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147th General Assembly
House Bill # 96 w/HA 1, HA 1 to HA 1, HA 2

Primary Sponsor: Scott Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Bushweller
CoSponsors: Reps. Bennett, Briggs King, Hudson, Longhurst, Miro, Outten, Paradee, Ramone, D. Short, Smyk, Viola; Sens. Blevins, Ennis, Lavelle, Peterson, Poore, Venables
Introduced on : 04/25/2013
Long Title:AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 26 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION AND PUBLIC UTILTIIES PROVIDING TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES.
Synopsis:This bill amends sections of Title 26 which govern public utilities that provide telecommunications services.  It modernizes the rules governing such utilities  and aligns them with the rapid competitive and technological changes affecting the industry.  The bill recognizes the competitive choices consumers in Delaware have and gives providers flexibility to compete, while protecting the interests of consumers.

Section 1 updates the provisions of subchapter VII-A of Title 26 to reflect the competitive environment that now exist for various services.  Public Service Commission oversight over competitive services is reduced while oversight is retained for "Basic services," including individual residential local exchanges access line service where there is no alternative provider and switched access service. 

Sections 2 through 4, 6 and 7 amend various provisions of Title 26 applicable to telecommunications service providers to provide consistency between those who have elected to be governed under subchapter VII-A of Title 26 and those that have not. 

Section 5 amends section 204 of Title 26 to allow telecommunications service providers to use alternative technologies in the event the Commission orders an extension of the utility's facilities. 


Current Status: Signed   On   06/26/2013
Volume Chapter79:53
Date Governor acted:06/26/2013
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Fiscal Notes/Fee Impact:Not Required
Amendments: HA 1 w/HA 1 to HB 96 - Passed
HA 1 to HA 1 to HB 96 - Passed
HA 2 to HB 96 - Passed
Committee Reports:
House Committee Report 05/01/13 F=4 M=1 U=0---->Committee Report
Senate Committee report 06/06/13 F=0 M=6 U=0----->Committee Report
Voting Reports:
House vote: () Passed 5/14/2013 5:44:29 PM------->Voting Record
Senate vote: () Passed 6/12/2013 5:04:09 PM------->Voting Record
Engrossed Version:
Engrossment------->Engrossment
Actions History:
Jun 26, 2013 - Signed by Governor
Jun 12, 2013 - Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 21 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
Jun 06, 2013 - Reported Out of Committee (INSURANCE) in Senate with 6 On Its Merits
May 16, 2013 - Assigned to Insurance Committee in Senate
May 14, 2013 - Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 41 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
May 14, 2013 - Amendment HA 2 - Passed in House by Voice Vote
May 14, 2013 - Amendment HA 1 - Passed in House by Voice Vote
May 14, 2013 - Amendment HA 1 to HA 1 - Passed in House by Voice Vote
May 14, 2013 - Amendment HA 2 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
May 14, 2013 - Amendment HA 1 to HA 1 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
May 01, 2013 - Reported Out of Committee (TELECOMMUNICATION INTERNET & TECHNOLOGY) in House with 4 Favorable, 1 On Its Merits
May 01, 2013 - Amendment HA 1 - Introduced in House
Apr 25, 2013 - Introduced in House and assigned to Telecommunication Internet & Technology Committee
Apr 25, 2013 - Assigned to Telecommunication Internet & Technology Committee in House
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