Competitive telephone companies; regulation of local exchange companies, duties. (SB584)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield) with support from 14 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Sen. Chuck Colgan (D-Manassas), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond), Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg), Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk), Sen. Phil Puckett (D-Tazewell), Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville), Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland), Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester), Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Regulation of competitive telephone companies. Establishes a procedure by which certain telephone companies may elect to be regulated as competitive telephone companies. A competitive telephone company will be exempt from the Securities Act and the Utility Transfer Act. The SCC shall continue to have jurisdiction over wholesale telephone services and issues, including the payment of switched network access rates or other intercarrier compensation, interconnection, porting, and numbering. A competitive telephone company in its incumbent territory will continue to be obligated to extend or expand its facilities to furnish retail voice service and facilities when the person, firm, or corporation does not have service available from one or more alternative providers of wireline or terrestrial wireless communications services at prevailing market rates. A competitive telephone company shall have the obligation to provide access to emergency 911 service to its end-user retail customers. The SCC will continue not to have power to regulate contracts between telephone companies and the Commonwealth and its agencies. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2014Presented and ordered printed 14103197D
01/10/2014Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/16/2014Impact statement from SCC (SB584)
01/20/2014Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2014Committee substitute printed 14104030D-S1
01/22/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
01/23/2014Read second time
01/23/2014Reading of substitute waived
01/23/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104030D-S1
01/23/2014Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB584S1
01/23/2014Impact statement from SCC (SB584)
01/24/2014Impact statement from SCC (SB584S1)
01/24/2014Read third time and passed Senate (37-Y 0-N)
01/31/2014Placed on Calendar
01/31/2014Read first time
01/31/2014Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/25/2014Reported from Commerce and Labor (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2014Read second time
02/28/2014Read third time
02/28/2014Passed House (96-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/28/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/05/2014Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB584ER)
03/05/2014Signed by Speaker
03/06/2014Impact statement from SCC (SB584ER)
03/08/2014Signed by President
03/27/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 376 (effective 7/1/14)
03/27/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0376)


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 45 seconds.