  COMMUNICATIONS
   27  NETWORKS  FOR  PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS AND TO GENERALLY PROTECT THE
   28  HEALTH AND WELFARE OF THE STATE AND ITS CITIZENS.
   29    2. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PREPARE AND SUBMIT, WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF  THE
   30  EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF  THIS  SECTION,  A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY
   31  PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY,  MINORITY  LEADERS  OF
   32  THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE
   33  ENERGY  AND  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  COMMITTEE,  AND  THE  CHAIR AND RANKING
   34  MINORITY MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS,  AUTHORITIES  AND  COMMIS-
   35  SIONS  COMMITTEE.  THE  REPORT  SHALL  STUDY IN DETAIL THE ACTUAL RETAIL
   36  AVAILABILITY OF WIRELINE, WIRELESS CELLULAR AND FIXED-WIRELESS BROADBAND
   37  COMMUNICATIONS MODALITIES ACROSS THE STATE OF NEW YORK, AND SHALL ORGAN-
   38  IZE THE DATA OF SUCH AVAILABILITY BY CENSUS TRACT.
   39    3. THE DEPARTMENT, ACTING TOGETHER WITH THE EMPIRE  STATE  DEVELOPMENT
   40  CORPORATION,  SHALL PREPARE AND SUBMIT, WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF THE EFFEC-
   41  TIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY PRESIDENT
   42  OF THE SENATE, SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF  THE  SENATE
   43  AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE ENERGY AND
   44  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  COMMITTEE, AND THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER
   45  OF THE ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS COMMITTEE. THE
   46  REPORT SHALL LIST ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, FOUNDATION, PRIVATE  SECTOR
   47  AND  OTHER FUNDS, GRANTS, LOANS AND OTHER FUNDING MECHANISMS THAT CAN BE
   48  APPLIED FOR AND USED BY THE  BROADBAND  DEVELOPMENT  AUTHORITY,  BY  THE
   49  STATE,  BY  MUNICIPAL  CORPORATIONS,  BY  NONPROFIT  CORPORATIONS AND BY
   50  PRIVATE SECTOR BUSINESSES TO FUND BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT IN NEW YORK.
   51    4. THE DEPARTMENT, ACTING TOGETHER WITH THE OFFICE FOR TECHNOLOGY  AND
   52  THE  OFFICE  OF  CYBER SECURITY AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE COORDINATION
   53  ("CSCIC") SHALL PREPARE AND SUBMIT, WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF THE  EFFECTIVE
   54  DATE  OF  THIS SECTION, A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF
   55  THE SENATE, SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF THE SENATE  AND
   56  ASSEMBLY,  CHAIR  AND  RANKING  MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE ENERGY AND
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    1  TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE, AND THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY  MEMBER
    2  OF THE ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS COMMITTEE. THE
