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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends provisions related to a rate charged by a municipality for cable
10 television or public telecommunication service.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . requires a municipality that offers cable television service or public
14 telecommunication service to charge a rate that is just and reasonable for the
16 . prohibits a municipality from collecting compensation in excess of a rate or
17 discounting a rate;
18 . repeals outdated language; and
19 . makes technical corrections.
20 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
22 Other Special Clauses:
24 Utah Code Sections Affected:
26 10-18-104, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2001, Chapter 83
27 10-18-301, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2001, Chapter 83
28 10-18-303, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 388
30 10-18-303.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
32 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
33 Section 1. Section 10-18-104 is amended to read:
34 10-18-104. Application to existing contracts.
35 (1) (a) If before the sooner of March 1 or the effective date of the chapter, the
36 legislative body of a municipality authorized the municipality to offer or provide cable
37 television services or public telecommunications services, each authorized service:
38 (i) is exempt from Part 2, Conditions for Providing Services; and
39 (ii) is subject to Part 3, Operational Requirements and Limitations.
40 (b) The exemption described in Subsection (1)(a)(i) may not apply to any cable
41 television service or public telecommunications service authorized by the legislative body of a
42 municipality on or after the sooner of March 1 or the effective date of this chapter.
43 (2) This chapter does not:
44 (a) invalidate any contract entered into by a municipality before the sooner of March 1
45 or the effective date of this chapter:
46 (i) for the design, construction, equipping, operation, or maintenance of facilities used
47 or to be used by the municipality, or by a private provider under a contract with the
48 municipality for the purpose of providing:
49 (A) cable television services; or
50 (B) public telecommunications services;
51 (ii) with a private provider for the use of the facilities described in Subsection (2)(a)(i)
52 in connection with the private provider offering:
53 (A) cable television services; or
54 (B) public telecommunications services;
55 (iii) with a subscriber for providing:
56 (A) a cable television service; or
57 (B) a public telecommunications service; or
58 (iv) to obtain or secure financing for the acquisition or operation of the municipality's
59 facilities or equipment used in connection with providing:
60 (A) a cable television service; or
61 (B) a public telecommunications service; or
62 (b) impair any security interest granted by a municipality as collateral for the
63 municipality's obligations under a contract described in Subsection (2)(a).
64 (3) (a) A municipality meeting the one or more of the following conditions is exempt
65 from this chapter as provided in Subsection (3)(b):
66 (i) a municipality that adopts or enacts a bond resolution on or before January 1, 2001,
67 to fund facilities or equipment that the municipality uses to provide:
68 (A) cable television services; or
69 (B) public telecommunications services; or
70 (ii) a municipality that has operated for at least three years consecutively before the
71 sooner of March 1 or the effective date of this chapter:
72 (A) a cable television service; or
73 (B) a public telecommunications service.
74 (b) A municipality described in Subsection (3)(a) is exempt from this chapter except
76 (i) Subsection 10-18-303 (4);
77 (ii) Subsection 10-18-303 (7);
78 (iii) Subsection 10-18-303 (9);
79 (iv) Section 10-18-304 ; and
80 (v) Section 10-18-305 .
84 Section 2. Section 10-18-301 is amended to read:
85 10-18-301. Enterprise funds for cable television or public telecommunications
88 telecommunications service under this chapter:
90 of a cable television service or public telecommunications service;
92 its public telecommunications services in a single enterprise fund under Chapter 6, Uniform
93 Fiscal Procedures Act for Utah Cities;
95 operating and capital budgets for the municipality's:
99 established by the municipality under this section to another enterprise fund; and
101 fund established by the municipality under Chapter 6, Uniform Fiscal Procedures Act for Utah
102 Cities, to any enterprise fund established by the municipality under this section.
106 Section 3. Section 10-18-303 is amended to read:
107 10-18-303. General operating limitations.
108 A municipality that provides a cable television service or a public telecommunications
109 service under this chapter is subject to the operating limitations of this section.
110 (1) A municipality that provides a cable television service shall comply with:
111 (a) the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984, 47 U.S.C. 521, et seq.; and
112 (b) the regulations issued by the Federal Communications Commission under the Cable
113 Communications Policy Act of 1984, 47 U.S.C. 521, et seq.
114 (2) A municipality that provides a public telecommunications service shall comply
116 (a) the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Pub. L. 104-104;
117 (b) the regulations issued by the Federal Communications Commission under the
118 Telecommunications Act of 1996, Pub. L. 104-104;
119 (c) Section 54-8b-2.2 relating to:
120 (i) the interconnection of essential facilities; and
121 (ii) the purchase and sale of essential services; and
122 (d) the rules made by the Public Service Commission of Utah under Section 54-8b-2.2 .
