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Utility and Communications Service Poles (Neutral)

CS/SB 1944 (Albritton) gives broad authority to the Public Service Commission to regulate and enforce rates, charges, terms and conditions of pole attachments. The bill defines "redundant pole" and requires that attaching entities remove their pole attachments from a redundant pole within 180 days of notice of the request by the pole owner. Under certain circumstances, the pole owner may transfer or relocate the pole attachment to a new pole at the noncompliant attaching entity's expense, unless the pole attachments are owned by an electric utility. The bill passed the House (114-3) and the Senate (37-2) and is awaiting action by the governor. (Hughes)