senate Bill S4888C

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Creates standards by which the public service commission reviews and approves a merger or acquisition between telephone corporations, cable corporations and combination telephone and cable corporations

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  • Delivered to Governor
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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 28, 2016 recommit, enacting clause stricken
Feb 08, 2016 print number 4888c
Feb 08, 2016 amend and recommit to energy and telecommunications
Jan 06, 2016 referred to energy and telecommunications
Jun 10, 2015 print number 4888b
Jun 10, 2015 amend and recommit to energy and telecommunications
Jun 02, 2015 print number 4888a
Jun 02, 2015 amend (t) and recommit to energy and telecommunications
Apr 22, 2015 referred to energy and telecommunications

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S4888 - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 12 §§250 & 251, Pub Serv L

S4888 - Summary

Creates standards by which the public service commission reviews and approves a merger or acquisition between telephone corporations, cable corporations and combination telephone and cable corporations.

S4888 - Sponsor Memo

S4888 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4888

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 22, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced by Sen. PANEPINTO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed  to  be  committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommuni-
  cations

AN ACT to amend the public service law, in  relation  to  directing  the
  public service commission to conduct an in-depth public interest anal-
  ysis  of proposed mergers by telephone corporations and other telecom-
  munications services providers over which said commission  has  juris-
  diction

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative findings and purpose.   The  legislature  finds
the  public interest to require closer scrutiny of proposed telecommuni-
cations industry transfers of control, and declares that,  except  where
the  public  interest requires a contrary result, a portion of the bene-
fits of such mergers should be returned to the state's ratepayers.
  S 2. Subdivision 2 of section 99 of the public service law, as amended
by chapter 383 of the laws of 1996, is amended to read as follows:
  2. (A) No franchise nor any right to or under any franchise to own  or
operate  a  telegraph  line  or telephone line shall be assigned, trans-
ferred, or leased, nor shall any contract or  agreement  hereafter  made
with  reference  to or affecting any such franchise or right be valid or
of any force or effect whatsoever[,] unless  the  assignment,  transfer,
lease,  contract,  or  agreement shall have been approved by the commis-
sion.
  (B) No telephone corporation shall transfer  or  lease  its  works  or
system or any part of such works or system to any other person or corpo-
ration  or  contract for the operation of its works or system[,] without
the written consent of the commission.  [Notwithstanding the  foregoing,
any  such  transfer  or  lease  between  affiliated corporations with an
original cost of (a) less than one hundred thousand dollars proposed  by
a  telephone  corporation  having annual gross revenues in excess of two

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02448-01-5

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S4888A - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 12 §§250 & 251, Pub Serv L

S4888A - Summary

Creates standards by which the public service commission reviews and approves a merger or acquisition between telephone corporations, cable corporations and combination telephone and cable corporations.

S4888A - Sponsor Memo

S4888A - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 4888--A

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 22, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. PANEPINTO, COMRIE, LATIMER, PARKER -- read twice and
  ordered  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on
  Energy and Telecommunications -- committee discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the public service law, in relation to creating stand-
  ards by which the public service commission  reviews  and  approves  a
  merger  or  acquisition  between  telephone corporations, cable corpo-
  rations, and combination telephone and cable corporations

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The public service law is amended by adding a new article
12 to read as follows:
                                ARTICLE 12
          PROVISIONS RELATING TO TELEPHONE CORPORATIONS, CABLE
            CORPORATIONS, AND COMBINATION TELEPHONE AND CABLE
                              CORPORATIONS
SECTION 250. DEFINITIONS.
        251. MERGERS OR ACQUISITIONS.
  S 250. DEFINITIONS. THE WORDS AND PHRASES USED IN THIS  ARTICLE  SHALL
HAVE  THE  FOLLOWING MEANINGS UNLESS A DIFFERENT MEANING CLEARLY APPEARS
IN THE CONTEXT:
  1. "CABLE CORPORATION" SHALL  MEAN  ANY  PERSON  OWNING,  CONTROLLING,
OPERATING,  MANAGING  OR  LEASING  ONE  OR MORE CABLE TELEVISION SYSTEMS
WITHIN THE STATE.
  2. "CABLE SYSTEM" SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS SET FORTH IN  SECTION
TWO HUNDRED TWELVE OF THIS CHAPTER.
  3.  "COMBINATION TELEPHONE AND CABLE CORPORATION" SHALL MEAN ANY TELE-
PHONE CORPORATION OPERATING IN NEW YORK UNDER COMMON  OWNERSHIP  WITH  A
CABLE CORPORATION OPERATING IN NEW YORK OR ANY CABLE CORPORATION OPERAT-
ING  IN  NEW  YORK  UNDER  COMMON OWNERSHIP WITH A TELEPHONE CORPORATION
OPERATING IN NEW YORK, OR ANY SUCCESSOR OF EITHER CORPORATION.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02448-05-5

