SITA News

Bills currently pending before the legislature:

Senate Bill 255 - This bill amends the current audit schedule which Legislative Post Audit performs on the 911 system in Kansas from once every three years to once every five.  The bill passed the Senate on its consent calendar 39-0 and now heads to the House.

Senate Bill 278 - This bill amends the Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board's current authority to allow it to intervene not only before the KCC but also before the FCC, the FERC, and the Southwest Power Pool.  It is currentlyh in the Senate Utilities Committee.

House Bill 2449 - This bill amends the video competition act by amending the current definition of "competitive video service provider" from the current "an entity providing video service" to add "or the packet delivery system for video service."  It also amends the definition of "video service" to remove the word "wireline" from the definition.  The bill is currently scheduled for a hearing in the House Utilities Committee on 2/7/18 at 9:00 am.

House Bill 2450 - This bill addresses collocation of broadband equipment and allows a broadband provider the right to collocate equipment in any utility facility located in the public right of way.  

House Bill 2451 - This bill mimics the video service authorization act and creates a state-issued authorization process for broadband service authorization (where there is currently no such authorization requirement).  There is a hearing on this bill in the House Utilities Committee on 2/7/18 at 9:00 am.

House Bill 2462 - This bill provides that dark fiber owned by state or local government to be leased to private entities on a cost-plus basis.  It has a hearing on 2/7/18 at 9:00 am.

House Bill 2473 - This bill provides for tax credits for land leasees to broadband providers and allowing for the sale of those tax credits.  Also allows for adjustment for equipment purchases.  Currently in the House Taxation committee.

House Bill 2515 - This bill provides for a tax credit for companies "unable or unwilling" to provide broadband service to customers in rural areas releasing those customers to another company which is willing to provide such service.  This bill is set for hearing on 2/5 and 2/7/18 at 9:00 am.

House Bill 2563 - This bill adds a definition of "advanced telecommunications provider" means an entity provide broadband service or is a "content provider" and requires those entities to contribute to the KUSF.  The bill additionally creates a "rural broadband deployment and maintenance account" funded by a reduction in what appears to be intended to be RLEC high cost support of a total of 25%, with those amounts being deposited into the broadband deployment account. It is set for hearing 2/5/18 at 9:00 am.