    3  REPORT SHALL DETERMINE THE LOCATION OF ALL AREAS OF THE STATE, BY CENSUS
    4  TRACT,  THAT  DO  NOT  HAVE GENERALLY AND READILY COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE
    5  RETAIL ACCESS TO BROADBAND  WIRELINE  FACILITIES  AND/OR  FIXED-WIRELESS
    6  BROADBAND FACILITIES ("UNSERVED AREAS"); THE REPORT SHALL ALSO DETERMINE
    7  ALL  AREAS OF THE STATE, BY CENSUS TRACT, THAT DO NOT HAVE GENERALLY AND
    8  READILY COMMERCIALLY  AVAILABLE  RETAIL  ACCESS  TO  BROADBAND  WIRELINE
    9  FACILITIES  AND/OR  FIXED-WIRELESS BROADBAND FACILITIES FROM TWO OR MORE
   10  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  OR  ADVANCED   COMMUNICATIONS   SERVICES   PROVIDERS
   11  ("UNDERSERVED  AREAS");  THE REPORT SHALL ALSO DETERMINE THE LOCATION OF
   12  ALL AREAS OF THE STATE, BY CENSUS TRACT,  THAT  QUALIFY  AS  "DISTRESSED
   13  AREAS"  UNDER  THIS  CHAPTER, AND EITHER DO OR DO NOT HAVE GENERALLY AND
   14  READILY COMMERCIALLY  AVAILABLE  RETAIL  ACCESS  TO  BROADBAND  WIRELINE
   15  FACILITIES AND/OR FIXED-WIRELESS BROADBAND FACILITIES; THE REPORT SHALL,
   16  FURTHERMORE,  ASSESS  AND SET FORTH WITH SPECIFICITY THE AGGREGATE UNMET
   17  DEMAND FOR BROADBAND SERVICES IN UNSERVED,  UNDERSERVED  AND  DISTRESSED
   18  AREAS  BY  CENSUS TRACT AND BY BLOCK, LOT OR OTHER UNIQUELY IDENTIFIABLE
   19  ADMINISTRATIVE CHARACTERISTIC, AND SHALL ESTIMATE THE AMOUNT  OF  BROAD-
   20  BAND  CONNECTIVITY  THAT WOULD NEED TO BE BUILT OR OFFERED IN SUCH AREAS
   21  TO MEET THE UNMET DEMAND.  SUCH  REPORT  SHALL,  IN  ADDITION  TO  BEING
   22  SUBMITTED  TO  THE  GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND OFFICIALS SET FORTH ABOVE, BE
   23  USED TO CREATE A MAP IN STANDARD FORMAT TO BE DETERMINED BY THE NEW YORK
   24  GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS CLEARINGHOUSE AND CSCIC,  AND  CONSISTENT
   25  WITH  THE  LEGITIMATE  SECURITY CONCERNS THAT MAY BE EXPRESSED BY CSCIC,
   26  SUCH MAP SHALL BE A FULLY THREE-DIMENSIONAL REPRESENTATION OF ALL BROAD-
   27  BAND RESOURCES WITHIN THE STATE.
   28    S 15. The public service law is amended by adding a new  section  90-d
   29  to read as follows:
   30    S 90-D. LEGISLATIVE PURPOSE. 1. THE LEGISLATURE FINDS THAT:
   31    (A)  THE  PUBLIC  INTEREST IS FURTHERED AND PROTECTED BY ENSURING THAT
   32  NEW YORK'S EXISTING ENHANCED 9-1-1 ("E911") SYSTEM  FOR  WIRELINE  TELE-
   33  PHONE  SERVICE  AND  WIRELESS CELLULAR TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDE ALL THE
   34  AUTOMATIC NUMBER IDENTIFICATION ("ANI") AND AUTOMATIC LOCATION IDENTIFI-
   35  CATION ("ALI") NECESSARY TO PROTECT PUBLIC SAFETY AND RESPOND  TO  HOME-
   36  LAND  SECURITY  CONCERNS,  AND  PARTICULARLY SO IN RURAL AREAS AND ON OR
   37  NEAR NEW YORK'S COASTLINES;
   38    (B) EXISTING EMERGENCY SERVICES SYSTEMS CAN ISOLATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE
   39  AGENCIES THAT NEED INTER-CONNECTIVITY IN MEETING HOMELAND  SECURITY  AND
   40  PUBLIC SAFETY CRISES;
   41    (C)  ALL  9-1-1  CALLERS  IN  NEW  YORK,  AND THE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO
   42  RECEIVE AND ACT UPON SUCH CALLS, WOULD BE BETTER  ABLE  TO  ENHANCE  THE
   43  PUBLIC  SAFETY  WITH FLEXIBLE E911 NETWORKS THAT COULD BE INTERCONNECTED
   44  WITH LOCAL, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL INTERNET PROTOCOL BASED NETWORKS,  AND
   45  THAT  COULD  BE  FLEXIBLY  ADAPTED AND SCALED TO MEET THE CHALLENGES NEW
   46  COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY PLACE UPON E911 NETWORKS; AND
   47    (D) CLEAR LINES OF AUTHORITY AND ORGANIZATION IN  THE  DEPLOYMENT  AND
   48  ADMINISTRATION  OF  PUBLIC  SAFETY  ANSWERING POINTS SHOULD BE A GOAL OF
   49  STATE E911 POLICY.
   50    2. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PREPARE AND SUBMIT, WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF  THE
   51  DATE THIS SECTION BECOMES LAW A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY PRESI-
   52  DENT  OF  THE  SENATE,  SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF THE
   53  SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY  MEMBER  OF  THE  SENATE
   54  ENERGY  AND  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  COMMITTEE,  AND  THE  CHAIR AND RANKING
   55  MINORITY MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS,  AUTHORITIES  AND  COMMIS-
   56  SIONS  COMMITTEE.  THE  REPORT SHALL STUDY IN DETAIL THE TECHNICAL CHAL-
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    1  LENGES FACING AND POTENTIALLY DEGRADING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF NEW  YORK'S
    2  EXISTING  E911  NETWORKS,  AND SHALL STUDY AND REPORT UPON IN DETAIL THE
    3  NEXT-GENERATION TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS,  AND  NATIONAL  STANDARDS,  AND
    4  POTENTIALLY  AMELIORATIVE  SYSTEMS  AND  PROCEDURES PROPOSED BY NATIONAL
    5  PUBLIC SAFETY EXPERT ASSOCIATIONS SUCH  AS,  BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO,  THE
    6  NATIONAL  EMERGENCY  NUMBERING  ASSOCIATION ("NENA"), THE ASSOCIATION OF
    7  PUBLIC-SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS OFFICIALS ("APCO"), AND THE NATIONAL PUBLIC
    8  SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL.
    9    3. THE DEPARTMENT, ACTING TOGETHER WITH THE STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
   10  OFFICE, THE STATE OFFICE OF FIRE PREVENTION AND CONTROL, AND  THE  STATE
   11  POLICE,  SHALL  PREPARE  AND SUBMIT, WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE
   12  DATE OF THIS SECTION, A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY  PRESIDENT  OF
   13  THE  SENATE, SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF THE SENATE AND
   14  ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF  THE  SENATE  ENERGY  AND
   15  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  COMMITTEE, AND THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER
   16  OF THE ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS COMMITTEE. THE
   17  REPORT SHALL EXAMINE THE CURRENT E911 SYSTEMS FUNDING MECHANISMS, STATE-
   18  WIDE, REGIONAL, COUNTY AND LOCAL ADMINISTRATION OF E911 FACILITIES,  THE
   19  EXTENT OR LACK THEREOF OF THE COMMISSION'S EXISTING REGULATORY AUTHORITY
   20  OF E911 ISSUES IN NEW YORK, AND SUCH OTHER PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUES DIRECTLY
   21  ARISING  FROM  THE CURRENT E911 IMPLEMENTATIONS IN NEW YORK AS IS NECES-
   22  SARY AND CONVENIENT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC INTEREST.
   23    4. WITHIN SIXTY DAYS AFTER THE SUBMISSION OF THE REPORTS  REQUIRED  BY
   24  SUBDIVISIONS TWO AND THREE OF THIS SECTION, THE COMMISSION SHALL CONVENE
   25  A  SERIES OF PUBLIC HEARINGS TO DISCUSS NEW YORK'S EXISTING E911 SYSTEMS
   26  AND NETWORKS AND THE FINDINGS OF SUCH REPORTS IN NEW YORK TO CLARIFY THE
   27  PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES INVOLVED THAT MIGHT REQUIRE LEGISLATIVE ATTENTION.
   28    S 16. The public service law is amended by adding a new  section  90-e
   29  to read as follows:
   30    S  90-E.  WIRELESS  TELEPHONE  QUALITY,  RELIABILITY AND AFFORDABILITY
   31  STUDY. 1.  WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF  THIS
   32  SECTION, THE COMMISSION SHALL STUDY AND REPORT ON THE QUALITY, RELIABIL-
   33  ITY,  AND  AFFORDABILITY,  OF  WIRELESS TELEPHONE SERVICE, INCLUDING WHY
   34  SUBDIVISION SIX OF SECTION FIVE OF THIS CHAPTER SHOULD NOT BE  REPEALED.
   35  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL ALSO, AS PART OF SUCH STUDY, DETERMINE WHAT RULES
   36  AND REGULATIONS SHALL BE NECESSARY:
   37    (A) TO ENHANCE CONSUMER  PROTECTIONS  CURRENTLY  OFFERED  TO  WIRELESS
   38  TELEPHONE SERVICES CONSUMERS;
   39    (B)  TO  ESTABLISH AND SAFEGUARD WIRELESS TELEPHONE SERVICE QUALITY SO
   40  THAT IT IS REASONABLY COMPARABLE TO THE WIRELINE SERVICE QUALITY  NECES-
   41  SARY TO SAFEGUARD CITIZEN ACCESS TO E911; AND
   42    (C)  TO  PROTECT  THE  PUBLIC  INTEREST,  PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH AND