123 (3) A municipality may not cross subsidize its cable television services or its public
124 telecommunications services with:
125 (a) tax dollars;
126 (b) income from other municipal or utility services;
127 (c) below-market rate loans from the municipality; or
128 (d) any other means.
129 (4) (a) A municipality may not make or grant any undue or unreasonable preference or
130 advantage to itself or to any private provider of:
131 (i) cable television services; or
132 (ii) public telecommunications services.
133 (b) A municipality shall apply without discrimination as to itself and to any private
134 provider the municipality's ordinances, rules, and policies, including those relating to:
135 (i) obligation to serve;
136 (ii) access to public rights of way;
137 (iii) permitting;
138 (iv) performance bonding;
139 (v) reporting; and
140 (vi) quality of service.
141 (c) Subsections (4)(a) and (b) do not supersede the exception for a rural telephone
142 company in Section 251 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Pub. L. 104-104.
143 (5) In calculating the rates charged by a municipality for a cable television service or a
144 public telecommunications service, the municipality:
145 (a) shall include within its rates an amount equal to all taxes, fees, and other
146 assessments that would be applicable to a similarly situated private provider of the same
147 services, including:
148 (i) federal, state, and local taxes;
149 (ii) franchise fees;
150 (iii) permit fees;
151 (iv) pole attachment fees; and
152 (v) fees similar to those described in Subsections (5)(a)(i) through (iv); [
153 (b) may not price any cable television service or public telecommunications service at a
154 level that is less than the sum of:
155 (i) the actual direct costs of providing the service;
156 (ii) the actual indirect costs of providing the service; and
157 (iii) the amount determined under Subsection (5)(a)[
158 (c) shall comply with the requirements of Section 10-18-303.5 .
159 (6) (a) A municipality that provides cable television services or public
160 telecommunications services shall establish and maintain a comprehensive price list of all cable
161 television services or public telecommunications services offered by the municipality.
162 (b) The price list required by Subsection (6)(a) shall:
163 (i) include all terms and conditions relating to the municipality providing each cable
164 television service or public telecommunications service offered by the municipality;
165 (ii) (A) be published in a newspaper having general circulation in the municipality; and
166 (B) be published in accordance with Section 45-1-101 ; and
167 (iii) be available for inspection:
168 (A) at a designated office of the municipality; and
169 (B) during normal business hours.
170 (c) At least five days before the date a change to a municipality's price list becomes
171 effective, the municipality shall:
172 (i) notify the following of the change:
173 (A) all subscribers to the services for which the price list is being changed; and
174 (B) any other persons requesting notification of any changes to the municipality's price
175 list; and
176 (ii) (A) publish notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality; and
177 (B) publish notice in accordance with Section 45-1-101 .
178 (d) In accordance with Subsection (6)(c)(ii)(A), if there is no newspaper of general
179 circulation in the municipality, the municipality shall publish the notice required by this
180 Subsection (6) in a newspaper of general circulation that is nearest the municipality.
181 (e) A municipality may not offer a cable television service or a public
182 telecommunications service except in accordance with the prices, terms, and conditions set
183 forth in the municipality's price list.
184 (7) A municipality may not offer to provide or provide cable television services or
185 public telecommunications services to a subscriber that does not reside within the geographic
186 boundaries of the municipality.
187 (8) (a) A municipality shall keep accurate books and records of the municipality's:
188 (i) cable television services; and
189 (ii) public telecommunications services.
190 (b) The books and records required to be kept under Subsection (8)(a) are subject to
191 legislative audit to verify the municipality's compliance with the requirements of this chapter
193 (i) pricing;
194 (ii) recordkeeping; and
195 (iii) antidiscrimination.
196 (9) A municipality may not receive distributions from the Universal Public
197 Telecommunications Service Support Fund established in Section 54-8b-15 .
198 Section 4. Section 10-18-303.5 is enacted to read:
199 10-18-303.5. Rate is just and reasonable -- Rate may not vary.
200 (1) If a municipality calculates and charges a rate in accordance with Section
201 10-18-303 , the municipality shall:
202 (a) charge a rate that is just and reasonable;
203 (b) in accordance with Subsection (1)(a), consider in its rate calculation:
204 (i) the cost of providing service to each category of customer;
205 (ii) the economic impact of a charge on:
206 (A) each category of customer; and
207 (B) the state;
208 (iii) consider methods to reduce wide periodic variation in demand of the service
209 provided by the municipality; and
210 (iv) consider methods to encourage municipal and customer conservation of resources
211 and energy.
212 (2) (a) A municipality may not charge, demand, collect, contract for, or receive a
213 greater, less, or different compensation for a cable television service or public
214 telecommunication service than the rate calculated and charged in accordance with this section
215 and Section 10-18-303 .
216 (b) A municipality may not charge or collect compensation for cable television service
217 or public telecommunication service from a person who does not receive the service.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-2-13 4:13 PM