Bill Text: NY A04143 | 2013-2014 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Enacts the "omnibus telecommunications reform act of 2014".

Status: (Introduced) 2014-01-24 - print number 4143a [A04143 Detail]

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                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                        4143--A
                              2013-2014 Regular Sessions
                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y
                                   February 1, 2013
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       Introduced  by M. of A. PRETLOW -- read once and referred to the Commit-
         tee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions -- recommitted to the
         Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions  in  accordance
         with  Assembly  Rule  3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill amended,
         ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
       AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, the public service law,  and
         the  executive  law,  in  relation to reforming the telecommunications
         sector of the New York economy, by  creating  a  broadband  authority,
         authorizing statewide cable franchises for the purposes of competitive
         cable  service, promoting the wide-spread development of high-capacity
         broadband internet access, and increasing the availability and quality
         of services in this key economic development  area  and  ensuring  the
         safety, reliability and affordability of telecommunications services
         THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
    1    Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
    2  the "omnibus telecommunications reform act of 2014".
    3    S  2. Legislative findings. 1. a. It is and has been the long-standing
    4  policy of the state of New York that every resident and business in  the
    5  state  of  New York has a right to have equal physical and social access
    6  to adequate telecommunications services at just  and  reasonable  rates,
    7  because  universal access to the benefits of telephony is fundamental to
    8  effective communication, quality of life, economic  development,  public
    9  safety  and  security, and democratic participation. Telecommunications,
   10  however, is undergoing dramatic changes with  new  technologies  driving
   11  the  ways  people  communicate with one another. No matter the source or
   12  vehicle by which people communicate with each other, the people of  this
   13  state  have  the right to adequate service at just and reasonable rates.
   14  Therefore, all telecommunications services must meet the highest  stand-
   15  ards  of  quality,  reliability,  and  safety--including  protecting and
   16  expanding the system of emergency 911 service--which requires sufficient
        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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    1  investment in telecommunications infrastructure and, as  many  years  of
    2  experience  have  shown,  adequate  staffing provided by trained, career
    3  employees operating under the applicable safety codes and regulations.
    4    b.  While  the  state's  long-standing  mission  has  been  to provide
    5  universal, affordable and reliable service to all New Yorkers, all citi-
    6  zens of the state do not have equal access to  communications  technolo-
    7  gies  that  are  becoming  the standard bearers for the 21st century. In
    8  fact, the state lags behind in deploying communication networks that are
    9  the foundation of modern telecommunications. The lack of  deployment  of
   10  high-capacity  telecommunications  infrastructure services ("broadband")
   11  in rural, underserved, unserved, economically distressed and other areas
   12  of the state is affected with a public interest; the rates, services and
   13  operations of cable television companies  are  affected  with  a  public
   14  interest and it is imperative that the state fairly regulate cable tele-
   15  vision  services in the interest of the public, and; the public interest
   16  is furthered by comprehensive action in the area of  telecommunications,
   17  and by the state's continued promotion of universally available telecom-
   18  munications  services  of  adequate  service  quality  and at affordable
   19  rates, particularly in rural, high-cost and low income  areas,  and  the
   20  state's entry into promoting the universal availability and physical and
   21  social  access  to  high-quality  broadband  and advanced communications
   22  services at affordable rates.
   23    c.  The  deployment  of  high-capacity  broadband   telecommunications
   24  networks  and  advanced communications networks throughout New York will
   25  promote improvements in healthcare, public safety,  education,  consumer
   26  choice, and the economy.
   27    d.  State  action  and  public-private  partnerships will be needed to
   28  deepen investment in, promote demand for,  stimulate  adoption  of,  and
   29  remove  barriers  to the development of universally deployed world-class
   30  high-capacity broadband networks, providing  services  to  business  and
   31  residential  consumers  in  all areas of the state at competitive prices
   32  with adequate service quality.
   33    e. Reasonably unfettered access of  the  citizenry  to  the  maximally
   34  diverse  Internet is in the public interest, consistent however with the
   35  need or company choice of telecommunications providers to  block,  limit
   36  or  otherwise  restrict the passage of electronic mail messages or other
   37  content that transmit, portray, describe, represent or otherwise contain
   38  matters such as child pornography or similar obscenity,  other  unlawful
   39  material,  threats  of serious bodily harm, threats to the public safety
   40  and homeland security, threats of death  to  individuals  or  groups  of
   41  individuals,  viruses  or  similar  computer generated programs or codes
   42  that have the potential to harm computer hardware and/or software and/or
   43  networks, excessive unsolicited commercial email that degrades or inter-
   44  feres with or harms the normal  operation  of  broadband  networks,  and
   45  other  similar  types  or  forms  of material or software (the foregoing
   46  examples are illustrative, not  exhaustive  of  such  threats  to  users
   47  and/or the network).
   48    2.  a.  New  cable television services regulation is necessary to: (i)
   49  promote adequate, affordable and efficient cable television  service  to
   50  the  citizens  and  residents  of  the state; (ii) encourage the optimum
   51  development of the educational, government and community-service  poten-
   52  tials  of the cable television medium; (iii) provide just and reasonable
   53  rates for cable television service  without  geographic  discrimination;
   54  (iv)  protect  the  interests  of  the  municipalities  of this state in
   55  relation to the issuance of municipal consents  for  the  operations  of
   56  cable  television  companies  in those jurisdictions; (v) to protect the
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    1  right of consumers to  access  the  lawful  internet  content  of  their
    2  choice, to run applications and use services of their choice, subject to
    3  the  requirements  of  law  enforcement,  and to connect their choice of
    4  legal  devices  that  do  not  harm the network; and (vi) cooperate with
    5  other states and with the federal government in promoting and coordinat-
    6  ing efforts to regulate  cable  television  effectively  in  the  public
    7  interest.
    8    b.  Competition  in the provisioning of cable service is emerging with
    9  the convergence of preexisting and new technologies for providing voice,
   10  video and data services, which results in increased  investment  in  the
   11  state, lower prices and improved service offerings for consumers.
   12    c. Increased investment and the potential for competition in the cable
   13  service  market  through the provisioning of new communications services
   14  and  deployment  of  advanced  communications   infrastructure   further
   15  enhances  economic  opportunities, public safety, and the overall health
   16  and well-being of the residents of the state.
   17    d. State-issued franchises for the provision  of  cable  service  will
   18  promote  and  facilitate the deployment of advanced technologies and new
   19  services to all classes of communities and protect New York's ability to
   20  compete in the national and international marketplace for  industry  and
   21  jobs.
   22    e.  Modifying  existing cable service regulation through the enactment
   23  of new standards and procedures that provide consumers with access to  a
   24  competitive  facilities-based  cable  market  and also preserves munici-
   25  palities historic authority to manage public  rights-of-way,  collect  a
   26  franchise  fee  up  to  five percent of gross revenue, administer public
   27  educational and government access channels, enforce consumer protections
   28  and ensure competitive cable services are delivered in a  nondiscrimina-
   29  tory manner is warranted in this state.
   30    f. Nothing in this act shall be seen to limit or reduce the protection
   31  afforded  to  cable  television  customers,  broadband internet services
   32  customers, telephone customers, and customers of advanced communications
   33  services generally, and it is in the  public  interest  to  ensure  that
   34  customers  continue  to  be provided a high level of customer protection
   35  and customer service in a more competitive market.
   36    3. Therefore, the legislature declares that the state needs to  funda-
   37  mentally  reform  the  three  key pillars of its vast telecommunications
   38  system--telephone, broadband internet access  and  cable  television--to
   39  provide  21st  Century technology to all New Yorkers that is safe, reli-
   40  able and affordable.
   41    S 3.   Article 11 and sections 4000,  4001  and  4002  of  the  public
   42  authorities  law, article 11 as renumbered by chapter 168 of the laws of
   43  1975 and sections 4000, 4001 and 4002 as renumbered by  chapter  182  of
   44  the  laws of 2005, are renumbered article 12 and sections 4200, 4201 and
   45  4202 and a new article 11 is added to read as follows:
   46                                 ARTICLE 11
   47                       BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
   48  SECTION 4100. SHORT TITLE.
   49          4101. BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
   50          4102. DEFINITIONS.
   51          4103. POWERS OF THE AUTHORITY.
   52          4104. BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
   53          4105. BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT COUNCIL.
   54          4106. APPLICATIONS FOR BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT FINANCING; RESPONSI-
   55                  BILITIES OF THE APPLICANT TO PROVIDE SAFE, RELIABLE  AND
   56                  AFFORDABLE SERVICE.
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    1          4107. BONDS AND NOTES OF THE AUTHORITY.
    2          4108. BONDS AND NOTES; PERSONAL LIABILITY.
    3          4109. RIGHTS  OF  AUTHORITY  TO  FULFILL  TERMS OF AGREEMENT NOT
    4                  LIMITED, ALTERED, OR IMPAIRED.
    5          4110. REMEDIES OF BONDHOLDERS AND NOTEHOLDERS.
    6          4111. GRANTS OR LOANS OF PUBLIC  OR  PRIVATE  FUNDS  OR  IN-KIND
    7                   MATERIAL.
    8          4112. EXEMPTION FROM TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS.
    9          4113. BROADBAND AND ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT FUND.
   10          4114. APPROPRIATIONS BY ANY GOVERNMENT OR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION.
   11          4115. CONVEYANCE,  LEASE  OR  TRANSFER  OF PROPERTY BY A CITY OR
   12                  COUNTY TO THE AUTHORITY.
   13          4116. ACTIONS AGAINST THE AUTHORITY.
   14          4117. AUDIT POWER AND CONTRACT APPROVAL BY THE COMPTROLLER.
   15          4118. ANNUAL REPORT.
   16          4119. EFFECT OF INCONSISTENT PROVISIONS.
   17          4120. SEVERABILITY.
   18    S 4100. SHORT TITLE. THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE KNOWN AND MAY BE  CITED  AS
   19  THE "BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY ACT".
   20    S 4101. BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.  1. THE NEW YORK STATE BROAD-
   21  BAND  DEVELOPMENT  AUTHORITY  IS  ESTABLISHED  IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE THE
   22  PROVISION OF AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE  BROADBAND  SERVICES  AND  NETWORKS
   23  THAT WILL:
   24    (A) ENSURE THE LONG TERM GROWTH OF AND THE ENHANCEMENT AND DELIVERY OF
   25  SERVICES  BY  BUSINESS, EDUCATIONAL, MEDICAL, COMMERCIAL, NONPROFIT, AND
   26  GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES IN UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED  AREAS  IN
   27  NEW YORK;
   28    (B) BENEFIT RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, PUBLIC, GOVERNMENTAL, AND NONPRO-
   29  FIT  ENTITIES IN UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED AREAS IN NEW YORK;
   30  AND
   31    (C) TO ADVANCE THE AVAILABILITY  OF,  AND  PROMOTE  THE  PHYSICAL  AND
   32  SOCIAL  ACCESS  TO, BROADBAND AND OTHER ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
   33  TO ALL CONSUMERS, INCLUDING THOSE IN LOW  INCOME,  RURAL,  INSULAR,  AND
   34  HIGH COST AREAS AT RATES THAT ARE REASONABLY COMPARABLE TO THOSE CHARGED
   35  IN  HIGH-DENSITY  URBAN AREAS AND/OR IN THE AREA OF THE STATE WHERE SUCH
   36  SERVICES ARE MOST COMPETITIVELY PRICED; AND TO INCREASE ACCESS  TO,  AND
   37  THE  UBIQUITY  OF, ADVANCED TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THE
   38  PUBLIC IN AN EQUITABLE AND NONDISCRIMINATORY MANNER.
   39    2. THE AUTHORITY SHALL ADMINISTER THE BROADBAND  DEVELOPMENT  PROGRAM,
   40  AND  SHALL,  THROUGH  THE  BROADBAND  DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT COUNCIL
   41  CREATED IN SECTION FORTY-ONE HUNDRED FIVE OF THIS ARTICLE, WORK TO BUILD
   42  AND FACILITATE LOCAL TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL ACCESS PLANNING ENTITIES, AND
   43  PARTNERSHIPS WITH BROADBAND INTERNET SERVICES PROVIDERS  AND  TECHNOLOGY
   44  COMPANIES,  AND  THE  PRIVATE  AND NONPROFIT SECTORS GENERALLY, AND SUCH
   45  OTHER PROGRAMS AS ARE REASONABLY CALCULATED TO FACILITATE  THE  AUTHORI-
   46  TY'S ACHIEVEMENT OF ITS STATUTORY DUTIES.
   47    S 4102. DEFINITIONS. 1. "AUTHORITY" MEANS THE NEW YORK STATE BROADBAND
   48  DEVELOPMENT  AUTHORITY  CREATED  UNDER  SECTION FORTY-ONE HUNDRED ONE OF
   49  THIS ARTICLE.
   50    2. "UNSERVED AREA" MEANS ANY PART OF A  MUNICIPALITY  WITHOUT  READILY
   51  AND  GENERALLY AVAILABLE RETAIL CONSUMER ACCESS TO A FACILITIES-BASED OR
   52  FIXED WIRELESS BROADBAND SERVICES PROVIDER. FOR  THE  PURPOSES  OF  THIS
   53  SECTION,  THE  DEFINITION OF WIRELESS BROADBAND SERVICES PROVIDERS SHALL
   54  NOT INCLUDE SUBSCRIPTION SATELLITE SERVICE.
   55    3. "UNDERSERVED AREA" MEANS ANY PART OF A MUNICIPALITY WITHOUT READILY
   56  AND GENERALLY AVAILABLE RETAIL CONSUMER ACCESS TO AT LEAST TWO  OR  MORE
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    1  NONAFFILIATED  FACILITIES-BASED OR FIXED WIRELESS BROADBAND TELECOMMUNI-
    2  CATIONS SERVICES PROVIDERS.  WIRELESS  SHALL  NOT  INCLUDE  SUBSCRIPTION
    3  SATELLITE SERVICE.
    4    4. "BROADBAND" MEANS THE TRANSMISSION OF INFORMATION, BETWEEN OR AMONG
    5  POINTS  SPECIFIED  BY  THE  USER,  WITH OR WITHOUT CHANGE IN THE FORM OR
    6  CONTENT OF THE INFORMATION AS SENT AND RECEIVED,  AT  MINIMUM  RATES  OF
    7  TRANSMISSION  OF  TWO MEGABITS PER SECOND DOWNSTREAM AND ONE MEGABIT PER
    8  SECOND UPSTREAM, OR ONE HUNDRED  FIFTY  PERCENT  OF  THOSE  TRANSMISSION
    9  RATES  DEFINED  BY THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION AS "BROADBAND,"
   10  OR AT THOSE SYNCHRONOUS UPSTREAM AND DOWNSTREAM  TRANSMISSION  RATES  AS
   11  MAY BE RECOMMENDED BY THE BROADBAND COUNCIL FROM TIME TO TIME, WHICHEVER
   12  IS FASTEST IN SPEED.
   13    5.  "BROADBAND  CARRIER"  MEANS  ANY  PROVIDER  OF BROADBAND SERVICES,
   14  EXCEPT AGGREGATORS OF BROADBAND SERVICES,  AS  DEFINED  IN  SECTION  TWO
   15  HUNDRED TWENTY-SIX OF THE NINETEEN HUNDRED NINETY-SIX TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   16  ACT.
   17    6.  "BROADBAND  INFRASTRUCTURE"  MEANS  ALL  EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES,
   18  INCLUDING ALL CHANGES, MODIFICATIONS, AND EXPANSIONS TO EXISTING FACILI-
   19  TIES, AS WELL AS THE CUSTOMER PREMISES EQUIPMENT USED TO PROVIDE  BROAD-
   20  BAND,  AND  ANY  SOFTWARE  INTEGRAL  TO  OR  RELATED  TO THE OPERATIONS,
   21  SUPPORT, FACILITATION, OR INTERCONNECTION OF SUCH  EQUIPMENT,  INCLUDING
   22  UPGRADES, AND ANY INSTALLATION, OPERATIONS AND SUPPORT, MAINTENANCE, AND
   23  OTHER FUNCTIONS REQUIRED TO SUPPORT THE DELIVERY OF BROADBAND.
   24    7.  "BROADBAND  SERVICE"  MEANS  THE  OFFERING  OF BROADBAND FOR A FEE
   25  DIRECTLY TO THE PUBLIC, OR TO SUCH CLASSES OF USERS  AS  TO  BE  READILY
   26  AVAILABLE DIRECTLY TO THE PUBLIC, REGARDLESS OF THE FACILITIES USED.
   27    8.  "OPEN NETWORK" MEANS ANY BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH IS OPEN TO
   28  ANY THIRD PARTY USERS IN A NONDISCRIMINATORY MANNER ON A FAIR AND  EQUI-
   29  TABLE BASIS USING PUBLICLY AVAILABLE ACCESS TARIFFS FOR SERVICES.
   30    9.  "OPEN  NETWORK  INTERFACES"  MEANS  THE  TECHNICAL AND OPERATIONAL
   31  MEANS, MANNERS, AND METHODS FOR ANY THIRD PARTY ACCESS TO THE  BROADBAND
   32  INFRASTRUCTURE,  WHICH  SHALL  BE  PROVIDED  ON  THE  BASIS OF GENERALLY
   33  ACCEPTABLE INDUSTRY STANDARDS AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF ACCESS.
   34    10. "DISTRESSED AREA" MEANS:
   35    (A) A CENSUS TRACT OR TRACTS OR BLOCK NUMBERING AREA OR AREAS OR  SUCH
   36  CENSUS TRACT OR BLOCK NUMBERING AREA CONTIGUOUS THERETO WHICH, ACCORDING
   37  TO THE MOST RECENT CENSUS DATA AVAILABLE, HAS:
   38    (I)  A  POVERTY  RATE OF AT LEAST TWENTY PERCENT FOR THE YEAR TO WHICH
   39  THE DATA RELATES OR AT LEAST  TWENTY  PERCENT  OF  HOUSEHOLDS  RECEIVING
   40  PUBLIC ASSISTANCE; AND
   41    (II)  AN  UNEMPLOYMENT  RATE  OF  AT LEAST ONE AND A QUARTER TIMES THE
   42  STATEWIDE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR THE YEAR TO WHICH THE DATA RELATES; OR
   43    (B) A CITY, TOWN, VILLAGE OR COUNTY WITHIN A CITY WITH A POPULATION OF
   44  ONE MILLION OR MORE FOR WHICH:
   45    (I) THE RATIO OF THE FULL VALUE PROPERTY WEALTH, AS DETERMINED BY  THE
   46  COMPTROLLER  FOR  THE  YEAR NINETEEN HUNDRED NINETY, PER RESIDENT TO THE
   47  STATEWIDE AVERAGE FULL VALUE PROPERTY WEALTH PER RESIDENT; AND
   48    (II) THE RATIO OF THE INCOME PER RESIDENT; AS SHOWN  IN  THE  NINETEEN
   49  HUNDRED  NINETY CENSUS TO THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE INCOME PER RESIDENT; ARE
   50  EACH FIFTY-FIVE PERCENT OR LESS OF THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE; OR
   51    (C) AN AREA WHICH WAS DESIGNATED AN EMPIRE ZONE  PURSUANT  TO  ARTICLE
   52  EIGHTEEN-B OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW.
   53    11. "DARK FIBER" MEANS FIBER OPTIC CABLE THAT IS NOT LIGHTED BY LASERS
   54  OR OTHER ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT.
   55    12. "COMPTROLLER" MEANS THE COMPTROLLER OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
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    1    13.  "BOARD" MEANS THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS CREATED UNDER SECTION FORTY-
    2  ONE HUNDRED FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE.
    3    14. "FUND" MEANS THE BROADBAND AND ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT
    4  FUND CREATED UNDER SECTION FORTY-ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN OF THIS ARTICLE.
    5    15. "BROADBAND COUNCIL" MEANS THE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT
    6  COUNCIL AS CREATED UNDER SECTION FORTY-ONE HUNDRED FIVE OF THIS ARTICLE.
    7    16.  "CURRENT  GENERATION BROADBAND SERVICE" MEANS THE TRANSMISSION OF
    8  SIGNALS AT A RATE OF AT LEAST ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND BITS PER
    9  SECOND TO THE SUBSCRIBER AND AT LEAST  TWO  HUNDRED  THOUSAND  BITS  PER
   10  SECOND FROM THE SUBSCRIBER.
   11    17.  "NEXT  GENERATION  BROADBAND  SERVICE"  MEANS THE TRANSMISSION OF
   12  SIGNALS AT A RATE OF AT LEAST TWENTY-TWO MILLION BITS PER SECOND TO  THE
   13  SUBSCRIBER AND AT LEAST TEN MILLION BITS PER SECOND FROM THE SUBSCRIBER.
   14    18. "QUALIFIED EQUIPMENT" MEANS EQUIPMENT CAPABLE OF PROVIDING CURRENT
   15  GENERATION  BROADBAND  SERVICES OR NEXT GENERATION BROADBAND SERVICES AT
   16  ANY TIME TO EACH SUBSCRIBER WHO IS UTILIZING SUCH SERVICES.
   17    19. "QUALIFIED EXPENDITURE" MEANS ANY AMOUNT CHARGEABLE TO THE CAPITAL
   18  ACCOUNT WITH RESPECT TO  THE  PURCHASE  AND  INSTALLATION  OF  QUALIFIED
   19  EQUIPMENT,  INCLUDING  ANY  UPGRADES  THERETO, FOR WHICH DEPRECIATION IS
   20  ALLOWABLE UNDER SECTION 168 OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE.
   21    20. "UNDERSERVED SUBSCRIBER" MEANS A RETAIL  CONSUMER  RESIDING  IN  A
   22  DWELLING LOCATED IN AN UNSERVED OR UNDERSERVED AREA.
   23    21.  "UNDERSERVED  STRUCTURE"  MEANS  A MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING UNIT OR A
   24  MULTIPLE-DWELLING HOUSING UNIT LOCATED IN  AN  UNSERVED  OR  UNDERSERVED
   25  AREA.
   26    S 4103. POWERS OF THE AUTHORITY. 1. THE GENERAL POWERS OF THE AUTHORI-
   27  TY  UNDER  THIS  ARTICLE  INCLUDE  ALL  THOSE NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT AND
   28  EFFECTUATE THE PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED  TO,
   29  THE FOLLOWING:
   30    (A)   TO  INVEST  ANY  MONEY  OF  THE  AUTHORITY  AT  THE  AUTHORITY'S
   31  DISCRETION, IN ANY OBLIGATIONS DETERMINED PROPER BY THE  AUTHORITY,  AND
   32  TO NAME AND USE DEPOSITORIES FOR THE AUTHORITY'S MONEY;
   33    (B) TO RECEIVE AND DISTRIBUTE FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL FUNDING, INCLUD-
   34  ING GRANTS, LOANS, AND APPROPRIATIONS;
   35    (C) TO MAKE EXPENDITURES NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE AUTHORITY'S DUTIES
   36  UNDER THIS ARTICLE, INCLUDING PAYING THE AUTHORITY'S OPERATING EXPENSES;
   37    (D)  TO SUE AND BE SUED, IMPLEAD AND BE IMPLEADED, COMPLAIN AND DEFEND
   38  IN ALL COURTS;
   39    (E) TO ADOPT, USE AND ALTER AT WILL A CORPORATE SEAL;
   40    (F) TO ACQUIRE, PURCHASE, HOLD, USE, LEASE OR OTHERWISE DISPOSE OF ANY
   41  PROJECT AND PROPERTY, REAL, PERSONAL OR MIXED, TANGIBLE  OR  INTANGIBLE,
   42  OR  ANY  INTEREST  THEREIN  NECESSARY  OR DESIRABLE FOR CARRYING OUT THE
   43  PURPOSES OF THE AUTHORITY, AND, WITHOUT LIMITATION OF THE FOREGOING,  TO
   44  LEASE  AS LESSEE, ANY PROJECT AND ANY PROPERTY, REAL, PERSONAL OR MIXED,
   45  OR ANY INTEREST THEREIN, AT SUCH ANNUAL RENTAL AND  ON  SUCH  TERMS  AND
   46  CONDITIONS  AS  MAY BE DETERMINED BY THE BOARD AND TO LEASE AS LESSOR TO
   47  ANY PERSON, ANY PROJECT AND  ANY  PROPERTY,  REAL,  PERSONAL  OR  MIXED,
   48  TANGIBLE OR INTANGIBLE, OR ANY INTEREST THEREIN, AT ANY TIME ACQUIRED BY
   49  THE  AUTHORITY,  WHETHER  WHOLLY  OR PARTIALLY COMPLETED, AT SUCH ANNUAL
   50  RENTAL AND ON SUCH TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS  MAY  BE  DETERMINED  BY  THE
   51  BOARD,  AND  TO SELL, TRANSFER OR CONVEY ANY PROPERTY, REAL, PERSONAL OR
   52  MIXED, TANGIBLE OR INTANGIBLE OR  ANY  INTEREST  THEREIN,  AT  ANY  TIME
   53  ACQUIRED OR HELD BY THE AUTHORITY ON SUCH TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS MAY BE
   54  DETERMINED BY THE BOARD OF THE AUTHORITY;
   55    (G)  TO PLAN, DEVELOP, UNDERTAKE, CARRY OUT, CONSTRUCT, IMPROVE, REHA-
   56  BILITATE, REPAIR, FURNISH, MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE PROJECTS;
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    1    (H) TO ADOPT BYLAWS FOR THE MANAGEMENT AND REGULATION OF  ITS  AFFAIRS
    2  CONSISTENT WITH THIS CHAPTER;
    3    (I) TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN SATELLITE OFFICES WITHIN NEW YORK;
    4    (J)  TO  FIX,  ALTER,  CHARGE,  AND  COLLECT RATES, RENTALS, AND OTHER
    5  CHARGES FOR THE USE OF PROJECTS OF, OR FOR THE SALE OF  PRODUCTS  OF  OR
    6  FOR  THE  SERVICES RENDERED BY, THE AUTHORITY, AT RATES TO BE DETERMINED
    7  BY IT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING FOR THE PAYMENT OF  THE  EXPENSES  OF
    8  THE  AUTHORITY,  THE  PLANNING,  DEVELOPMENT, CONSTRUCTION, IMPROVEMENT,
    9  REHABILITATION, REPAIR, FURNISHING, MAINTENANCE, AND  OPERATION  OF  ITS
   10  PROJECTS  AND  PROPERTIES,  THE  PAYMENT  OF THE COSTS ACCOMPLISHING ITS
   11  TASKS;
   12    (K) THE PAYMENT OF THE PRINCIPAL OF AND INTEREST ON  ITS  OBLIGATIONS,
   13  AND  TO FULFILL THE TERMS AND PROVISIONS OF ANY AGREEMENTS MADE WITH THE
   14  PURCHASERS OR HOLDERS OF ANY SUCH OBLIGATIONS;
   15    (L) TO BORROW MONEY, MAKE AND ISSUE BONDS, AND TO SECURE  THE  PAYMENT
   16  OF  ALL BONDS, OR ANY PART THEREOF, BY PLEDGE OR DEED OF TRUST OF ALL OR
   17  ANY OF ITS REVENUES, RENTALS, AND RECEIPTS OR OF ANY PROJECT OR  PROPER-
   18  TY,  REAL,  PERSONAL  OR  MIXED, TANGIBLE OR INTANGIBLE, OR ANY INTEREST
   19  THEREIN, AND TO MAKE AGREEMENTS WITH THE PURCHASERS OR HOLDERS  OF  SUCH
   20  BONDS  OR  WITH OTHERS IN CONNECTION WITH ANY SUCH BONDS, WHETHER ISSUED
   21  OR TO BE ISSUED, AS THE AUTHORITY DEEMS ADVISABLE,  AND  IN  GENERAL  TO
   22  PROVIDE  FOR THE SECURITY FOR THE BONDS AND THE RIGHTS OF HOLDERS THERE-
   23  OF;
   24    (M) TO MAKE AND ENTER INTO ALL CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS  NECESSARY  OR
   25  INCIDENTAL  TO  THE  PERFORMANCE  OF  ITS DUTIES, THE FURTHERANCE OF ITS
   26  PURPOSES AND THE EXECUTION TO ITS POWERS UNDER THIS  ARTICLE,  INCLUDING
   27  AGREEMENTS WITH ANY PERSON OR FEDERAL AGENCY;
   28    (N)  TO EMPLOY, IN ITS DISCRETION, CONSULTANTS, ATTORNEYS, ARCHITECTS,
   29  ENGINEERS, ACCOUNTANTS, FINANCIAL EXPERTS,  INVESTMENT  BANKERS,  SUPER-
   30  INTENDENTS,  MANAGERS  AND  SUCH  OTHER  EMPLOYEES  AND AGENTS AS MAY BE
   31  NECESSARY, AND TO FIX THEIR COMPENSATION TO BE PAYABLE FROM  FUNDS  MADE
   32  AVAILABLE TO THE AUTHORITY;
   33    (O)  TO  PLEDGE  OR  OTHERWISE  ENCUMBER ALL OR ANY OF THE REVENUES OR
   34  RECEIPTS OF THE AUTHORITY AS SECURITY FOR ALL OR ANY OF THE  OBLIGATIONS
   35  OF THE AUTHORITY; AND
   36    (P) TO DO ALL ACTS AND THINGS NECESSARY OR CONVENIENT TO CARRY OUT THE
   37  POWERS GRANTED TO IT BY LAW.
   38    2.  THE  PHYSICAL  ACCESS  POWERS  OF THE AUTHORITY UNDER THIS ARTICLE
   39  INCLUDE ALL THOSE NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT AND EFFECTUATE THE PURPOSES  OF
   40  THIS ARTICLE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING:
   41    (A)  TO  MAKE  LOANS  OR  GRANTS TO BROADBAND DEVELOPERS AND BROADBAND
   42  OPERATORS, AND DEVELOPERS AND OPERATORS OF ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS, THAT
   43  WILL ACQUIRE, CONSTRUCT, MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE ALL OR PART OF THE BROAD-
   44  BAND INFRASTRUCTURE SERVING UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED AREAS;
   45    (B) TO SET CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION, AND FINANCING  STANDARDS  FOR  THE
   46  BROADBAND  INFRASTRUCTURE  IN CONNECTION WITH AUTHORITY FINANCING AND TO
   47  PROVIDE FOR INSPECTIONS TO DETERMINE COMPLIANCE WITH THOSE STANDARDS;
   48    (C) TO INVESTIGATE, EVALUATE, AND ACCESS THE CURRENT BROADBAND INFRAS-
   49  TRUCTURE AND THE FUTURE BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS OF THE STATE;
   50    (D) TO TAKE ACTIONS REASONABLY CALCULATED TO RESULT IN  INFRASTRUCTURE
   51  CONSTRUCTION, ENHANCEMENT, EXCHANGES, EXPANSION, LEASES, SWAPS AND OTHER
   52  AGREEMENTS OR ARRANGEMENTS GIVING RISE TO SERVICE OR COMPETITIVE SERVICE
   53  TO UNDERSERVED STRUCTURES AND UNDERSERVED SUBSCRIBERS; AND
   54    (E) TO DO ALL ACTS AND THINGS NECESSARY OR CONVENIENT TO CARRY OUT THE
   55  POWERS GRANTED TO IT BY LAW.
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    1    3.  THE  SOCIAL  ACCESS  POWERS  OF  THE  AUTHORITY UNDER THIS ARTICLE
    2  INCLUDE ALL THOSE NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT AND EFFECTUATE THE PURPOSES  OF
    3  THIS ARTICLE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING:
    4    (A)  TO  PROVIDE  OPERATING ASSISTANCE TO MAKE BROADBAND SERVICES MORE
    5  AFFORDABLE TO BROADBAND DEVELOPERS, BROADBAND OPERATORS,  AND  BROADBAND
    6  CUSTOMERS  IN UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED AREAS, IN CONJUNCTION
    7  WITH BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCED BY THE AUTHORITY;
    8    (B) TO ENCOURAGE AND PARTICIPATE IN  AGGREGATION  STRATEGIES  FOR  THE
    9  BROADBAND  SERVICES OF ALL PUBLIC ENTITIES AND NONPROFIT CORPORATIONS IN
   10  THE STATE TO MAXIMIZE THE  INTERCONNECTIVITY  AND  EFFICIENCIES  OF  THE
   11  BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE;
   12    (C)  TO RECEIVE AND ACCEPT FROM ANY FEDERAL OR PRIVATE AGENCY, FOUNDA-
   13  TION, CORPORATION, ASSOCIATION OR PERSON GRANTS TO BE EXPENDED IN ACCOM-
   14  PLISHING THE OBJECTIVES OF THE AUTHORITY, AND TO RECEIVE AND ACCEPT FROM
   15  NEW YORK OR ANY STATE, AND ANY MUNICIPALITY, COUNTY OR  OTHER  POLITICAL
   16  SUBDIVISION  THEREOF  AND FROM ANY OTHER SOURCE, AID OR CONTRIBUTIONS OF
   17  EITHER MONEY, PROPERTY, OR OTHER THINGS OF VALUE, TO BE HELD,  USED  AND
   18  APPLIED  ONLY  FOR  THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH SUCH GRANTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS