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S4888B - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 12 §§250 & 251, Pub Serv L

S4888B - Summary

Creates standards by which the public service commission reviews and approves a merger or acquisition between telephone corporations, cable corporations and combination telephone and cable corporations.

S4888B - Sponsor Memo

S4888B - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 4888--B

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 22, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. PANEPINTO, ADDABBO, AVELLA, COMRIE, LATIMER, PARKER
  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to
  the  Committee  on  Energy   and   Telecommunications   --   committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to  said  committee  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to  creating  stand-
  ards  by  which  the  public service commission reviews and approves a
  merger or acquisition between  telephone  corporations,  cable  corpo-
  rations, and combination telephone and cable corporations

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The public service law is amended by adding a  new  article
12 to read as follows:
                                ARTICLE 12
          PROVISIONS RELATING TO TELEPHONE CORPORATIONS, CABLE
            CORPORATIONS, AND COMBINATION TELEPHONE AND CABLE
                              CORPORATIONS
SECTION 250. DEFINITIONS.
        251. MERGERS OR ACQUISITIONS.
  S  250.  DEFINITIONS. THE WORDS AND PHRASES USED IN THIS ARTICLE SHALL
HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS UNLESS A DIFFERENT MEANING  CLEARLY  APPEARS
IN THE CONTEXT:
  1.  "CABLE  CORPORATION"  SHALL  MEAN  ANY PERSON OWNING, CONTROLLING,
OPERATING, MANAGING OR LEASING ONE  OR  MORE  CABLE  TELEVISION  SYSTEMS
WITHIN THE STATE.
  2.  "CABLE SYSTEM" SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS SET FORTH IN SECTION
TWO HUNDRED TWELVE OF THIS CHAPTER.
  3. "COMBINATION TELEPHONE AND CABLE CORPORATION" SHALL MEAN ANY  TELE-
PHONE  CORPORATION  OPERATING  IN NEW YORK UNDER COMMON OWNERSHIP WITH A
CABLE CORPORATION OPERATING IN NEW YORK OR ANY CABLE CORPORATION OPERAT-

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02448-07-5

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S4888C (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 12 §§250 & 251, Pub Serv L

S4888C (ACTIVE) - Summary

Creates standards by which the public service commission reviews and approves a merger or acquisition between telephone corporations, cable corporations and combination telephone and cable corporations.

S4888C (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S4888C (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 4888--C

                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 22, 2015
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. PANEPINTO, ADDABBO, AVELLA, COMRIE, LATIMER, PARKER
  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to
  the  Committee  on  Energy   and   Telecommunications   --   committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to  said  committee  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee --  recommitted
  to  the  Committee on Energy and Telecommunications in accordance with
  Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the public service law, in relation to creating stand-
  ards by which the public service commission  reviews  and  approves  a
  merger  or  acquisition  between  telephone corporations, cable corpo-
  rations, and combination telephone and cable corporations

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The public service law is amended by adding a new article
12 to read as follows:
                                ARTICLE 12
          PROVISIONS RELATING TO TELEPHONE CORPORATIONS, CABLE
            CORPORATIONS, AND COMBINATION TELEPHONE AND CABLE
                              CORPORATIONS
SECTION 250. DEFINITIONS.
        251. MERGERS OR ACQUISITIONS.
  S 250. DEFINITIONS. THE WORDS AND PHRASES USED IN THIS  ARTICLE  SHALL
HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  1.  "CABLE  CORPORATION"  SHALL  MEAN  ANY PERSON OWNING, CONTROLLING,
OPERATING, MANAGING OR LEASING ONE  OR  MORE  CABLE  TELEVISION  SYSTEMS
WITHIN THE STATE.
  2.  "CABLE SYSTEM" SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS SET FORTH IN SECTION
TWO HUNDRED TWELVE OF THIS CHAPTER.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02448-09-6

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