   43  WELFARE.
   44    2. THE STUDY SHALL INCLUDE A DETAILED ANALYSIS EXAMINING  WHETHER  THE
   45  WIRELESS TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDERS' POLICIES INCLUDE ADEQUATE CONSUMER
   46  PROTECTIONS INCLUDING WHETHER:
   47    (A)  THERE  IS SUFFICIENT WRITTEN DISCLOSURE IN THE COMPANY'S CONSUMER
   48  SERVICE CONTRACT WITH RESPECT TO THE CALLING  AREA  FOR  THE  PLAN,  THE
   49  MONTHLY  ACCESS  FEE  OR  BASE  CHARGE;  THE  NUMBER  OF AIRTIME MINUTES
   50  INCLUDED IN THE PLAN; ANY NIGHT AND WEEKEND MINUTES INCLUDED IN THE PLAN
   51  OR OTHER DIFFERING CHARGES FOR DIFFERING TIME PERIODS AND THE TIME PERI-
   52  ODS WHEN NIGHT AND WEEKEND MINUTES OR OTHER CHARGES APPLY;  THE  CHARGES
   53  FOR  EXCESS  OR  ADDITIONAL  MINUTES;  WHETHER OR NOT, AND THE EXTENT TO
   54  WHICH, PER-MINUTE DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL LONG  DISTANCE  CHARGES  ARE
   55  INCLUDED IN OTHER RATES, AND, TO THE EXTENT NOT INCLUDED, THE APPLICABLE
   56  PER-MINUTE LONG DISTANCE RATES; PER-MINUTE ROAMING OR OFF-NETWORK CHARG-
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    1  ES; THE AMOUNT OF ANY ADDITIONAL TAXES, FEES, OR SURCHARGES THAT WILL BE
    2  COLLECTED OR RETAINED BY THE WIRELESS TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDER; IF THE
    3  PLAN  REQUIRES A FIXED-TERM CONTRACT, THE DURATION OF SUCH CONTRACT; THE
    4  AMOUNT  OF  ANY EARLY TERMINATION FEE AND THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH ANY
    5  SUCH EARLY TERMINATION FEE WOULD APPLY,  INCLUDING  THE  LENGTH  OF  ANY
    6  TRIAL PERIOD DURING WHICH NO EARLY TERMINATION FEE WOULD APPLY;
    7    (B) THE FIRST BILL RENDERED BY THE WIRELESS TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDER
    8  TO  THE  CUSTOMER SHALL INCLUDE NOTICE OF THE TERMS ON AND THE PERIOD OF
    9  TIME DURING WHICH SUCH SERVICE MAY  BE  TERMINATED  WITHOUT  PENALTY;  A
   10  STATEMENT  NOTIFYING  THE CUSTOMER THAT THE SERVICE INCLUDES BASIC WIRE-
   11  LESS 911 SERVICE; THE INFORMATION WHICH IS INCLUDED IN  THE  EDUCATIONAL
   12  PLAN FOR INFORMING THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE ENHANCED WIRELESS 911 SERVICE IN
   13  NEW  YORK  STATE  REQUIRED BY SUBDIVISION EIGHT OF SECTION THREE HUNDRED
   14  TWENTY-EIGHT OF THE COUNTY LAW  AND  WHICH  IS  AN  EXPLANATION  OF  THE
   15  ENHANCED   WIRELESS   911   SYSTEM   AND   A   PROGRESS  REPORT  ON  THE
   16  COUNTY-BY-COUNTY IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STATEWIDE SYSTEM; WEBSITE  INFOR-
   17  MATION  TO PERMIT THE CONSUMER TO ACCESS SUCH INFORMATION VIA THE INTER-
   18  NET IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBDIVISION EIGHT OF SECTION THREE HUNDRED  TWEN-
   19  TY-EIGHT  OF  THE COUNTY LAW; THE TOLL-FREE HOTLINE NUMBER BY WHICH SUCH
   20  INFORMATION MAY BE ACCESSED BY THE CONSUMER IN ACCORDANCE WITH  SUBDIVI-
   21  SION  EIGHT OF SECTION THREE HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT OF THE COUNTY LAW; AND
