Broadband Bills To Watch This Week

This week, both House and Senate committees are scheduled to discuss bills relating to broadband internet technology. Last year, Gov. Abercrombie announced a broadband initiative with ambitious connectivity goals. These bills are, in part, ways to get there. You are encouraged to submit your testimony to the House bills (here) and the Senate (here). On Tuesday, February 7, at the House Committee on Economic Revitalization & Business hearing agenda are several bills for permitting and construction for broadband infrastructure.

  • HB2324: Broadband; Permits Exempts the upgrading and new construction of broadband facilities on state and county property from state and county permitting processes.
  • HB2325: Broadband Permits; Automatic Approval; Construction Requires the State and counties to approve, approve with modification, or disapprove all broadband related permits within 45 days. If no action is taken, the application will be deemed approved on the 46th day.
  • HB2653: Broadband; Telecommunications; Permits Exempts the upgrading of existing wireless broadband facilities from state and county permitting processes. Requires State and counties to give final approval for new wireless infrastructure within 120 days and approve permits for new wireless infrastructure within 45 days.

Then on Wednesday, February 8, Senate committees on Commerce & Consumer Protection, and Economic Development & Technology are scheduled to hear more bills on broadband communications. (The hearing agenda.)