Broadband service providers; fiber optic broadband lines, railroad crossings. (HB2224)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Head (R-Roanoke)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Broadband service providers; fiber optic broadband lines; railroad crossings. Establishes a procedure by which a broadband service provider may obtain approval to place its fiber optic broadband lines across a railroad right-of-way. The measure provides that a broadband service provider may submit to the railroad company a notice of intent to construct, accompanied by a specification exhibit and a standard crossing fee of $750; if the railroad does not claim within 35 days that special circumstances exist or that the required specification exhibit is inadequate or incomplete, the broadband service provider is deemed to have authorization to commence placing the fiber optic broadband line across the railroad's right-of-way. The measure provides that a railroad company that believes that special circumstances exist may file a petition for relief with the State Corporation Commission. The bill requires the Commission to adopt regulations prescribing the terms and conditions for a crossing. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/13/2021Committee
01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100720D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on Communications, Technology and Innovation
01/19/2021Impact statement from SCC (HB2224)
02/01/2021Tabled in Communications, Technology and Innovation (12-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)