   22  BASED UPON CUSTOMER SUPPLIED  INFORMATION  REGARDING  ANTICIPATED  USAGE
   23  PATTERNS  AND UPON SUCH CUSTOMER'S REQUEST, A GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE OF THE
   24  MONTHLY  FIXED  AND  USAGE  CHARGES  AND  ADDITIONAL  TAXES,  FEES,   OR
   25  SURCHARGES  AND  OF THE ANTICIPATED TOTAL MONTHLY BILL FOR SUCH CUSTOMER
   26  UNDER SUCH PLAN;
   27    (C) WIRELESS TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDERS HAVE  ADEQUATELY  ESTABLISHED
   28  PROCEDURES FOR DISCLOSURE AT ANY POINT OF SALE OR OF CONTACT WITH POTEN-
   29  TIAL  OR  EXISTING RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS OF MAPS DISPLAYING THE WIRELESS
   30  TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDER'S OUTSIDE COVERAGE WITHIN THE STATE AND WITH-
   31  IN EACH COUNTY OF THE STATE IN WHICH SUCH PROVIDER PROVIDES SERVICE;
   32    (D) WIRELESS TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDERS  CLEARLY  DESCRIBE  IN  PLAIN
   33  LANGUAGE  THE  PRODUCTS  AND SERVICES FOR WHICH CHARGES ARE IMPOSED, AND
   34  SHALL CONFORM TO FORMAT  STANDARDS  ESTABLISHED  BY  THE  BOARD  IN  THE
   35  CUSTOMER'S MONTHLY BILL;
   36    (E) WIRELESS TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDERS OFFER CUSTOMERS A TRIAL PERI-
   37  OD  WHICH  AFTER THE FIRST BILL IS RENDERED TO SUCH CUSTOMER FOR MONTHLY
   38  SERVICE FOLLOWING  SERVICE  ACTIVATION  AND  DURING  WHICH  PERIOD  SUCH
   39  CUSTOMER  MAY,  AFTER  PAYMENT FOR SERVICES USED, TERMINATE SUCH SERVICE
   40  WITHOUT INCURRING ANY TERMINATION FEES OR CHARGES OR ANY  OTHER  PENALTY
   41  OF  ANY KIND AND MAY, UPON THE RETURN OF ANY HANDSET BOUGHT OR LEASED IN
   42  CONNECTION WITH SUCH SERVICE, RECEIVE A PRO RATA REFUND OF  ANY  AMOUNTS
   43  PAID FOR SUCH HANDSET;
   44    (F)  WIRELESS  TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDERS HAVE ESTABLISHED PROCEDURES
   45  FOR THE NOTIFICATION OF RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS AT LEAST  THIRTY  DAYS  IN
   46  ADVANCE OF ANY CHANGE IN RATES, CHARGES, TERMS, OR CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
   47  FOR SUCH CUSTOMERS; AND
   48    (G)  WIRELESS  TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDERS HAVE ESTABLISHED PROCEDURES
   49  FOR THE TIMELY PRIOR NOTICE TO RESIDENTIAL  CUSTOMERS  OF  THE  WIRELESS
   50  TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDER'S INTENT TO TERMINATE SUCH CUSTOMER'S SERVICE
   51  SUCH  THAT,  AT  A MINIMUM, SUCH CUSTOMER IS FULLY ADVISED OF THE AMOUNT
   52  WHICH MUST BE PAID TO MAINTAIN SERVICE, THE PROCEDURES AVAILABLE TO MAKE
   53  SUCH PAYMENTS SO THAT THE TERMINATION MAY BE  AVOIDED  AND  THE  BOARD'S
   54  COMPLAINT HANDLING PROCEDURES.
   55    3.  THE COMMISSION SHALL DELIVER THE REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY
   56  PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY,  MINORITY  LEADERS  OF
       A. 2118                            47

