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H.B. 139






Chief Sponsor: Bradley M. Daw

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill addresses the sale of devices capable of wirelessly accessing the Internet and
             11      the maintenance of a public wireless network.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    makes it a violation of Title 13, Chapter 11, Utah Consumer Sales Practices Act, to
             15      sell a device capable of wirelessly accessing the Internet without labeling the device
             16      to reflect that fact;
             17          .    defines terms;
             18          .    requires a person maintaining a public wireless network to attempt to restrict access
             19      to a minor;
             20          .    provides for a civil penalty against a person who does not restrict access to a public
             21      wireless network if a minor accesses material harmful to minors through that
             22      network; and
             23          .    provides for enforcement by the Division of Consumer Protection.
             24      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             25          None
             26      Other Special Clauses:
             27          None

             28      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             29      ENACTS:
             30          13-11-24, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             31          13-46-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32          13-46-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             33          13-46-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             34          13-46-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             36      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             37          Section 1. Section 13-11-24 is enacted to read:
             38          13-11-24. Labeling wireless devices.
             39          It is a violation of this chapter for a retailer to sell a device that is capable of wirelessly
             40      accessing the Internet without the device or the device's retail packaging being labeled with a
             41      notice that the device is capable of wirelessly accessing the Internet.
             42          Section 2. Section 13-46-101 is enacted to read:

Part 1. General Provisions

             45          13-46-101. Title.
             46          This chapter is known as the "Wireless Internet Access Act."
             47          Section 3. Section 13-46-102 is enacted to read:
             48          13-46-102. Definitions.
             49          As used in this chapter:
             50          (1) "Communication" means the transmission of data using Internet Protocol or
             51      Transmission Control Protocol, or a successor protocol for transmitting Internet content.
             52          (2) "Harmful to minors" is as defined in Section 76-10-1201 .
             53          (3) "Minor" means a person who is under the age of 17.
             54          (4) "Restrict access" means to use a reasonable method for ascertaining the age of a
             55      person using wireless Internet access or preventing the display of material harmful to minors
             56      over the wireless local area network, including:
             57          (a) visually inspecting a government-issued identification document; or
             58          (b) requiring the provision of a valid credit card number.

             59          (5) "Wireless Internet access" means wireless access allowing the user to receive
             60      Internet communication.
             61          Section 4. Section 13-46-201 is enacted to read:
Part 2. Public Access to Wireless Network

             63          13-46-201. Restricting access to wireless network.
             64          (1) A person may not provide wireless Internet access to the public unless the person
             65      restricts access to prevent a minor from accessing material harmful to minors.
             66          (2) A person who fails to utilize measures designed to restrict access to prevent a minor
             67      from accessing material harmful to minors violates this chapter if a minor accesses material
             68      harmful to minors.
             69          (3) This section does not apply to a person who maintains a wireless network within
             70      the person's private residence to provide personal wireless Internet access.
             71          Section 5. Section 13-46-301 is enacted to read:
Part 3. Enforcement

             73          13-46-301. Civil penalty.
             74          (1) A person who violates this chapter is subject to a civil fine not to exceed $1,000 for
             75      each violation of this chapter and $25,000 in the aggregate.
             76          (2) The Division of Consumer Protection shall enforce this chapter.

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    as of 1-21-08 7:28 AM

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