   19  MAY BE MADE;
   20    (D) TO RENDER ADVICE AND  ASSISTANCE,  AND  TO  PROVIDE  SERVICES,  TO
   21  INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TO OTHER PERSONS PROVIDING SERVICES
   22  OR  FACILITIES  FOR  SCIENTIFIC  AND  TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH OR GRADUATE
   23  EDUCATION, FOCUSED UPON DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLO-
   24  GIES, PROVIDED THAT CREDIT TOWARDS  A  DEGREE,  CERTIFICATE  OR  DIPLOMA
   25  SHALL  BE GRANTED ONLY IF SUCH EDUCATION IS PROVIDED IN CONJUNCTION WITH
   26  AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION AUTHORIZED TO OPERATE IN NEW YORK;
   27    (E) TO TAKE SUCH OTHER ACTIONS IT DEEMS NECESSARY OR CONVENIENT,  THAT
   28  ARE  REASONABLY CALCULATED TO RESULT IN ENHANCED, INITIAL OR COMPETITIVE
   29  SOCIAL ACCESS  TO  GENERALLY  AVAILABLE  RETAIL  BROADBAND  SERVICES  OF
   30  ADEQUATE  QUALITY,  AT AFFORDABLE PRICES, FOR UNDERSERVED STRUCTURES AND
   31  UNDERSERVED SUBSCRIBERS; AND
   32    (F) TO DO ALL ACTS AND THINGS NECESSARY OR CONVENIENT TO CARRY OUT THE
   33  POWERS GRANTED TO IT BY LAW.
   34    S 4104. BOARD OF DIRECTORS. 1. THE AUTHORITY SHALL BE  GOVERNED  BY  A
   35  BOARD  OF  DIRECTORS  CONSISTING  OF  SEVENTEEN  MEMBERS, INCLUDING: THE
   36  COMMISSIONERS OF THE DEPARTMENT  OF  ECONOMIC  DEVELOPMENT,  THE  EMPIRE
   37  STATE  DEVELOPMENT  CORPORATION,  THE  PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION AND THE
   38  STATE OFFICE FOR TECHNOLOGY, OR THEIR DESIGNEES,  THE  GOVERNOR,  SENATE
   39  MAJORITY  LEADER,  SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, AND THE COMPTROLLER OR THEIR
   40  DESIGNEES. TWO MEMBERS OF THE BOARD SHALL BE PROPOSED BY THE  RESPECTIVE
   41  UNIONS OF THE WIRELINE AND WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRIES OF NEW
   42  YORK.  THE  REMAINING  MEMBERS  OF  THE  BOARD SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE
   43  GOVERNOR WITH THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE, FROM A LIST OF INDI-
   44  VIDUALS NOMINATED BY THE PRINCIPAL ESTABLISHED INDUSTRY GROUPS,  TECHNI-
   45  CAL  COUNSELS, OR ACADEMIC PROFESSIONAL GROUPS OF NEW YORK. THE APPOINT-
   46  EES SHALL BE THE FOLLOWING:  ONE  MEMBER  FROM  EACH  TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   47  INDUSTRY  GROUPING, TO BE NOMINATED BY THE NEW YORK-BASED WIRELINE TELE-
   48  PHONE INDUSTRY, THE NEW YORK-BASED WIRELESS CELLULAR TELEPHONE INDUSTRY,
   49  AND THE NEW YORK-BASED CABLE TELEVISION/BROADBAND INDUSTRY AND  WIRELESS
   50  INTERNET PROVIDER INDUSTRY; THE PRESIDENT OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
   51  OF NEW YORK, TWO PRESIDENTS OF MAJOR NEW YORK RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES, ONE
   52  OF  WHOM  SHALL  REPRESENT PRIVATE RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES AND ONE OF WHOM
   53  SHALL REPRESENT PUBLIC RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES; AND ONE MEMBER  WHO  SHALL
   54  BE NOMINATED BY NEW YORK'S FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMUNITY.
   55    2.  THE  GOVERNMENT MEMBERS SHALL SERVE ON THE BOARD FOR TERMS COINCI-
   56  DENT WITH THEIR TERMS OF OFFICE. THE INITIAL TERM OF THE  NON-GOVERNMEN-
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    1  TAL MEMBERS SHALL EXPIRE ON DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN,
    2  AND ALL SUBSEQUENT NONGOVERNMENTAL MEMBER TERMS SHALL BE COINCIDENT WITH
    3  THE  TERM  OF THE GOVERNOR WHO APPOINTED SUCH MEMBERS.  VACANCIES IN THE
    4  MEMBERSHIP  OF  THE BOARD SHALL BE FILLED BY APPOINTMENT BY THE GOVERNOR
    5  FOR THE UNEXPIRED PORTION OF THE TERM. NO NONGOVERNMENTAL MEMBER OF  THE
    6  BOARD  SHALL  BE  ELIGIBLE  TO SERVE FOR MORE THAN TWO SUCCESSIVE TERMS,
    7  PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT AFTER THE EXPIRATION OF A  FOUR  YEAR  TERM,  SUCH
    8  MEMBERS  MAY  BE  APPOINTED  TO  AND  SERVE  UP TO TWO ADDITIONAL TERMS.
    9  MEMBERS OF THE BOARD SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE PUBLIC  OFFICERS  LAW,  AND
   10  SHALL SERVE AT THE PLEASURE OF THE GOVERNOR.  IMMEDIATELY AFTER APPOINT-
   11  MENT, THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD SHALL ENTER UPON THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR
   12  DUTIES.
   13    3. THE BOARD SHALL ELECT ANNUALLY FROM AMONG ITS MEMBERS A CHAIRPERSON
   14  AND  VICE-CHAIRPERSON.  THE BOARD SHALL ALSO ANNUALLY ELECT A SECRETARY,
   15  WHO NEED NOT BE A BOARD MEMBER, AND MAY ALSO ELECT SUCH  OTHER  SUBORDI-
   16  NATE OFFICERS WHO NEED NOT BE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD AS IT DEEMS NECESSARY
   17  AND  PROPER.  THE CHAIRPERSON, OR IN HIS OR HER ABSENCE, THE VICE-CHAIR-
   18  PERSON, SHALL PRESIDE OVER ALL MEETINGS OF THE BOARD. IN THE ABSENCE  OF
   19  BOTH  THE  CHAIRPERSON  AND  VICE-CHAIRPERSON, THE BOARD SHALL APPOINT A
   20  CHAIRPERSON PRO TEMPORE, WHO SHALL PRESIDE AT SUCH MEETINGS.
   21    4. THE BOARD SHALL EMPLOY A PRESIDENT  OF  THE  AUTHORITY,  WHO  SHALL
   22  SERVE  AT THE PLEASURE OF THE BOARD, TO DIRECT THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS
   23  AND ACTIVITIES OF THE AUTHORITY AND CARRY OUT SUCH DUTIES AND POWERS  AS
   24  MAY  BE  CONFERRED  UPON  HIM OR HER BY THE BOARD. THE PRESIDENT AND ALL
   25  EMPLOYEES OF THE AUTHORITY SHALL BE COMPENSATED IN THE  MANNER  PROVIDED
   26  BY  THE  BOARD, PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT SUCH COMPENSATION SHALL NOT EXCEED
   27  THE MEDIAN SALARIES OF EMPLOYEES IN EQUIVALENT TITLES OF NEW YORK "STATE
   28  AUTHORITIES" AS DEFINED IN THIS CHAPTER.
   29    S 4105. BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT  COUNCIL.  1.  THE  BOARD
   30  SHALL  ESTABLISH,  WITHIN  THIRTY  DAYS  OF  THE  EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS
   31  SECTION, A SEVENTEEN MEMBER TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE FROM  REPRESEN-
   32  TATIVES  RECOMMENDED BY TECHNOLOGY COUNCILS, INDUSTRY AND BUSINESS ASSO-
   33  CIATIONS, AND COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS,  TO  BE  KNOWN  AS  THE
   34  BROADBAND  DEVELOPMENT  AND  DEPLOYMENT COUNCIL. FIVE MEMBERS SHALL HAVE
   35  KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERTISE IN THE NEEDS  OF  INDUSTRY,  FIVE  SHALL
   36  HAVE  KNOWLEDGE,  SKILLS  AND  EXPERTISE  IN SPECIFIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   37  TECHNOLOGY AREAS,  AND  TWO  SHALL  BE  COMMUNITY  REPRESENTATIVES  FROM
   38  UNSERVED  AND/OR UNDERSERVED AREAS. THE CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICERS FOR THE
   39  PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, THE STATE OFFICE FOR  TECHNOLOGY,  THE  STATE
   40  OFFICE  FOR  EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND THE STATE OFFICE OF SCIENCE, TECH-
   41  NOLOGY AND ACADEMIC RESEARCH, AND THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER FOR  THE
   42  STATE OF NEW YORK, SHALL ALSO SERVE ON THIS COMMITTEE.
   43    2.  (A)  WITHIN  SIXTY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, THE
   44  BROADBAND COUNCIL SHALL CREATE, COORDINATE,  OR  LIAISE  WITH  EXISTING,
   45  MUNICIPAL  AND/OR  COUNTY-LEVEL  SOCIAL  ACCESS  COUNCILS  TO STUDY, AND
   46  SUBSEQUENTLY REPORT TO THE AUTHORITY UPON: (I) THE  LOCATION,  SIZE  AND
   47  POPULATION  OF  UNSERVED,  UNDERSERVED  AND  DISTRESSED AREAS WITHIN THE
   48  RESPECTIVE MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES; (II) A PROPOSED LIST  OF  SOCIAL
   49  ACCESS  PROJECTS FOR THE MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES; (III) THE PRESENCE
   50  OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS AND FEDERAL 501C3  ORGANIZATIONS  THAT
   51  COULD  WORK  COOPERATIVELY WITH THE AUTHORITY ON SOCIAL ACCESS PROJECTS;
   52  (IV) SUCH OTHER MATTERS AS THE BROADBAND  COUNCIL  AND  LOCAL  BROADBAND
   53  DEVELOPMENT  COUNCILS  BELIEVE  NECESSARY TO EFFECTUATING THE MISSION OF
   54  THE AUTHORITY.
   55    (B) WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF  THIS  SECTION,  THE
   56  BROADBAND COUNCIL SHALL STUDY AND REPORT TO THE AUTHORITY UPON:
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    1    (I)  THE  AVAILABILITY  OF ANY EXISTING FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL FUNDS
    2  THAT CAN BE USED  OR  RE-PURPOSED  TO  FUND  BROADBAND  DEVELOPMENT  AND
    3  PROMOTE  UNIVERSAL  ACCESS  TO  BROADBAND  AND  ADVANCED  COMMUNICATIONS
    4  SERVICES IN UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED AREAS;
    5    (II)  COMMERCIALLY  REASONABLE  INVESTMENT BENCHMARKS THAT IT BELIEVES
    6  ARE NECESSARY TO  DETERMINE  BETWEEN  REASONABLY  EQUALLY  VALUABLE  AND
    7  IMPERATIVE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS;
    8    (III)  AN APPROPRIATE SET OF METRICS BY WHICH TO DETERMINE THE QUALITY
    9  OF A BROADBAND BUILDOUT PROJECT, AND WHETHER  SUCH  BUILDOUT  WAS  BEING
   10  COMPLETED  WITHIN THE TIME SPAN UPON WHICH THE AUTHORITY CONDITIONED THE
   11  GRANT OF ANY FUNDS TOWARD SUCH BUILDOUT;
   12    (IV) THE AVAILABILITY, DESIRABILITY AND UTILITY OF A SET OF  STANDARD-
   13  IZED  METRICS  FOR SERVICE QUALITY, SPEED, AND RELIABILITY THAT SHALL BE
   14  APPLIED TO THE NETWORKS BUILT WITH FUNDS FROM THE AUTHORITY; AND
   15    (V) THE AVAILABILITY OF SURPLUS COMPUTERS AND OTHER BROADBAND TELECOM-
   16  MUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT IN THE INVENTORIES OF STATE AND LOCAL  AUTHORITIES
   17  THAT MIGHT BE DONATED TO THE AUTHORITY FOR USE IN ENHANCING PHYSICAL AND
   18  SOCIAL ACCESS TO BROADBAND IN THE STATE.
   19    3.    THE  COUNCIL  SHALL  ACT  AS  LIAISON, AND BINDING MEDIATOR WHEN
   20  REQUESTED, BETWEEN ANY DEPLOYMENT PROJECTS AND OWNERS OF  RIGHTS-OF-WAY,
   21  EASEMENTS  OR INFRASTRUCTURE NECESSARY TO PROMOTE OR ESTABLISH BROADBAND
   22  SERVICE IN UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED AREAS.
   23    4. THE COUNCIL SHALL DETERMINE AND RECOMMEND TO THE BOARD PROJECTS FOR
   24  THE EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS  FROM  THE  FUND,  WITH  SPECIAL  ATTENTION  TO
   25  PROJECTS USING MINORITY AND WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS ENTERPRISES AS CONTRAC-
   26  TORS OR SUB-CONTRACTORS, AND TO PROJECTS PROVIDING PRIVATE SECTOR MATCH-
   27  ING  FUNDING  AT  RATIOS  OF  THREE  TO ONE PRIVATE TO PUBLIC FUNDING OR
   28  GREATER.
   29    5. THE COUNCIL SHALL RECOMMEND TO  THE  BOARD,  ON  AN  ANNUAL  BASIS,
   30  LEGISLATION  THAT IT DETERMINES WOULD BE REASONABLY NECESSARY TO FURTHER
   31  PROMOTE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT, ENHANCE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ARISING FROM
   32  SUCH BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT, AND PROTECT AND ENHANCE ACCESS OF  CONSUMERS
   33  TO  E911  AND  OTHER  PUBLIC  SAFETY  SERVICES AND ENTITIES BY METHOD OF
   34  BROADBAND AND ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES.
   35    6. (A) A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OR OFFICER, EMPLOYEE,  OR  AGENT  OF  THE
   36  AUTHORITY SHALL DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF HIS OR HER POSITION IN A NONPAR-
   37  TISAN  MANNER,  WITH GOOD FAITH, AND WITH THAT DEGREE OF DILIGENCE, CARE
   38  AND SKILL THAT AN ORDINARY PRUDENT PERSON WOULD EXERCISE  UNDER  SIMILAR
   39  CIRCUMSTANCES  IN  A  LIKE POSITION. IN DISCHARGING THE DUTIES OF HIS OR
   40  HER POSITION, A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OR AN OFFICER, EMPLOYEE, OR AGENT OF
   41  THE AUTHORITY, WHEN ACTING IN GOOD FAITH, MAY RELY UPON THE  OPINION  OF
   42  COUNSEL  FOR  THE AUTHORITY, UPON THE REPORT OF AN INDEPENDENT APPRAISER
   43  SELECTED WITH REASONABLE CARE BY THE BOARD, OR UPON FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
   44  OF THE AUTHORITY REPRESENTED TO THE MEMBER  OF  THE  BOARD  OR  OFFICER,
   45  EMPLOYEE,  OR  AGENT  OF THE AUTHORITY TO BE CORRECT BY THE PRESIDENT OR
   46  THE OFFICER OF THE AUTHORITY HAVING CHARGE OF ITS BOOKS OR  ACCOUNT,  OR
   47  STATED  IN  A WRITTEN REPORT BY A CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT OR FIRM OF
   48  CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS TO FAIRLY REFLECT THE  FINANCIAL  CONDITION
   49  OF THE AUTHORITY.
   50    (B)  A MEMBER OF THE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL SHALL DISCHARGE THE
   51  DUTIES OF HIS OR HER POSITION IN A NONPARTISAN MANNER, WITH GOOD  FAITH,
   52  AND  WITH  THAT  DEGREE  OF  DILIGENCE,  CARE AND SKILL THAT AN ORDINARY
   53  PRUDENT PERSON WOULD EXERCISE UNDER  SIMILAR  CIRCUMSTANCES  IN  A  LIKE
   54  POSITION.
   55    (C)  A MEMBER OF A SOCIAL ACCESS COUNCIL SHALL DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF
   56  HIS OR HER POSITION IN A NONPARTISAN MANNER, WITH GOOD FAITH,  AND  WITH
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    1  THAT DEGREE OF DILIGENCE, CARE AND SKILL THAT AN ORDINARY PRUDENT PERSON
    2  WOULD EXERCISE UNDER SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES IN A LIKE POSITION.
    3    S  4106. APPLICATIONS FOR BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT FINANCING; RESPONSIBIL-
    4  ITIES OF THE APPLICANT TO PROVIDE SAFE, RELIABLE AND AFFORDABLE SERVICE.
    5  IN ADDITION TO RULES PROMULGATED BY THE AUTHORITY AS WELL AS  THE  OTHER
    6  REQUIREMENTS  ESTABLISHED IN THIS ARTICLE, AS PART OF AN APPLICATION FOR
    7  FINANCING UNDER THIS CHAPTER, A BROADBAND DEVELOPER OR BROADBAND  OPERA-
    8  TOR MUST FILE WITH THE AUTHORITY:
    9    1. A PARTICIPATION PLAN FOR MINORITY AND WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESSES;
   10    2.  A  COMMUNITY WIDE OUTREACH PLAN TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC WITH RESPECT
   11  TO THE AVAILABILITY OF BROADBAND SERVICES;
   12    3. A CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE PLAN THAT SHALL DETAIL THE  CAPACITY
   13  OF ANY BROADBAND NETWORK OR NETWORKS BUILT WITH FUNDING FROM THE AUTHOR-
   14  ITY,  AND  WHETHER SUCH NETWORKS SHALL MAINTAIN FULL UPLOAD AND DOWNLOAD
   15  SPEEDS WHEN SUBSCRIBED TO ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF CAPACITY;
   16    4. A DETAILED PLAN SHOWING HOW SUCH BUILDOUT FUNDED BY  THE  AUTHORITY
   17  SHALL  ADDRESS  OR  EXCEED  THE  CURRENT  AGGREGATE DEMAND FOR BROADBAND
   18  SERVICES IN THE AREA OF PROPOSED BUILDOUT AS DETERMINED BY THE  AUTHORI-
   19  TY,  COUNCIL,  CYBER  SECURITY  AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE COORDINATION
   20  OFFICE ("CSCIC") AND PUBLIC  SERVICE  COMMISSION'S  MAPPING  AND  DEMAND
   21  ASSESSMENT ANALYSES AND REPORTS;
   22    5.  SUCH  OTHER REQUIREMENTS AS MAY BE RECOMMENDED TO THE AUTHORITY BY
   23  THE COUNCIL AND THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION;
   24    6. A PLAN FOR FOLLOWING THE PRINCIPLES OF NEUTRAL NETWORKS AS REQUIRED
   25  IN SECTION FORTY-ONE HUNDRED THIRTEEN OF THIS ARTICLE; AND
   26    7. A PLAN CONTAINING DETAILED METRICS SETTING FORTH TIME TO COMPLETION
   27  FOR EACH STAGE OF ITS PROPOSED BUILDOUT, THE SPEEDS TO BE OFFERED ON AND
   28  ACROSS ITS NETWORK, AND SUCH OTHER METRICS AS THE BROADBAND  COUNCIL  OR
   29  BOARD MAY PROPOSE. THE AUTHORITY MAY NOT APPROVE AN APPLICATION UNLESS A
   30  PLAN IS SUBMITTED UNDER THIS SECTION AND UNLESS THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS
   31  SECTION ARE MET.
   32    S 4107. BONDS AND NOTES OF THE AUTHORITY.  1. THE AUTHORITY SHALL HAVE
   33  THE POWER AND IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED FROM TIME TO TIME TO ISSUE NEGOTIABLE
   34  BONDS  OR  NOTES FOR ANY OF ITS CORPORATE PURPOSES FOR UP TO ONE HUNDRED
   35  FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY FOR FIVE YEARS TO DO ALL OF  THE  FOLLOW-
   36  ING:
   37    (A)  PAY  THE  DEVELOPMENT  COSTS  ASSOCIATED WITH ACQUIRING, LEASING,
   38  CONSTRUCTING, MAINTAINING, AND OPERATING THE  BROADBAND  INFRASTRUCTURE,
   39  IN UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED, AND DISTRESSED AREAS;
   40    (B) MAKE LOANS TO PERSONS FOR DEVELOPMENT COSTS;
   41    (C)  MAKE  LOANS TO PERSONS TO MAKE PURCHASES RELATED TO THE BROADBAND
   42  INFRASTRUCTURE;
   43    (D) PAY THE INTEREST ON BONDS AND NOTES OF THE AUTHORITY;
   44    (E) ESTABLISH RESERVES TO SECURE THE BONDS AND NOTES OF THE AUTHORITY;
   45  AND
   46    (F) MAKE OTHER EXPENDITURES NECESSARY TO  CARRY  OUT  THE  AUTHORITY'S
   47  DUTIES  UNDER  THIS  ARTICLE,  INCLUDING  THE PAYMENT OF THE AUTHORITY'S
   48  OPERATING EXPENSES.
   49    THE BONDS AND NOTES SHALL BE IN A FORM, BEAR INTEREST  AT  A  RATE  OR
   50  RATES,  BE IN THE DENOMINATIONS, CARRY REGISTRATION PRIVILEGES, BE PAYA-
   51  BLE, AND BE SUBJECT TO THE TERMS OF REDEMPTION AS PROVIDED IN THE RESOL-
   52  UTION DESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION. THE BONDS AND  NOTES
   53  OF THE AUTHORITY MAY BE SOLD BY THE AUTHORITY AT PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SALES
   54  AT PRICES AS THE AUTHORITY DETERMINES.
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    1    2. A RESOLUTION RELATING TO AUTHORIZING NOTES OR BONDS MAY CONTAIN ANY
    2  OF  THE FOLLOWING PROVISIONS, WHICH SHALL BE A PART OF THE CONTRACT WITH
    3  THE HOLDERS OF THE NOTES OR BONDS:
    4    (A) PLEDGING ALL OR ANY PART OF THE REVENUES OF THE AUTHORITY, AND ALL
    5  OR  ANY  PART  OF THE MONEY RECEIVED IN PAYMENT OF LOANS AND INTEREST ON
    6  LOANS, AND OTHER MONEY RECEIVED OR TO BE RECEIVED TO SECURE THE  PAYMENT
    7  OF THE NOTES OR BONDS;
    8    (B) PLEDGING ALL OR ANY PART OF THE ASSETS OF THE AUTHORITY, INCLUDING
    9  MORTGAGES  AND  OBLIGATIONS OBTAINED BY THE AUTHORITY IN CONNECTION WITH
   10  ITS PROGRAMS, TO SECURE THE PAYMENT OF THE NOTES OR BONDS;
   11    (C) PLEDGING ANY LOAN, GRANT, OR CONTRIBUTION FROM A GOVERNMENT  ENTI-
   12  TY;
   13    (D)  THE  USE  AND  DISPOSITION OF THE GROSS INCOME FROM CONTRACTS AND
   14  LEASES OF THE AUTHORITY;
   15    (E) LIMITATIONS ON THE PURPOSE TO WHICH THE PROCEEDS OF SALE OF  NOTES
   16  OR  BONDS  MAY BE APPLIED AND PLEDGING PROCEEDS TO SECURE THE PAYMENT OF
   17  THE NOTES OR BONDS;
   18    (F) LIMITATIONS ON THE ISSUANCE OF  ADDITIONAL  NOTES  OR  BONDS,  THE
   19  TERMS  UPON  WHICH  ADDITIONAL NOTES OR BONDS MAY BE ISSUED AND SECURED,
   20  AND THE REFUNDING OF OUTSTANDING OR OTHER NOTES OR BONDS;
   21    (G) THE PROCEDURE, IF ANY, BY WHICH THE TERMS  OF  ANY  CONTRACT  WITH
   22  NOTEHOLDERS  OR  BONDHOLDERS  MAY BE AMENDED OR ABROGATED, THE AMOUNT OF
   23  NOTES OR BONDS THE HOLDERS OF WHICH SHALL CONSENT TO  THE  AMENDMENT  OR
   24  ABROGATION, AND THE MANNER IN WHICH THE CONSENT IS TO BE GIVEN;
   25    (H)  VESTING  IN  A  TRUSTEE OR TRUSTEES PROPERTY, RIGHTS, POWERS, AND
   26  DUTIES IN TRUST AS THE AUTHORITY MAY DETERMINE, WHICH MAY INCLUDE ANY OF
   27  THE RIGHTS, POWERS, AND DUTIES OF THE TRUSTEE APPOINTED BY THE BONDHOLD-
   28  ERS UNDER THIS ARTICLE AND LIMITING OR ABROGATING THE RIGHT OF THE BOND-
   29  HOLDERS TO APPOINT A TRUSTEE UNDER THIS SECTION OR LIMITING THE  RIGHTS,
   30  POWERS, AND DUTIES OF THE TRUSTEE.
   31    3. NO MORE THAN FIFTY PERCENT OF ANY PAYMENTS TO THE AUTHORITY FOR USE
   32  OF RIGHTS-OF-WAY UNDER ITS CONTROL OR SUPERVISION SHALL BE DEEMED REVEN-
   33  UES  OF THE AUTHORITY. UP TO SEVENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF MONIES ARISING FROM
   34  RIGHT-OF-WAY USE PAYMENTS MAY BE USED TO FUND SOCIAL ACCESS PROJECTS  OF
   35  THE  AUTHORITY,  OR  MAY  BE  CONTRIBUTED TO A STATE FUND ESTABLISHED TO
   36  GUARANTEE UNIVERSAL AND AFFORDABLE BROADBAND SERVICE TO, WITHOUT LIMITA-
   37  TION, UNDERSERVED SUBSCRIBERS AND STRUCTURES. ANY  REMAINING  UNEXPENDED
   38  MONIES  ARISING  FROM  RIGHT-OF-WAY  USE  PAYMENTS MAY BE PLEDGED BY THE
   39  AUTHORITY TO SECURE THE PAYMENT OF NOTES AND BONDS.
   40    S 4108. BONDS AND NOTES; PERSONAL LIABILITY. THE MEMBERS OF THE  BOARD
   41  OR  ANY  PERSON  EXECUTING THE NOTES OR BONDS UNDER THIS ARTICLE ARE NOT
   42  LIABLE PERSONALLY ON THE NOTES OR  BONDS  OR  SUBJECT  TO  ANY  PERSONAL
   43  LIABILITY OR ACCOUNTABILITY BY REASON OF THE ISSUANCE.
   44    S 4109. RIGHTS OF AUTHORITY TO FULFILL TERMS OF AGREEMENT NOT LIMITED,
   45  ALTERED,  OR IMPAIRED. THIS STATE PLEDGES AND AGREES WITH THE HOLDERS OF
   46  ANY NOTES OR BONDS ISSUED UNDER THIS ARTICLE, THAT THE  STATE  WILL  NOT
   47  LIMIT  OR  ALTER THE RIGHTS VESTED IN THE AUTHORITY TO FULFILL THE TERMS
   48  OF ANY AGREEMENTS MADE WITH THE HOLDERS, OR IN ANY WAY IMPAIR THE RIGHTS
   49  AND REMEDIES OF THE HOLDERS UNTIL THE  NOTES  OR  BONDS,  TOGETHER  WITH
   50  EARNED  INTEREST,  WITH INTEREST ON ANY UNPAID INSTALLMENTS OF INTEREST,
   51  AND ALL COSTS AND EXPENSES IN CONNECTION WITH ANY ACTION  OR  PROCEEDING
   52  BY  OR  ON  BEHALF  OF  THE  HOLDERS,  ARE FULLY MET AND DISCHARGED. THE
   53  AUTHORITY IS AUTHORIZED TO INCLUDE THIS  PLEDGE  AND  AGREEMENT  OF  THE
   54  STATE  IN  ANY  AGREEMENT  WITH THE HOLDERS OF NOTES OR BONDS UNDER THIS
   55  ARTICLE.
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    1    S 4110. REMEDIES OF BONDHOLDERS AND NOTEHOLDERS. 1. IF  THE  AUTHORITY
    2  DEFAULTS  IN  THE PAYMENT OF PRINCIPAL OR INTEREST OF ANY NOTES OR BONDS
    3  WHEN DUE, WHETHER AT MATURITY OR  UPON  CALL  FOR  REDEMPTION,  AND  THE
    4  DEFAULT CONTINUES FOR A PERIOD OF THIRTY DAYS, OR IF THE AUTHORITY FAILS
    5  OR  REFUSES  TO  COMPLY  WITH THIS ARTICLE, OR DEFAULTS IN ANY AGREEMENT
    6  MADE WITH THE HOLDERS OF ANY NOTES OR BONDS, THE HOLDERS OF  TWENTY-FIVE
    7  PERCENT  IN  AGGREGATE  PRINCIPAL  AMOUNT  OF  THE  NOTES  OR BONDS THEN
    8  OUTSTANDING MAY APPLY TO THE COURT OF CLAIMS FOR THE  APPOINTMENT  OF  A
    9  TRUSTEE TO REPRESENT THE HOLDERS OF THE NOTES OR BONDS.
   10    2.  A  TRUSTEE  APPOINTED UNDER THIS ARTICLE MAY, AND UPON THE WRITTEN
   11  REQUEST OF THE HOLDERS OF TWENTY-FIVE  PERCENT  IN  AGGREGATE  PRINCIPAL
   12  AMOUNT OF THE NOTES OR BONDS SHALL, DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
   13    (A)  ENFORCE  ALL  RIGHTS OF THE NOTEHOLDERS OR BONDHOLDERS, INCLUDING
   14  THE RIGHT TO REQUIRE THE AUTHORITY TO  PERFORM  ITS  DUTIES  UNDER  THIS
   15  ARTICLE;
   16    (B) BRING SUIT UPON THE NOTES OR BONDS;
   17    (C)  REQUIRE  THE AUTHORITY TO ACCOUNT AS IF IT WERE THE TRUSTEE OF AN
   18  EXPRESS TRUST FOR THE HOLDERS OF THE NOTES OR BONDS;
   19    (D) ENJOIN ANY ACTS OR THINGS THAT MAY BE UNLAWFUL OR IN VIOLATION  OF
   20  THE RIGHTS OF THE HOLDERS OF THE NOTES OR BONDS; AND
   21    (E) DECLARE ALL THE NOTES OR BONDS DUE AND PAYABLE.
