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HB 518, Rights-of-Way: Compensation for Telecommunications Equipment

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Oppose Charlotte Davis, (678) 686-6291

Last Updated: 2/23/2018
Subject Area: Municipal Powers | Taxation |
Resources: bill text

This legislation would amend the compensation due to cities for placement of telecom equipment in the public rights-of-way.

Current law allows cities to charge 3% of revenues to telecoms which have retail end users within the city. If the telecom does not have retail end users, current law allows cities to charge the telecom the same rate per linear mile as the Department of Transportation which is $5,000 per linear mile in densely populated areas and $1,000 per linear mile in more rural areas.

This legislation would first allow telecoms who do not have retail end users, but are instead wholesalers, to pay no more than 3% of recurring local service revenues in a jurisdiction for use of the rights-of-way. Additionally, it would create a flat rate for those telecoms who don't have retail end users or wholesale users in a jurisdiction of $100 per linear mile. 


2/20/2018 - Passed House Committee, Pending in House Rules


Rep. Lee Hawkins
District 27
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