Cable television systems and cooperatives; negotiate in good faith to resolve certain issues. (SB652)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta) with support from co-patron Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Pole attachments; cable television systems and cooperatives.  Requires cable television systems and cooperatives to negotiate in good faith to resolve certain issues, including the rates, terms, and conditions of contracts permitting attachments by a cable television system to a cooperative's poles. If an issue cannot be resolved, either party may petition the State Corporation Commission to resolve the issue. In adjudicating the issue, the Commission shall ensure that the cooperative is compensated by the cable television system for certain costs. Annually commencing July 1, 2012, cable television systems are required to pay an annual fee to the Commission equal to $1.00 for each attachment to a cooperative's pole. Each cooperative is required to make a survey of cable television system attachments on its poles every 36 months.  Beginning in 2013, cooperatives will be required to report to the Commission on the number of each cable television system's attachments. In addition, if any cable television system attachment interferes with, obstructs, or delays the service or operations of a cooperative or creates a safety hazard, the cooperative may take immediate action to remedy the situation at the cable television system's expense. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/20/2012Presented and ordered printed 12103911D
01/20/2012Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/25/2012Impact statement from SCC (SB652)
02/06/2012Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2012Committee substitute printed 12104806D-S1
02/08/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2012Impact statement from SCC (SB652S1)
02/09/2012Read second time
02/09/2012Reading of substitute waived
02/09/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104806D-S1
02/09/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB652S1
02/10/2012Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2012Placed on Calendar
02/17/2012Read first time
02/17/2012Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/21/2012Reported from Commerce and Labor (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2012Read second time
02/24/2012Read third time
02/24/2012Passed House (96-Y 0-N 2-A)
02/24/2012VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/29/2012Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB652ER)
02/29/2012Impact statement from SCC (SB652ER)
02/29/2012Signed by President
02/29/2012Signed by Speaker
04/06/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 674 (effective 7/1/12)
04/06/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0674)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.