Bill Text: CA AB876 | 2013-2014 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Telecommunications: California Teleconnect Fund

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2014-08-14 - In committee: Held under submission. [AB876 Detail]

Download: California-2013-AB876-Amended.html
BILL NUMBER: AB 876	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN SENATE  JULY 1, 2014
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  JANUARY 17, 2014
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  JANUARY 6, 2014

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Bonta

                        FEBRUARY 22, 2013

   An act to amend Section 280 of, and to add Sections 280.1 and
280.2 to, the Public Utilities Code, relating to telecommunications.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 876, as amended, Bonta. Telecommunications: California
Teleconnect Fund Administrative Committee Fund.
   Existing law requires the Public Utilities Commission to develop
and implement a program funded by the California Teleconnect Fund
Administrative Committee Fund to advance universal service by
providing discounted rates to qualifying schools maintaining
kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, community colleges,
libraries, hospitals, health clinics, and community organizations.
   This bill would specify that discounted rates are available to
qualifying schools maintaining preschools and transitional
kindergartens. The bill would require the commission to develop and
implement an outreach plan to preschools and transitional
kindergartens to increase awareness of services available to these
schools under the program described above.
   This bill would require the commission to revise the program
described above to give priority for advanced  communication
  communications  services as the commission deems
appropriate. The bill would require the commission to ensure that the
program described above does not favor a particular technology used
to provide advanced  communication  
communications  services to qualifying entities. The bill would
require the commission to open or amend an existing proceeding to
develop a plan on the feasibility and expense associated with
establishing and maintaining a database of communication services
purchased by qualifying entities receiving financial support from the
program and the prices paid for those communication services. The
bill would require the commission to report the plan findings or
progress on the plan to the Legislature and to specified committees
of the Legislature no later than March 1, 2016.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 280 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to
read:
   280.  (a) The commission shall develop, implement, and administer
a program to advance universal service by providing discounted rates
to qualifying schools maintaining preschool, transitional
kindergarten, kindergarten, or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive,
community colleges, libraries, hospitals, health clinics, and
community organizations, consistent with Chapter 278 of the Statutes
of 1994.
   (b) There is hereby created the California Teleconnect Fund
Administrative Committee, which is an advisory board to advise the
commission regarding the development, implementation, and
administration of a program to advance universal service by providing
discounted rates to qualifying schools maintaining preschool,
transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, or any of grades 1 to 12,
inclusive, community colleges, libraries, hospitals, health clinics,
and community organizations, consistent with Chapter 278 of the
Statutes of 1994, and to carry out the program pursuant to the
commission's direction, control, and approval.
   (c) All revenues collected by telephone corporations in rates
authorized by the commission to fund the program specified in
subdivision (a) shall be submitted to the commission pursuant to a
schedule established by the commission. The commission shall transfer
the moneys received to the Controller for deposit in the California
Teleconnect Fund Administrative Committee Fund. All interest earned
by moneys in the fund shall be deposited in the fund.
   (d) Moneys appropriated from the California Teleconnect Fund
Administrative Committee Fund to the commission shall be utilized
exclusively by the commission for the program specified in
subdivision (a), including all costs of the board and the commission
associated with the administration and oversight of the program and
the fund.
   (e) Moneys loaned from the California Teleconnect Fund
Administrative Committee Fund in the Budget Act of 2003 are subject
to Section 16320 of the Government Code. If the commission determines
a need for moneys in the California Teleconnect Fund Administrative
Committee Fund, the commission shall notify the Director of Finance
of the need, as specified in Section 16320 of the Government Code.
The commission shall not increase the rates authorized by the
commission to fund the program specified in subdivision (b) while
moneys loaned from the California Teleconnect Fund Administrative
Committee Fund in the Budget Act of 2003 are outstanding unless both
of the following conditions are satisfied:
   (1) The Director of Finance, after making a determination pursuant
to subdivision (b) of Section 16320 of the Government Code, does not
order repayment of all or a portion of any loan from the California
Teleconnect Fund Administrative Committee Fund within 30 days of
notification by the commission of the need for the moneys.
   (2) The commission notifies the Director of Finance and the
Chairperson of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee in writing that
it intends to increase the rates authorized by the commission to
fund the program specified in subdivision (a). The notification
required pursuant to this paragraph shall be made 30 days in advance
of the intended rate increase.
   (f) Subdivision (e) shall become inoperative upon full repayment
or discharge of all moneys loaned from the California Teleconnect
Fund Administrative Committee Fund in the Budget Act of 2003.
  SEC. 2.  Section 280.1 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to
read:
   280.1.  The commission shall develop and implement an outreach
plan to preschools and transitional kindergartens to increase
awareness of services available to these schools under the program
developed pursuant to Section 280.
  SEC. 3.  Section 280.2 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to
read:
   280.2.  (a) (1) The commission shall open or amend an existing
proceeding to develop a plan on the feasibility and expense
associated with establishing and maintaining a database of
communication services purchased by qualifying entities receiving
financial support from the program developed pursuant to Section 280
and the prices paid for those communication services.
   (2) The plan shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
   (A) A report on how to allow qualifying entities access to the
database in order to collaborate and allow for the use of common
infrastructure to reduce costs.
   (B) A report on how to make only aggregated and anonymous price
information from the database available to the public on the
commission's Internet Web site.
   (3) In developing the plan required under this subdivision, the
commission may work with a third party, including, but not limited
to, a nonprofit organization, if the commission determines the third
party can provide assistance in developing the plan while maintaining
the privacy and security of all data through a suitable legally
binding agreement.  For the purposes of this paragraph, the K
  -12 High-Speed Network and the California State Library
shall collaborate with the commission and share data and contact
information related to services that schools and libraries purchase
that are eligible for discounts pursuant to   Section 280.

   (4) The commission shall report the plan findings or progress on
the plan to the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce, the
Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications, and the
Legislature no later than March 1, 2016.
   (b)  The commission shall revise the program developed pursuant to
Section 280 to give priority to using moneys in the California
Teleconnect Fund Administrative Committee Fund for advanced
communications services as the commission deems appropriate. The
commission shall ensure that the program developed pursuant to
Section 280 does not favor a particular technology used to provide
advanced communications services to qualifying entities.
                                    
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