   22    3.  BEFORE  DECLARING THE PRINCIPAL OF NOTES OR BONDS DUE AND PAYABLE,
   23  THE TRUSTEE SHALL FIRST GIVE THIRTY  DAYS'  NOTICE  IN  WRITING  TO  THE
   24  GOVERNOR,  TO  THE  AUTHORITY,  TO  THE  COMPTROLLER AND TO THE ATTORNEY
   25  GENERAL.
   26    4. THE TRUSTEE HAS ALL OF THE POWERS NECESSARY OR APPROPRIATE FOR  THE
   27  GENERAL  REPRESENTATION OF BONDHOLDERS OR NOTEHOLDERS IN THE ENFORCEMENT
   28  AND PROTECTION OF THEIR RIGHTS.
   29    5. AN ACTION UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL  BE  BROUGHT  IN  THE  COURT  OF
   30  CLAIMS.
   31    S  4111. GRANTS OR LOANS OF PUBLIC OR PRIVATE FUNDS OR IN-KIND MATERI-
   32  AL. 1. THE AUTHORITY MAY ACCEPT, RECEIVE,  RECEIPT  FOR,  DISBURSE,  AND
   33  EXPEND  FEDERAL  AND  STATE  MONEYS AND OTHER MONEYS, PUBLIC OR PRIVATE,
   34  MADE AVAILABLE BY GRANT OR LOAN OR BOTH OR OTHERWISE, TO ACCOMPLISH,  IN
   35  WHOLE OR IN PART ANY OF THE PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE. ALL FEDERAL MONEYS
   36  ACCEPTED  UNDER  THIS  SECTION  SHALL  BE  ACCEPTED  AND EXPENDED BY THE
   37  AUTHORITY UPON SUCH TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS ARE PRESCRIBED BY THE UNITED
   38  STATES AND AS ARE CONSISTENT  WITH  STATE  LAW;  AND  ALL  STATE  MONEYS
   39  ACCEPTED  UNDER  THIS  SECTION  SHALL  BE  ACCEPTED  AND EXPENDED BY THE
   40  AUTHORITY UPON SUCH TERMS AND CONDITIONS AS ARE PRESCRIBED BY  NEW  YORK
   41  STATE LAW.
   42    2.  THE  AUTHORITY  MAY  ACCEPT,  RECEIVE,  RECEIPT FOR, GRANT OR LOAN
   43  COMPUTERS AND OTHER TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT  OR  BROADBAND  INFRAS-
   44  TRUCTURE  EQUIPMENT  MADE  AVAILABLE TO IT BY IN-KIND DONATION, GRANT OR
   45  LOAN, TO ACCOMPLISH, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, ANY OF THE  PURPOSES  OF  THIS
   46  ARTICLE.  ALL  SUCH  IN-KIND  MATERIAL  SHALL  BE ACCEPTED AND LOANED OR
   47  GRANTED  BY  THE  AUTHORITY  UPON  SUCH  TERMS  AND  CONDITIONS  AS  ARE
   48  PRESCRIBED IN APPLICABLE SECTIONS OF THE LAW OF THE UNITED STATES AND AS
   49  ARE CONSISTENT WITH STATE LAW.
   50    S  4112.  EXEMPTION  FROM  TAXES  AND ASSESSMENTS. THE EXERCISE OF THE
   51  POWERS GRANTED BY THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE IN ALL RESPECTS FOR THE  BENEFIT
   52  OF  THE  PEOPLE  OF  THIS  STATE, FOR THE INCREASE OF THEIR COMMERCE AND
   53  PROSPERITY, FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THEIR HEALTH AND  LIVING  CONDITIONS,
   54  AND  AS  THE  OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF PROJECTS BY THE AUTHORITY AND
   55  THE UNDERTAKING OF ACTIVITIES IN  FURTHERANCE  OF  THE  PURPOSE  OF  THE
   56  AUTHORITY  CONSTITUTE  THE  PERFORMANCE  OF ESSENTIAL GOVERNMENTAL FUNC-
       A. 4143--A                         14
    1  TIONS, THE AUTHORITY SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO PAY ANY TAXES  OR  ASSESS-
    2  MENTS UPON ANY PROJECT OR ANY PROPERTY ACQUIRED OR USED BY THE AUTHORITY
    3  UNDER  THE  PROVISIONS  OF  THIS  ARTICLE  OR UPON THE INCOME THEREFROM,
    4  INCLUDING  SALES AND USE TAXES ON TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY USED IN THE
    5  OPERATIONS OF THE AUTHORITY, AND ANY BONDS ISSUED UNDER  THE  PROVISIONS
    6  OF  THIS ARTICLE, THEIR TRANSFER AND THE INCOME THEREFROM (INCLUDING ANY
    7  PROFIT MADE ON THE SALE THEREOF) SHALL AT ALL TIMES BE FREE  FROM  STATE
    8  AND  LOCAL  TAXATION. THE EXEMPTION GRANTED IN THIS SECTION SHALL NOT BE
    9  CONSTRUED TO EXTEND TO PERSONS CONDUCTING ON THE PREMISES OF A  FACILITY
   10  BUSINESSES FOR WHICH LOCAL OR STATE TAXES WOULD OTHERWISE BE REQUIRED.
   11    S  4113.  BROADBAND  AND ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT FUND.  1.
   12  THERE IS CREATED IN THE JOINT CUSTODY OF THE COMPTROLLER AND THE COMMIS-
   13  SIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE A SPECIAL NONREVERTING,
   14  PERMANENT ACCOUNT IN THE SPECIAL REVENUE FUND, TO BE CALLED THE ADVANCED
   15  COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANCE FUND, TO BE  ADMINISTERED  BY  THE  AUTHORITY.
   16  MONEYS  IN  THE  FUND  SHALL  BE  USED SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF HELPING
   17  UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS IN NEW  YORK
   18  STATE  TAKE  FULL  ADVANTAGE  OF  BROADBAND  AND ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS
   19  SERVICES.  LOANS OR GRANTS FROM THE FUND SHALL  BE  USED  TO  EFFECTUATE
   20  PHYSICAL  AND  SOCIAL  ACCESS  TO BROADBAND IN UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND
   21  DISTRESSED LOCALITIES FOR:
   22    (A) THE INTERNAL COMMUNICATION NEEDS OF  SUCH  LOCALITIES,  WHICH  MAY
   23  INCLUDE  BUT  ARE NOT LIMITED TO FIBER-OPTIC AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS
   24  NETWORKS;
   25    (B) HELP IN FINANCING THE COSTS OF  PLANNING,  DESIGNING,  PURCHASING,
   26  LEASING,  INSTALLING, OR MAINTAINING DARK FIBER TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED,
   27  SUBJECT HOWEVER TO ALL DUTIES AND RESTRICTIONS THAT  EXIST  WITHIN  THIS
   28  SECTION; OR
   29    (C)  TO  ADVANCE THE PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL AVAILABILITY OF BROADBAND AND
   30  OTHER ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES TO ALL CONSUMERS, INCLUDING THOSE
   31  IN LOW INCOME, RURAL, INSULAR, AND HIGH COST AREAS  AT  RATES  THAT  ARE
   32  REASONABLY  COMPARABLE  TO  THOSE  CHARGED  IN  HIGH-DENSITY URBAN AREAS
   33  AND/OR IN THE AREA OF THE STATE WHERE SUCH SERVICES  ARE  MOST  COMPETI-
   34  TIVELY  PRICED;  AND  TO INCREASE PHYSICAL AND SOCIAL ACCESS TO, AND THE
   35  UBIQUITY OF,  ADVANCED  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICES  AVAILABLE  TO  THE
   36  PUBLIC IN AN EQUITABLE AND NONDISCRIMINATORY MANNER.
   37    2.  ALL MONEYS OF THE AUTHORITY FROM WHATEVER SOURCE DERIVED INCLUDING
   38  SUCH FUNDS AS MAY BE APPROPRIATED AND ANY GIFTS, GRANTS, DONATIONS  FROM
   39  PUBLIC  OR  PRIVATE SOURCES, OR MONEYS RAISED FROM BONDS OR NOTES, SHALL
   40  BE DEPOSITED IN THE FUND.
   41    3. INTEREST EARNED ON MONEYS IN THE FUND SHALL REMAIN IN THE FUND  AND
   42  BE  CREDITED  TO IT. ANY MONEYS REMAINING IN THE FUND AT THE END OF EACH
   43  FISCAL YEAR, INCLUDING INTEREST THEREON, SHALL NOT REVERT TO THE GENERAL
   44  FUND BUT SHALL REMAIN IN THE FUND  AND  EXPENDITURES  AND  DISBURSEMENTS
   45  FROM  THE  FUND,  WHICH MAY CONSIST OF GRANTS OR LOANS, SHALL BE MADE BY
   46  THE COMPTROLLER UPON WRITTEN REQUEST BEARING THE SIGNATURE OF THE  CHAIR
   47  OR THE VICE-CHAIR OF THE AUTHORITY, OR, IF SO AUTHORIZED BY THE AUTHORI-
   48  TY, BEARING HIS OR HER FACSIMILE SIGNATURE, AND THE OFFICIAL SEAL OF THE
   49  AUTHORITY.
   50    4.  THE  RECEIPT OF MONIES FROM THE FUND SHALL BE CONDITIONED UPON THE
   51  ACCEPTANCE BY PUBLIC AND PRIVATE  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICES  PROVIDER
   52  RECIPIENTS  OF THE IMPORTANT STATE POLICY THAT THE REASONABLY UNFETTERED
   53  ACCESS OF THE CITIZENRY TO THE MAXIMALLY  DIVERSE  INTERNET  IS  IN  THE
   54  PUBLIC  INTEREST, WITH THE EXPRESS UNDERSTANDING THAT TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   55  PROVIDERS MAY CHOOSE TO BLOCK, LIMIT OR OTHERWISE RESTRICT  THE  PASSAGE
   56  OF  ELECTRONIC  MAIL  MESSAGE  OR  OTHER CONTENT THAT TRANSMIT, PORTRAY,
       A. 4143--A                         15
    1  DESCRIBE, REPRESENT OR OTHERWISE CONTAIN MATTERS SUCH AS CHILD PORNOGRA-
    2  PHY OR SIMILAR OBSCENITY, OTHER UNLAWFUL MATERIAL,  THREATS  OF  SERIOUS
    3  BODILY HARM, THREATS TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY, THREATS
    4  OF  DEATH  TO  INDIVIDUALS  OR GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS, VIRUSES OR SIMILAR
    5  COMPUTER GENERATED PROGRAMS OR CODE THAT  HAVE  THE  POTENTIAL  TO  HARM
    6  COMPUTER HARDWARE AND/OR SOFTWARE AND/OR NETWORKS, EXCESSIVE UNSOLICITED
    7  COMMERCIAL  EMAIL  THAT  DEGRADES OR INTERFERES WITH OR HARMS THE NORMAL
    8  OPERATION OF BROADBAND NETWORKS, AND OTHER SIMILAR  TYPES  OR  FORMS  OF
    9  MATERIAL  OR  SOFTWARE  (THE  FOREGOING  EXAMPLES  ARE ILLUSTRATIVE, NOT
   10  EXHAUSTIVE OF SUCH THREATS TO USERS AND/OR THE NETWORK). EACH  RECIPIENT
   11  OF  MONIES  FROM  THE  FUND  SHALL PROVIDE TO THE AUTHORITY ON AN ANNUAL
   12  BASIS A WRITTEN REPORT DESCRIBING EVERY INSTANCE IN WHICH SUCH RECIPIENT
   13  BLOCKS, LIMITS OR OTHERWISE RESTRICTS SUBSCRIBERS OR OTHER PURCHASERS OF
   14  BROADBAND SERVICES FROM THE  RECIPIENT  FROM  ACCESSING  ANY  PARTICULAR
   15  INTERNET SITE OR CATEGORY OR TYPE OF INTERNET SITE OR ANY SPECIFIC ELEC-
   16  TRONIC  MAIL MESSAGE OR CATEGORY OR TYPE OF ELECTRONIC MAIL ("NEUTRALITY
   17  REPORT"). SUCH NEUTRALITY REPORT SHALL CONTAIN DETAIL OF  A  SPECIFICITY
   18  LEVEL  TO  BE  DETERMINED BY THE AUTHORITY, AND SHALL CONTAIN SUFFICIENT
   19  DETAIL TO ALLOW THE AUTHORITY TO ASCERTAIN THE NATURE OF  ANY  BLOCKING,
   20  LIMITATION  OR  OTHER  RESTRICTIONS,  AND  THE  REASON FOR THE RECIPIENT
   21  TAKING SUCH ACTION, BUT SHALL BE PROVIDED IN A MANNER REASONABLY  CALCU-
   22  LATED  TO  PROTECT  SUBSCRIBER  AND  PURCHASER PRIVACY OR THE LEGITIMATE
   23  NEEDS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. NO RECIPIENT OF FUNDS SHALL BE RESPONSIBLE  OR
   24  LIABLE  FOR  ANY  EFFORTS  BY OR POLICIES, PRACTICES OR PROCEDURES OF AN
   25  UNAFFILIATED TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES PROVIDER OR  INTERNET  SERVICES
   26  PROVIDER  OR INTERNET PROTOCOL TRAFFIC ROUTING ENTITY TO BLOCK SUBSCRIB-
   27  ERS FROM ACCESSING ANY INTERNET SITE OR ANY CATEGORY OR TYPE OF INTERNET
   28  SITE OR ANY SPECIFIC ELECTRONIC MAIL MESSAGE OR ANY CATEGORY OR TYPE  OF
   29  ELECTRONIC MAIL.
   30    5. ANY PLEDGE MADE BY THE AUTHORITY IS VALID AND BINDING FROM THE DATE
   31  THAT  THE  PLEDGE IS MADE. THE MONEY OR PROPERTY PLEDGED AND RECEIVED BY
   32  THE AUTHORITY SHALL IMMEDIATELY BE SUBJECT TO THE  LIEN  OF  THE  PLEDGE
   33  WITHOUT  ANY PHYSICAL DELIVERY OR FURTHER ACT AND THE LIEN OF THE PLEDGE
   34  IS VALID  AND  BINDING  AGAINST  ALL  PARTIES  HAVING  CLAIMS  IN  TORT,
   35  CONTRACT,  OR  OTHERWISE  AGAINST THE AUTHORITY, IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER
   36  THE PARTIES HAVE NOTICE OF THE LIEN. THE RESOLUTION OR ANY OTHER INSTRU-
   37  MENT BY WHICH A PLEDGE IS CREATED NEED NOT BE RECORDED.
   38    S 4114. APPROPRIATIONS BY ANY GOVERNMENT OR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION. ANY
   39  GOVERNMENT OR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION  MAY  MAKE  APPROPRIATIONS  FOR  THE
   40  ACQUISITION,  CONSTRUCTION, IMPROVEMENT, MAINTENANCE OR OPERATION OF ANY
   41  PROJECT ACQUIRED, CONSTRUCTED, IMPROVED, MAINTAINED OR OPERATED  BY  THE
   42  AUTHORITY.
   43    S  4115. CONVEYANCE, LEASE OR TRANSFER OF PROPERTY BY A CITY OR COUNTY
   44  TO THE AUTHORITY. ANY CITY OR COUNTY WITHIN NEW YORK STATE IN  ORDER  TO
   45  PROVIDE  FOR  THE  CONSTRUCTION,  RECONSTRUCTION, IMPROVEMENT, REPAIR OR
   46  MANAGEMENT OF ANY PROJECT, OR IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH ANY OF THE PURPOSES
   47  OF THIS ARTICLE MAY, WITH OR WITHOUT  CONSIDERATION  OR  FOR  A  NOMINAL
   48  CONSIDERATION, LEASE, SELL, CONVEY OR OTHERWISE TRANSFER TO THE AUTHORI-
   49  TY  ANY  REAL,  PERSONAL  OR  MIXED PROPERTY LOCATED WITHIN SUCH CITY OR
   50  COUNTY.
   51    S 4116. ACTIONS AGAINST THE AUTHORITY. 1. IN EVERY ACTION AGAINST  THE
   52  AUTHORITY FOR DAMAGES, FOR INJURIES TO REAL OR PERSONAL PROPERTY, OR FOR
   53  THE  DESTRUCTION  THEREOF, OR FOR PERSONAL INJURIES, THE COMPLAINT SHALL
   54  CONTAIN AN ALLEGATION THAT AT LEAST THIRTY DAYS HAVE ELAPSED  SINCE  THE
   55  DEMAND, CLAIM OR CLAIMS UPON WHICH SUCH ACTION IS FOUNDED WERE PRESENTED
   56  TO A MEMBER OF THE AUTHORITY, OR TO ITS SECRETARY, OR TO ITS CHIEF EXEC-
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    1  UTIVE OFFICER AND THAT THE AUTHORITY HAS NEGLECTED OR REFUSED TO MAKE AN
    2  ADJUSTMENT OR PAYMENT THEREOF FOR THIRTY DAYS AFTER SUCH PRESENTMENT.
    3    2. AN ACTION AGAINST THE AUTHORITY FOR DAMAGES FOR INJURIES TO REAL OR
    4  PERSONAL PROPERTY, OR FOR THE DESTRUCTION THEREOF, OR FOR PERSONAL INJU-
    5  RIES,  ALLEGED  TO  HAVE BEEN SUSTAINED SHALL NOT BE COMMENCED MORE THAN
    6  ONE YEAR AND NINETY DAYS AFTER THE CAUSE OF ACTION THEREFOR  SHALL  HAVE
    7  ACCRUED, NOR UNLESS A NOTICE OF INTENTION TO COMMENCE SUCH ACTION AND OF
    8  THE  TIME  WHEN  AND PLACE WHERE THE DAMAGES WERE INCURRED OR SUSTAINED,
    9  TOGETHER WITH A  VERIFIED  STATEMENT  SHOWING  IN  DETAIL  THE  PROPERTY
   10  ALLEGED  TO HAVE BEEN DAMAGED OR DESTROYED AND THE VALUE THEREOF, OR THE
   11  PERSONAL INJURIES ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN SUSTAINED AND BY WHOM, SHALL HAVE
   12  BEEN FILED IN THE PRINCIPAL OFFICE OF THE AUTHORITY WITHIN  NINETY  DAYS
   13  AFTER SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION SHALL HAVE ACCRUED.
   14    3.  AN  ACTION  AGAINST  THE  AUTHORITY  FOR  WRONGFUL  DEATH SHALL BE
   15  COMMENCED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE NOTICE OF  CLAIM  AND  TIME  LIMITATION
   16  PROVISIONS OF TITLE ELEVEN OF ARTICLE NINE OF THIS CHAPTER.
   17    S  4117.  AUDIT POWER AND CONTRACT APPROVAL BY THE COMPTROLLER. 1. THE
   18  COMPTROLLER, OR HIS OR HER  LEGALLY  AUTHORIZED  REPRESENTATIVES,  SHALL
   19  HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO EXAMINE THE ACCOUNTS AND FINANCES OF THE AUTHORITY
   20  AND  TO CONDUCT MANAGEMENT AUDITS OF THE STAFF AND BOARD OF THE AUTHORI-
   21  TY.
   22    2. THE PROCUREMENT, PUBLIC WORK, CONSTRUCTION, AND  REVENUE  CONTRACTS
   23  OF  THE  AUTHORITY  SHALL BE SUBJECT TO PRIOR REVIEW AND APPROVAL BY THE
   24  COMPTROLLER, IF THE COMPTROLLER, IN HIS OR  HER  DISCRETION,  DETERMINES
   25  THAT  SUCH  REVIEW  AND  APPROVAL  SHALL BE REQUIRED. IF THE COMPTROLLER
   26  DETERMINES THAT ANY CONTRACT OR CATEGORY OF CONTRACTS OF A STATE AUTHOR-
   27  ITY  REQUIRES  DIRECT  SUPERVISION  IN  THE  FORM  OF  PRE-APPROVAL   OF
   28  CONTRACTS,  AND THE COMPTROLLER SO NOTIFIES SUCH STATE AUTHORITY OF SUCH
   29  DETERMINATION, THEN SUBJECT TO SUBDIVISION THREE  OF  THIS  SECTION,  NO
   30  SUCH  CONTRACT  OR AGREEMENT BY SUCH STATE AUTHORITY SELECTED FOR REVIEW
   31  BY THE COMPTROLLER SHALL BE A VALID  ENFORCEABLE  CONTRACT  UNLESS  SUCH
   32  CONTRACT  SHALL  FIRST BE APPROVED BY THE COMPTROLLER. IN THE EVENT THAT
   33  THE COMPTROLLER NOTIFIES THE AUTHORITY THAT APPROVAL SHALL  BE  REQUIRED
   34  AS  PROVIDED  IN  THIS  SECTION,  THEN  THE  AUTHORITY  SHALL  INCLUDE A
   35  PROVISION IN ALL SUCH CONTRACTS SELECTED FOR REVIEW  AS  STATED  IN  ANY
   36  SUCH  NOTICE INFORMING THE OTHER PARTIES TO SUCH CONTRACTS THAT THE SAME
   37  ARE NOT VALID AND ENFORCEABLE WITHOUT THE COMPTROLLER'S APPROVAL.
   38    3. ANY CONTRACT SELECTED BY THE COMPTROLLER FOR  REVIEW  AND  APPROVAL
   39  PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE A VALID ENFORCEABLE
   40  CONTRACT  ONLY  IF THE COMPTROLLER (A) APPROVES THE CONTRACT, OR (B) HAS
   41  NOT DISAPPROVED THE CONTRACT WITHIN FORTY-FIVE DAYS OF THE SUBMISSION OF
   42  SUCH CONTRACT TO HIS OR HER OFFICE, UNLESS  THE  STATE  AUTHORITY  SHALL
   43  AGREE  WITH  THE  COMPTROLLER ON AN EXTENSION FOR A REASONABLE PERIOD OF
   44  TIME.
   45    S 4118. ANNUAL REPORT. THE AUTHORITY SHALL SUBMIT AN ANNUAL REPORT  NO
   46  LATER  THAN MARCH FIRST OF EACH YEAR, INCLUDING THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE
   47  BY THE  BROADBAND  DEVELOPMENT  AND  DEPLOYMENT  COUNCIL  UNDER  SECTION
   48  FORTY-ONE  HUNDRED  FIVE OF THIS ARTICLE, RELATING TO ITS ACTIVITIES FOR
   49  THE PRECEDING CALENDAR YEAR TO THE GOVERNOR, THE SPEAKER OF  THE  ASSEM-
   50  BLY,  THE  TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE
   51  ASSEMBLY, THE MINORITY LEADER OF THE SENATE, THE CHAIR OF  THE  ASSEMBLY
   52  STANDING COMMITTEE ON CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS, AND THE
   53  CHAIR OF THE SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS.
   54    S  4119.  EFFECT OF INCONSISTENT PROVISIONS. INSOFAR AS THE PROVISIONS
   55  OF THIS ARTICLE ARE INCONSISTENT WITH THE PROVISIONS OF ANY  OTHER  ACT,
   56  GENERAL OR SPECIAL, THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE SHALL BE CONTROLLING.
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    1    S  4120. SEVERABILITY. IF ANY PROVISION OF ANY SECTION OF THIS ARTICLE
    2  OR THE APPLICATION THEREOF  TO  ANY  PERSON  OR  CIRCUMSTANCE  SHALL  BE
    3  ADJUDGED  INVALID  BY  A  COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION, SUCH ORDER OR
    4  JUDGMENT SHALL BE CONFINED IN ITS OPERATION TO THE CONTROVERSY IN  WHICH
    5  IT WAS RENDERED, AND SHALL NOT AFFECT OR INVALIDATE THE REMAINDER OF ANY
    6  PROVISION  OF ANY SECTION OF THIS ARTICLE OR THE APPLICATION OF ANY PART
    7  THEREOF TO ANY  OTHER  PERSON  OR  CIRCUMSTANCE  AND  TO  THIS  END  THE
    8  PROVISIONS  OF  EACH  SECTION  OF THIS ARTICLE ARE HEREBY DECLARED TO BE
    9  SEVERABLE.
   10    S 4. The public service law is amended by adding a new section 92-h to
   11  read as follows:
   12    S 92-H. UNIVERSAL, AFFORDABLE AND SECURE  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICES
   13  FUND.   1. THE COMMISSION SHALL ESTABLISH A MECHANISM FOR THE SUPPORT OF
   14  UNIVERSAL SERVICE, ALSO REFERRED TO IN THIS SECTION AS  THE  "HIGH  COST
   15  SUPPORT MECHANISM", WHICH SHALL OPERATE IN ACCORDANCE WITH RULES ADOPTED
   16  BY  THE COMMISSION. THE PURPOSE OF THE HIGH COST SUPPORT MECHANISM IS TO
   17  PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES PROVIDERS TO
   18  HELP MAKE BASIC LOCAL EXCHANGE AND BROADBAND SERVICES UNIVERSALLY AVAIL-
   19  ABLE, AT JUST AND REASONABLE RATES AND ALLOW SUCH PROVIDERS TO BE  FULLY
   20  REIMBURSED  FOR  THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE REASONABLE COSTS INCURRED IN
   21  MAKING BASIC SERVICE AVAILABLE TO THEIR CUSTOMERS WITHIN A  RURAL,  HIGH
   22  COST  GEOGRAPHIC  SUPPORT  AREA  AND THE PRICE CHARGED FOR SUCH SERVICE,
   23  AFTER TAKING INTO ACCOUNT ANY AMOUNTS RECEIVED BY SUCH  PROVIDERS  UNDER
   24  PRICE  SUPPORT  MECHANISMS  ESTABLISHED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND BY
   25  THIS STATE. THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  ENSURE  THAT  NO  TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   26  SERVICES PROVIDER IS RECEIVING FUNDS FROM THIS OR ANY OTHER SOURCE THAT,
   27  TOGETHER  WITH  LOCAL  EXCHANGE  SERVICE  REVENUES,  EXCEEDS THE COST OF
   28  PROVIDING LOCAL EXCHANGE SERVICE TO CUSTOMERS OF SUCH PROVIDER. THE HIGH
   29  COST SUPPORT MECHANISM SHALL BE SUPPORTED AND DISTRIBUTED EQUITABLY  AND
   30  ON  A  NONDISCRIMINATORY,  COMPETITIVELY  NEUTRAL  BASIS  THROUGH A RATE
   31  ELEMENT ASSESSED ON ALL  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICE  PROVIDERS  IN  NEW
   32  YORK.  A  PROVIDER THAT OFFERS BASIC LOCAL EXCHANGE SERVICE OR BROADBAND
   33  SERVICE THROUGHOUT AN ENTIRE SUPPORT AREA THROUGH USE OF ITS OWN FACILI-
   34  TIES OR ON A RESALE BASIS MAY BE QUALIFIED AS A PROVIDER OF LAST  RESORT
   35  OR  MAY  BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE UNIVERSAL SERVICE SUPPORT, AS DETERMINED
   36  BY THE COMMISSION. A PROVIDER THAT FAILS TO PAY AN  ASSESSMENT  DUE  AND
   37  PAYABLE UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE REVOCATION OF CERTIF-
   38  ICATE AFTER NOTICE AND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A HEARING AS PROVIDED IN THIS
   39  CHAPTER.  IN  ALL  RELEVANT GEOGRAPHIC AREAS OF THE STATE, AS DEFINED BY
   40  THE COMMISSION, THE COMMISSION SHALL DESIGNATE AT LEAST ONE PROVIDER  AS
   41  THE  PROVIDER OF LAST RESORT AND ADOPT PROCEDURES FOR CHANGING OR TERMI-
   42  NATING SUCH DESIGNATIONS. A PROVIDER OF LAST RESORT DESIGNATION  CARRIES
   43  THE  RESPONSIBILITY  TO OFFER BASIC LOCAL EXCHANGE SERVICE AND BROADBAND
   44  SERVICE TO ALL CONSUMERS WHO REQUEST IT. A PERSON HOLDING A  CERTIFICATE
   45  OF  PUBLIC  CONVENIENCE  AND NECESSITY TO PROVIDE BASIC SERVICE SHALL BE
   46  SUBJECT TO THE EVOLVING DEFINITION OF BASIC  SERVICE  DEVELOPED  BY  THE
   47  COMMISSION  UNDER  THIS  CHAPTER AND THE SYSTEM OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR
   48  UNIVERSAL SERVICE ESTABLISHED BY THE COMMISSION UNDER THIS  SECTION.  IF
   49  AND  WHEN  ADDITIONAL  ELEMENTS  ARE INCLUDED IN THE DEFINITION OF BASIC
   50  SERVICE AS A RESULT OF REVIEW BY THE COMMISSION, PRICES MAY INCREASE  AS
   51  IS  DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSION TO BE REASONABLY NECESSARY TO COVER THE
   52  COST AND ACCOUNT FOR THE INCLUSION OF SUCH ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS.
   53    2. ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER FIRST OF  EACH  YEAR,  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL
   54  SUBMIT  A  WRITTEN  REPORT  TO  THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE
   55  SENATE, SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY  LEADERS  OF  THE  SENATE  AND
   56  ASSEMBLY,  CHAIRPERSON  AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE ENERGY
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    1  AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE, AND THE CHAIRPERSON AND RANKING MINOR-
    2  ITY MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY  CORPORATIONS,  AUTHORITIES  AND  COMMISSIONS
    3  COMMITTEE,  ACCOUNTING  FOR THE OPERATION OF THE HIGH COST SUPPORT MECH-
    4  ANISM  DURING  THE  PRECEDING CALENDAR YEAR AND CONTAINING THE FOLLOWING
    5  INFORMATION, AT A MINIMUM:
    6    (A) THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT THE  COMMISSION  DETERMINED  SHOULD
    7  CONSTITUTE  THE  HIGH  COST  SUPPORT  MECHANISM FROM WHICH DISTRIBUTIONS
    8  WOULD BE MADE;
    9    (B) THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY ORDERED TO BE CONTRIBUTED THROUGH A RATE
   10  ELEMENT ASSESSMENT COLLECTED BY EACH TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE  PROVID-
   11  ER;
   12    (C)  THE  BASIS  ON  WHICH THE CONTRIBUTION OF EACH TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   13  SERVICE PROVIDER WAS CALCULATED;
   14    (D) THE BENCHMARKS USED AND THE BASIS ON  WHICH  THE  BENCHMARKS  WERE
   15  DETERMINED;
   16    (E) THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT THE COMMISSION DETERMINED SHOULD BE
   17  DISTRIBUTED FROM THE HIGH COST SUPPORT MECHANISM;
   18    (F)  THE  TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY DISTRIBUTED TO EACH TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   19  SERVICE PROVIDER FROM THE HIGH COST SUPPORT MECHANISM;
   20    (G) THE BASIS ON WHICH THE DISTRIBUTION TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICE
   21  PROVIDERS WAS CALCULATED;
   22    (H)  AS  TO  EACH  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICE  PROVIDER  RECEIVING  A
   23  DISTRIBUTION, THE AMOUNT RECEIVED BY GEOGRAPHIC SUPPORT AREA AND TYPE OF
   24  CUSTOMER, THE WAY IN WHICH THE BENEFIT OF THE DISTRIBUTION  WAS  APPLIED
   25  OR ACCOUNTED FOR;
   26    (I)   THE  PROPOSED  BENCHMARKS,  THE  PROPOSED  CONTRIBUTIONS  TO  BE
   27  COLLECTED THROUGH A RATE ELEMENT ASSESSMENT BY  EACH  TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   28  SERVICE PROVIDER, AND THE PROPOSED TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE HIGH COST SUPPORT
   29  MECHANISM  FROM  WHICH  DISTRIBUTIONS  ARE  TO BE MADE FOR THE FOLLOWING
   30  CALENDAR YEAR; AND
   31    (J) THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF DISTRIBUTIONS MADE FROM THE  HIGH  COST  FUND,
   32  DIRECTLY  OR INDIRECTLY, AND HOW THEY ARE BALANCED BY RATE REDUCTIONS BY
   33  ALL PROVIDERS FOR THE SAME PERIOD AND A FULL ACCOUNTING  OF  AND  JUSTI-
   34  FICATION  FOR  ANY  DIFFERENCE. IF THE REPORT SUBMITTED PURSUANT TO THIS
   35  SUBDIVISION CONTAINS A PROPOSAL FOR AN INCREASE IN ANY  OF  THE  AMOUNTS
   36  LISTED  IN  PARAGRAPH  (B)  OF  THIS SUBDIVISION, SUCH INCREASE SHALL BE
   37  SUSPENDED UNTIL MARCH THIRTY-FIRST OF THE FOLLOWING YEAR.
   38    SUCH REPORT MUST ALSO DETERMINE WHAT AMOUNT OF  UNEXPENDED  FUNDS,  IF
   39  ANY, AT THE END OF EACH FISCAL YEAR, COULD BE REFUNDED TO THE CONTRIBUT-
   40  ING  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICES  PROVIDERS  ON A BASIS THAT IS PROPOR-
   41  TIONAL TO THE AMOUNTS CONTRIBUTED BY  SUCH  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICES
   42  PROVIDERS.
   43    3.  THERE  IS HEREBY CREATED, IN THE STATE TREASURY, THE NEW YORK HIGH
   44  COST ADMINISTRATION FUND, REFERRED TO IN THIS  SECTION  AS  THE  "FUND",
   45  WHICH  SHALL BE USED TO REIMBURSE THE COMMISSION AND, IF APPLICABLE, ITS
   46  CONTRACTORS, FOR REASONABLE EXPENSES INCURRED IN THE  ADMINISTRATION  OF
   47  THE  HIGH  COST  SUPPORT MECHANISM AS DETERMINED BY RULES OF THE COMMIS-
   48  SION, AND SHALL BE AUDITED IN A MANNER AND FREQUENCY TO BE DETERMINED BY
   49  THE COMPTROLLER. THE MONEYS IN THE FUND THAT ARE  TO  BE  USED  FOR  THE
   50  DIRECT  AND INDIRECT ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS INCURRED BY THE COMMISSION AND
   51  ITS CONTRACTORS SHALL BE APPROPRIATED ANNUALLY BY  THE  LEGISLATURE.  AT
   52  THE  END  OF  ANY FISCAL YEAR, ALL UNEXPENDED AND UNENCUMBERED MONEYS IN
   53  THE FUND SHALL REMAIN THEREIN AND SHALL NOT BE CREDITED  OR  TRANSFERRED
   54  TO  THE GENERAL FUND OR ANY OTHER FUND. BASED UPON THE BALANCE REMAINING
   55  IN THE FUND AND THE AMOUNT APPROPRIATED ANNUALLY BY THE LEGISLATURE  FOR
   56  USE  BY  THE  COMMISSION,  EACH  YEAR THE COMMISSION SHALL DETERMINE THE
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    1  NONDISCRIMINATORY, COMPETITIVELY NEUTRAL ASSESSMENT ON ALL  TELECOMMUNI-
    2  CATIONS  SERVICE  PROVIDERS  IN NEW YORK THAT WILL BE NECESSARY TO COVER
    3  THE COST OF IMPLEMENTING THE HIGH COST  SUPPORT  MECHANISM.    ONLY  THE
    4  MONEYS FROM SUCH ASSESSMENT SHALL BE TRANSMITTED TO THE STATE TREASURER,
    5  WHO  SHALL  CREDIT  THE  SAME TO THE FUND. ALL INTEREST DERIVED FROM THE
    6  DEPOSIT AND INVESTMENT OF THIS FUND SHALL REMAIN IN THE FUND  AND  SHALL
    7  NOT REVERT TO THE GENERAL FUND.
    8    S 5. The public service law is amended by adding a new article 11-A to
    9  read as follows:
   10                                ARTICLE 11-A
   11                 STATEWIDE CABLE FRANCHISING AND REGULATION
   12  SECTION 231. DEFINITIONS.
   13          232. AUTHORIZATION TO PROVIDE CABLE SERVICE.
   14          233. PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION RESPONSIBILITIES.
   15          234. APPLICATION FOR STATEWIDE CABLE FRANCHISE.
   16          235. LENGTH OF STATEWIDE FRANCHISE.
   17          236. TERMINATION OF A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE.
   18          237. ABANDONMENT OF SERVICE.
   19          238. MUNICIPAL POWER AND REGULATION OVER FRANCHISE HOLDERS.
   20          239. PAYMENT AND REMITTANCE OF FRANCHISE FEE.
   21          240. PUBLIC, EDUCATIONAL AND GOVERNMENT CHANNELS.
   22          241. CABLE OPERATOR'S COMMUNITY COMMITMENT.
   23          242. CONSUMER PROTECTION RULES.
   24          243. NEUTRAL INTERNET AND BROADBAND NETWORKS.
   25          244. DEPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR STATEWIDE CABLE FRANCHISE.
   26          245. DISCRIMINATION IN THE PROVISIONING OF SERVICE PROHIBITED.
   27          246. ENFORCEMENT.