    1  THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE
    2  ENERGY  AND  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  COMMITTEE,  AND  THE  CHAIR AND RANKING
    3  MINORITY MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS,  AUTHORITIES  AND  COMMIS-
    4  SIONS COMMITTEE.
    5    4. THE COMMISSION SHALL, AT THE COMPLETION OF THE STUDY AND SIMULTANE-
    6  OUSLY  WITH THE DELIVERY OF THE REPORT, BEGIN A RULEMAKING PROCEEDING TO
    7  IMPLEMENT SUCH RULES AS MAY BE DETERMINED DURING THE STUDY TO BE  NECES-
    8  SARY AND CONVENIENT TO EFFECTUATE THE REQUIREMENTS OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF
    9  THIS SECTION.
   10    S  17.  The public service law is amended by adding a new section 90-f
   11  to read as follows:
   12    S 90-F.  LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND DECLARATION. 1. IT IS  HEREBY  FOUND
   13  AND  DECLARED  THAT  UNIVERSAL, AFFORDABLE AND HIGH QUALITY TELECOMMUNI-
   14  CATIONS SERVICES THAT MEET THE NEEDS OF INDIVIDUALS  AND  BUSINESSES  IN
   15  THE  STATE ARE NECESSARY AND VITAL TO THE WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT OF OUR
   16  SOCIETY. IT IS, AND HAS BEEN  THE  GOAL  OF  THE  STATE  TO  ENSURE  THE
   17  UNIVERSAL  AVAILABILITY  AND  ACCESSIBILITY  OF HIGH QUALITY, AFFORDABLE
   18  TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES TO ALL RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN THE STATE
   19  AND TO ENSURE THAT PROVIDERS OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES IN THE STATE
   20  PROVIDE  HIGH  QUALITY  CUSTOMER  SERVICE  AND  HIGH  QUALITY  TECHNICAL
   21  SERVICE.  ALL  NEW  YORK RESIDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO EXPECT TO RECEIVE A
   22  SIMILAR LEVEL OF HIGH QUALITY SERVICE REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY  LIVE  OR
   23  WHO  PROVIDES THEIR SERVICE. THE COMMISSION MUST MAKE USE OF ITS MAXIMUM
   24  AUTHORITY TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE  BY  ENSURING
   25  THAT  TELEPHONE  SERVICE  QUALITY DOES NOT ERODE TO THE POINT THAT E-911
   26  SERVICE IS ENDANGERED BY PERSISTENT, EXTENDED, OR CHRONIC LOSS OF  DIAL-
   27  TONE,  OR  BY  THE  FAILURE  OF  INTERMODAL  CARRIERS  TO  PROVIDE E-911
   28  SERVICES, OR BY SUCH OTHER EROSION OF SERVICE QUALITY THAT WOULD TEND TO
   29  UNDERMINE THE ABILITY OF THE VARIOUS CITIZENS OF NEW YORK TO  ENGAGE  IN
   30  PROTECTED  SPEECH  OVER  THE TELEPHONE NETWORKS AND LINES AND FACILITIES
   31  AND EQUIPMENT UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE COMMISSION.
   32    2. THE COMMISSION SHALL COMMENCE A STUDY  TO  SURVEY  SERVICE  QUALITY
   33  PRACTICES AND STANDARDS OF PROVIDERS OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES THAT
   34  WILL  LEAD  TO  LEGISLATIVE  AND  REGULATORY  RECOMMENDATIONS.  FOR  THE
   35  PURPOSES OF  THIS  SECTION,  "TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICE  PROVIDER"  OR
   36  "PROVIDER  OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES" SHALL MEAN A TELEPHONE CORPO-
   37  RATION, OR OTHER PROVIDER OF TELEPHONE SERVICES, CERTIFIED IN THE  STATE
   38  WITH THE AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE INTRASTATE TOLL AND LOCAL EXCHANGE SERVICE
   39  USING EITHER ITS OWN OR LEASED FACILITIES. THE COMMISSION SHALL ALSO, AS
   40  PART OF SUCH STUDY, DETERMINE WHAT RULES AND REGULATIONS SHALL BE NECES-
   41  SARY:
   42    (A)  TO  ENHANCE  CONSUMER  PROTECTIONS  CURRENTLY OFFERED TO WIRELINE
   43  TELEPHONE SERVICES CONSUMERS;
   44    (B) TO ESTABLISH AND SAFEGUARD WIRELINE TELEPHONE SERVICE  QUALITY  SO
   45  THAT  IT IS REASONABLY COMPARABLE TO THE WIRELINE SERVICE QUALITY NECES-
   46  SARY TO SAFEGUARD CITIZEN ACCESS TO E911; AND
   47    (C) TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC  INTEREST,  PUBLIC  SAFETY  AND  HEALTH  AND
