Telecommunications companies; incentives, provision of wireless broadband services. (SB1317)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Incentives for telecommunications companies; provision of wireless broadband services. Directs the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission to award at least $10 million per year in grants to cover expenditures for the purchase and installation of wireless and broadband equipment to rural service areas in the Commonwealth. The bill defines "rural service areas" as any locality with a mean broadband download speed of less than 10 megabits per second, and a mean broadband upload speed of less than one megabit per second. The bill also establishes a sales tax exemption, which would be phased in over four years, for property sold or leased to a telecommunications company and used directly in the rendition of its public service. Amends § 58.1-609.3, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102885D
01/07/2019Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/14/2019Rereferred from Commerce and Labor (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/14/2019Rereferred to Finance
01/22/2019Passed by indefinitely in Finance (9-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)

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