   28    S  231.  DEFINITIONS. THE WORDS AND PHRASES USED IN THIS ARTICLE SHALL
   29  HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS UNLESS A DIFFERENT MEANING  CLEARLY  APPEARS
   30  IN THE CONTEXT.
   31    1.  "CABLE SERVICE" SHALL MEAN THE ONE-WAY TRANSMISSION TO SUBSCRIBERS
   32  OF VIDEO PROGRAMMING;  OR  OTHER  PROGRAMMING  SERVICE,  AND  SUBSCRIBER
   33  INTERACTION,  IF ANY, WHICH IS REQUIRED FOR THE SELECTION OR USE OF SUCH
   34  VIDEO PROGRAMMING OR OTHER PROGRAMMING SERVICE, REGARDLESS OF THE  TECH-
   35  NOLOGY  UTILIZED  BY A CABLE TELEVISION COMPANY TO ENABLE SUCH SELECTION
   36  OR USE.
   37    2. "CABLE OPERATOR" SHALL MEAN ANY PERSON OR GROUP OF PERSONS (A)  WHO
   38  PROVIDES  CABLE  SERVICE OVER A CABLE SYSTEM AND DIRECTLY OR THROUGH ONE
   39  OR MORE AFFILIATES OWNS A SIGNIFICANT INTEREST IN SUCH CABLE SYSTEM,  OR
   40  (B)  WHO  OTHERWISE CONTROLS OR IS RESPONSIBLE FOR, THROUGH ANY ARRANGE-
   41  MENT, THE MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION OF SUCH A CABLE SYSTEM, AS SET  FORTH
   42  IN 47 U.S.C. S 522(5).
   43    3.  "CABLE  SYSTEM"  SHALL  MEAN  ANY FACILITY, CONSISTING OF A SET OF
   44  CLOSED TRANSMISSION PATHS AND ASSOCIATED  SIGNAL  GENERATION,  RECEPTION
   45  AND  CONTROL  EQUIPMENT  THAT IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE CABLE SERVICE WHICH
   46  INCLUDES VIDEO PROGRAMMING, WITHOUT REGARD TO  THE  TECHNOLOGY  USED  TO
   47  DELIVER  SUCH  VIDEO PROGRAMMING, INCLUDING INTERNET PROTOCOL TECHNOLOGY
   48  OR ANY SUCCESSOR TECHNOLOGY AND WHICH IS PROVIDED TO MULTIPLE  SUBSCRIB-
   49  ERS  WITHIN  A  COMMUNITY, AS SET FORTH IN 47 U.S.C.  S 522(7), BUT SUCH
   50  TERM DOES NOT INCLUDE:
   51    (A) A FACILITY THAT SERVES ONLY TO RETRANSMIT THE  TELEVISION  SIGNALS
   52  OF ONE OR MORE TELEVISION BROADCAST STATIONS;
   53    (B)  A  FACILITY  THAT  SERVES  SUBSCRIBERS  WITHOUT  USING ANY PUBLIC
   54  RIGHT-OF-WAY;
   55    (C) A FACILITY OF A COMMON CARRIER WHICH IS SUBJECT, IN  WHOLE  OR  IN
   56  PART,  TO  THE PROVISIONS OF TITLE II OF THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934,
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    1  47 U.S.C. S 201 ET SEQ., EXCEPT THAT SUCH FACILITY SHALL BE CONSIDERED A
    2  CABLE SYSTEM (OTHER THAN FOR PURPOSES OF 47  U.S.C.  S  541(C))  TO  THE
    3  EXTENT  SUCH  FACILITY  IS USED IN THE TRANSMISSION OF VIDEO PROGRAMMING
    4  DIRECTLY  TO  SUBSCRIBERS,  UNLESS  THE  EXTENT OF SUCH USE IS SOLELY TO
    5  PROVIDE INTERACTIVE ON-DEMAND SERVICES;
    6    (D) AN OPEN VIDEO SYSTEM THAT COMPLIES WITH 47 U.S.C. S 573; OR
    7    (E) ANY FACILITIES OF ANY ELECTRIC UTILITY USED SOLELY  FOR  OPERATING
    8  ITS ELECTRIC UTILITY SYSTEM.
    9    4.  "CATV  COMPANY"  SHALL MEAN ANY PERSON OR GROUP OF PERSONS (A) WHO
   10  PROVIDES CABLE SERVICE OVER A CABLE SYSTEM AND DIRECTLY OR  THROUGH  ONE
   11  OR  MORE AFFILIATES OWNS A SIGNIFICANT INTEREST IN SUCH CABLE SYSTEM, OR
   12  (B) WHO OTHERWISE CONTROLS OR IS RESPONSIBLE FOR, THROUGH  ANY  ARRANGE-
   13  MENT, THE MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION OF SUCH A CABLE SYSTEM.
   14    5.  "CATV SYSTEM" SHALL MEAN ANY FACILITY WHICH RECEIVES AND AMPLIFIES
   15  THE SIGNALS BROADCAST BY ONE OR MORE TELEVISION STATIONS AND  REDISTRIB-
   16  UTES  SUCH  SIGNALS  BY WIRE, CABLE OR OTHER MEANS, OR WHICH DISTRIBUTES
   17  SIGNALS IT ORIGINATES OR WHICH ARE ORIGINATED BY ANOTHER FOR VIEWING  BY
   18  SUBSCRIBERS,  WHETHER  THE  WIRE, CABLE OR OTHER FACILITIES ARE OWNED OR
   19  LEASED. A "CATV SYSTEM" SHALL NOT INCLUDE:
   20    (A) THE POLES OR OTHER FACILITIES OF ANY TELEPHONE CORPORATION USED TO
   21  PROVIDE CHANNEL SERVICE AS A COMMON CARRIER,
   22    (B) A SYSTEM SERVING NOT MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED FIFTY SUBSCRIBERS, OR
   23    (C) A MASTER ANTENNA SYSTEM SERVICING SUBSCRIBERS SITUATED ON PROPERTY
   24  UNDER COMMON OWNERSHIP.
   25    6. "COMMISSION" SHALL  MEAN  THE  PUBLIC  SERVICE  COMMISSION  OR  ANY
   26  SUCCESSOR AGENCY.
   27    7.  "FRANCHISE"  SHALL MEAN AN INITIAL AUTHORIZATION, OR RENEWAL OF AN
   28  AUTHORIZATION, ISSUED BY A FRANCHISING AUTHORITY, REGARDLESS OF  WHETHER
   29  THE  AUTHORIZATION IS DESIGNATED AS A FRANCHISE, PERMIT, LICENSE, RESOL-
   30  UTION, CONTRACT, CERTIFICATE, AGREEMENT, OR OTHERWISE,  THAT  AUTHORIZES
   31  THE  CONSTRUCTION  AND  OPERATION  OF  A  CABLE  SYSTEM  IN  THE  PUBLIC
   32  RIGHTS-OF-WAY.
   33    8. "FRANCHISE HOLDER" OR "HOLDER" SHALL MEAN A PERSON WHO HAS RECEIVED
   34  A STATE-WIDE FRANCHISE, BUT HAS NOT TRANSFERRED OR TERMINATED SUCH FRAN-
   35  CHISE AUTHORIZATION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE.
   36    9. "FRANCHISING AUTHORITY" SHALL MEAN THE  PUBLIC  SERVICE  COMMISSION
   37  AND  MUNICIPALITIES  WHICH ARE ENTITLED TO REQUIRE FRANCHISES AND IMPOSE
   38  FEES IN ACCORDANCE WITH 47 U.S.C. SS 522(10) AND 542, RESPECTIVELY.
   39    10. "GROSS REVENUES" SHALL MEAN ANY AND ALL REVENUES, INCLUDING  CASH,
   40  CREDITS,  PROPERTY  OR OTHER CONSIDERATION OF ANY KIND OR NATURE ARISING
   41  FROM, ATTRIBUTABLE TO, OR IN ANY WAY DERIVED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM
   42  THE OPERATION OF THE FRANCHISEE'S CABLE SYSTEM  (INCLUDING  THE  STUDIOS
   43  AND  OTHER  FACILITIES  ASSOCIATED THEREWITH) TO PROVIDE CABLE SERVICES.
   44  GROSS REVENUES INCLUDE, BY  WAY  OF  ILLUSTRATION  AND  NOT  LIMITATION,
   45  MONTHLY  FEES CHARGED SUBSCRIBERS FOR ANY BASIC, OPTIONAL, PREMIUM, PER-
   46  CHANNEL, PER-PROGRAM SERVICE, OR CABLE  PROGRAMMING  SERVICE;  INSTALLA-
   47  TION,  DISCONNECTION,  RECONNECTION,  AND CHANGE-IN-SERVICE FEES; LEASED
   48  CHANNEL FEES; LATE FEES AND  ADMINISTRATIVE  FEES,  PAYMENTS,  OR  OTHER
   49  CONSIDERATION  RECEIVED  FROM PROGRAMMERS FOR CARRIAGE OF PROGRAMMING ON
   50  THE SYSTEM; REVENUES FROM RENTALS OR SALES OF CONVERTERS OR OTHER EQUIP-
   51  MENT; ANY STUDIO  RENTAL,  PRODUCTION  EQUIPMENT,  AND  PERSONNEL  FEES;
   52  ADVERTISING  REVENUES;  BARTER;  REVENUES  FROM PROGRAM GUIDES; REVENUES
   53  FROM THE SALE OR CARRIAGE OF OTHER CABLE  SERVICES;  AND  REVENUES  FROM
   54  HOME  SHOPPING  CHANNELS  AND  OTHER REVENUE SHARING ARRANGEMENTS. GROSS
   55  REVENUES SHALL INCLUDE REVENUES RECEIVED BY ANY ENTITY  OTHER  THAN  THE
   56  FRANCHISEE,  AN  AFFILIATE,  OR  ANOTHER ENTITY THAT OPERATES THE SYSTEM
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    1  WHERE NECESSARY TO PREVENT EVASION OR AVOIDANCE OF THE OBLIGATION  UNDER
    2  THIS STATUTE TO PAY THE FRANCHISE FEE. GROSS REVENUES SHALL NOT INCLUDE:
    3    (A)  AMOUNTS  NOT ACTUALLY RECEIVED, EVEN IF BILLED, SUCH AS BAD DEBT;
    4  REFUNDS, REBATES OR DISCOUNTS TO SUBSCRIBERS OR THIRD PARTIES; OR REVEN-
    5  UE IMPUTED FROM THE PROVISION OF CABLE SERVICES FOR FREE OR  AT  REDUCED
    6  RATES  TO  ANY  PERSON AS REQUIRED OR ALLOWED BY LAW, INCLUDING, WITHOUT
    7  LIMITATION, THE PROVISION  OF  SUCH  SERVICES  TO  PUBLIC  INSTITUTIONS,
    8  PUBLIC  SCHOOLS, GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES, OR EMPLOYEES, OTHER THAN FORGONE
    9  REVENUE CHOSEN NOT TO BE  RECEIVED  IN  EXCHANGE  FOR  TRADES,  BARTERS,
   10  SERVICES, OR OTHER ITEMS OF VALUE; OR
   11    (B) ANY REVENUE FROM ANY CHARGES OR FEES DERIVED FROM SERVICES CLASSI-
   12  FIED AS NON-CABLE SERVICES AND INFORMATION SERVICES AND ANY OTHER REVEN-
   13  UES  ATTRIBUTED BY THE HOLDER OF A CERTIFICATE OF APPROVAL OR SYSTEMWIDE
   14  FRANCHISE TO NON-CABLE SERVICES  IN  ACCORDANCE  WITH  FEDERAL  COMMUNI-
   15  CATIONS COMMISSIONS RULES, REGULATIONS, STANDARDS, OR ORDERS.
   16    IN  THE  CASE OF CABLE SERVICE THAT MAY BE BUNDLED OR INTEGRATED FUNC-
   17  TIONALLY WITH OTHER SERVICES, CAPABILITIES OR  APPLICATIONS,  THE  GROSS
   18  REVENUES  SHALL  ONLY  INCLUDE  THOSE  CHARGES  OR  FEES DERIVED FROM OR
   19  ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE PROVISION OF CABLE  SERVICE,  AS  REFLECTED  ON  THE
   20  BOOKS  AND  RECORDS  OF  THE  HOLDER  OF  A CERTIFICATE OF APPROVAL OR A
   21  SYSTEMWIDE FRANCHISE, AS THE CASE MAY BE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE  RULES,
   22  REGULATIONS,  STANDARDS AND ORDERS OF THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMIS-
   23  SION.
   24    11. "INCUMBENT CABLE OPERATOR" SHALL MEAN THE CABLE  OPERATOR  SERVING
   25  THE  LARGEST NUMBER OF CABLE SUBSCRIBERS IN A PARTICULAR MUNICIPAL FRAN-
   26  CHISE AREA ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ARTICLE.
   27    12. "MUNICIPALITY" SHALL MEAN A CITY OR TOWN WITHIN THE STATE.
   28    13. "PERSON" SHALL MEAN AN INDIVIDUAL, PARTNERSHIP, ASSOCIATION, JOINT
   29  STOCK COMPANY, TRUST, CORPORATION, GOVERNMENT ENTITY, LIMITED  LIABILITY
   30  COMPANY OR ANY OTHER ENTITY.
   31    14.  "PUBLIC  RIGHT-OF-WAY"  SHALL  MEAN THE AREA ON, BELOW OR ABOVE A
   32  PUBLIC ROADWAY, HIGHWAY, STREET, PUBLIC SIDEWALK,  ALLEY,  WATERWAY,  OR
   33  UTILITY EASEMENT IN WHICH A MUNICIPALITY HAS AN INTEREST.
   34    15.  "VIDEO PROGRAMMING" SHALL MEAN PROGRAMMING PROVIDED BY, OR GENER-
   35  ALLY CONSIDERED COMPARABLE TO,  PROGRAMMING  PROVIDED  BY  A  TELEVISION
   36  BROADCAST STATION, AS SET FORTH IN 47 U.S.C. S 522(20).
   37    S  232. AUTHORIZATION TO PROVIDE CABLE SERVICE. 1. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY
   38  OTHER LAW TO THE CONTRARY AND SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE,
   39  A PERSON SEEKING TO PROVIDE CABLE SERVICE IN THE STATE AFTER THE  EFFEC-
   40  TIVE  DATE OF THIS ARTICLE MAY FILE AN APPLICATION FOR A STATEWIDE FRAN-
   41  CHISE WITH THE COMMISSION AS REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION. THIS ARTICLE DOES
   42  NOT PRECLUDE CABLE OPERATORS FROM FILING INDIVIDUAL  APPLICATIONS  UNDER
   43  ARTICLE ELEVEN OF THIS CHAPTER, PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT A PERSON FILING AN
   44  APPLICATION  FOR  A  STATEWIDE  FRANCHISE  WITH  THE COMMISSION SHALL BE
   45  REQUIRED UPON RECEIPT OF SUCH FRANCHISE  TO  COMPLY  WITH  SECTIONS  TWO
   46  HUNDRED  FORTY-TWO  AND  TWO  HUNDRED  FORTY-THREE  OF THIS ARTICLE WITH
   47  REGARD TO ALL IN-STATE BROADBAND AND  BROADBAND-CAPABLE  FACILITIES  AND
   48  LINES BUILT DURING THE INITIAL BUILD-OUT PERIOD PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORI-
   49  ZATION  PROVIDED  BY  SUCH  FRANCHISE, AND FOR THE PERIOD OF THE INITIAL
   50  BUILD-OUT PERIOD WITH REGARD TO SUCH  PERSON'S  IN-STATE  BROADBAND  AND
   51  BROADBAND-CAPABLE  FACILITIES AND LINES IN EXISTENCE WHEN SUCH FRANCHISE
   52  BECOMES EFFECTIVE.
   53    2. A PERSON, INCLUDING AN INCUMBENT CABLE  OPERATOR,  PROVIDING  CABLE
   54  SERVICE  UNDER  A FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH A FRANCHISING AUTHORITY WHICH
   55  EXISTED PRIOR TO THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ARTICLE IS  NOT  SUBJECT  TO
   56  THIS  SECTION  UNTIL  THE  FRANCHISE AGREEMENT EXPIRES AT THE END OF ITS
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    1  ORIGINAL OR ANY MUTUALLY AGREEABLE RENEWAL TERM, OR UNLESS AND UNTIL THE
    2  FRANCHISING AUTHORITY AND ENTITY PROVIDING CABLE SERVICE MUTUALLY  AGREE
    3  TO TERMINATE THE EXISTING FRANCHISE AGREEMENT.
    4    3. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL RESTRICT A CABLE OPERATOR FROM APPLY-
    5  ING  TO  THE  COMMISSION  FOR  A  STATEWIDE FRANCHISE TO PROVISION CABLE
    6  SERVICES IN TERRITORIES OF THE STATE FOR  WHICH  IT  DOES  NOT  HAVE  AN
    7  EXISTING  FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH A FRANCHISING AUTHORITY. FOR PURPOSES
    8  OF THIS SECTION, A CABLE OPERATOR WILL BE DEEMED TO HAVE A FRANCHISE  TO
    9  PROVIDE  CABLE  SERVICE  IN  THE  JURISDICTION OF A SPECIFIC FRANCHISING
   10  AUTHORITY IF ANY AFFILIATE, PREDECESSOR OR SUCCESSOR ENTITY OF THE CABLE
   11  OPERATOR MAINTAINS A FRANCHISE GRANTED BY  THAT  FRANCHISING  AUTHORITY.
   12  THE  TERMS  "AFFILIATE, PREDECESSOR OR SUCCESSOR ENTITY" IN THIS SECTION
   13  SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO ANY ENTITY RECEIVING,  OBTAINING  OR
   14  OPERATING  UNDER A FRANCHISE FROM A FRANCHISING ENTITY FOR CABLE SERVICE
   15  THROUGH THE GRANT OF A FRANCHISE, MERGER, SALE, ASSIGNMENT,  RESTRUCTUR-
   16  ING, OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF TRANSACTION.
   17    4. THE COMMISSION SHALL HAVE THE FRANCHISING AUTHORITY TO ISSUE STATE-
   18  WIDE  FRANCHISES  FOR THE PROVISIONING OF CABLE SERVICE UNDER THIS ARTI-
   19  CLE.   NEITHER THE COMMISSION NOR ANY  MUNICIPALITY  IN  THE  STATE  MAY
   20  REQUIRE  THE FRANCHISE HOLDER TO OBTAIN ANY SEPARATE OR ADDITIONAL FRAN-
   21  CHISE OR OTHERWISE IMPOSE ANY FEE OR OTHER  REQUIREMENT,  INCLUDING  BUT
   22  NOT  LIMITED  TO THE REGULATION OF CABLE SERVICE RATES, ON ANY FRANCHISE
   23  HOLDER AS A CONDITION OF PROVIDING CABLE SERVICE, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED  IN
   24  THIS ARTICLE.
   25    5.  16 NYCRR S 895.3, AS AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME, SHALL NOT APPLY TO
   26  THIS ARTICLE.
   27    S 233. PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION RESPONSIBILITIES. 1.  THE  COMMISSION
   28  SHALL ASSIGN EXISTING PERMANENT STAFF OF SUCH LEGAL, TECHNICAL AND OTHER
   29  EMPLOYEES OF THE COMMISSION AS MAY BE REQUIRED FOR THE PROPER CONDUCT OF
   30  ITS  CABLE  FRANCHISING  RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THIS ARTICLE. THE POWERS
   31  AND DUTIES OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION WITH  RESPECT  TO  STATEWIDE
   32  FRANCHISES SHALL NOT EXCEED THOSE PRESCRIBED IN THIS ARTICLE.
   33    2.  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ESTABLISHING ADDITIONAL
   34  ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES AND REGULATIONS NOT EXPLICITLY GRANTED IN THIS
   35  ARTICLE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF STATEWIDE FRANCHISES IN ACCORDANCE WITH  THE
   36  PROVISIONS  OF  THIS ARTICLE. THE COMMISSION'S ADMINISTRATIVE POWERS AND
   37  DUTIES SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE PROVISION FOUND IN  SECTION  TWO  HUNDRED
   38  THIRTY-FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE AND ADDITIONAL POWERS INCLUDING THE:
   39    (A)  DEVELOPMENT OF PROCEDURES TO SUBMIT, REVIEW AND DOCUMENT APPLICA-
   40  TIONS FILED WITH THE COMMISSION;
   41    (B) REVIEW OF THE INITIAL SUBMISSION AND ANY UPDATES  OF  THE  GENERAL
   42  DESCRIPTION  OF  THE  SERVICE  AREA  FOOTPRINT TO BE SERVED OR EXPANDED,
   43  INCLUDING, IF APPLICABLE, ANY AREA WITHIN A MUNICIPALITY TO BE SERVED BY
   44  AN APPLICANT;
   45    (C) DETERMINATION AND NOTICE OF INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS;
   46    (D) APPROVAL OF APPLICATIONS AND AMENDED APPLICATIONS,  OR  DENIAL  OF
   47  SUCH APPLICATIONS, WITHIN THE PERIODS DESIGNATED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF
   48  THIS ARTICLE;
   49    (E)  ISSUANCE TO APPLICANTS WHOSE APPLICATIONS ARE APPROVED FOR STATE-
   50  WIDE FRANCHISES TO PROVIDE CABLE SERVICE IN THE SERVICE  AREA  FOOTPRINT
   51  DESCRIBED IN THE APPLICATION; TO CONSTRUCT, UPGRADE, OPERATE OR MAINTAIN
   52  A  NETWORK  CAPABLE OF PROVIDING SUCH SERVICE, AND TO USE AND OCCUPY THE
   53  PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY IN THE DELIVERY OF THAT SERVICE;
   54    (F) DEVELOPMENT OF PROCEDURES TO REVIEW AND DOCUMENT THE  TRANSFER  OR
   55  TERMINATION OF A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE;
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    1    (G)  ESTABLISH  GUIDELINES  IN  ADDITION TO THOSE DEVELOPED BY MUNICI-
    2  PALITIES UNDER SECTION TWO HUNDRED THIRTY-EIGHT OF THIS ARTICLE, TO DEAL
    3  WITH ANY CONSUMER COMPLAINTS OR COMPLAINTS ALLEGING  VIOLATIONS  OF  ANY
    4  PROVISIONS  OF  THIS ARTICLE. SUCH GUIDELINES SHALL BE EASILY ACCESSIBLE
    5  TO  RESIDENTS  OF  THE  STATE  AND  SHALL BE POSTED ON THE INTERNET. THE
    6  COMMISSION SHALL ALSO PROVIDE CONSUMER COMPLAINT FORMS ON  THE  INTERNET
    7  EVEN  IF  MUNICIPALITIES  ESTABLISH  THEIR  OWN COMPLAINT FORMS. IN SUCH
    8  CASES, MUNICIPALITIES AND THE  COMMISSION  WILL  WORK  COOPERATIVELY  TO
    9  ADDRESS CONSUMER COMPLAINTS.
   10    S  234. APPLICATION FOR STATEWIDE CABLE FRANCHISE. 1. ANY PERSON WISH-
   11  ING TO PROVIDE CABLE SERVICE IN THE STATE AFTER THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF
   12  THIS  ARTICLE MAY FILE AN APPLICATION FOR A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE WITH THE
   13  COMMISSION AS REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION. A STATEWIDE  FRANCHISE  APPLICA-
   14  TION  SHALL BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN APPLICATION FEE OF TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS
   15  THAT SHALL BE USED BY THE COMMISSION TO CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES  OF  THIS
   16  ARTICLE. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION REQUIRES THAT ANY PERSON OR ENTITY FILE
   17  AN APPLICATION FOR A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE.
   18    2.  APPLICATIONS  FOR  A  STATEWIDE FRANCHISE SHALL CONTAIN BUT NOT BE
   19  LIMITED TO:
   20    (A) A STATEMENT THAT THE APPLICANT HAS FILED OR WILL TIMELY FILE  WITH
   21  THE  FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION ALL FORMS REQUIRED BY THAT AGENCY
   22  IN ADVANCE OF OFFERING CABLE SERVICE IN THIS STATE;
   23    (B) A STATEMENT THAT THE APPLICANT AGREES TO  COMPLY  WITH  ALL  OTHER
   24  APPLICABLE  FEDERAL,  STATE  STATUTES  AND REGULATIONS AND ALL GENERALLY
   25  APPLICABLE MUNICIPAL ORDINANCES AND REGULATIONS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMI-
   26  TATION MUNICIPAL ORDINANCES AND REGULATIONS REGARDING  THE  TIME,  PLACE
   27  AND  MANNER  OF  USING  AND  OCCUPYING  PUBLIC  RIGHTS-OF-WAY ADOPTED IN
   28  ACCORDANCE WITH STATE AND FEDERAL LAW;
   29    (C) A GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE SERVICE AREA FOOTPRINT TO BE  SERVED,
   30  INCLUDING, IF APPLICABLE, ANY AREA WITHIN A MUNICIPALITY TO BE SERVED BY
   31  THE APPLICANT. SUCH DESCRIPTION MAY BE SET FORTH ON ONE OR MORE MAPS. IF
   32  THE  APPLICANT IS A TELEPHONE CORPORATION OR AN AFFILIATE OF A TELEPHONE
   33  CORPORATION, THE SERVICE AREA WILL INCLUDE A DESCRIPTION OF THE TERRITO-
   34  RY IN WHICH THE COMPANY PROVIDES TELEPHONE  SERVICE.    DESCRIPTIONS  OF
   35  SERVICE  AREA  FOOTPRINTS SHALL BE UPDATED BY THE APPLICANT PRIOR TO THE
   36  EXPANSION OF CABLE SERVICE TO A  PREVIOUSLY  UNDESIGNATED  SERVICE  AREA
   37  AND,  UPON  SUCH EXPANSION, WRITTEN NOTICE SHALL BE GIVEN TO THE COMMIS-
   38  SION OF THE NEW  SERVICE  AREA  TO  BE  SERVED  BY  THE  APPLICANT.  THE
   39  STATE-ISSUED  FRANCHISE  AREA  AND ANY SERVICE AREA WITHIN THE FRANCHISE
   40  AREA MAY EXTEND BEYOND THE AREA OR AREAS WHERE THE APPLICANT HAS PRE-EX-
   41  ISTING AUTHORITY TO OCCUPY THE PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY;
   42    (D) THE LOCATION OF THE APPLICANT'S PRINCIPAL PLACE OF  BUSINESS,  THE
   43  NAMES  OF  THE  APPLICANT'S  PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICERS, AND THE NAME,
   44  ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OF AN OFFICER,  GENERAL  PARTNER  OR  OTHER
   45  EMPLOYEE  OF  THE APPLICANT WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ONGOING COMMUNI-
   46  CATIONS WITH THE COMMISSION;
   47    (E) THE NAME AND LOCATION OF THE PRINCIPAL PLACE OF  BUSINESS  OF  THE
   48  APPLICANT'S PARENT COMPANY, IF ANY;
   49    (F)  THE  SIGNATURE  OF AN OFFICER OR GENERAL PARTNER OF THE APPLICANT
   50  VERIFYING THE INFORMATION SET FORTH IN THE APPLICATION;
   51    (G) DEMONSTRATE THE FINANCIAL, TECHNICAL, MANAGERIAL AND LEGAL CHARAC-
   52  TER AND OTHER QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED TO CONSTRUCT, OPERATE, AND  MAINTAIN
   53  THE NECESSARY PLANT AND TO PROVIDE SERVICE IN A SAFE, ADEQUATE AND PROP-
   54  ER MANNER;
   55    (H) PROVIDE A RECORD OF COMPLIANCE WITH LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS;
   56  AND
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    1    (I) PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AS NEEDED BY THE COMMISSION.
    2    3.  UPON  FILING  AN  APPLICATION WITH THE COMMISSION FOR A SYSTEMWIDE
    3  FRANCHISE AGREEMENT PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION TWO  OF  THIS  SECTION,  THE
    4  APPLICANT  SHALL  INCLUDE A LIST OF THE SPECIFIC MUNICIPALITIES TO WHICH
    5  CATV SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED OR EXTENDED, THE ANTICIPATED  CONSTRUCTION
    6  AND  DEPLOYMENT DATES, AND THE ANTICIPATED DATE ON WHICH SERVICE WILL BE
    7  OFFERED AND A CERTIFIED STATEMENT THAT SUCH  DEPLOYMENT  WILL  MEET  THE
    8  REQUIREMENTS  OF  SECTION  TWO  HUNDRED  FORTY-FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE. THE
    9  APPLICANT WILL CONCURRENTLY PROVIDE A COPY OF THE  APPLICATION  TO  EACH
   10  AFFECTED MUNICIPALITY.
   11    4. WITHIN FIFTEEN BUSINESS DAYS AFTER IT RECEIVES THE APPLICATION, THE
   12  COMMISSION SHALL:
   13    (A) DETERMINE WHETHER AN APPLICATION SUBMITTED IS INCOMPLETE; AND
   14    (B) IF SO, THE COMMISSION SHALL NOTIFY THE APPLICANT THAT THE APPLICA-
   15  TION IS INCOMPLETE AND IDENTIFY THE INFORMATION THAT THE COMMISSION MUST
   16  RECEIVE FROM THE APPLICANT TO MAKE THE APPLICATION COMPLETE.
   17    5. WITHIN SIXTY BUSINESS DAYS AFTER IT RECEIVES THE COMPLETED APPLICA-
   18  TION, THE COMMISSION SHALL APPROVE THE APPLICATION AND ISSUE A STATEWIDE
   19  FRANCHISE  TO  THE APPLICANT, OR DENY THE APPLICATION. WITHIN SIXTY DAYS
   20  OF THE RECEIPT THEREOF, THE COMMISSION SHALL SCHEDULE THREE PUBLIC HEAR-
   21  INGS TO BE HELD IN DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS OF  THE  STATE  TO  GAIN
   22  PUBLIC  COMMENT  IN  CONSIDERATION  OF THE APPLICATION. ON OR BEFORE THE
   23  EXPIRATION OF THE SIXTY-DAY PERIOD, THE COMMISSION SHALL ISSUE AN  ORDER
   24  IN  WRITING APPROVING THE APPLICATION IF THE APPLICANT HAS COMPLIED WITH
   25  THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A STATEWIDE  FRANCHISE,  OR  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL
   26  DISAPPROVE THE APPLICATION IN WRITING CITING THE REASONS FOR DISAPPROVAL
   27  IF  THE  BOARD DETERMINES THAT THE APPLICATION FOR A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE
   28  DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR  A  STATEWIDE  FRANCHISE.  THE
   29  COMMISSION MAY DENY THE APPLICATION IF THE APPLICANT HAS FAILED TO STATE
   30  IN  THE  APPLICATION  THE  INFORMATION  AND  REPRESENTATIONS REQUIRED BY
   31  SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION. IF THE COMMISSION DENIES  THE  APPLICA-
   32  TION,  IT  MUST SPECIFY WITH PARTICULARITY THE REASON OR REASONS FOR THE
   33  DENIAL, AND THE APPLICANT MAY AMEND ITS APPLICATION TO  CURE  ANY  DEFI-
   34  CIENCY.  THE COMMISSION SHALL DECIDE SUCH AMENDED APPLICATION WITHIN TEN
   35  BUSINESS DAYS OF ITS SUBMISSION TO THE COMMISSION BY THE APPLICANT.   IF
   36  THE  COMMISSION  DENIES THE APPLICATION, THE COMMISSION SHALL SCHEDULE A
   37  PUBLIC MEETING WITH THE  APPLICANT  TO  EXPLAIN  TO  THE  APPLICANT  THE
   38  REASONS  FOR  THE COMMISSION'S DISAPPROVAL. SUCH MEETING SHALL BE SCHED-
   39  ULED NO LATER THAN THIRTY DAYS FOLLOWING THE EXPIRATION OF THE SIXTY-DAY
   40  REVIEW PERIOD AS REQUIRED BY THIS  SECTION.  THE  APPLICANT  SHALL  HAVE
   41  THIRTY  DAYS  FOLLOWING  THE  DATE OF THE MEETING WITH THE COMMISSION TO
   42  FILE AN APPEAL OF THE BOARD'S DECISION. THE COMMISSION SHALL  THEREAFTER
   43  SCHEDULE  AN  ADMINISTRATIVE  HEARING  NOT  LATER THAN THE THIRTIETH DAY
   44  FOLLOWING THE DATE OF THE FILING OF THE APPLICANT'S APPEAL IN  ORDER  TO
   45  CONSIDER  THE  APPLICANT'S  APPEAL.  THE  COMMISSION SHALL ISSUE A FINAL
   46  DECISION IN WRITTEN FORM ON THE APPLICANT'S APPEAL NOT  LATER  THAN  THE
   47  SIXTIETH  DAY  FOLLOWING  THE  ADMINISTRATIVE  HEARING, REQUIRED BY THIS
   48  SUBDIVISION, ON THE APPLICANT'S APPEAL. AFTER AN  ADMINISTRATIVE  PERIOD
   49  AN APPLICANT MAY CHALLENGE A DENIAL OF ITS APPLICATION OR AMENDED APPLI-
   50  CATION IN ANY COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION.
   51    6.  A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE AUTHORIZATION ISSUED BY THE COMMISSION SHALL
   52  CONTAIN:
   53    (A) A GRANT OF A FRANCHISE TO PROVIDE CABLE  SERVICE  IN  THE  SERVICE
   54  AREA  FOOTPRINT  DESCRIBED  IN  THE  APPLICATION; TO CONSTRUCT, UPGRADE,
   55  OPERATE OR MAINTAIN A NETWORK CAPABLE OF PROVIDING SUCH SERVICE,  EXCEPT
       A. 4143--A                         25
    1  WHERE  THIS  GRANT  IS  NOT  REQUIRED  AND  TO USE AND OCCUPY THE PUBLIC
    2  RIGHTS-OF-WAY IN THE DELIVERY OF THAT SERVICE; AND
    3    (B)  A  STATEMENT  THAT THE FRANCHISE GRANT IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS
    4  SECTION IS SUBJECT TO LAWFUL OPERATION  OF  THE  CABLE  SERVICE  BY  THE
    5  APPLICANT OR ITS SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST.
    6    7.  AN  APPLICANT  HAVING PRE-EXISTING AUTHORITY TO UTILIZE THE PUBLIC
    7  RIGHTS-OF-WAY IS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE PRIOR  TO  THE
    8  ACTUAL  PROVISION  OF  CABLE  SERVICE  ON A COMMERCIAL BASIS DIRECTLY TO
    9  SUBSCRIBERS. HOWEVER, SUCH AN APPLICANT IS  NOT  REQUIRED  TO  OBTAIN  A
   10  STATEWIDE  FRANCHISE OR ANY MUNICIPALITY AUTHORIZATION, EXCEPT FOR BEING
   11  SUBJECT  TO  MUNICIPALITY  RIGHT-OF-WAY  REQUIREMENTS,   IN   ORDER   TO
   12  CONSTRUCT,  UPGRADE,  OPERATE  OR  MAINTAIN A NETWORK THAT IS CAPABLE OF
   13  PROVIDING CABLE SERVICE.
   14    8. A SYSTEM-WIDE FRANCHISE ISSUED BY THE BOARD SHALL BE  NONTRANSFERA-
   15  BLE, EXCEPT BY WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE BOARD.
   16    S  235. LENGTH OF STATEWIDE FRANCHISE. A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE ISSUED BY
   17  THE COMMISSION SHALL BE VALID FOR TEN YEARS FROM THE DATE  OF  ISSUANCE.
   18  RENEWAL OF A SYSTEMWIDE FRANCHISE SHALL BE VALID FOR A PERIOD OF FIFTEEN
   19  YEARS  FROM  THE  DATE OF THE RENEWAL ISSUANCE, AND THE COMMISSION SHALL
   20  ESTABLISH RULES GOVERNING THE RENEWAL OF A SYSTEMWIDE FRANCHISE.
   21    S 236. TERMINATION OF A STATEWIDE  FRANCHISE.  1.  A  FRANCHISE  SHALL
   22  TERMINATE  AT THE EXPIRATION OF ITS TERM OR OTHERWISE IN ACCORDANCE WITH
   23  THE PROVISIONS THEREOF, UNLESS, PRIOR THERETO, THE COMMISSION  OTHERWISE
   24  ORDERS.  THE  COMMISSION  MAY  SO  ORDER  ONLY IF IT FINDS, AFTER PUBLIC
   25  NOTICE AND OPPORTUNITY FOR A HEARING, THAT THE FRANCHISEE:
   26    (A) HAS COMMITTED A MATERIAL BREACH OF ITS FRANCHISE OR ANY APPLICABLE
   27  PROVISION OF THIS ARTICLE OR OF THE  REGULATIONS  PROMULGATED  HEREUNDER
   28  AND  HAS  FAILED,  WITHOUT REASONABLE JUSTIFICATION, TO CURE SAID BREACH
   29  WITHIN SIXTY DAYS AFTER HAVING RECEIVED WRITTEN NOTICE THEREOF FROM  THE
   30  COMMISSION; OR
   31    (B)  HAS  NOT MET THE REQUIREMENTS OF SECTIONS TWO HUNDRED FORTY-THREE
   32  AND TWO HUNDRED FORTY-FOUR OF THIS ARTICLE;
   33    (C) HAS ENGAGED IN BLOCKING OF LAWFUL CONTENT ON WEB SITES OR SERVICES
   34  OF COMPETITORS, OR REFUSED  TO  INTERCONNECT  ITS  FACILITIES  WITH  THE
   35  FACILITIES  OF ANOTHER PROVIDER OF BROADBAND NETWORK SERVICES ON REASON-
   36  ABLE AND NONDISCRIMINATORY TERMS OR CONDITIONS; OR
   37    (D) HAS BEEN ADJUDICATED A BANKRUPT OR HAS FILED A VOLUNTARY  PETITION
   38  FOR  BANKRUPTCY  OR REORGANIZATION OR FOR AN ORDER PROTECTING ITS ASSETS
   39  FROM THE CLAIMS OF CREDITORS AND THE COMMISSION FINDS  THAT  TERMINATION
   40  OF THE FRANCHISE OR CERTIFICATE OF CONFIRMATION UNDER SUCH CONDITIONS IS
   41  IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC.
   42    2. UPON TERMINATION OF A FRANCHISE OR CERTIFICATE OF CONFIRMATION, THE
   43  CABLE  OPERATOR  SHALL  DISPOSE OF ITS FACILITIES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE
   44  PROVISIONS OF THE FRANCHISE OR CERTIFICATE. HOWEVER, ON  MOTION  OF  ANY
   45  INTERESTED  PARTY  OR  UPON  ITS OWN MOTION, AND AFTER PUBLIC NOTICE AND
   46  OPPORTUNITY FOR HEARING, IF THE  COMMISSION  FINDS  THAT  THE  CONTINUED
   47  PRESENCE  OF  THE  FACILITIES  IN  ANY  PUBLIC THOROUGHFARE WOULD POSE A
   48  NUISANCE TO THE MUNICIPALITY OR ITS RESIDENTS, THE OPERATOR SHALL REMOVE
   49  ITS FACILITIES WITHIN SUCH PERIOD AS THE COMMISSION SHALL ORDER. IN  THE
   50  ABSENCE OF ANY APPLICABLE FRANCHISE OR CERTIFICATE PROVISION OR ORDER BY
   51  THE COMMISSION TO THE CONTRARY, THE CABLE TELEVISION COMPANY MAY ABANDON
   52  ITS FACILITIES.
   53    S  237.  ABANDONMENT  OF SERVICE. 1. NO CABLE OPERATOR MAY ABANDON ANY
   54  SERVICE OR PORTION THEREOF WITHOUT  GIVING  SIX  MONTHS'  PRIOR  WRITTEN
   55  NOTICE TO THE COMMISSION AND TO THE FRANCHISOR, IF ANY, AND TO THE MUNI-
   56  CIPALITIES IT SERVES.
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    1    2.  WHEN  ABANDONMENT  OF ANY SERVICE IS PROHIBITED BY A FRANCHISE, NO
    2  CABLE OPERATOR MAY ABANDON SUCH SERVICE WITHOUT WRITTEN CONSENT  OF  THE
    3  COMMISSION.  IN  GRANTING  SUCH  CONSENT, THE COMMISSION MAY IMPOSE SUCH
    4  TERMS, CONDITIONS OR REQUIREMENTS AS IN ITS JUDGMENT  ARE  NECESSARY  TO
    5  PROTECT THE PUBLIC INTEREST.
    6    S  238. MUNICIPAL POWER AND REGULATION OVER FRANCHISE HOLDERS. A MUNI-
    7  CIPALITY MAY:
    8    1. EXERCISE ITS PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY AUTHORITY OVER FRANCHISE HOLDERS,
    9  INCLUDING REQUIRING FRANCHISE HOLDERS TO FOLLOW MUNICIPAL ORDINANCES  AS
   10  WELL AS ALL APPLICABLE LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS;
   11    2. RECEIVE, MEDIATE, AND RESOLVE CABLE SERVICE QUALITY COMPLAINTS FROM
   12  A FRANCHISE HOLDER'S CUSTOMERS WITHIN THE MUNICIPALITY;
   13    3.  REQUIRE  A  FRANCHISE HOLDER WHO IS PROVIDING CABLE SERVICE WITHIN
   14  THE MUNICIPALITY TO REGISTER WITH THE MUNICIPALITY, MAINTAIN A POINT  OF
   15  CONTACT,  AND  PROVIDE NOTICE OF ANY FRANCHISE AUTHORIZATION TRANSFER TO
   16  THE MUNICIPALITY WITHIN FOURTEEN BUSINESS DAYS AFTER THE  COMPLETION  OF
   17  THE TRANSFER;
   18    4. ESTABLISH REASONABLE GUIDELINES REGARDING THE USE OF PUBLIC, EDUCA-
   19  TIONAL,  AND  GOVERNMENTAL  ACCESS  CHANNELS  WITHIN THE MUNICIPALITY IN
   20  ADDITION TO THOSE ESTABLISHED IN SECTION TWO HUNDRED FORTY-ONE  OF  THIS
   21  ARTICLE.
   22    S 239. PAYMENT AND REMITTANCE OF FRANCHISE FEE. 1. THE FRANCHISE HOLD-
   23  ER  WHO  OFFERS  CABLE SERVICE WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF A MUNICIPALITY
   24  SHALL CALCULATE AND REMIT TO THE MUNICIPALITY AT THE END OF EACH  CALEN-
   25  DAR YEAR QUARTER A FRANCHISE FEE, AS PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION. THE OBLI-
   26  GATION TO CALCULATE AND REMIT THE FRANCHISE FEE TO A MUNICIPALITY BEGINS
   27  IMMEDIATELY  UPON  PROVISION OF CABLE SERVICE WITHIN THAT MUNICIPALITY'S
   28  JURISDICTION, BUT THE FIRST REMITTANCE SHALL NOT BE DUE UNTIL THE END OF
   29  THE FIRST CALENDAR YEAR QUARTER THAT IS LATER THAN  ONE  HUNDRED  EIGHTY
   30  DAYS AFTER THE PROVISION OF CABLE SERVICE BEGAN.
   31    2.  THE FRANCHISE FEE SHALL BE CALCULATED AS A PERCENTAGE OF THE HOLD-
   32  ER'S GROSS REVENUES, AS DEFINED IN SECTION  TWO  HUNDRED  THIRTY-ONE  OF
   33  THIS  ARTICLE  AND  SHALL BE FIVE PERCENT.  A MUNICIPALITY MAY, BY ORDI-
   34  NANCE, CHANGE THE PERCENTAGE APPLIED TO THE GROSS REVENUES OF THE  HOLD-
   35  ER.
   36    3.  NO  FEE  UNDER THIS SECTION WILL BECOME DUE UNTIL THE MUNICIPALITY
   37  CERTIFIES AND PROVIDES DOCUMENTATION TO THE FRANCHISE HOLDER  SUPPORTING
   38  THE  PERCENTAGE  PAID  BY  ANY INCUMBENT CABLE OPERATOR SERVING THE AREA
   39  WITHIN THE MUNICIPALITY'S JURISDICTION.
   40    4. NO MUNICIPALITY OR ANY OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION  OF  THIS  STATE
   41  MAY  ASSESS ANY ADDITIONAL FEES OR CHARGES OR REQUIRE OTHER REMUNERATION
   42  OF ANY KIND FROM THE FRANCHISE HOLDER OTHER THAN AS SET  FORTH  IN  THIS
   43  SECTION,  PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,  THAT THE PROVISION OF IN-KIND SERVICES OR
   44  SUPPORT, PERSONNEL AND FUNDING  DEDICATED  TO  PUBLIC,  EDUCATIONAL  AND
   45  GOVERNMENT  FACILITIES  AND  SERVICES SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED ADDITIONAL
   46  FEES, CHARGES OR REMUNERATION.
   47    5. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, IN THE CASE OF A CABLE  SERVICE  THAT
   48  MAY BE BUNDLED OR INTEGRATED FUNCTIONALLY WITH OTHER SERVICES, CAPABILI-
   49  TIES  OR  APPLICATIONS,  THE  FRANCHISE FEE SHALL BE APPLIED ONLY TO THE
   50  GROSS REVENUES, AS  DEFINED  IN  THIS  ARTICLE,  ATTRIBUTABLE  TO  CABLE
   51  SERVICE  OR  THE USE OF THE CABLE SYSTEM AND FACILITIES, AS REFLECTED ON
   52  THE BOOKS AND  RECORDS  OF  THE  HOLDER  IN  ACCORDANCE  WITH  GENERALLY
   53  ACCEPTED  ACCOUNTING  PRINCIPLES  AND  FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
   54  RULES, REGULATIONS, STANDARDS OR ORDERS, AS APPLICABLE.
   55    6. THE FRANCHISE FEE SHALL BE REMITTED TO THE APPLICABLE  MUNICIPALITY
   56  QUARTERLY,  WITHIN  FORTY-FIVE DAYS AFTER THE END OF THE QUARTER FOR THE
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    1  PRECEDING CALENDAR QUARTER. EACH  PAYMENT  SHALL  BE  ACCOMPANIED  BY  A
    2  SUMMARY  EXPLAINING  THE BASIS FOR THE CALCULATION OF THE FRANCHISE FEE.
    3  NOT MORE THAN ONCE ANNUALLY, A MUNICIPALITY MAY  EXAMINE  THE  FRANCHISE
    4  HOLDER'S  BUSINESS  RECORDS TO THE EXTENT REASONABLY NECESSARY TO ENSURE
    5  COMPENSATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS SECTION. EACH PARTY SHALL BEAR  THE
    6  PARTY'S  OWN COSTS OF THE EXAMINATION. ANY CLAIMS BY A MUNICIPALITY THAT
    7  COMPENSATION IS NOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS SECTION, AND ANY CLAIMS  FOR
    8  REFUNDS  OR OTHER CORRECTIONS TO THE REMITTANCE OF THE FRANCHISE HOLDER,
    9  MUST BE MADE WITHIN THREE YEARS AND FORTY-FIVE DAYS OF THE  END  OF  THE
   10  QUARTER FOR WHICH COMPENSATION IS REMITTED, OR THREE YEARS FROM THE DATE
   11  OF  REMITTANCE,  WHICHEVER  IS LATER. EITHER A MUNICIPALITY OR THE FRAN-
   12  CHISE HOLDER MAY, IN THE EVENT  OF  A  DISPUTE  CONCERNING  COMPENSATION
   13  UNDER  THIS  SECTION,  BRING AN ACTION IN A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDIC-
   14  TION.
   15    S 240. PUBLIC, EDUCATIONAL AND GOVERNMENT CHANNELS. 1. IN ADDITION  TO
   16  THE  REQUIREMENTS  SET  FORTH  IN 16 NYCRR SEC. 894.4 (AS MAY BE AMENDED
   17  FROM TIME TO TIME), THE FRANCHISE HOLDER SHALL PROVIDE THE  MUNICIPALITY
   18  WITH  CAPACITY  IN  ITS  CABLE  SYSTEM TO ALLOW PUBLIC, EDUCATIONAL, AND
   19  GOVERNMENTAL (PEG) ACCESS CHANNELS FOR  NONCOMMERCIAL  PROGRAMMING.  FOR
   20  THE  PURPOSES  OF  THIS SECTION, PEG CHANNELS SHALL BE DEFINED AS ANALOG
   21  CHANNELS OF SIX MEGAHERTZ BANDWIDTH OR THE SAME AS ANY OTHER CHANNEL  ON
   22  THE  BASIC  TIER,  WHICHEVER IS GREATER. IN ADDITION TO THE REQUIREMENTS
   23  SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION, THE COMMISSION MAY ISSUE ADDITIONAL RULES  OR
   24  GUIDELINES  REGARDING  PEG ACCESS CHANNELS. THE HOLDER SHALL PROVIDE THE
   25  SAME ANCILLARY SERVICES TO THE PEG CHANNELS AND ENTITIES AS  THE  INCUM-
   26  BENT PROVIDER.
   27    2. THE FRANCHISE HOLDER SHALL DESIGNATE A SUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF CAPACI-
   28  TY  ON ITS CABLE SYSTEM TO ALLOW THE PROVISION OF A COMPARABLE NUMBER OF
   29  PEG CHANNELS OR HOURS OF PROGRAMMING THAT THE INCUMBENT  CABLE  OPERATOR
   30  HAS  ACTIVATED  AND  PROVIDED WITHIN THE MUNICIPALITY UNDER THE TERMS OF
   31  ITS FRANCHISE AGREEMENT AS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ARTICLE.  IF  A
   32  MUNICIPALITY DID NOT HAVE PEG ACCESS CHANNELS AS OF THAT DATE, THE CABLE
   33  OPERATOR  SHALL FURNISH TO THE MUNICIPALITY UPON REQUEST UP TO THREE PEG
   34  CHANNELS FOR A MUNICIPALITY WITH A POPULATION OF AT LEAST FIFTY THOUSAND
   35  AND UP TO TWO PEG CHANNELS FOR A MUNICIPALITY WITH A POPULATION OF  LESS
   36  THAN  FIFTY THOUSAND. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, A PEG CHANNEL IS
   37  DEEMED ACTIVATED IF IT IS BEING UTILIZED FOR PEG PROGRAMMING WITHIN  THE
   38  MUNICIPALITY FOR AT LEAST EIGHT HOURS PER DAY AND IF SUCH PROGRAMMING IS
   39  NOT BROADCAST MORE THAN ONCE IN EVERY EIGHT HOURS. THE HOLDER SHALL HAVE
   40  TWELVE  MONTHS FROM THE DATE THE MUNICIPALITY REQUESTS SUCH PEG CHANNELS
   41  TO DESIGNATE THE CAPACITY;  PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,  THAT  THE  TWELVE-MONTH
   42  PERIOD  SHALL  BE  TOLLED  BY ANY PERIOD DURING WHICH THE DESIGNATION OR
   43  PROVISION OF PEG CHANNEL CAPACITY IS TECHNICALLY  INFEASIBLE,  INCLUDING
   44  ANY  FAILURE  OR  DELAY OF THE INCUMBENT CABLE OPERATOR TO MAKE ADEQUATE
   45  INTERCONNECTION AVAILABLE, AS REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION. IN CITIES WITH A
   46  POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE PERSONS, IF A SYSTEM HAS  TOTAL  ACTI-
   47  VATED  BANDWIDTH  IN EXCESS OF EIGHT HUNDRED SIXTY-TWO MEGAHERTZ THEN AT
   48  LEAST TWO ADDITIONAL PEG CHANNELS SHALL BE  SET  ASIDE  BY  THE  HOLDER,
   49  INCLUDING ONE FOR PUBLIC ACCESS.
   50    3. THE FRANCHISE HOLDER MAY SUBMIT TO THE COMMISSION AN APPLICATION TO
   51  CEASE  PROVIDING  ANY PEG CHANNEL PROVIDED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION THAT
   52  IS NOT UTILIZED BY THE MUNICIPALITY FOR AT LEAST EIGHT  HOURS  PER  DAY,
   53  AND  EXCEPT AS PROVIDED HEREIN, THE CHANNEL MAY THEREAFTER BE PROGRAMMED
   54  AT THE FRANCHISE HOLDER'S DISCRETION. THE COMMISSION MAY HOLD A  HEARING
   55  IN  THE  MUNICIPALITY  TO  AID  IN  MAKING  ITS DETERMINATION WHETHER TO
   56  APPROVE THE APPLICATION. THE COMMISSION SHALL ISSUE  A  DECISION  WITHIN
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    1  THIRTY  BUSINESS  DAYS  OF  THE FRANCHISEE'S APPLICATION. IF THE MUNICI-
    2  PALITY SUBSEQUENTLY CERTIFIES TO THE COMMISSION AND  HOLDER  A  SCHEDULE
    3  FOR AT LEAST EIGHT HOURS OF DAILY NON-REPEAT PEG CHANNEL PROGRAMMING PER
    4  CHANNEL,  THE  HOLDER  SHALL RESTORE THE PEG CHANNEL OR CHANNELS FOR THE
    5  USE OF THE MUNICIPALITY FOR AS LONG AS THE MUNICIPALITY USES THE CHANNEL
    6  OR CHANNELS FOR AT LEAST EIGHT HOURS A DAY.
    7    4. THE CONTENT AND OPERATION OF ANY PEG ACCESS CHANNEL PROVIDED PURSU-
    8  ANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE THE  RESPONSIBILITY  OF  THE  MUNICIPALITY,
    9  RECEIVING  THE  BENEFIT  OF SUCH CHANNEL, AND THE FRANCHISE HOLDER BEARS
   10  ONLY THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE TRANSMISSION OF SUCH CHANNEL, SUBJECT TO
   11  REASONABLE TECHNOLOGICAL CONSTRAINTS.  THE  FRANCHISE  HOLDER  SHALL  BE
   12  RESPONSIBLE  FOR  PROVIDING THE CONNECTIVITY, AS WELL AS OTHER EQUIPMENT
   13  NECESSARY, TO EACH PEG ACCESS CHANNEL PROGRAMMING DISTRIBUTION  LOCATION
   14  AND  FOR DOING SO WITHOUT CHARGE FOR UP TO THE FIRST TWO HUNDRED FEET OF
   15  THE HOLDER'S CONNECTING FACILITIES.
   16    5. THE MUNICIPALITY, OR ITS DESIGNEES, MUST  ENSURE  THAT  ALL  TRANS-
   17  MISSIONS,  CONTENT,  OR  PROGRAMMING TO BE TRANSMITTED OVER A PEG ACCESS
   18  CHANNEL OR FACILITY BY A FRANCHISE HOLDER ARE PROVIDED OR  SUBMITTED  TO
   19  THE CABLE OPERATOR IN A MANNER OR FORM THAT IS CAPABLE OF BEING ACCEPTED
   20  AND  TRANSMITTED  BY  THE  CABLE OPERATOR, WITHOUT REQUIREMENT FOR ADDI-
   21  TIONAL ALTERATION OR CHANGE IN THE CONTENT BY THE CABLE  OPERATOR,  OVER
   22  THE  CABLE  SYSTEM  OF  THE  CABLE  OPERATOR. THE MUNICIPALITY'S, OR ITS
   23  DESIGNEES' PROVISION OF PEG  CONTENT  TO  THE  HOLDER  SHALL  CONSTITUTE
   24  AUTHORIZATION  FOR  THE  HOLDER  TO CARRY SUCH CONTENT INCLUDING, AT THE
   25  HOLDER'S OPTION, BEYOND THE JURISDICTIONAL  BOUNDARIES  OF  THE  MUNICI-
   26  PALITY.
   27    6.  THE  FRANCHISE  HOLDER  AND  AN INCUMBENT CABLE OPERATOR SHALL USE
   28  REASONABLE EFFORTS TO INTERCONNECT THEIR CABLE SYSTEMS FOR  THE  PURPOSE
   29  OF  PROVIDING  PEG  PROGRAMMING.  INTERCONNECTION MAY BE ACCOMPLISHED BY
   30  DIRECT CABLE, MICROWAVE LINK, SATELLITE, OR OTHER REASONABLE  METHOD  OF
   31  CONNECTION.  FRANCHISE HOLDERS AND INCUMBENT CABLE OPERATORS SHALL NEGO-
   32  TIATE IN GOOD FAITH AND  INCUMBENT  CABLE  OPERATORS  MAY  NOT  WITHHOLD
   33  INTERCONNECTION  OF PEG CHANNELS. IN THE EVENT A FRANCHISE HOLDER AND AN
   34  INCUMBENT CABLE OPERATOR CANNOT REACH A  MUTUALLY  ACCEPTABLE  INTERCON-
   35  NECTION  AGREEMENT,  THEN  THE DUTY OF THE HOLDER SHALL BE DISCHARGED IF
   36  THE HOLDER MAKES INTERCONNECTION AVAILABLE TO THE CHANNEL ORIGINATOR  AT
   37  A POINT ON THE HOLDER'S NETWORK DETERMINED BY THE HOLDER.
   38    7. THE PEG CHANNELS SHALL BE FOR THE EXCLUSIVE USE OF THE LOCAL ENTITY
   39  OR  ITS  DESIGNEE TO PROVIDE PUBLIC, EDUCATIONAL, AND GOVERNMENTAL CHAN-
   40  NELS.  THE PEG CHANNELS SHALL BE USED ONLY FOR  NONCOMMERCIAL  PURPOSES.
   41  HOWEVER,  ADVERTISING,  UNDERWRITING,  OR SPONSORSHIP RECOGNITION MAY BE
   42  CARRIED ON THE CHANNELS FOR THE PURPOSE OF  FUNDING  PEG-RELATED  ACTIV-
   43  ITIES.  THE PEG CHANNELS SHALL ALL BE CARRIED ON THE BASIC SERVICE TIER.
   44  TO THE EXTENT FEASIBLE, THE PEG CHANNELS SHALL NOT BE  SEPARATED  NUMER-
   45  ICALLY  FROM  OTHER  CHANNELS  CARRIED ON THE BASIC SERVICE TIER AND THE
   46  CHANNEL NUMBERS FOR THE PEG CHANNELS SHALL BE THE SAME  CHANNEL  NUMBERS
   47  USED  BY  THE INCUMBENT CABLE OPERATOR UNLESS PROHIBITED BY FEDERAL LAW.
   48  AFTER THE INITIAL  DESIGNATION  OF  PEG  CHANNEL  NUMBERS,  THE  CHANNEL
   49  NUMBERS  SHALL  NOT BE CHANGED WITHOUT THE AGREEMENT OF THE LOCAL ENTITY
   50  UNLESS THE CHANGE IS REQUIRED BY FEDERAL  LAW.  EACH  CHANNEL  SHALL  BE
   51  CAPABLE  OF CARRYING A NATIONAL TELEVISION SYSTEM COMMITTEE (NTSC) TELE-
   52  VISION SIGNAL.
   53    8. THE CONTENT TO BE PROVIDED OVER THE PEG CHANNEL  CAPACITY  PROVIDED
   54  PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE LOCAL ENTITY
   55  OR  ITS  DESIGNEE RECEIVING THE BENEFIT OF THAT CAPACITY, AND THE HOLDER
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    1  OF A STATE FRANCHISE BEARS ONLY THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE  TRANSMISSION
    2  OF THAT CONTENT, SUBJECT TO TECHNOLOGICAL RESTRAINTS.
    3    9. THE PEG SIGNAL SHALL BE RECEIVABLE BY ALL SUBSCRIBERS, WHETHER THEY
    4  RECEIVE DIGITAL OR ANALOG SERVICE, OR A COMBINATION THEREOF, WITHOUT THE
    5  NEED FOR ANY EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN THE EQUIPMENT NECESSARY TO RECEIVE THE
    6  LOWEST  COST  TIER OF SERVICE. THE PEG ACCESS CAPACITY PROVIDED SHALL BE
    7  OF SIMILAR QUALITY AND FUNCTIONALITY TO THAT OFFERED BY COMMERCIAL CHAN-
    8  NELS ON THE LOWEST COST TIER OF SERVICE UNLESS THE SIGNAL IS PROVIDED TO
    9  THE HOLDER AT A LOWER QUALITY OR WITH LESS FUNCTIONALITY.
   10    10. AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN, AND UNTIL THE  EXPIRA-
   11  TION OF THE INCUMBENT CABLE OPERATOR'S FRANCHISE, IF THE INCUMBENT CABLE
   12  OPERATOR  HAS  EXISTING  UNSATISFIED  OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE FRANCHISE TO
   13  REMIT TO THE LOCAL ENTITY OR ITS DESIGNEE  ANY  CASH  PAYMENTS  FOR  THE
   14  ONGOING  COSTS  OF  PUBLIC,  EDUCATIONAL,  AND GOVERNMENT ACCESS CHANNEL
   15  FACILITIES, THE LOCAL ENTITY, OR ITS  DESIGNEE  FOR  THE  PUBLIC  ACCESS
   16  CHANNELS,  SHALL  DIVIDE  THOSE  CASH  PAYMENTS AMONG ALL CABLE OR VIDEO
   17  PROVIDERS AS PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION. THE FEE SHALL BE THE HOLDER'S PRO
   18  RATA PER SUBSCRIBER SHARE OF THE CASH PAYMENT REQUIRED TO BE PAID BY THE
   19  INCUMBENT CABLE OPERATOR TO THE LOCAL ENTITY OR ITS  DESIGNEE  COMMUNITY
   20  ACCESS  ORGANIZATION  FOR THE COSTS OF PEG CHANNEL FACILITIES. ALL VIDEO
   21  SERVICE PROVIDERS AND THE INCUMBENT CABLE OPERATOR SHALL BE  SUBJECT  TO
   22  THE  SAME  REQUIREMENTS  FOR  RECURRING  PAYMENTS FOR THE SUPPORT OF PEG
   23  CHANNEL FACILITIES, WHETHER EXPRESSED AS A PERCENTAGE OF  GROSS  REVENUE
   24  OR AS AN AMOUNT PER SUBSCRIBER, PER MONTH, OR OTHERWISE.
   25    11.  A  LOCAL ENTITY SHALL ESTABLISH A PAYMENT FOR THE ONGOING SUPPORT
   26  OF THE COST OF PEG FACILITIES AND SERVICES THAT WOULD  BECOME  EFFECTIVE
   27  SUBSEQUENT  TO  THE  EXPIRATION  OF  ANY  FEE  IMPOSED  BY THIS ARTICLE,
   28  PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT NO SUCH FEE SHALL BE  ALLOCATED  SUCH  THAT  ANY
   29  COMMUNITY ACCESS ORGANIZATION IS RECEIVING ANYTHING LESS THAN WHAT IT IS
   30  RECEIVING  FROM  THE CABLE OPERATOR ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS LEGIS-
   31  LATION, AND PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT EVERY LOCAL ENTITY SHALL BE ENTITLED
   32  TO A PAYMENT OF NOT LESS THAN TWO PERCENT FROM THE  HOLDER  OF  A  STATE
   33  FRANCHISE  FOR  THE  ONGOING  SUPPORT  OF THE COST OF PEG FACILITIES AND
   34  SERVICES. IF, ON DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN,  A  LOCAL
   35  ENTITY  OR ITS DESIGNEE WAS IMPOSING A SEPARATE FEE TO SUPPORT PEG CHAN-
   36  NEL FACILITIES THAT IS IN EXCESS OF TWO  PERCENT,  THAT  ENTITY  OR  ITS
   37  DESIGNEE  MAY  ESTABLISH A FEE NO GREATER THAN THAT SEPARATE FEE, AND IN
   38  NO EVENT GREATER THAN THREE PERCENT, TO SUPPORT PEG ACTIVITIES.  IF  THE
   39  PEG  SUPPORT  FEE IMPOSED BY A LOCAL ENTITY OR ITS DESIGNEE IS EXPRESSED
   40  IN A MANNER OTHER THAN AS A PERCENTAGE  OF  GROSS  REVENUES,  THE  LOCAL
   41  ENTITY  OR  ITS  DESIGNEE COMMUNITY ACCESS ORGANIZATION MAY CONVERT THAT
   42  FEE TO A CURRENTLY EQUIVALENT PERCENTAGE OF GROSS REVENUES AT ANY  TIME.
   43  THE  LOCAL  ENTITY  OR  ITS  DESIGNEE  MAY  ADOPT  REQUIREMENTS  FOR THE
   44  PROVISION OF PEG-RELATED  IN-KIND  RESOURCES  BY  ALL  CABLE  AND  VIDEO
   45  SERVICE PROVIDERS.
   46    12. RULES AND REGULATIONS ADOPTED BY THE COMMUNITY ACCESS ORGANIZATION
   47  SHALL  GOVERN THE USE OF ANY CHANNEL TIME ON THE PUBLIC CHANNELS AS WELL
   48  AS THE EQUIPMENT, FACILITIES AND SERVICES RELATED TO  THE  PUBLIC  CHAN-
   49  NELS.
   50    13.  THE  COMMISSION,  THROUGH AN ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEEDING SHALL HAVE
   51  THE ORIGINAL JURISDICTION TO ENFORCE ANY REQUIREMENTS UNDER THIS SECTION
   52  TO RESOLVE ANY DISPUTE REGARDING THE  REQUIREMENTS  SET  FORTH  IN  THIS
   53  SECTION.  AFTER  THE  ADMINISTRATIVE  PROCESS  IS  EXHAUSTED, A COURT OF
   54  COMPETENT JURISDICTION SHALL HAVE JURISDICTION TO ENFORCE  ANY  REQUIRE-
   55  MENT  UNDER  THIS  SECTION OR RESOLVE ANY DISPUTE REGARDING THE REQUIRE-
   56  MENTS SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION, AND NO CABLE  OPERATOR  MAY  BE  BARRED
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    1  FROM  THE  PROVISION  OF CABLE SERVICE OR BE REQUIRED TO TERMINATE CABLE
    2  SERVICE AS A RESULT OF SUCH DISPUTE OR ENFORCEMENT ACTION.
    3    S  241.    CABLE  OPERATOR'S  COMMUNITY COMMITMENT. 1. CABLE OPERATORS
    4  SHALL INSTALL AND RETAIN OR PROVIDE, WITHOUT CHARGE, ONE SERVICE  OUTLET
    5  ACTIVATED  FOR  BASIC  SERVICE  TO  ANY  AND  ALL  FIRE STATIONS, PUBLIC
    6  SCHOOLS, POLICE STATIONS, PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND OTHER SUCH BUILDINGS USED
    7  FOR MUNICIPAL PURPOSES.
    8    2. CABLE OPERATORS SHALL PROVIDE  INTERNET  SERVICE,  WITHOUT  CHARGE,
    9  THROUGH  ONE  SERVICE  OUTLET ACTIVATED FOR BASIC SERVICE TO ANY AND ALL
   10  FIRE STATIONS, PUBLIC SCHOOLS, POLICE STATIONS,  PUBLIC  LIBRARIES,  AND
   11  OTHER SUCH BUILDING USED FOR MUNICIPAL PURPOSES.
   12    S  242.  CONSUMER  PROTECTION  RULES.  1.  EVERY  CABLE OPERATOR SHALL
   13  PROVIDE SAFE, ADEQUATE AND RELIABLE SERVICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH  APPLICA-
   14  BLE  LAWS, REGULATIONS, AND FRANCHISE REQUIREMENTS. CABLE OPERATORS WITH
   15  A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE ARE SUBJECT TO THE REQUIREMENTS UNDER SECTIONS TWO
   16  HUNDRED TWENTY-FOUR AND TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-FOUR-A OF  THIS  CHAPTER  AND
   17  ANY  OTHER  CUSTOMER  SERVICE  STANDARDS  PERTAINING TO THE PROVISION OF
   18  VIDEO SERVICE ESTABLISHED BY FEDERAL LAW OR  REGULATION  OR  ADOPTED  BY
   19  SUBSEQUENT  ENACTMENT  OF  THE  LEGISLATURE.  ALL  CUSTOMER  SERVICE AND
   20  CONSUMER PROTECTION STANDARDS UNDER THIS SECTION  SHALL  BE  INTERPRETED
   21  AND APPLIED TO ACCOMMODATE NEWER OR DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGIES WHILE MEETING
   22  OR EXCEEDING THE GOALS OF THESE STANDARDS.
   23    2. IN ADDITION, CABLE OPERATORS:
   24    (A)  SHALL  CLEARLY  AND  CONSPICUOUSLY  DISCLOSE  TO  USERS, IN PLAIN
   25  LANGUAGE, ACCURATE INFORMATION  CONCERNING  ANY  TERMS,  CONDITIONS,  OR
   26  LIMITATIONS  ON  THE BROADBAND NETWORK SERVICE THEY OFFER, THE SPEEDS OF
   27  THE DOWNLOAD AND UPLOADING SPEEDS OF THE PROVIDER'S INTERNET SERVICE;
   28    (B) PROVIDE THEIR BROADBAND NETWORK SERVICES ON REASONABLE AND NONDIS-
   29  CRIMINATORY TERMS AND CONDITIONS SUCH  THAT  ANY  PERSON  CAN  OFFER  OR
   30  PROVIDE  CONTENT,  APPLICATIONS, OR SERVICES TO OR OVER THE NETWORK IN A
   31  MANNER THAT IS AT LEAST EQUAL TO THE MANNER IN WHICH THE PROVIDER OR ITS
   32  AFFILIATES OFFER  CONTENT,  APPLICATIONS,  AND  SERVICES,  FREE  OF  ANY
   33  SURCHARGE ON THE BASIS OF THE CONTENT, APPLICATION, OR SERVICE;
   34    (C) INTERCONNECT THEIR FACILITIES WITH THE FACILITIES OF OTHER PROVID-
   35  ERS  OF  BROADBAND  NETWORK SERVICES ON REASONABLE AND NONDISCRIMINATORY
   36  TERMS OR CONDITIONS.
   37    S 243. NEUTRAL INTERNET AND BROADBAND NETWORKS. 1.    CABLE  OPERATORS
   38  SHALL NOT:
   39    (A) BLOCK, IMPAIR, DISCRIMINATE AGAINST, OR INTERFERE WITH THE ABILITY
   40  OF  ANY PERSON TO USE INTERNET BASED TRAFFIC BASED ON THE SOURCE, DESTI-
   41  NATION, OR OWNERSHIP OF THE INTERNET TRAFFIC THAT CARRIES VIDEO SERVICE,
   42  IN A MANNER THAT DEGRADES OR OTHERWISE NEGATIVELY IMPACTS THE ACCESS TO,
   43  OR THE QUALITY OF SERVICES RECEIVED BY AN END USER;
   44    (B) ENGAGE IN ANY EXCLUSIVE OR  PREFERENTIAL  DEALINGS  REGARDING  THE
   45  CARRIAGE  AND  TREATMENT OF INTERNET TRAFFIC, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED
   46  TO, TRAFFIC THAT CARRIES VIDEO PROGRAMMING OR  VIDEO  SERVICE,  WITH  AN
   47  AFFILIATE  OR  THIRD  PARTY PROVIDER OF INTERNET APPLICATIONS, SERVICES,
   48  CONTENT, OR VIDEO SERVICES;
   49    (C) IMPOSE AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE TO AVOID ANY CONDUCT THAT IS PROHIBIT-
   50  ED BY THIS SECTION;
   51    (D) PROHIBIT A USER FROM ATTACHING OR USING A DEVICE ON THE PROVIDER'S
   52  INTERNET OR BROADBAND NETWORK THAT DOES NOT PHYSICALLY DAMAGE  OR  MATE-
   53  RIALLY DEGRADE OTHER USERS' UTILIZATION OF THE NETWORK.
   54    2.  NOTHING  IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO PREVENT A BROADBAND
   55  OR INTERNET NETWORK PROVIDER FROM TAKING REASONABLE AND NONDISCRIMINATO-
   56  RY MEASURES:
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    1    (A) TO MANAGE THE FUNCTIONING OF ITS NETWORK TO PROTECT  THE  SECURITY
    2  AND TO OFFER PARENTAL CONTROLS AND OTHER CONSUMER PROTECTION MEASURES OF
    3  SUCH  NETWORK AND BROADBAND OR INTERNET NETWORK SERVICES IF SUCH MANAGE-
    4  MENT DOES NOT RESULT IN DISCRIMINATION AMONG THE CONTENT,  APPLICATIONS,
    5  OR SERVICES ON THE NETWORK;
    6    (B) TO GIVE PRIORITY TO EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS; OR
    7    (C)  TO  PREVENT  A  VIOLATION OF A FEDERAL OR STATE LAW, OR TO COMPLY
    8  WITH AN ORDER OF A COURT TO ENFORCE  SUCH  LAW,  OR  SUCH  OTHER  ACTION
    9  AGAINST  NETWORK  THREATS  AS  MAY  BE AUTHORIZED IN SECTION TWO HUNDRED
   10  FIFTEEN OF THIS CHAPTER.
   11    S 244. DEPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR STATEWIDE CABLE FRANCHISE. 1.    AS
   12  PART  OF ANY FRANCHISE ISSUED BY THE COMMISSION IN THIS ARTICLE, A CABLE
   13  OPERATOR SHALL BE REQUIRED TO:
   14    (A) BEGIN PROVIDING CABLE SERVICE ON A COMMERCIAL BASIS, WITHIN  THREE
   15  YEARS OF ISSUANCE OF THE SYSTEM-WIDE FRANCHISE, IN:
   16    (I)  EACH  COUNTY SEAT THAT IS WITHIN THE CATV COMPANY'S SERVICE AREA;
   17  AND
   18    (II) EACH MUNICIPALITY WITHIN THE CATV COMPANY'S SERVICE AREA THAT HAS
   19  A POPULATION DENSITY GREATER THAN SEVENTY-ONE HUNDRED ELEVEN PERSONS PER
   20  SQUARE MILE OF LAND AREA, AS  DETERMINED  BY  THE  MOST  RECENT  FEDERAL
   21  DECENNIAL  CENSUS,  PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT IF SUCH COUNTY SEATS ARE NOT
   22  LOCATED WITHIN OR CONTIGUOUS TO SUCH MUNICIPALITIES,  EACH  SUCH  COUNTY
   23  SEAT  SHALL  BE  INTERCONNECTED TO THE NEAREST MUNICIPALITY WITH A POPU-
   24  LATION DENSITY GREATER THAN PERSONS PER SQUARE MILE OF LAND AREA BY  THE
   25  CABLE OPERATOR; AND
   26    (B) MAKE CABLE TELEVISION SERVICE AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE RESIDENTIAL
   27  AREAS  ON  A  COMMERCIAL  BASIS,  BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE SIXTH YEAR
   28  AFTER THE ISSUANCE OF THE SYSTEM-WIDE FRANCHISE, IN:
   29    (I) EACH MUNICIPALITY WITHIN THE STATE THAT HAS A  POPULATION  DENSITY
   30  GREATER  THAN  FIVE HUNDRED ONE PERSONS PER SQUARE MILE OF LAND AREA, AS
   31  DETERMINED BY THE MOST RECENT FEDERAL DECENNIAL CENSUS; AND
   32    (II) THROUGHOUT THE RESIDENTIAL AREAS OF ANY MUNICIPALITIES SERVED  BY
   33  CENTRAL  OFFICES  LOCATED  WITHIN  A COUNTY SEAT WITHIN THE FRANCHISEE'S
   34  SERVICE AREA, SUBJECT TO THE CABLE  OPERATOR'S  LINE  EXTENSION  POLICY;
   35  PROVIDED,  HOWEVER,  A  CATV  COMPANY MAY APPLY TO THE COMMISSION FOR AN
   36  EXEMPTION FROM THIS REQUIREMENT IF THE BOARD FINDS, AFTER  CONDUCTING  A
   37  HEARING  WITH FULL NOTICE AND OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD, THAT THE AREAS IN
   38  QUESTION ARE AREAS IN WHICH THE CATV COMPANY IS  UNABLE  TO  ACCESS  THE
   39  PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY UNDER REASONABLE TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
   40    2.  THE  REQUIREMENTS  OF  SUBDIVISION  ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL ONLY
   41  APPLY TO CABLE OPERATORS THAT  ON  THE  DATE  OF  THE  ISSUANCE  OF  THE
   42  SYSTEM-WIDE  FRANCHISE  PROVIDE  MORE  THAN  FORTY  PERCENT OF THE LOCAL
   43  EXCHANGE TELEPHONE SERVICE MARKET IN THIS STATE; AND TO CABLE  OPERATORS
   44  THAT  ON  THE  DATE OF THE ISSUANCE OF THE SYSTEM-WIDE FRANCHISE PROVIDE
   45  TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND OR MORE LOCAL  EXCHANGE  TELEPHONE  LINES  IN
   46  THIS STATE;
   47    3.  INCUMBENT  CABLE COMPANIES THAT BECOME STATEWIDE FRANCHISE HOLDERS
   48  SHALL NOT REDUCE THE NUMBER OR PERCENTAGE  OF  HOUSEHOLDS  SERVED;  WILL
   49  BUILD  OUT  TO ALL RESIDENTIAL HOUSEHOLDS SUBJECT TO THE OPERATOR'S LINE
   50  EXTENSION POLICY WITHIN THREE YEARS; AND WILL UPGRADE  THEIR  FACILITIES
   51  TO  THE  ENTIRE  SERVICE  AREA  WITHIN THREE YEARS OF THE DATE THE CABLE
   52  OPERATOR UPGRADES ANY PART OF ITS FACILITIES.
   53    4. WITHIN THREE YEARS OF THE ISSUANCE OF THE SYSTEM-WIDE FRANCHISE ALL
   54  OTHER STATEWIDE FRANCHISE HOLDERS SHALL FULLY COMPLETE A SYSTEM  CAPABLE
   55  OF PROVIDING CABLE SERVICE TO ALL HOUSEHOLDS WITHIN THE CABLE OPERATOR'S
   56  SERVICE AREA, SUBJECT TO THE CABLE OPERATOR'S LINE EXTENSION POLICY.
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    1    S  245.   DISCRIMINATION IN THE PROVISIONING OF SERVICE PROHIBITED. 1.
    2  THE FRANCHISE HOLDER SHALL BECOME CAPABLE OF PROVIDING CABLE SERVICE  TO
    3  ALL  HOUSEHOLDS  WITHIN  THE  DESIGNATED SERVICE AREA FOOTPRINT. A CABLE
    4  OPERATOR THAT HAS BEEN GRANTED A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE UNDER THIS  ARTICLE
    5  SHALL  NOT  DENY ACCESS TO CABLE SERVICE TO ANY GROUP OF POTENTIAL RESI-
    6  DENTIAL SUBSCRIBERS BECAUSE OF THE INCOME OR RACE OF  THE  RESIDENTS  IN
    7  THE  LOCAL AREA IN WHICH SUCH GROUP RESIDES. A FRANCHISEE MUST SUBMIT TO
    8  THE COMMISSION A DEPLOYMENT SCHEDULE, SETTING FORTH  THE  MUNICIPALITIES
    9  TO  BE  SERVED,  THE  DATE  SERVICE SHALL BEGIN IN EACH PROPOSED MUNICI-
   10  PALITY, AND A DATE CERTAIN BY WHICH  EACH  COMMUNITY  WILL  BE  ABLE  TO
   11  RECEIVE  CABLE  SERVICE.  THE  COMMISSION WILL ENSURE THAT THE BUILD-OUT
   12  PROCESS IS NOT DISCRIMINATORY BASED ON  AN  AREA'S  CLASS  OR  RACE.  IF
   13  DEPLOYMENT  OF  CABLE  SERVICES UNDER A STATEWIDE FRANCHISE IS SCHEDULED
   14  FOR DEPLOYMENT IN A GIVEN AREA, THE CABLE OPERATOR MUST OFFER SERVICE TO
   15  ALL RESIDENTS WITHIN THE GEOGRAPHIC AREA OR THE COMMISSION MAY TERMINATE
   16  THE FRANCHISE PURSUANT TO SECTION TWO HUNDRED THIRTY-SIX OF  THIS  ARTI-
   17  CLE.
   18    2.  NOTWITHSTANDING  ANY  OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, THE FRANCHISE HOLDER
   19  SHALL COMPLY WITH CUSTOMER SERVICE REQUIREMENTS  SET  FORTH  IN  ARTICLE
   20  ELEVEN OF THIS CHAPTER, AT 47 C.F.R.  S 76.309(C) AND ANY OTHER CUSTOMER
   21  SERVICE  STANDARDS  PERTAINING  TO THE PROVISION OF VIDEO SERVICE ESTAB-
   22  LISHED BY FEDERAL LAW OR REGULATION OR BY SUBSEQUENT  ENACTMENT  OF  THE
   23  LEGISLATURE.  ALL  CUSTOMER  SERVICE  AND  CONSUMER PROTECTION STANDARDS
   24  UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL BE INTERPRETED AND APPLIED TO ACCOMMODATE NEWER
   25  OR DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGIES WHILE MEETING OR EXCEEDING THE GOALS OF  THESE
   26  STANDARDS.
   27    3.  IF  THE  COMMISSION  DETERMINES  THAT  A CABLE OPERATOR HAS DENIED
   28  ACCESS OF CABLE SERVICE TO A GROUP OF POTENTIAL RESIDENTIAL  SUBSCRIBERS
   29  BECAUSE OF THE INCOME LEVELS OF THE RESIDENTS OF THE LOCAL AREA IN WHICH
   30  SUCH  GROUP  RESIDES  OR  HAS  FAILED  TO  MEET  THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE
   31  SECTION, THE COMMISSION IS AUTHORIZED TO,  AFTER  CONDUCTING  A  HEARING
   32  WITH  FULL NOTICE AND OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD, IMPOSE MONETARY PENALTIES
   33  OF NOT LESS THAN FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS, NOR MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED THOU-
   34  SAND DOLLARS PER MUNICIPALITY, NOT TO EXCEED A TOTAL  OF  THREE  MILLION
   35  SIX  HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS PER YEAR FOR ALL VIOLATIONS. A MUNI-
   36  CIPALITY IN WHICH THE PROVIDER OFFERS CABLE SERVICE SHALL BE  AN  APPRO-
   37  PRIATE PARTY IN ANY SUCH PROCEEDING.
   38    S  246. ENFORCEMENT. THE EXCLUSIVE REMEDY FOR ENFORCING THE PROVISIONS
   39  OF THIS ARTICLE, NOTWITHSTANDING  SPECIFIC  SECTIONS  OF  THIS  ARTICLE,
   40  SHALL  BE  AN  ACTION  IN  A  COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION BROUGHT BY
   41  EITHER THE MUNICIPALITY, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ON BEHALF OF  THE  COMMIS-
   42  SION OR OTHER INJURED PARTY. AT LEAST SIXTY DAYS BEFORE BRINGING SUCH AN
   43  ACTION,  THE  MUNICIPALITY OR ATTORNEY GENERAL SHALL SERVE THE FRANCHISE
   44  HOLDER WITH A NOTICE SETTING OUT THE ALLEGED VIOLATION AND STATING  THAT
   45  AN  ACTION  MAY  BE  BROUGHT  UNLESS  THE  HOLDER  CORRECTS  THE ALLEGED
   46  VIOLATION OR ENTERS INTO A BINDING AGREEMENT TO  CORRECT  THE  VIOLATION
   47  WITHIN  THE  SIXTY-DAY  NOTICE PERIOD. THE NOTICE SHALL CONTAIN A SUFFI-
   48  CIENTLY DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE  ALLEGED  VIOLATION  TO  ENABLE  THE
   49  FRANCHISE HOLDER TO MAKE A SPECIFIC RESPONSE.
   50    S  6. Section 215 of the public service law is amended by adding a new
   51  subdivision 14 to read as follows:
   52    14.  REQUIRE THAT CABLE TELEVISION FRANCHISES CONTAIN, UPON SUBMISSION
   53  FOR CERTIFICATES OF CONFIRMATION, PROVISIONS REQUIRING  THAT  THE  CABLE
   54  TELEVISION SERVICES FRANCHISEE DELIVER TO THE FRANCHISOR AND THE COMMIS-
   55  SION,  ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, A WRITTEN REPORT DESCRIBING EVERY INSTANCE IN
   56  WHICH SUCH FRANCHISEE BLOCKS, LIMITS OR OTHERWISE RESTRICTS  SUBSCRIBERS
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    1  OR  OTHER  PURCHASERS  OF  BROADBAND  SERVICES  FROM THE FRANCHISEE FROM
    2  ACCESSING ANY PARTICULAR INTERNET SITE OR CATEGORY OR TYPE  OF  INTERNET
    3  SITE  OR  ANY  SPECIFIC  ELECTRONIC  MAIL MESSAGE OR CATEGORY OR TYPE OF
    4  ELECTRONIC  MAIL  ("NEUTRALITY  REPORT").  SUCH  NEUTRALITY REPORT SHALL
    5  CONTAIN DETAIL OF A SPECIFICITY LEVEL TO BE DETERMINED  BY  THE  COMMIS-
    6  SION, AND SHALL CONTAIN SUFFICIENT DETAIL TO ALLOW THE COMMISSION OR THE
    7  FRANCHISOR  TO ASCERTAIN THE NATURE OF ANY BLOCKING, LIMITATION OR OTHER
    8  RESTRICTIONS, AND THE REASON FOR THE FRANCHISEE FOR TAKING SUCH  ACTION,
    9  BUT  SHALL  BE  PROVIDED  IN  A  MANNER REASONABLY CALCULATED TO PROTECT
   10  SUBSCRIBER PRIVACY OR THE LEGITIMATE NEEDS OF LAW  ENFORCEMENT.  NOTHING
   11  IN THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE INTERPRETED TO RESTRICT THE RIGHTS OF FRAN-
   12  CHISEES,  IF  THEY  SO CHOOSE, TO BLOCK, LIMIT OR OTHERWISE RESTRICT THE
   13  PASSAGE OF ELECTRONIC MAIL MESSAGES  OR  OTHER  CONTENT  THAT  TRANSMIT,
   14  PORTRAY,  DESCRIBE, REPRESENT OR OTHERWISE CONTAIN MATTERS SUCH AS CHILD
   15  PORNOGRAPHY OR SIMILAR OBSCENITY, OTHER UNLAWFUL  MATERIAL,  THREATS  OF
   16  SERIOUS BODILY HARM, THREATS TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY,
   17  THREATS  OF  DEATH  TO  INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS, VIRUSES OR
   18  SIMILAR COMPUTER GENERATED PROGRAMS OR CODE THAT HAVE THE  POTENTIAL  TO
   19  HARM  COMPUTER HARDWARE AND/OR SOFTWARE AND/OR NETWORKS, EXCESSIVE UNSO-
   20  LICITED COMMERCIAL EMAIL THAT DEGRADES OR INTERFERES WITH OR  HARMS  THE
   21  NORMAL OPERATION OF BROADBAND NETWORKS, AND OTHER SIMILAR TYPES OR FORMS
   22  OF  MATERIAL  OR  SOFTWARE (THE FOREGOING EXAMPLES ARE ILLUSTRATIVE, NOT
   23  EXHAUSTIVE OF SUCH THREATS TO USERS  AND/OR  THE  NETWORK,  COLLECTIVELY
   24  HEREAFTER  "NETWORK  THREATS").  BLOCKING  OR  LIMITATION  OF SUBSCRIBER
   25  ACCESS TO THE MAXIMALLY DIVERSE INTERNET, IF  NOT  PREDICATED  UPON  THE
   26  FRANCHISEE'S  RIGHT  TO  DEFEND  ITS  NETWORK  AND  SUBSCRIBERS  AGAINST
   27  "NETWORK THREATS", SHALL PRESUMPTIVELY BE A BREACH OF THE FRANCHISE.  NO
   28  FRANCHISEE  SHALL  BE  RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY EFFORTS BY OR POLI-
   29  CIES, PRACTICES OR  PROCEDURES  OF  AN  UNAFFILIATED  TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   30  SERVICES  PROVIDER  OR  INTERNET  SERVICES PROVIDER OR INTERNET PROTOCOL
   31  TRAFFIC ROUTING ENTITY TO BLOCK SUBSCRIBERS FROM ACCESSING ANY  INTERNET
   32  SITE OR ANY CATEGORY OR TYPE OF INTERNET SITE OR ANY SPECIFIC ELECTRONIC
   33  MAIL MESSAGE OR ANY CATEGORY OR TYPE OF ELECTRONIC MAIL.
   34    S  7.  Section 99 of the public service law is amended by adding a new
   35  subdivision 4 to read as follows:
   36    4.  NO BUILDING OWNER MAY DISCRIMINATE AGAINST  A  TELEPHONE  COMPANY,
   37  BROADBAND  SERVICES  OR ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY OR THEIR ABILITY
   38  TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO ONE OR MORE TENANTS OF  A  MULTI-TENANT  PROPERTY
   39  THAT IS OWNED OR CONTROLLED BY THE BUILDING OWNER, INCLUDING DISCRIMINA-
   40  TORY  TERMS  AND  CONDITIONS  BY  WHICH THE TELEPHONE COMPANY, BROADBAND
   41  SERVICES OR ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY GAIN PHYSICAL ACCESS TO  THE
   42  PROPERTY TO PLACE ITS FACILITIES AND PROVIDE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
   43  TO  THE  PROPERTY'S  TENANTS.  THE COMMISSION SHALL HAVE JURISDICTION TO
   44  IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION BY  APPROPRIATE  RULES  AND
   45  REGULATIONS  AND  TO  ADMINISTRATIVELY ADJUDICATE DISPUTES ARISING UNDER
   46  THIS SUBDIVISION. IN NO EVENT MAY THE LACK OF AGREEMENT OVER  TERMS  AND
   47  CONDITIONS  OF  ACCESS  DELAY  THE  ABILITY OF A REQUESTING TELECOMMUNI-
   48  CATIONS COMPANY TO OBTAIN ACCESS FOR MORE THAN THIRTY DAYS FOLLOWING  AN
   49  INITIAL REQUEST THEREFOR.
   50    S 8. Subdivision 2 of section 99 of the public service law, as amended
   51  by chapter 383 of the laws of 1996, is amended to read as follows:
   52    2.  (A) No franchise nor any right to or under any franchise to own or
   53  operate a telegraph line or telephone line  shall  be  assigned,  trans-
   54  ferred,  or  leased,  nor shall any contract or agreement hereafter made
   55  with reference to or affecting any such franchise or right be  valid  or
   56  of  any  force  or effect whatsoever[,] unless the assignment, transfer,
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    1  lease, contract, or agreement shall have been approved  by  the  commis-
    2  sion.
    3    (B)  No  telephone  corporation  shall  transfer or lease its works or
    4  system or any part of such works or system to any other person or corpo-
    5  ration or contract for the operation of its works or  system[,]  without
    6  the  written  consent of the commission. [Notwithstanding the foregoing,
    7  any such transfer or  lease  between  affiliated  corporations  with  an
    8  original  cost of (a) less than one hundred thousand dollars proposed by
    9  a telephone corporation having annual gross revenues in  excess  of  two
   10  hundred  million  dollars,  (b)  less  than twenty-five thousand dollars
   11  proposed by a telephone corporation having annual gross revenues of less
   12  than two hundred million but more than ten million dollars or  (c)  less
   13  than  ten  thousand  dollars  proposed by a telephone corporation having
   14  annual gross revenues of less than ten million  dollars  and  any  other
   15  transfer  or  lease  between  non-affiliates regardless of cost shall be
   16  effective without the commission's written consent  within  ninety  days
   17  after such corporation notifies the commission that it plans to complete
   18  such  transfer  or  lease  and  submits a description of the transfer or
   19  lease, unless the commission, or its designee,  determines  within  such
   20  ninety  days  that  the public interest requires the commission's review
   21  and written consent.]
   22    (C) (1) NO CONSENT SHALL BE GIVEN BY THE COMMISSION TO THE ASSIGNMENT,
   23  TRANSFER, OR LEASE OF ANY RIGHT OR FRANCHISE TO OPERATE A TELEGRAPH LINE
   24  OR TELEPHONE LINE UNLESS IT SHALL HAVE BEEN SHOWN THAT SUCH  ASSIGNMENT,
   25  TRANSFER, OR LEASE IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.
   26    (2)  NO  CONSENT  SHALL  BE GIVEN BY THE COMMISSION TO THE ASSIGNMENT,
   27  TRANSFER, OR LEASE OF ANY RIGHT OR FRANCHISE TO OPERATE ANY  PART  OF  A
   28  TELEPHONE CORPORATION'S WORKS OR SYSTEM, OR TO A CONTRACT FOR THE OPERA-
   29  TION  OF  SUCH ENTITY'S WORKS OR SYSTEM, UNLESS IT SHALL HAVE BEEN SHOWN
   30  THAT SUCH ASSIGNMENT, TRANSFER, OR LEASE OR CONTRACT IS  IN  THE  PUBLIC
   31  INTEREST.
   32    (D)  BEFORE AUTHORIZING THE MERGER, ACQUISITION, ASSIGNMENT, LEASE, OR
   33  TRANSFER OF CONTROL OF ANY TELEPHONE  CORPORATION  ORGANIZED  AND  DOING
   34  BUSINESS  IN  THIS  STATE, WHERE ANY OF THE ENTITIES THAT ARE PARTIES TO
   35  THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION HAS GROSS ANNUAL NEW  YORK  REVENUES  EXCEEDING
   36  TWO HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS, THE COMMISSION SHALL FIND THAT THE PROPOSAL
   37  DOES ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
   38    (1) PROVIDES SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO RATEPAYERS.
   39    (2)  EQUITABLY ALLOCATES, WHERE THE COMMISSION HAS RATEMAKING AUTHORI-
   40  TY, THE TOTAL SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM FORECASTED ECONOMIC BENEFITS,  AS
   41  DETERMINED  BY  THE  COMMISSION, OF THE PROPOSED MERGER, ACQUISITION, OR
   42  CONTROL BETWEEN SHAREHOLDERS AND RATEPAYERS.  RATEPAYERS  SHALL  RECEIVE
   43  NOT LESS THAN FORTY PERCENT OF SUCH BENEFITS.
   44    (3)  MAINTAINS  OR  IMPROVES  THE FINANCIAL CONDITION OF THE RESULTING
   45  TELEPHONE CORPORATIONS DOING BUSINESS IN THE STATE AND DOES  NOT  UNREA-
   46  SONABLY  ALLOCATE A TELEPHONE CORPORATION'S DEBT TO A DIVESTITURE ENTITY
   47  CREATED FROM AN EXISTING TELEPHONE CORPORATION. FOR THE PURPOSE OF  THIS
   48  SECTION,  A  DIVESTITURE  ENTITY  IS  A  BUSINESS  ENTITY CREATED BY THE
   49  ASSIGNMENT, EXCHANGE, SALE, OR OTHER TRANSFER  OF  SOME  OR  ALL  OF  AN
   50  EXISTING  TELEPHONE CORPORATION'S LINES, SYSTEM, OR WORKS TO A NEW TELE-
   51  PHONE CORPORATION.
   52    (4) MAINTAINS OR IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF SERVICE TO  TELEPHONE  CORPO-
   53  RATION RATEPAYERS IN THE STATE.
   54    (5)  MAINTAINS  OR IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF MANAGEMENT OF THE RESULTING
   55  TELEPHONE CORPORATION DOING BUSINESS IN THE STATE.
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    1    (6) IS FAIR AND REASONABLE TO AFFECTED TELEPHONE  CORPORATION  EMPLOY-
    2  EES, INCLUDING BOTH UNION AND NONUNION EMPLOYEES.
    3    (7)  IS  FAIR AND REASONABLE TO THE MAJORITY OF ALL AFFECTED TELEPHONE
    4  CORPORATIONS.
    5    (8) IS BENEFICIAL ON AN OVERALL BASIS TO STATE AND LOCAL ECONOMIES AND
    6  TO THE COMMUNITIES IN THE AREA SERVED BY THE RESULTING ENTITY  AND  DOES
    7  NOT  ALLOCATE  SUBSTANTIALLY UNFUNDED PENSION OR HEALTH CARE OBLIGATIONS
    8  OR OTHER EMPLOYEE BENEFITS TO A RESULTING TELEPHONE CORPORATION.
    9    (9) PRESERVES THE JURISDICTION OF THE COMMISSION AND THE  CAPACITY  OF
   10  THE  COMMISSION  TO EFFECTIVELY REGULATE AND AUDIT TELEPHONE CORPORATION
   11  OPERATIONS IN THE STATE.
   12    (10) PROVIDES  MITIGATION  MEASURES  TO  PREVENT  SIGNIFICANT  ADVERSE
   13  CONSEQUENCES WHICH MAY RESULT.
   14    (11)  DOES  NOT  ADVERSELY AFFECT COMPETITION. IN MAKING THIS FINDING,
   15  THE COMMISSION SHALL REQUEST  AN  ADVISORY  OPINION  FROM  THE  ATTORNEY
   16  GENERAL  REGARDING WHETHER OR NOT COMPETITION WILL BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED
   17  AND WHAT MITIGATORY MEASURES COULD BE ADOPTED TO AVOID ANY SUCH  ADVERSE
   18  EFFECT.
   19    (E)  WHEN  REVIEWING  A  MERGER,  ACQUISITION,  OR TRANSFER OF CONTROL
   20  PROPOSAL, THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  CONSIDER  REASONABLE  ALTERNATIVES  OR
   21  MODIFICATIONS TO THE PROPOSAL RECOMMENDED BY OTHER PARTIES, INCLUDING NO
   22  MERGER,  ACQUISITION, OR CONTROL, TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT COMPARABLE
   23  SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM ECONOMIC SAVINGS CAN BE ACHIEVED THROUGH  OTHER
   24  MEANS WHILE AVOIDING THE POSSIBLE ADVERSE CONSEQUENCES OF THE PROPOSAL.
   25    (F)  THE  PERSON  OR  CORPORATION  SEEKING ACQUISITION OR CONTROL OF A
   26  TELEPHONE CORPORATION ORGANIZED AND DOING BUSINESS IN THIS  STATE  SHALL
   27  HAVE  BEFORE  THE COMMISSION THE BURDEN OF PROVING BY A PREPONDERANCE OF
   28  THE EVIDENCE THAT THE REQUIREMENTS OF PARAGRAPH (D) OF THIS  SUBDIVISION
   29  ARE MET.
   30    (G)  IN  DETERMINING WHETHER OR NOT AN ACQUIRING TELEPHONE CORPORATION
   31  HAS GROSS ANNUAL REVENUES EXCEEDING THE AMOUNT  SPECIFIED  IN  PARAGRAPH
   32  (D)  OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION, THE REVENUES OF THAT TELEPHONE CORPORATION'S
   33  AFFILIATES SHALL NOT BE  CONSIDERED,  UNLESS  THE  AFFILIATE  IS  TO  BE
   34  UTILIZED  FOR  THE  PURPOSE  OF  EFFECTING  SUCH MERGER, ACQUISITION, OR
   35  CONTROL.
   36    (H) SUBPARAGRAPHS ONE AND TWO OF PARAGRAPH  (D)  OF  THIS  SUBDIVISION
   37  SHALL NOT APPLY TO THE FORMATION OF A HOLDING COMPANY.
   38   (I)  SUBPARAGRAPHS  ONE  AND  TWO  OF PARAGRAPH (D) OF THIS SUBDIVISION
   39  SHALL NOT APPLY TO ACQUISITIONS OR CHANGES IN CONTROL THAT ARE  MANDATED
   40  BY EITHER THE COMMISSION OR THE LEGISLATURE.
   41    S  9. Section 100 of the public service law, as amended by chapter 226
   42  of the laws of 2009, is amended to read as follows:
   43    S 100. Transfer and ownership of stock. 1. No telegraph corporation or
   44  telephone corporation, domestic or  foreign,  shall  hereafter  purchase
   45  [or],  acquire, take, or hold any part of the capital stock of any tele-
   46  graph corporation or telephone corporation organized or  existing  under
   47  the laws of this state unless authorized so to do by the commission.
   48    2.  Save  where  stock shall be transferred or held for the purpose of
   49  collateral security, no stock corporation, domestic or foreign, company,
   50  including, but not limited to, a limited liability company, association,
   51  including a joint stock association, partnership,  including  a  limited
   52  liability  partnership, or person, other than a telegraph corporation or
   53  telephone corporation, shall, without the  consent  of  the  commission,
   54  purchase [or], acquire, take, or hold more than ten [per centum] PERCENT
   55  of the voting capital stock issued by any telegraph corporation or tele-
   56  phone  corporation  organized or existing under or by virtue of the laws
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    1  of this state. Any corporation now lawfully holding a  majority  of  the
    2  voting  capital  stock  of any telegraph corporation or telephone corpo-
    3  ration may, without the consent of the commission, acquire and hold  the
    4  remainder  of  the voting capital stock of such telegraph corporation or
    5  telephone corporation[,] or any portion thereof.
    6    3. (A) No consent shall be given by the commission to the  acquisition
    7  of  any  stock in accordance with this section unless it shall have been
    8  shown that such acquisition is in the public interest[; provided, howev-
    9  er, that any], WHICH THE COMMISSION SHALL DETERMINE BY FINDING THAT  THE
   10  PROPOSAL  DOES  ALL  OF  THE  FOLLOWING,  TO THE EXTENT DETERMINED TO BE
   11  APPLICABLE:
   12    (I) PROVIDES SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO RATEPAYERS.
