Bill Summary for H 349 (2015-2016)

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Apr 22 2015

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View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 349 (Public) Filed Tuesday, March 24, 2015
AN ACT TO ENCOURAGE PROVISION OF BROADBAND ACCESS IN ALL AREAS OF NORTH CAROLINA BY PROVIDING FOR THE CREATION OF A STATE BROADBAND PLAN BY THE OFFICE OF THE STATE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER AND BY SPECIFYING THAT BROADBAND SERVICE PROVIDERS MAY OFFER COMMUNICATIONS AND BROADBAND SERVICES IN AREAS WHERE THE INCUMBENT SERVICE PROVIDER IS NOT PROVIDING BROADBAND SERVICE.
Intro. by Tine, Saine, Hager, Hanes.

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House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

Adds other relevant state agencies and private sector stakeholders to those parties that are to assist the Office of the State Chief Information Officer in developing the state broadband plan. Amends the components of the plan as follows: (1) to include identifying the most effective and efficient means for deployment, utilization, and adoption of broadband throughout the state (was, analysis of the most effective and efficient mechanisms for ensuring broadband access by state citizens); (2) remove a strategy for achieving maximum use of broadband infrastructure and services by citizens; and (3) add recommendations to foster the deployment, use, and adoption of broadband for specified purposes (was, include a plan for the use of broadband infrastructure and services in advancing specified issues).

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