   48  WELFARE.
   49    3.  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  SPECIFICALLY STUDY SERVICE AND RELIABILITY
   50  ISSUES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, AREAS OF THE STATE THAT EXPERIENCE
   51  CHRONIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS OUTAGES, CUSTOMER SERVICE PROVIDERS OF  TELE-
   52  COMMUNICATION   SERVICES,  INSTALLATION  OF  TELECOMMUNICATION  SERVICES
   53  ISSUES, NETWORK PERFORMANCE, DATA COLLECTION BY PROVIDERS OF  TELECOMMU-
   54  NICATIONS  SERVICES,  THE PREVIOUS EFFECT OF PERFORMANCE-BASED INCENTIVE
   55  PLANS UPON SERVICE QUALITY PROVIDED BY WIRELINE PROVIDERS,  WHETHER  AND
   56  HOW  THE  COMMISSION'S PRE-TWO THOUSAND ONE SERVICE QUALITY AND CONSUMER
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    1  PROTECTION RULES AND REGULATIONS CAN BE EXPANDED TO BE EQUALLY  APPLICA-
    2  BLE  TO  ALL  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  PROVIDERS THAT PROVIDE E911 AND IN ANY
    3  MARKETING MATERIALS PRESENT THEIR COMPANY OR PRODUCT  AS  A  REPLACEMENT
    4  FOR  PRIMARY  LINE  TELEPHONE SERVICE USED BY CONSUMERS IN NEW YORK, AND
    5  ISSUES CONCERNING REPORTING UPON  SERVICE  QUALITY  AND  OTHER  CONSUMER
    6  PROTECTION RELATED ISSUES, PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT SUCH REPORTING REQUIRE-
    7  MENTS  SHALL  BE  EXAMINED  BY  THE  COMMISSION  FOR  METHODS THAT MIGHT
    8  DECREASE THE COST OF COMPLIANCE BY SUCH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROVIDERS.
    9    4. THE COMMISSION SHALL ISSUE  A  REPORT  OF  ITS  FINDINGS  INCLUDING
   10  LEGISLATIVE  AND  REGULATORY  RECOMMENDATIONS  TO ENHANCE RELIABILITY OF
   11  PROVIDERS OF TELEPHONE SERVICE TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY  PRESIDENT  OF
   12  THE  SENATE,  SPEAKER  OF THE ASSEMBLY, CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON
   13  ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND CHAIR OF  THE  ASSEMBLY  COMMITTEE  ON
   14  CORPORATIONS,  AUTHORITIES  AND  COMMISSIONS  WITHIN  ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY
   15  DAYS.
   16    5. THE COMMISSION SHALL, AT THE COMPLETION OF THE STUDY AND SIMULTANE-
   17  OUSLY WITH THE DELIVERY OF THE REPORT, BEGIN A RULEMAKING PROCEEDING  TO
   18  IMPLEMENT  SUCH RULES AS MAY BE DETERMINED DURING THE STUDY TO BE NECES-
   19  SARY AND CONVENIENT TO EFFECTUATE THE REQUIREMENTS OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF
   20  THIS SECTION.
   21    S 18. Applicability of other laws. The provisions of section seven  of
   22  this  act  are  intended to be consistent with the Federal Cable Act, 47
   23  U.S.C.  S521, et. seq., and nothing in this act shall be interpreted  to
   24  prevent  a  voice  provider, cable operator or municipality from seeking
   25  clarification of its rights and obligations under federal  law.  In  the
   26  event  that any cable operator obtains relief through judicial, adminis-
   27  trative, or executive action from any obligation imposed under this act,
   28  or from any obligation in a franchise agreement that gives  rise  to  an
   29  obligation  of  another  cable  operator under this act, all other cable
   30  operators shall be deemed to be relieved of their obligations under this
   31  act within the same geographic area and to the same extent.
   32    S 19. Severability. If any provision of this act or its application to
   33  any person or circumstance is held invalid,  this  invalidity  does  not
   34  affect  other  provisions  or applications of this act that can be given
   35  effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the
   36  provisions of this act are declared to be severable.
   37    S 20. This act shall take effect immediately.
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