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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Legislative

The state budget deadline of June 30th is looming and legislative leaders are poised to work through the weekend to see if they can formulate a spending/revenue plan. Some sources have the House, Senate and Governor Wolf relatively close on agreeing to a $31.8 billion spend number, which is significantly less than the $32.3 billion […]

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To the delight of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Georgia Republican Congressman Doug Collins has introduced legislation providing tax incentives to companies for broadband buildout. The Gigabit Opportunity Act bill is similar to a Senate version introduced last month and gives companies tax breaks for investing in gigabit-capable expansion in certain communities. Chairman Pai has long […]

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On Monday, the House Consumer Affairs Committee held a hearing on Underground Utility Line Protection Law legislation (HB 284) currently being considered by the committee. In addition to the PTA and Verizon, testifiers included individuals from the Broadband Cable Association of PA, One Call, the Energy Association, PUC Commissioner John Coleman and the Utility Contractors […]

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465,000

Suspicions that many of the electronic comments filed with the FCC on the net neutrality issue appear to be fake was confirmed by a National Legal and Policy Center analysis which concludes that more than 465,000 of the 2.5 million filings could be questionable.  

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The House Consumer Affairs Committee has scheduled a public hearing on One Call legislation for June 5th. Two pieces of legislation reforming PA’s One Call enforcement processes are currently before the General Assembly, Senate Bill 242, which is on the Senate Calendar for consideration, and House Bill 284 which currently resides in the House Consumer Affairs Committee. The hearing will be held in Room B31 of the Main Capitol at 10:00. PTA is slated to testify.

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