   13    (II) EQUITABLY ALLOCATES, WHERE APPLICABLE AND  WHERE  THE  COMMISSION
   14  HAS  RATEMAKING AUTHORITY, THE TOTAL SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM FORECASTED
   15  ECONOMIC BENEFITS, AS DETERMINED BY  THE  COMMISSION,  OF  THE  PROPOSED
   16  ACQUISITION, PURCHASE, SALE, TRANSFER, OR RETENTION BETWEEN SHAREHOLDERS
   17  AND  RATEPAYERS. RATEPAYERS SHALL RECEIVE NOT LESS THAN FORTY PERCENT OF
   18  THOSE BENEFITS.
   19    (III) MAINTAINS OR IMPROVES THE FINANCIAL CONDITION OF  THE  RESULTING
   20  TELEPHONE  CORPORATIONS  DOING BUSINESS IN THE STATE AND DOES NOT UNREA-
   21  SONABLY ALLOCATE A TELEPHONE CORPORATION'S DEBT TO A DIVESTITURE  ENTITY
   22  CREATED  FROM AN EXISTING TELEPHONE CORPORATION. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS
   23  SECTION, A DIVESTITURE ENTITY  IS  A  BUSINESS  ENTITY  CREATED  BY  THE
   24  ASSIGNMENT,  EXCHANGE,  SALE,  OR  OTHER  TRANSFER  OF SOME OR ALL OF AN
   25  EXISTING TELEPHONE CORPORATION'S LINES, SYSTEM, OR WORKS TO A NEW  TELE-
   26  PHONE CORPORATION.
   27    (IV)  MAINTAINS OR IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF SERVICE TO TELEPHONE CORPO-
   28  RATION RATEPAYERS IN THE STATE.
   29    (V) MAINTAINS OR IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF MANAGEMENT OF  THE  RESULTING
   30  TELEPHONE CORPORATION DOING BUSINESS IN THE STATE.
   31    (VI)  IS FAIR AND REASONABLE TO AFFECTED TELEPHONE CORPORATION EMPLOY-
   32  EES, INCLUDING BOTH UNION AND NON-UNION EMPLOYEES.
   33    (VII) IS FAIR AND REASONABLE TO THE MAJORITY OF ALL AFFECTED TELEPHONE
   34  CORPORATIONS.
   35    (VIII) IS BENEFICIAL, ON AN OVERALL BASIS, TO STATE AND  LOCAL  ECONO-
   36  MIES,  AND TO THE COMMUNITIES IN THE AREA SERVED BY THE RESULTING ENTITY
   37  AND DOES NOT ALLOCATE SUBSTANTIALLY  UNFUNDED  PENSION  OR  HEALTH  CARE
   38  OBLIGATIONS  OR  OTHER EMPLOYEE BENEFITS TO A RESULTING TELEPHONE CORPO-
   39  RATION.
   40    (IX) PRESERVES THE JURISDICTION OF THE COMMISSION AND THE CAPACITY  OF
   41  THE  COMMISSION  TO EFFECTIVELY REGULATE AND AUDIT TELEPHONE CORPORATION
   42  OPERATIONS IN THE STATE.
   43    (X) PROVIDES MITIGATION  MEASURES  TO  PREVENT  SIGNIFICANTLY  ADVERSE
   44  CONSEQUENCES WHICH MAY RESULT FROM SUCH ACQUISITION.
   45    (XI)  DOES  NOT  ADVERSELY AFFECT COMPETITION. IN MAKING THIS FINDING,
   46  THE COMMISSION SHALL REQUEST  AN  ADVISORY  OPINION  FROM  THE  ATTORNEY
   47  GENERAL  REGARDING WHETHER OR NOT COMPETITION WILL BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED
   48  AND WHAT MITIGATORY MEASURES COULD BE ADOPTED TO AVOID ANY SUCH  ADVERSE
   49  EFFECT.
   50    (B)  ANY  such  consent, HOWEVER, shall be deemed to be granted by the
   51  commission ninety days after such corporation applies to the  commission
   52  for  its consent, unless the commission, or its designee, determines and
   53  informs the applicant in writing within such ninety day period that  the
   54  public  interest  requires  the  commission's  review  and  its  written
   55  consent.  Nothing [herein] IN THIS SECTION contained shall be  construed
   56  to prevent the holding of any stock heretofore lawfully acquired, nor to
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    1  prevent,  upon  the  surrender  or  exchange of such stock pursuant to a
    2  reorganization plan, the purchase, acquisition, taking or holding  of  a
    3  proportionate  amount  of stock of any new corporation organized to take
    4  over, at foreclosure or other sale the property of any corporation whose
    5  stock  has  been thus surrendered or exchanged[;], but the proportion of
    6  the voting capital stock of the new corporation held by a  stock  corpo-
    7  ration,  company,  association, partnership or person and acquired by it
    8  by any such surrender or exchange of stock shall not without the consent
    9  of the commission exceed the proportion of the voting capital stock held
   10  by it in the former corporation.
   11    4. Every contract, assignment, transfer, or agreement for transfer  of
   12  any  stock  by  or through any person or corporation to any corporation,
   13  company,  association,  partnership  or  person,  in  violation  of  any
   14  provision  of  this  chapter shall be void and of no effect, and no such
   15  transfer or assignment shall be made upon the books of  any  such  tele-
   16  graph  corporation or telephone corporation[,] or shall be recognized as
   17  effective for any purpose.
   18    S 10. The executive law is amended by adding a  new  section  32-a  to
   19  read as follows:
   20    S 32-A. STATE AGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. 1. WITHIN
   21  NINETY  DAYS  OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, ALL STATE AGENCIES,
   22  AS SUCH ARE DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF  SECTION  THIRTY-TWO  OF  THIS
   23  ARTICLE,  SHALL  STUDY  AND  REPORT  UPON  THE  PHYSICAL LOCATION AND/OR
   24  FREQUENCY, AND AMOUNT OF ALL EXCESS CAPACITY,  WITHIN  THE  TELECOMMUNI-
   25  CATIONS  INFRASTRUCTURE AND RADIO FREQUENCY BANDWIDTH OWNED, LICENSED OR
   26  OTHERWISE CONTROLLED BY SUCH AGENCIES. TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
   27  IS HEREIN DEFINED FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS ARTICLE TO INCLUDE  CONDUITS,
   28  DUCTS,  POLES,  WIRES,  FIBEROPTIC  CABLE  AND/OR  LINES, COAXIAL CABLE,
   29  COPPER TWISTED PAIR TELEPHONE LINES, RECEIVERS, TRANSMITTERS,  BROADCAST
   30  RADIO   FREQUENCY  BANDWIDTH,  LASERS  AND  MULTIPLEXERS,  TRANSMITTERS,
   31  INSTRUMENTS, MACHINES, APPLIANCES AND ALL DEVICES,  REAL  ESTATE,  EASE-
   32  MENTS,  APPARATUS,  PROPERTY  AND  ROUTES  USED AND/OR OPERATED BY STATE
   33  AGENCIES.
   34    2. ALL STATE AGENCIES SHALL, WITHIN ONE  HUNDRED  FIFTY  DAYS  OF  THE
   35  EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF THIS SECTION, IDENTIFY THE EXCESS CAPACITY AND BAND-
   36  WIDTH REPORTED UPON WHICH MAY BE  LEASED  ON  A  NON-DISCRIMINATORY  AND
   37  COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE BASIS TO PUBLIC ENTITIES OR CERTIFIED TELECOMMU-
   38  NICATIONS CARRIERS THAT NEED SUCH CAPACITY TO PROVIDE BROADBAND SERVICES
   39  TO  UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED AREAS. SUCH EXCESS CAPACITY AND
   40  BANDWIDTH SO IDENTIFIED SHALL BE REPORTED UPON.
   41    3. ALL STATE AGENCIES SHALL, WITHIN ONE HUNDRED  EIGHTY  DAYS  OF  THE
   42  EFFECTIVE  DATE OF THIS SECTION, IDENTIFY AND REPORT UPON ALL TELECOMMU-
   43  NICATIONS SERVICES PURCHASED, LEASED OR OTHERWISE USED BY  THE  AGENCIES
   44  THAT  MAY  BE  USED  IN  A TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEMAND AGGREGATION PROGRAM
   45  ADMINISTERED BY THE STATE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AND  DEPLOYMENT  COUNCIL
   46  PURSUANT TO SECTION FOUR THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED FIVE OF THE PUBLIC AUTHOR-
   47  ITIES LAW.
   48    4.  (A)  ALL STATE AGENCIES SHALL, WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE
   49  DATE OF  THIS  SECTION,  INSTALL  TELECOMMUNICATIONS-GRADE  CONDUIT  AND
   50  ANTENNA ATTACHMENT POINTS IN AND/OR ON ALL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS NEWLY
   51  CONSTRUCTED OR UPGRADED BY SUCH AGENCIES, FOR LEASE ON A NON-DISCRIMINA-
   52  TORY  AND  COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE BASIS TO PUBLIC ENTITIES OR CERTIFIED
   53  TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIERS THAT NEED SUCH CAPACITY TO PROVIDE BROADBAND
   54  SERVICES TO UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED AREAS.  STATE  AGENCIES
   55  MAY,  HOWEVER,  EXEMPT  FROM  THIS REQUIREMENT INFRASTRUCTURE WHERE SUCH
   56  INSTALLATIONS COULD POSE A THREAT  TO  PUBLIC  SAFETY  OR  OTHERWISE  BE
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    1  UNREASONABLE.  SUCH  CONDUIT  AND ANTENNA ATTACHMENT POINT INSTALLATIONS
    2  SHALL BE REPORTED ON A SEMI-ANNUAL BASIS.
    3    (B)  THE STATE OFFICE OF GENERAL SERVICES SHALL, WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF
    4  THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, MAKE WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS AVAIL-
    5  ABLE TO THE PUBLIC IN PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE AND HIGHLY-TRAFFICKED AREAS OF
    6  THE STATE CAPITOL AND THE LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING,  AND  SUCH  OTHER
    7  PUBLICLY  ACCESSIBLE  AND  HIGHLY-TRAFFICKED  OFFICE OF GENERAL SERVICES
    8  MANAGED STATE BUILDINGS AS IS REASONABLE AND PRUDENT.
    9    5. ALL REPORTS  PROVIDED  FOR  IN  THIS  SECTION  SHALL  BE  DELIVERED
   10  INITIALLY, AND THEREAFTER ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY
   11  PRESIDENT  OF  THE  SENATE, SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF
   12  THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE
   13  ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS  COMMITTEE,  AND  THE  CHAIR  AND  RANKING
   14  MINORITY  MEMBER  OF  THE ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMIS-
   15  SIONS COMMITTEE, CHAIR OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMISSIONER OF
   16  THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, COMMISSIONER OF THE EMPIRE STATE
   17  DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND THE CHAIRPERSONS OF THE  BROADBAND  DEVELOP-
   18  MENT AND DEPLOYMENT COUNCIL AND BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
   19    S  11.  The  public authorities law is amended by adding a new section
   20  2807 to read as follows:
   21    S 2807. ANNUAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESOURCES REPORTS BY AUTHORITIES. 1.
   22  STATE AUTHORITIES. (A) FOR THE PURPOSE  OF  FURNISHING  THE  STATE  WITH
   23  SYSTEMATIC  INFORMATION  REGARDING  THE  EXISTING, NEWLY CONSTRUCTED AND
   24  PLANNED TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE RESOURCES OF  PUBLIC  AUTHORI-
   25  TIES,  EVERY STATE AUTHORITY CONTINUED OR CREATED BY THIS CHAPTER OR ANY
   26  OTHER CHAPTER OF THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK SHALL:
   27    (I) WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS  SECTION,  SUBMIT
   28  TO  THE  GOVERNOR,  TEMPORARY  PRESIDENT  OF  THE SENATE, SPEAKER OF THE
   29  ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND RANKING
   30  MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE ENERGY AND  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  COMMITTEE,
   31  AND  THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS,
   32  AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS  COMMITTEE,  CHAIR  OF  THE  PUBLIC  SERVICE
   33  COMMISSION,  COMMISSIONER  OF  THE  DEPARTMENT  OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT,
   34  COMMISSIONER OF THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND THE  CHAIRS
   35  OF THE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT COUNCIL AND BROADBAND DEVEL-
   36  OPMENT  AUTHORITY,  A  COMPLETE  AND DETAILED REPORT OR REPORTS UPON THE
   37  PHYSICAL LOCATION AND/OR FREQUENCY, AND AMOUNT OF ALL  EXCESS  CAPACITY,
   38  WITHIN  THE  TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE AND RADIO FREQUENCY BAND-
   39  WIDTH OWNED, LICENSED OR OTHERWISE CONTROLLED BY STATE AUTHORITIES;
   40    (II) WITHIN ONE HUNDRED FIFTY DAYS  OF  THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF  THIS
   41  SECTION,  SUBMIT  TO  THE  GOVERNOR,  TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE,
   42  SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF THE  SENATE  AND  ASSEMBLY,
   43  CHAIR  AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNI-
   44  CATIONS COMMITTEE, AND THE CHAIR AND  RANKING  MINORITY  MEMBER  OF  THE
   45  ASSEMBLY  CORPORATIONS,  AUTHORITIES  AND  COMMISSIONS COMMITTEE, CHAIR-
   46  PERSON OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMISSIONER OF THE  DEPARTMENT
   47  OF  ECONOMIC  DEVELOPMENT,  COMMISSIONER OF THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT
   48  CORPORATION AND  THE  CHAIRPERSONS  OF  THE  BROADBAND  DEVELOPMENT  AND
   49  DEPLOYMENT  COUNCIL  AND BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, A COMPLETE AND
   50  DETAILED REPORT OR REPORTS IDENTIFYING THE EXCESS CAPACITY AND BANDWIDTH
   51  POSSESSED OR CONTROLLED BY STATE AUTHORITIES WHICH MAY BE  LEASED  ON  A
   52  NON-DISCRIMINATORY  AND COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE BASIS TO PUBLIC ENTITIES
   53  OR CERTIFIED TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIERS  THAT  NEED  SUCH  CAPACITY  TO
   54  PROVIDE  BROADBAND  SERVICES  TO  UNSERVED,  UNDERSERVED  AND DISTRESSED
   55  AREAS;
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    1    (III) WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS OF THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF  THIS
    2  SECTION,  IDENTIFY  AND  REPORT  UPON  ALL  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICES
    3  PURCHASED, LEASED OR OTHERWISE USED BY THE AUTHORITIES THAT MAY BE  USED
    4  IN  A  TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEMAND AGGREGATION PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE
    5  STATE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT COUNCIL.
    6    (B)  ALL  STATE  AUTHORITIES  SHALL,  FROM  THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS
    7  SECTION, INSTALL TELECOMMUNICATIONS-GRADE CONDUIT AND ANTENNA ATTACHMENT
    8  POINTS IN AND/OR ON ALL INFRASTRUCTURE  PROJECTS  NEWLY  CONSTRUCTED  OR
    9  UPGRADED BY SUCH AGENCIES, FOR LEASE ON A NON-DISCRIMINATORY AND COMMER-
   10  CIALLY  REASONABLE  BASIS  TO  PUBLIC ENTITIES OR CERTIFIED TELECOMMUNI-
   11  CATIONS CARRIERS THAT NEED SUCH CAPACITY TO PROVIDE  BROADBAND  SERVICES
   12  TO  UNSERVED,  UNDERSERVED  AND DISTRESSED AREAS. STATE AUTHORITIES MAY,
   13  HOWEVER, EXEMPT FROM THIS REQUIREMENT INFRASTRUCTURE WHERE SUCH  INSTAL-
   14  LATIONS  COULD  POSE A THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY OR OTHERWISE BE UNREASON-
   15  ABLE. SUCH CONDUIT AND ANTENNA ATTACHMENT POINT INSTALLATIONS  SHALL  BE
   16  REPORTED ON A SEMI-ANNUAL BASIS.
   17    (C)  ALL STATE AUTHORITY REPORTS PROVIDED FOR IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE
   18  DELIVERED INITIALLY, AND THEREAFTER ON AN ANNUAL BASIS UNLESS  OTHERWISE
   19  SPECIFIED,  TO  THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, SPEAKER
   20  OF THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR  AND
   21  RANKING  MINORITY  MEMBER  OF  THE  SENATE ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   22  COMMITTEE, AND THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY  MEMBER  OF  THE  ASSEMBLY
   23  CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS COMMITTEE, CHAIR OF THE PUBLIC
   24  SERVICE  COMMISSION, COMMISSIONER OF THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPO-
   25  RATION AND THE CHAIRPERSONS OF THE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AND  DEPLOYMENT
   26  COUNCIL AND BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
   27    (D)  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  INFRASTRUCTURE IS DEFINED FOR THE PURPOSES OF
   28  THIS ARTICLE TO INCLUDE CONDUITS, DUCTS, POLES, WIRES, FIBEROPTIC  CABLE
   29  AND/OR  LINES,  COAXIAL  CABLE,  COPPER  TWISTED  PAIR  TELEPHONE LINES,
   30  RECEIVERS, TRANSMITTERS, BROADCAST RADIO FREQUENCY BANDWIDTH, LASERS AND
   31  MULTIPLEXERS, TRANSMITTERS, INSTRUMENTS, MACHINES,  APPLIANCES  AND  ALL
   32  DEVICES,  REAL  ESTATE,  EASEMENTS,  APPARATUS, PROPERTY AND ROUTES USED
   33  AND/OR OPERATED BY STATE AUTHORITIES AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
   34    2. LOCAL AUTHORITIES. (A) FOR THE PURPOSE OF FURNISHING THE STATE WITH
   35  SYSTEMATIC INFORMATION REGARDING THE  EXISTING,  NEWLY  CONSTRUCTED  AND
   36  PLANNED  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  INFRASTRUCTURE RESOURCES OF PUBLIC AUTHORI-
   37  TIES, EVERY LOCAL AUTHORITY CONTINUED OR CREATED BY THIS CHAPTER OR  ANY
   38  OTHER CHAPTER OF THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK SHALL:
   39    (I)  WITHIN  NINETY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, SUBMIT
   40  TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY PRESIDENT  OF  THE  SENATE,  SPEAKER  OF  THE
   41  ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND RANKING
   42  MINORITY  MEMBER  OF THE SENATE ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE,
   43  AND THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY  CORPORATIONS,
   44  AUTHORITIES  AND  COMMISSIONS  COMMITTEE,  CHAIR  OF  THE PUBLIC SERVICE
   45  COMMISSION, COMMISSIONER OF THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND
   46  THE CHAIRS OF THE  BROADBAND  DEVELOPMENT  AND  DEPLOYMENT  COUNCIL  AND
   47  BROADBAND  DEVELOPMENT  AUTHORITY,  A  COMPLETE  AND  DETAILED REPORT OR
   48  REPORTS UPON THE PHYSICAL LOCATION AND/OR FREQUENCY, AND AMOUNT  OF  ALL
   49  EXCESS  CAPACITY, WITHIN THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE AND RADIO
   50  FREQUENCY BANDWIDTH OWNED, LICENSED OR  OTHERWISE  CONTROLLED  BY  STATE
   51  AUTHORITIES;
   52    (II)  WITHIN  ONE  HUNDRED  FIFTY  DAYS  OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS
   53  SECTION, SUBMIT TO THE GOVERNOR,  TEMPORARY  PRESIDENT  OF  THE  SENATE,
   54  SPEAKER  OF  THE  ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY,
   55  CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE ENERGY AND  TELECOMMUNI-
   56  CATIONS  COMMITTEE,  AND  THE  CHAIR  AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE
       A. 4143--A                         40
    1  ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS COMMITTEE,  CHAIR  OF
    2  THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMISSIONER OF THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOP-
    3  MENT CORPORATION AND THE CHAIRS OF THE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOY-
    4  MENT  COUNCIL  AND  BROADBAND  DEVELOPMENT  AUTHORITY,  A  COMPLETE  AND
    5  DETAILED REPORT OR REPORTS IDENTIFYING THE EXCESS CAPACITY AND BANDWIDTH
    6  POSSESSED OR CONTROLLED BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES WHICH MAY BE  LEASED  ON  A
    7  NON-DISCRIMINATORY  AND COMMERCIALLY REASONABLE BASIS TO PUBLIC ENTITIES
    8  OR CERTIFIED TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIERS  THAT  NEED  SUCH  CAPACITY  TO
    9  PROVIDE  BROADBAND  SERVICES  TO  UNSERVED,  UNDERSERVED  AND DISTRESSED
   10  AREAS;
   11    (III) WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS OF THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF  THIS
   12  SECTION,  IDENTIFY  AND  REPORT  UPON  ALL  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICES
   13  PURCHASED, LEASED OR OTHERWISE USED BY THE AUTHORITIES THAT MAY BE  USED
   14  IN  A  TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEMAND AGGREGATION PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE
   15  STATE BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT AND DEPLOYMENT COUNCIL.
   16    (B) ALL LOCAL AUTHORITIES SHALL,  FROM  THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF  THIS
   17  SECTION, INSTALL TELECOMMUNICATIONS-GRADE CONDUIT AND ANTENNA ATTACHMENT
   18  POINTS  IN  AND/OR  ON  ALL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS NEWLY CONSTRUCTED OR
   19  UPGRADED BY SUCH AGENCIES, FOR LEASE ON A NON-DISCRIMINATORY AND COMMER-
   20  CIALLY REASONABLE BASIS TO PUBLIC  ENTITIES  OR  CERTIFIED  TELECOMMUNI-
   21  CATIONS  CARRIERS  THAT NEED SUCH CAPACITY TO PROVIDE BROADBAND SERVICES
   22  TO UNSERVED, UNDERSERVED AND DISTRESSED AREAS.  LOCAL  AUTHORITIES  MAY,
   23  HOWEVER,  EXEMPT FROM THIS REQUIREMENT INFRASTRUCTURE WHERE SUCH INSTAL-
   24  LATIONS COULD POSE A THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY OR OTHERWISE  BE  UNREASON-
   25  ABLE.  SUCH  CONDUIT AND ANTENNA ATTACHMENT POINT INSTALLATIONS SHALL BE
   26  REPORTED ON A SEMI-ANNUAL BASIS.
   27    (C) ALL LOCAL AUTHORITY REPORTS PROVIDED FOR IN THIS SECTION SHALL  BE
   28  DELIVERED  INITIALLY, AND THEREAFTER ON AN ANNUAL BASIS UNLESS OTHERWISE
   29  SPECIFIED, TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE  SENATE,  SPEAKER
   30  OF  THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND
   31  RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF  THE  SENATE  ENERGY  AND  TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   32  COMMITTEE,  AND  THE  CHAIR  AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY
   33  CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS COMMITTEE, CHAIRPERSON OF  THE
   34  PUBLIC  SERVICE COMMISSION, COMMISSIONER OF THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT
   35  CORPORATION AND THE CHAIRPERSONS OF THE  BROADBAND  DEVELOPMENT  COUNCIL
   36  AND BROADBAND AUTHORITY.
   37    3.  STATE  AND  LOCAL  AUTHORITIES.  TO  THE  EXTENT  PRACTICABLE, AND
   38  CONSISTENT WITH APPLICABLE DIRECTIVES OR  GUIDELINES  BY  THE  EMERGENCY
   39  PREPAREDNESS  COMMISSION,  STATE  EMERGENCY  MANAGEMENT OFFICE AND STATE
   40  OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY, EACH STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITY  SHALL  MAKE
   41  ACCESSIBLE  TO  THE PUBLIC VIA ITS OFFICIAL INTERNET WEB SITE DOCUMENTA-
   42  TION PERTAINING TO THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE RESOURCES OWNED
   43  BY, LEASED BY, USED BY OR OTHERWISE CONTROLLED BY SUCH STATE  AND  LOCAL
   44  AUTHORITIES.
   45    S  12.  The public service law is amended by adding a new section 90-a
   46  to read as follows:
   47    S 90-A. STATEMENT OF POLICY. 1. THE STATE OF NEW YORK'S  LONG-STANDING
   48  POLICY,  CODIFIED IN THIS SECTION, IS THAT CERTAIN COMMUNICATIONS TOOLS,
   49  AND PARTICULARLY TELEPHONE SERVICES, I.E.  ESSENTIAL  SERVICES,  ARE  SO
   50  FUNDAMENTAL  THAT  IT  IS  NOT  IN  THE  PUBLIC  INTEREST TO LEAVE THEIR
   51  PROVISION TO THE VAGARIES OF THE  MARKETPLACE  ALONE.  FURTHERMORE,  THE
   52  LEGISLATURE  DECLARES THAT IT IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST THAT SUCH ESSEN-
   53  TIAL SERVICES BE MADE AND MAINTAINED UNIVERSALLY ACROSS NEW  YORK.  SUCH
   54  TOOLS  AND  SERVICES HAVE, OVER TIME, AND INCREASINGLY NOW, SHAPED CITI-
   55  ZENS' ABILITY TO PARTICIPATE  IN  CIVIC  AFFAIRS,  TO  ACQUIRE  LEARNING
   56  SKILLS  NEEDED  FOR THEIR ECONOMIC SUCCESS AND THAT OF THE STATE, AND TO
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    1  ENJOY THE RICH AND UNPARALLELED SOCIAL AND CULTURAL LIFE THAT IS A VITAL
    2  PART OF NEW YORK  STATE'S  ECONOMY.  THE  STATE'S  GOALS  FOR  UNIVERSAL
    3  SERVICE  ARE TO FURTHER AND PROTECT THE PUBLIC INTEREST BY PROMOTING THE
    4  AVAILABILITY  OF  QUALITY  SERVICES  AT JUST, REASONABLE, AND AFFORDABLE
    5  RATES; TO ADVANCE THE AVAILABILITY OF SUCH SERVICES  TO  ALL  CONSUMERS,
    6  INCLUDING  THOSE  IN  LOW INCOME, RURAL, INSULAR, AND HIGH COST AREAS AT
    7  RATES THAT ARE REASONABLY COMPARABLE TO THOSE  CHARGED  IN  HIGH-DENSITY
    8  URBAN  AREAS;  AND  TO INCREASE ACCESS TO, AND THE UBIQUITY OF, ADVANCED
    9  TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC IN AN EQUITABLE  AND
   10  NONDISCRIMINATORY  MANNER.  ALL TELEPHONE CORPORATIONS AND PROVIDERS AND
   11  RESELLERS OF  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICES  SHOULD  CONTRIBUTE  TO  CORE
   12  PUBLIC  SAFETY AND PUBLIC INTEREST GOALS TO THE EXTENT ALLOWABLE BY LAW.
   13  AT A  MINIMUM,  THESE  INCLUDE  EQUIVALENT  UNIVERSAL  SERVICE  SUPPORT,
   14  PROVISION AND SUPPORT FOR E911, DISABILITY ACCESS, CONSUMER PROTECTIONS,
   15  AND EQUITABLE TAXATION. EFFECTIVE PUBLIC PROGRAMS MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE
   16  WHERE  COMPETITIVE  FORCES DO NOT RESULT IN THE DEPLOYMENT, MAINTENANCE,
   17  OR RECONSTRUCTION OF  AFFORDABLE,  HIGH-QUALITY,  AND  RELIABLE  ADVANCE
   18  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  CAPABILITY  ACROSS  ALL GEOGRAPHIC REGIONS AND DEMO-
   19  GRAPHIC SEGMENTS OF  THE  STATE.  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  NETWORKS  MUST  BE
   20  INTER-OPERABLE, BASED ON OPEN STANDARDS, RELIABLE, SURVIVABLE, DIVERSELY
   21  PATHED,  AS  WIDELY  INTERCONNECTED AS IS REASONABLE, ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL
   22  USERS AS PROVIDED FOR BY LAW, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE AMERICANS
   23  WITH DISABILITIES ACT, AND ALL  APPLICABLE  FEDERAL,  STATE,  AND  LOCAL
   24  REGULATIONS,  AND MUST MEET BASIC REQUIREMENTS CONCERNING PUBLIC SAFETY,
   25  CONSUMER PROTECTION, AND RELEVANT SOCIAL AND MORAL OBLIGATIONS.
   26    2. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION:
   27    (A) THE TERM "UNIVERSAL SERVICE" MEANS THAT  CERTAIN  BASIC  TELEPHONE
   28  FACILITIES,   SERVICES,   AND  INSTRUMENTALITIES,  KNOWN  AS  "ESSENTIAL
   29  SERVICES", SHALL BE ACCESSIBLE TO ANY PERSON, CORPORATION,  OR  LOCALITY
   30  IN  NEW  YORK  STATE  AT COSTS REASONABLY COMPARABLE TO RATES CHARGED IN
   31  URBAN AREAS AND LOW-COST AREAS, SO THAT THERE SHALL NOT BE ANY UNDUE  OR
   32  UNREASONABLE  PREFERENCE  OR  ADVANTAGE  TO  ANY PERSON, CORPORATION, OR
   33  LOCALITY.
   34    (B) THE TERM "ESSENTIAL SERVICES" MEANS  THE  PROVISION  BY  TELEPHONE
   35  CORPORATIONS  OF  VOICE  GRADE  ACCESS TO AND ACROSS THE PUBLIC SWITCHED
   36  TELEPHONE  NETWORK,  WITH  THE  ABILITY  TO  PLACE  AND  RECEIVE  CALLS;
   37  TOUCH-TONE  SERVICE; SINGLE-PARTY SERVICE; ACCESS TO EMERGENCY SERVICES,
   38  INCLUDING 911 AND E911 (WHICH IDENTIFIES A CALLER'S LOCATION); ACCESS TO
   39  OPERATOR SERVICES; ACCESS TO INTER-EXCHANGE SERVICES; ACCESS TO DIRECTO-
   40  RY ASSISTANCE; ACCESS TO "LIFELINE" SERVICES, OR OTHER  SERVICES  EQUIV-
   41  ALENT  IN  PRICE  AND  QUALITY  FOR QUALIFYING LOW-INCOME CONSUMERS; AND
   42  ACCESS TO ALL OF SUCH OTHER SERVICES AS  MAY  BE  MANDATED  BY  FEDERAL,
   43  STATE, AND LOCAL LAW.
   44    3.  WITHIN  THIRTY DAYS OF THE DATE ON WHICH THE COMMISSION HAD ACTUAL
   45  KNOWLEDGE, OR SHOULD REASONABLY HAVE KNOWN  OR  BEEN  INFORMED,  OF  THE
   46  OCCURRENCE,  OR  APPEARANCE  OF THE PROXIMATE OCCURRENCE, OF A PURCHASE,
   47  ACQUISITION, TAKING, OR OTHER TRANSFER OF CONTROL OR  OWNERSHIP  OF  THE
   48  CAPITAL  STOCK  OF  A  TELEGRAPH  OR  TELEPHONE CORPORATION ORGANIZED OR
   49  EXISTING UNDER THE LAWS  OF  THIS  STATE  WITHIN  THE  CONTEMPLATION  OF
   50  SECTION  ONE  HUNDRED  OF THIS ARTICLE OR PARAGRAPH (B) OF THIS SUBDIVI-
   51  SION, THE COMMISSION SHALL COMPILE AND PUBLISH A REPORT ON  THE  EFFECT,
   52  IF ANY, OF SUCH TRANSFER OF CONTROL UPON UNIVERSAL SERVICE IN THE STATE.
   53  SUCH  REPORT  SHALL BE KNOWN AS THE "UNIVERSAL SERVICE IMPACT ANALYSIS",
   54  AND SHALL BE ISSUED BEFORE THE COMMISSION MAY VOTE UPON THE APPROVAL  OF
   55  SUCH OCCURRENCE. IF, ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THERE IS
   56  A  PROCEEDING BEFORE THE COMMISSION WITHIN THE CONTEMPLATION OF SUBDIVI-
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    1  SION ONE OF THIS SECTION, THEN THE COMMISSION  SHALL  HAVE  THIRTY  DAYS
    2  FROM  SUCH EFFECTIVE DATE TO ISSUE ITS UNIVERSAL SERVICE IMPACT ANALYSIS
    3  REPORT. SUCH UNIVERSAL SERVICE IMPACT ANALYSIS REPORT SHALL INCLUDE, BUT
    4  NOT BE LIMITED TO:
    5    (A)  AN  ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECTS UPON PRICING OF TELEPHONE SERVICES IN
    6  HIGH-COST AND RURAL AND LOW-INCOME AREAS AFFECTED BY  SUCH  TRANSFER  OF
    7  CONTROL;
    8    (B) AN ANALYSIS OF THE ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL EFFECTS OF SUCH TRANSFER OF
    9  CONTROL  UPON  NETWORK  RELIABILITY  AND  SERVICE  QUALITY  IN  THE AREA
   10  AFFECTED BY SUCH TRANSFER OF CONTROL;
   11    (C) AN ANALYSIS OF THE ACTUAL OR POTENTIAL EFFECTS  UPON  NEW  SERVICE
   12  PROVISION  IN  RURAL  AND HIGH-COST AND LOW-INCOME AREAS WITHIN THE AREA
   13  AFFECTED BY SUCH TRANSFER OF CONTROL.
   14    FOR THE PURPOSES OF  TRIGGERING  SUCH  REPORTING  REQUIREMENT  BY  THE
   15  COMMISSION,  THERE  SHALL  BE  A REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTION OF A TRANSFER OF
   16  CONTROL OR OWNERSHIP UPON THE ACQUISITION OR ACCUMULATION BY ANY  PERSON
   17  OR  GROUP  OF  PERSONS  OF  TEN  PERCENT OR MORE OF THE SHARES OF, OR OF
   18  COMPARABLE OWNERSHIP INTEREST IN, A TELEGRAPH OR TELEPHONE  CORPORATION.
   19  SUCH  TRANSFER  OF  CONTROL  OR ACQUISITION OR ACCUMULATION OF OWNERSHIP
   20  INTERESTS SHALL ALSO BE DEEMED  TO  OCCUR  UPON  THE  SALE,  ASSIGNMENT,
   21  TRANSFER,  DIVESTITURE OF A PORTION OF A BUSINESS ENTITY, LEASE OR OTHER
   22  DISPOSAL, EITHER IN WHOLE OR PART, EITHER  BY  INVOLUNTARY  SALE  OR  BY
   23  VOLUNTARY SALE, MERGER, OR CONSOLIDATION, OR BANKRUPTCY, OF ANY TITLE TO
   24  SUCH  TELEGRAPH  OR TELEPHONE CORPORATION, EITHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE, OR
   25  OF THE LINES OR OTHER NETWORK ELEMENTS OF SUCH  TELEGRAPH  OR  TELEPHONE
   26  CORPORATION  WITHIN  THREE  OR  MORE  LOCAL  ACCESS  AND TRANSPORT AREAS
   27  (LATAS) OR COUNTIES.
