SB 108
Creates provisions relating to telecommunications
Sponsor:
LR Number:
0476S.03P
Last Action:
4/29/2021 - Hearing Conducted H Utilities
Journal Page:
Title:
SS SCS SB 108
Calendar Position:
Effective Date:
August 28, 2021

Current Bill Summary

SS/SCS/SB 108 - This act creates provisions relating to telecommunications.

TAXES, LICENSES, AND FEES ON CERTAIN SERVICES (Section 67.2680)

Under the act, the state or any other political subdivision shall not impose any new tax, license, or fee in addition to any tax, license, or fee already authorized on or before August 28, 2021, upon the provision of satellite or streaming video service.

BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS (Section 71.1000)

This act allows two or more municipalities to form a broadband infrastructure improvement district for the delivery of broadband internet service to the residents of such municipalities. A district created under the act shall have to power partner with a telecommunications company or broadband service provider in order to construct or improve telecommunications facilities as set forth in the act.

A district may finance the provision or expansion of broadband internet service through grants, loans, bonds, user fees, or a sales tax, not to exceed one percent. The act also sets forth the composition and operation of the district governing board.

This act is similar to HB 735 (2021) and SB 874 (2020).

JAMIE ANDREWS