Electric utilities; provision of broadband services to unserved areas. (HB2691)

Introduced By

Del. Israel O'Quinn (R-Bristol) with support from co-patron Del. Jeff Campbell (R-Marion)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Electric utilities; provision of broadband services. Requires the State Corporation Commission to establish pilot programs under which Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power may submit a proposal to provide or make available broadband capacity to non-governmental internet service providers in areas of the Commonwealth that are unserved by broadband. The costs of Dominion Power's proposal are capped at $60 million annually. The provision of such broadband capacity is declared to be in the public interest. The measure authorizes the utilities to recover the net costs of the pilot program from customers through a rate adjustment clause. The measure authorizes such utility to become licensed to own or lease broadband capacity equipment. The measure requires the Commission to conduct proceedings to determine whether an area is unserved by broadband. Read the Bill »


02/20/2019: Passed the Senate


01/14/2019Presented and ordered printed 19104679D
01/14/2019Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/17/2019Assigned C & L sub: Subcommittee #3
01/24/2019Impact statement from SCC (HB2691)
01/24/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/24/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (10-Y 0-N)
01/31/2019Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2019Committee substitute printed 19105782D-H1
02/03/2019Read first time
02/04/2019Read second time
02/04/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19105782D-H1
02/04/2019Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2691H1
02/05/2019Read third time and passed House (96-Y 2-N 1-A)
02/05/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 2-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/06/2019Impact statement from SCC (HB2691H1)
02/06/2019Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2019Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/18/2019Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendments (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2019Rereferred to Finance
02/18/2019Reported from Finance (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2019Read third time
02/20/2019Reading of amendments waived
02/20/2019Committee amendments agreed to
02/20/2019Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/20/2019Passed Senate with amendments (38-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/20/2019Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2019Passed Senate with amendments (39-Y 0-N 1-A)

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