   28    4. UPON THE COMPLETION OF THE REPORT UNDER SUBDIVISION THREE  OF  THIS
   29  SECTION  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  HAVE POWER AND THE DUTY TO ESTABLISH BY
   30  RULE OR REGULATION, WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF THE  EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF  THIS
   31  SECTION,  SUCH  CHARGES,  EXCHANGES  OF  FUNDS, FEES, METHODOLOGIES, AND
   32  MODALITIES AS ARE NECESSARY AND CONVENIENT TO  PROMOTE  AND  ENSURE  THE
   33  STATEWIDE  UNIVERSAL  AVAILABILITY OF HIGH-QUALITY ESSENTIAL SERVICES AT
   34  JUST, REASONABLE, AND AFFORDABLE RATES; TO ADVANCE THE  AVAILABILITY  OF
   35  SUCH  SERVICES  TO  ALL CONSUMERS, INCLUDING THOSE IN LOW INCOME, RURAL,
   36  INSULAR, AND HIGH COST AREAS AT RATES THAT ARE REASONABLY COMPARABLE  TO
   37  THOSE  CHARGED  IN  LOW COST AND URBAN AREAS; AND TO INCREASE ACCESS TO,
   38  AND THE UBIQUITY OF, ADVANCED TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES  AVAILABLE  TO
   39  THE  PUBLIC IN AN EQUITABLE AND NONDISCRIMINATORY MANNER. THE COMMISSION
   40  SHALL HAVE POWER AND THE DUTY TO PROMULGATE SUCH RULES OR REGULATIONS AS
   41  ARE NECESSARY AND CONVENIENT TO EFFECTUATE THE STATE POLICIES SET  FORTH
   42  IN THIS SECTION.
   43    S  13.  The public service law is amended by adding a new section 90-b
   44  to read as follows:
   45    S 90-B.  REPORTS, HEARINGS AND INVESTIGATIONS STUDYING MATTERS IN  THE
   46  PUBLIC INTEREST. THE LEGISLATURE FINDS THAT UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO AFFORDA-
   47  BLE  TELEPHONE  SERVICE HAS BEEN A LONG-STANDING TRADITION AND POLICY OF
   48  THE STATE. HOWEVER, THIS POLICY HAS COME INTO QUESTION WITH PROPOSALS BY
   49  INCUMBENT CARRIERS TO SELL SIGNIFICANT PORTIONS OF THE UPSTATE TELEPHONE
   50  NETWORK TO COMPANIES WITH LITTLE OR NO BACKGROUND IN  THE  PROVISION  OF
   51  TELEPHONE  SERVICE.  UNIVERSAL SERVICE, LONG TAKEN FOR GRANTED, MUST NOW
   52  BE REEVALUATED TO ENSURE THAT ANY FUTURE UPSTATE TELEPHONE CARRIERS WILL
   53  MAINTAIN THIS  POLICY.  THEREFORE,  THE  DEPARTMENT  SHALL  PREPARE  AND
   54  SUBMIT, ON OR BEFORE AUGUST FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN, A REPORT TO THE
   55  GOVERNOR,  TEMPORARY  PRESIDENT  OF THE SENATE, SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY,
   56  MINORITY LEADERS OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND RANKING  MINORITY
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    1  MEMBER  OF  THE  SENATE ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE, AND THE
    2  CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS, AUTHORI-
    3  TIES AND COMMISSIONS COMMITTEE. THE REPORT  SHALL  EVALUATE  THE  IMPLI-
    4  CATIONS  OF A SALE OF A PORTION OF THE UPSTATE TELEPHONE NETWORK FOR THE
    5  POLICY OF UNIVERSAL ACCESS  TO  AFFORDABLE  SERVICE.  THE  REPORT  SHALL
    6  FURTHER  EVALUATE  THE  STANDARDS BY WHICH THE DEPARTMENT WILL ANALYZE A
    7  PROPOSED SALE.
    8    S 14. The public service law is amended by adding a new  section  90-c
    9  to read as follows:
   10    S  90-C. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS. 1. THE LEGISLATURE FINDS THAT DEPLOYING
   11  BROADBAND NETWORKS AND ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES  THROUGHOUT  NEW
   12  YORK  WILL  ENABLE  CONTINUED IMPROVEMENTS IN HEALTHCARE, PUBLIC SAFETY,
   13  EDUCATION, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND  THE  CREATION  OF  JOBS,  AND  WILL
   14  FACILITATE  THE  FREE  EXCHANGE OF IDEAS THAT IS VITAL TO DEMOCRACY. THE
   15  LEGISLATURE FURTHER FINDS THAT NEW YORK'S FINANCIAL SERVICES  COMMUNITY,
   16  PUBLISHING COMMUNITY, HIGHER EDUCATION COMMUNITY, HIGH-TECHNOLOGY COMMU-
   17  NITY  AND OTHER WORLD-CLASS BUSINESS COMMUNITIES HAVE PLACED NEW YORK AT
   18  THE FOREFRONT OF NUMEROUS VITAL INDUSTRIES, BUT THAT TO CONTINUE TO BE A
   19  WORLD-CLASS LEADER, NEW YORK MUST  ADOPT  POLICIES  AND  PRACTICES  THAT
   20  PROMOTE  THE ROLL-OUT AND FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF BROADBAND. FINALLY, THE
   21  LEGISLATURE FINDS THAT RURAL AREAS OF NEW YORK LACK THE  MULTIPLE  TELE-
   22  COMMUNICATIONS CONNECTIONS NECESSARY TO LINK TO OUTSIDE RESOURCES DURING
   23  TIMES  OF  EMERGENCY, THAT BROADBAND NETWORKS ARE NECESSARY TO CREATE OR
   24  FACILITATE SUSTAINABLE TELEMEDICINE NETWORKS THAT CONNECT  RURAL  HEALTH
   25  CLINICS  TO  URBAN MEDICAL CENTERS, AND THAT INCREASED GOVERNMENT USE OF
   26  BROADBAND NETWORKS AND ADVANCED  COMMUNICATIONS  SERVICES  WILL  ENHANCE
   27  GOVERNMENT  OPERATIONS  THROUGH  TELEMEDICINE  FOR  HEALTHCARE, DISTANCE
   28  LEARNING FOR EDUCATION, REDUNDANT  AND  DIVERSELY-PATHED  COMMUNICATIONS
   29  NETWORKS  FOR  PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS AND TO GENERALLY PROTECT THE
   30  HEALTH AND WELFARE OF THE STATE AND ITS CITIZENS.
   31    2. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PREPARE AND SUBMIT, WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF  THE
   32  EFFECTIVE  DATE  OF  THIS  SECTION,  A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY
   33  PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY,  MINORITY  LEADERS  OF
   34  THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE
   35  ENERGY  AND  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  COMMITTEE,  AND  THE  CHAIR AND RANKING
   36  MINORITY MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS,  AUTHORITIES  AND  COMMIS-
   37  SIONS  COMMITTEE.  THE  REPORT  SHALL  STUDY IN DETAIL THE ACTUAL RETAIL
   38  AVAILABILITY OF WIRELINE, WIRELESS CELLULAR AND FIXED-WIRELESS BROADBAND
   39  COMMUNICATIONS MODALITIES ACROSS THE STATE OF NEW YORK, AND SHALL ORGAN-
   40  IZE THE DATA OF SUCH AVAILABILITY BY CENSUS TRACT.
   41    3. THE DEPARTMENT, ACTING TOGETHER WITH THE EMPIRE  STATE  DEVELOPMENT
   42  CORPORATION,  SHALL PREPARE AND SUBMIT, WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF THE EFFEC-
   43  TIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY PRESIDENT
   44  OF THE SENATE, SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF  THE  SENATE
   45  AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE ENERGY AND
   46  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  COMMITTEE, AND THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER
   47  OF THE ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS COMMITTEE. THE
   48  REPORT SHALL LIST ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, FOUNDATION, PRIVATE  SECTOR
   49  AND  OTHER FUNDS, GRANTS, LOANS AND OTHER FUNDING MECHANISMS THAT CAN BE
   50  APPLIED FOR AND USED BY THE  BROADBAND  DEVELOPMENT  AUTHORITY,  BY  THE
   51  STATE,  BY  MUNICIPAL  CORPORATIONS,  BY  NONPROFIT  CORPORATIONS AND BY
   52  PRIVATE SECTOR BUSINESSES TO FUND BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT IN NEW YORK.
   53    4. THE DEPARTMENT, ACTING TOGETHER WITH THE OFFICE FOR TECHNOLOGY  AND
   54  THE  OFFICE  OF  CYBER SECURITY AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE COORDINATION
   55  ("CSCIC") SHALL PREPARE AND SUBMIT, WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF THE  EFFECTIVE
   56  DATE  OF  THIS SECTION, A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF
       A. 4143--A                         44
    1  THE SENATE, SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF THE SENATE  AND
    2  ASSEMBLY,  CHAIR  AND  RANKING  MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE ENERGY AND
    3  TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE, AND THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY  MEMBER
    4  OF THE ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS COMMITTEE. THE
    5  REPORT SHALL DETERMINE THE LOCATION OF ALL AREAS OF THE STATE, BY CENSUS
    6  TRACT,  THAT  DO  NOT  HAVE GENERALLY AND READILY COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE
    7  RETAIL ACCESS TO BROADBAND  WIRELINE  FACILITIES  AND/OR  FIXED-WIRELESS
    8  BROADBAND FACILITIES ("UNSERVED AREAS"); THE REPORT SHALL ALSO DETERMINE
    9  ALL  AREAS OF THE STATE, BY CENSUS TRACT, THAT DO NOT HAVE GENERALLY AND
   10  READILY COMMERCIALLY  AVAILABLE  RETAIL  ACCESS  TO  BROADBAND  WIRELINE
   11  FACILITIES  AND/OR  FIXED-WIRELESS BROADBAND FACILITIES FROM TWO OR MORE
   12  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  OR  ADVANCED   COMMUNICATIONS   SERVICES   PROVIDERS
   13  ("UNDERSERVED  AREAS");  THE REPORT SHALL ALSO DETERMINE THE LOCATION OF
   14  ALL AREAS OF THE STATE, BY CENSUS TRACT,  THAT  QUALIFY  AS  "DISTRESSED
   15  AREAS"  UNDER  THIS  CHAPTER, AND EITHER DO OR DO NOT HAVE GENERALLY AND
   16  READILY COMMERCIALLY  AVAILABLE  RETAIL  ACCESS  TO  BROADBAND  WIRELINE
   17  FACILITIES AND/OR FIXED-WIRELESS BROADBAND FACILITIES; THE REPORT SHALL,
   18  FURTHERMORE,  ASSESS  AND SET FORTH WITH SPECIFICITY THE AGGREGATE UNMET
   19  DEMAND FOR BROADBAND SERVICES IN UNSERVED,  UNDERSERVED  AND  DISTRESSED
   20  AREAS  BY  CENSUS TRACT AND BY BLOCK, LOT OR OTHER UNIQUELY IDENTIFIABLE
   21  ADMINISTRATIVE CHARACTERISTIC, AND SHALL ESTIMATE THE AMOUNT  OF  BROAD-
   22  BAND  CONNECTIVITY  THAT WOULD NEED TO BE BUILT OR OFFERED IN SUCH AREAS
   23  TO MEET THE UNMET DEMAND.  SUCH  REPORT  SHALL,  IN  ADDITION  TO  BEING
   24  SUBMITTED  TO  THE  GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND OFFICIALS SET FORTH ABOVE, BE
   25  USED TO CREATE A MAP IN STANDARD FORMAT TO BE DETERMINED BY THE NEW YORK
   26  GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS CLEARINGHOUSE AND CSCIC,  AND  CONSISTENT
   27  WITH  THE  LEGITIMATE  SECURITY CONCERNS THAT MAY BE EXPRESSED BY CSCIC,
   28  SUCH MAP SHALL BE A FULLY THREE-DIMENSIONAL REPRESENTATION OF ALL BROAD-
   29  BAND RESOURCES WITHIN THE STATE.
   30    S 15. The public service law is amended by adding a new  section  90-d
   31  to read as follows:
   32    S 90-D. LEGISLATIVE PURPOSE. 1. THE LEGISLATURE FINDS THAT:
   33    (A)  THE  PUBLIC  INTEREST IS FURTHERED AND PROTECTED BY ENSURING THAT
   34  NEW YORK'S EXISTING ENHANCED 9-1-1 ("E911") SYSTEM  FOR  WIRELINE  TELE-
   35  PHONE  SERVICE  AND  WIRELESS CELLULAR TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDE ALL THE
   36  AUTOMATIC NUMBER IDENTIFICATION ("ANI") AND AUTOMATIC LOCATION IDENTIFI-
   37  CATION ("ALI") NECESSARY TO PROTECT PUBLIC SAFETY AND RESPOND  TO  HOME-
   38  LAND  SECURITY  CONCERNS,  AND  PARTICULARLY SO IN RURAL AREAS AND ON OR
   39  NEAR NEW YORK'S COASTLINES;
   40    (B) EXISTING EMERGENCY SERVICES SYSTEMS CAN ISOLATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE
   41  AGENCIES THAT NEED INTER-CONNECTIVITY IN MEETING HOMELAND  SECURITY  AND
   42  PUBLIC SAFETY CRISES;
   43    (C)  ALL  9-1-1  CALLERS  IN  NEW  YORK,  AND THE FIRST RESPONDERS WHO
   44  RECEIVE AND ACT UPON SUCH CALLS, WOULD BE BETTER  ABLE  TO  ENHANCE  THE
   45  PUBLIC  SAFETY  WITH FLEXIBLE E911 NETWORKS THAT COULD BE INTERCONNECTED
   46  WITH LOCAL, REGIONAL AND NATIONAL INTERNET PROTOCOL BASED NETWORKS,  AND
   47  THAT  COULD  BE  FLEXIBLY  ADAPTED AND SCALED TO MEET THE CHALLENGES NEW
   48  COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY PLACE UPON E911 NETWORKS; AND
   49    (D) CLEAR LINES OF AUTHORITY AND ORGANIZATION IN  THE  DEPLOYMENT  AND
   50  ADMINISTRATION  OF  PUBLIC  SAFETY  ANSWERING POINTS SHOULD BE A GOAL OF
   51  STATE E911 POLICY.
   52    2. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PREPARE AND SUBMIT, WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF  THE
   53  DATE THIS SECTION BECOMES LAW A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY PRESI-
   54  DENT  OF  THE  SENATE,  SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF THE
   55  SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY  MEMBER  OF  THE  SENATE
   56  ENERGY  AND  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  COMMITTEE,  AND  THE  CHAIR AND RANKING
       A. 4143--A                         45
    1  MINORITY MEMBER OF THE ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS,  AUTHORITIES  AND  COMMIS-
    2  SIONS  COMMITTEE.  THE  REPORT SHALL STUDY IN DETAIL THE TECHNICAL CHAL-
    3  LENGES FACING AND POTENTIALLY DEGRADING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF NEW  YORK'S
    4  EXISTING  E911  NETWORKS,  AND SHALL STUDY AND REPORT UPON IN DETAIL THE
    5  NEXT-GENERATION TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS,  AND  NATIONAL  STANDARDS,  AND
    6  POTENTIALLY  AMELIORATIVE  SYSTEMS  AND  PROCEDURES PROPOSED BY NATIONAL
    7  PUBLIC SAFETY EXPERT ASSOCIATIONS SUCH  AS,  BUT  NOT  LIMITED  TO,  THE
    8  NATIONAL  EMERGENCY  NUMBERING  ASSOCIATION ("NENA"), THE ASSOCIATION OF
    9  PUBLIC-SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS OFFICIALS ("APCO"), AND THE NATIONAL PUBLIC
   10  SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL.
   11    3. THE DEPARTMENT, ACTING TOGETHER WITH THE STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
   12  OFFICE, THE STATE OFFICE OF FIRE PREVENTION AND CONTROL, AND  THE  STATE
   13  POLICE,  SHALL  PREPARE  AND SUBMIT, WITHIN NINETY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE
   14  DATE OF THIS SECTION, A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY  PRESIDENT  OF
   15  THE  SENATE, SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF THE SENATE AND
   16  ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF  THE  SENATE  ENERGY  AND
   17  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  COMMITTEE, AND THE CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER
   18  OF THE ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS COMMITTEE. THE
   19  REPORT SHALL EXAMINE THE CURRENT E911 SYSTEMS FUNDING MECHANISMS, STATE-
   20  WIDE, REGIONAL, COUNTY AND LOCAL ADMINISTRATION OF E911 FACILITIES,  THE
   21  EXTENT OR LACK THEREOF OF THE COMMISSION'S EXISTING REGULATORY AUTHORITY
   22  OF E911 ISSUES IN NEW YORK, AND SUCH OTHER PUBLIC SAFETY ISSUES DIRECTLY
   23  ARISING  FROM  THE CURRENT E911 IMPLEMENTATIONS IN NEW YORK AS IS NECES-
   24  SARY AND CONVENIENT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC INTEREST.
   25    4. WITHIN SIXTY DAYS AFTER THE SUBMISSION OF THE REPORTS  REQUIRED  BY
   26  SUBDIVISIONS TWO AND THREE OF THIS SECTION, THE COMMISSION SHALL CONVENE
   27  A  SERIES OF PUBLIC HEARINGS TO DISCUSS NEW YORK'S EXISTING E911 SYSTEMS
   28  AND NETWORKS AND THE FINDINGS OF SUCH REPORTS IN NEW YORK TO CLARIFY THE
   29  PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES INVOLVED THAT MIGHT REQUIRE LEGISLATIVE ATTENTION.
   30    S 16. The public service law is amended by adding a new  section  90-e
   31  to read as follows:
   32    S  90-E.  WIRELESS  TELEPHONE  QUALITY,  RELIABILITY AND AFFORDABILITY
   33  STUDY. 1.  WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF  THIS
   34  SECTION, THE COMMISSION SHALL STUDY AND REPORT ON THE QUALITY, RELIABIL-
   35  ITY,  AND  AFFORDABILITY,  OF  WIRELESS TELEPHONE SERVICE, INCLUDING WHY
   36  SUBDIVISION SIX OF SECTION FIVE OF THIS CHAPTER SHOULD NOT BE  REPEALED.
   37  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL ALSO, AS PART OF SUCH STUDY, DETERMINE WHAT RULES
   38  AND REGULATIONS SHALL BE NECESSARY:
   39    (A) TO ENHANCE CONSUMER  PROTECTIONS  CURRENTLY  OFFERED  TO  WIRELESS
   40  TELEPHONE SERVICES CONSUMERS;
   41    (B)  TO  ESTABLISH AND SAFEGUARD WIRELESS TELEPHONE SERVICE QUALITY SO
   42  THAT IT IS REASONABLY COMPARABLE TO THE WIRELINE SERVICE QUALITY  NECES-
   43  SARY TO SAFEGUARD CITIZEN ACCESS TO E911; AND
   44    (C)  TO  PROTECT  THE  PUBLIC  INTEREST,  PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH AND
   45  WELFARE.
   46    2. THE STUDY SHALL INCLUDE A DETAILED ANALYSIS EXAMINING  WHETHER  THE
   47  WIRELESS TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDERS' POLICIES INCLUDE ADEQUATE CONSUMER
   48  PROTECTIONS INCLUDING WHETHER:
   49    (A)  THERE  IS SUFFICIENT WRITTEN DISCLOSURE IN THE COMPANY'S CONSUMER
   50  SERVICE CONTRACT WITH RESPECT TO THE CALLING  AREA  FOR  THE  PLAN,  THE
   51  MONTHLY  ACCESS  FEE  OR  BASE  CHARGE;  THE  NUMBER  OF AIRTIME MINUTES
   52  INCLUDED IN THE PLAN; ANY NIGHT AND WEEKEND MINUTES INCLUDED IN THE PLAN
   53  OR OTHER DIFFERING CHARGES FOR DIFFERING TIME PERIODS AND THE TIME PERI-
   54  ODS WHEN NIGHT AND WEEKEND MINUTES OR OTHER CHARGES APPLY;  THE  CHARGES
   55  FOR  EXCESS  OR  ADDITIONAL  MINUTES;  WHETHER OR NOT, AND THE EXTENT TO
   56  WHICH, PER-MINUTE DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL LONG  DISTANCE  CHARGES  ARE
       A. 4143--A                         46
    1  INCLUDED IN OTHER RATES, AND, TO THE EXTENT NOT INCLUDED, THE APPLICABLE
    2  PER-MINUTE LONG DISTANCE RATES; PER-MINUTE ROAMING OR OFF-NETWORK CHARG-
    3  ES; THE AMOUNT OF ANY ADDITIONAL TAXES, FEES, OR SURCHARGES THAT WILL BE
    4  COLLECTED OR RETAINED BY THE WIRELESS TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDER; IF THE
    5  PLAN  REQUIRES A FIXED-TERM CONTRACT, THE DURATION OF SUCH CONTRACT; THE
    6  AMOUNT OF ANY EARLY TERMINATION FEE AND THE CONDITIONS UNDER  WHICH  ANY
    7  SUCH  EARLY  TERMINATION  FEE  WOULD  APPLY, INCLUDING THE LENGTH OF ANY
    8  TRIAL PERIOD DURING WHICH NO EARLY TERMINATION FEE WOULD APPLY;
    9    (B) THE FIRST BILL RENDERED BY THE WIRELESS TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDER
   10  TO THE CUSTOMER SHALL INCLUDE NOTICE OF THE TERMS ON AND THE  PERIOD  OF
   11  TIME  DURING  WHICH  SUCH  SERVICE  MAY BE TERMINATED WITHOUT PENALTY; A
   12  STATEMENT NOTIFYING THE CUSTOMER THAT THE SERVICE INCLUDES  BASIC  WIRE-
   13  LESS  911  SERVICE; THE INFORMATION WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE EDUCATIONAL
   14  PLAN FOR INFORMING THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE ENHANCED WIRELESS 911 SERVICE IN
   15  NEW YORK STATE REQUIRED BY SUBDIVISION EIGHT OF  SECTION  THREE  HUNDRED
   16  TWENTY-EIGHT  OF  THE  COUNTY  LAW  AND  WHICH  IS AN EXPLANATION OF THE
   17  ENHANCED  WIRELESS  911  SYSTEM   AND   A   PROGRESS   REPORT   ON   THE
   18  COUNTY-BY-COUNTY  IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STATEWIDE SYSTEM; WEBSITE INFOR-
   19  MATION TO PERMIT THE CONSUMER TO ACCESS SUCH INFORMATION VIA THE  INTER-
   20  NET  IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBDIVISION EIGHT OF SECTION THREE HUNDRED TWEN-
   21  TY-EIGHT OF THE COUNTY LAW; THE TOLL-FREE HOTLINE NUMBER BY  WHICH  SUCH
   22  INFORMATION  MAY BE ACCESSED BY THE CONSUMER IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBDIVI-
   23  SION EIGHT OF SECTION THREE HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT OF THE COUNTY LAW;  AND
   24  BASED  UPON  CUSTOMER  SUPPLIED  INFORMATION REGARDING ANTICIPATED USAGE
   25  PATTERNS AND UPON SUCH CUSTOMER'S REQUEST, A GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE OF  THE
   26  MONTHLY   FIXED  AND  USAGE  CHARGES  AND  ADDITIONAL  TAXES,  FEES,  OR
   27  SURCHARGES AND OF THE ANTICIPATED TOTAL MONTHLY BILL FOR  SUCH  CUSTOMER
   28  UNDER SUCH PLAN;
   29    (C)  WIRELESS  TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDERS HAVE ADEQUATELY ESTABLISHED
   30  PROCEDURES FOR DISCLOSURE AT ANY POINT OF SALE OR OF CONTACT WITH POTEN-
   31  TIAL OR EXISTING RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS OF MAPS DISPLAYING  THE  WIRELESS
   32  TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDER'S OUTSIDE COVERAGE WITHIN THE STATE AND WITH-
   33  IN EACH COUNTY OF THE STATE IN WHICH SUCH PROVIDER PROVIDES SERVICE;
   34    (D)  WIRELESS  TELEPHONE  SERVICE  PROVIDERS CLEARLY DESCRIBE IN PLAIN
   35  LANGUAGE THE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES FOR WHICH CHARGES  ARE  IMPOSED,  AND
   36  SHALL  CONFORM  TO  FORMAT  STANDARDS  ESTABLISHED  BY  THE BOARD IN THE
   37  CUSTOMER'S MONTHLY BILL;
   38    (E) WIRELESS TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDERS OFFER CUSTOMERS A TRIAL PERI-
   39  OD WHICH AFTER THE FIRST BILL IS RENDERED TO SUCH CUSTOMER  FOR  MONTHLY
   40  SERVICE  FOLLOWING  SERVICE  ACTIVATION  AND  DURING  WHICH  PERIOD SUCH
   41  CUSTOMER MAY, AFTER PAYMENT FOR SERVICES USED,  TERMINATE  SUCH  SERVICE
   42  WITHOUT  INCURRING  ANY TERMINATION FEES OR CHARGES OR ANY OTHER PENALTY
   43  OF ANY KIND AND MAY, UPON THE RETURN OF ANY HANDSET BOUGHT OR LEASED  IN
   44  CONNECTION  WITH  SUCH SERVICE, RECEIVE A PRO RATA REFUND OF ANY AMOUNTS
   45  PAID FOR SUCH HANDSET;
   46    (F) WIRELESS TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDERS HAVE  ESTABLISHED  PROCEDURES
   47  FOR  THE  NOTIFICATION  OF RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS AT LEAST THIRTY DAYS IN
   48  ADVANCE OF ANY CHANGE IN RATES, CHARGES, TERMS, OR CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
   49  FOR SUCH CUSTOMERS; AND
   50    (G) WIRELESS TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDERS HAVE  ESTABLISHED  PROCEDURES
   51  FOR  THE  TIMELY  PRIOR  NOTICE TO RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS OF THE WIRELESS
   52  TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDER'S INTENT TO TERMINATE SUCH CUSTOMER'S SERVICE
   53  SUCH THAT, AT A MINIMUM, SUCH CUSTOMER IS FULLY ADVISED  OF  THE  AMOUNT
   54  WHICH MUST BE PAID TO MAINTAIN SERVICE, THE PROCEDURES AVAILABLE TO MAKE
   55  SUCH  PAYMENTS  SO  THAT  THE TERMINATION MAY BE AVOIDED AND THE BOARD'S
   56  COMPLAINT HANDLING PROCEDURES.
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    1    3. THE COMMISSION SHALL DELIVER THE REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR,  TEMPORARY
    2  PRESIDENT  OF  THE  SENATE, SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, MINORITY LEADERS OF
    3  THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER OF THE SENATE
    4  ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS  COMMITTEE,  AND  THE  CHAIR  AND  RANKING
    5  MINORITY  MEMBER  OF  THE ASSEMBLY CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMIS-
    6  SIONS COMMITTEE.
    7    4. THE COMMISSION SHALL, AT THE COMPLETION OF THE STUDY AND SIMULTANE-
    8  OUSLY WITH THE DELIVERY OF THE REPORT, BEGIN A RULEMAKING PROCEEDING  TO
    9  IMPLEMENT  SUCH RULES AS MAY BE DETERMINED DURING THE STUDY TO BE NECES-
   10  SARY AND CONVENIENT TO EFFECTUATE THE REQUIREMENTS OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF
   11  THIS SECTION.
   12    S 17. The public service law is amended by adding a new  section  90-f
   13  to read as follows:
   14    S  90-F.   LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND DECLARATION. 1. IT IS HEREBY FOUND
   15  AND DECLARED THAT UNIVERSAL, AFFORDABLE AND  HIGH  QUALITY  TELECOMMUNI-
   16  CATIONS  SERVICES  THAT  MEET THE NEEDS OF INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES IN
   17  THE STATE ARE NECESSARY AND VITAL TO THE WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT OF  OUR
   18  SOCIETY.  IT  IS,  AND  HAS  BEEN  THE  GOAL  OF THE STATE TO ENSURE THE
   19  UNIVERSAL AVAILABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY  OF  HIGH  QUALITY,  AFFORDABLE
   20  TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES TO ALL RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN THE STATE
   21  AND TO ENSURE THAT PROVIDERS OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES IN THE STATE
   22  PROVIDE  HIGH  QUALITY  CUSTOMER  SERVICE  AND  HIGH  QUALITY  TECHNICAL
   23  SERVICE. ALL NEW YORK RESIDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO EXPECT  TO  RECEIVE  A
   24  SIMILAR  LEVEL  OF HIGH QUALITY SERVICE REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY LIVE OR
   25  WHO PROVIDES THEIR SERVICE. THE COMMISSION MUST MAKE USE OF ITS  MAXIMUM
   26  AUTHORITY  TO  PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE BY ENSURING
   27  THAT TELEPHONE SERVICE QUALITY DOES NOT ERODE TO THE  POINT  THAT  E-911
   28  SERVICE  IS ENDANGERED BY PERSISTENT, EXTENDED, OR CHRONIC LOSS OF DIAL-
   29  TONE, OR  BY  THE  FAILURE  OF  INTERMODAL  CARRIERS  TO  PROVIDE  E-911
   30  SERVICES, OR BY SUCH OTHER EROSION OF SERVICE QUALITY THAT WOULD TEND TO
   31  UNDERMINE  THE  ABILITY OF THE VARIOUS CITIZENS OF NEW YORK TO ENGAGE IN
   32  PROTECTED SPEECH OVER THE TELEPHONE NETWORKS AND  LINES  AND  FACILITIES
   33  AND EQUIPMENT UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE COMMISSION.
   34    2.  THE  COMMISSION  SHALL  COMMENCE A STUDY TO SURVEY SERVICE QUALITY
   35  PRACTICES AND STANDARDS OF PROVIDERS OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES THAT
   36  WILL  LEAD  TO  LEGISLATIVE  AND  REGULATORY  RECOMMENDATIONS.  FOR  THE
   37  PURPOSES  OF  THIS  SECTION,  "TELECOMMUNICATIONS  SERVICE  PROVIDER" OR
   38  "PROVIDER OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES" SHALL MEAN A TELEPHONE  CORPO-
   39  RATION,  OR OTHER PROVIDER OF TELEPHONE SERVICES, CERTIFIED IN THE STATE
   40  WITH THE AUTHORITY TO PROVIDE INTRASTATE TOLL AND LOCAL EXCHANGE SERVICE
   41  USING EITHER ITS OWN OR LEASED FACILITIES. THE COMMISSION SHALL ALSO, AS
   42  PART OF SUCH STUDY, DETERMINE WHAT RULES AND REGULATIONS SHALL BE NECES-
   43  SARY:
   44    (A) TO ENHANCE CONSUMER  PROTECTIONS  CURRENTLY  OFFERED  TO  WIRELINE
   45  TELEPHONE SERVICES CONSUMERS;
   46    (B)  TO  ESTABLISH AND SAFEGUARD WIRELINE TELEPHONE SERVICE QUALITY SO
   47  THAT IT IS REASONABLY COMPARABLE TO THE WIRELINE SERVICE QUALITY  NECES-
   48  SARY TO SAFEGUARD CITIZEN ACCESS TO E911; AND
   49    (C)  TO  PROTECT  THE  PUBLIC  INTEREST,  PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH AND
   50  WELFARE.
   51    3. THE COMMISSION SHALL SPECIFICALLY  STUDY  SERVICE  AND  RELIABILITY
   52  ISSUES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, AREAS OF THE STATE THAT EXPERIENCE
   53  CHRONIC  TELECOMMUNICATIONS OUTAGES, CUSTOMER SERVICE PROVIDERS OF TELE-
   54  COMMUNICATION  SERVICES,  INSTALLATION  OF  TELECOMMUNICATION   SERVICES
   55  ISSUES,  NETWORK PERFORMANCE, DATA COLLECTION BY PROVIDERS OF TELECOMMU-
   56  NICATIONS SERVICES, THE PREVIOUS EFFECT OF  PERFORMANCE-BASED  INCENTIVE
       A. 4143--A                         48
    1  PLANS  UPON  SERVICE QUALITY PROVIDED BY WIRELINE PROVIDERS, WHETHER AND
    2  HOW THE COMMISSION'S PRE-TWO THOUSAND ONE SERVICE QUALITY  AND  CONSUMER
    3  PROTECTION  RULES AND REGULATIONS CAN BE EXPANDED TO BE EQUALLY APPLICA-
    4  BLE  TO  ALL  TELECOMMUNICATIONS  PROVIDERS THAT PROVIDE E911 AND IN ANY
    5  MARKETING MATERIALS PRESENT THEIR COMPANY OR PRODUCT  AS  A  REPLACEMENT
    6  FOR  PRIMARY  LINE  TELEPHONE SERVICE USED BY CONSUMERS IN NEW YORK, AND
    7  ISSUES CONCERNING REPORTING UPON  SERVICE  QUALITY  AND  OTHER  CONSUMER
    8  PROTECTION RELATED ISSUES, PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT SUCH REPORTING REQUIRE-
    9  MENTS  SHALL  BE  EXAMINED  BY  THE  COMMISSION  FOR  METHODS THAT MIGHT
   10  DECREASE THE COST OF COMPLIANCE BY SUCH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROVIDERS.
   11    4. THE COMMISSION SHALL ISSUE  A  REPORT  OF  ITS  FINDINGS  INCLUDING
   12  LEGISLATIVE  AND  REGULATORY  RECOMMENDATIONS  TO ENHANCE RELIABILITY OF
   13  PROVIDERS OF TELEPHONE SERVICE TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY  PRESIDENT  OF
   14  THE  SENATE,  SPEAKER  OF THE ASSEMBLY, CHAIR OF THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON
   15  ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND CHAIR OF  THE  ASSEMBLY  COMMITTEE  ON
   16  CORPORATIONS,  AUTHORITIES  AND  COMMISSIONS  WITHIN  ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY
   17  DAYS.
   18    5. THE COMMISSION SHALL, AT THE COMPLETION OF THE STUDY AND SIMULTANE-
   19  OUSLY WITH THE DELIVERY OF THE REPORT, BEGIN A RULEMAKING PROCEEDING  TO
   20  IMPLEMENT  SUCH RULES AS MAY BE DETERMINED DURING THE STUDY TO BE NECES-
   21  SARY AND CONVENIENT TO EFFECTUATE THE REQUIREMENTS OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF
   22  THIS SECTION.
   23    S 18. Applicability of other laws. The provisions of section seven  of
   24  this  act  are  intended to be consistent with the Federal Cable Act, 47
   25  U.S.C.  S521, et. seq., and nothing in this act shall be interpreted  to
   26  prevent  a  voice  provider, cable operator or municipality from seeking
   27  clarification of its rights and obligations under federal  law.  In  the
   28  event  that any cable operator obtains relief through judicial, adminis-
   29  trative, or executive action from any obligation imposed under this act,
   30  or from any obligation in a franchise agreement that gives  rise  to  an
   31  obligation  of  another  cable  operator under this act, all other cable
   32  operators shall be deemed to be relieved of their obligations under this
   33  act within the same geographic area and to the same extent.
   34    S 19. Severability. If any provision of this act or its application to
   35  any person or circumstance is held invalid,  this  invalidity  does  not
   36  affect  other  provisions  or applications of this act that can be given
   37  effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the
   38  provisions of this act are declared to be severable.
   39    S 20. This act shall take effect immediately.
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