senate Bill S5525

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Requires broadband providers to offer high speed broadband service to certain low-income consumers

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Rules Committee


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Actions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 10, 2021 committed to rules
Mar 22, 2021 advanced to third reading
Mar 18, 2021 2nd report cal.
Mar 17, 2021 1st report cal.602
Mar 09, 2021 referred to energy and telecommunications

Votes

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Mar 17, 2021 - Energy and Telecommunications committee Vote

S5525
6
3
committee
6
Aye
3
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Energy and Telecommunications Committee Vote: Mar 17, 2021

nay (3)

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S5525 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Rules
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §399-zzzzz, Gen Bus L

S5525 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires broadband providers to offer high speed broadband service to certain low-income consumers at a cost of not more than five dollars per month.

S5525 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5525 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   5525
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                               March 9, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on  Energy  and  Telecommuni-
   cations
 
 AN  ACT  to  amend  the  general  business law, in relation to broadband
   service for low-income consumers
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1.    The  general  business  law  is amended by adding a new
 section 399-zzzzz to read as follows:
   § 399-ZZZZZ. BROADBAND SERVICE FOR LOW-INCOME CONSUMERS.  1.  FOR  THE
 PURPOSES  OF  THIS  SECTION,  THE  TERM "BROADBAND SERVICE" SHALL MEAN A
 MASS-MARKET RETAIL SERVICE THAT PROVIDES THE CAPABILITY TO TRANSMIT DATA
 TO AND RECEIVE DATA FROM ALL OR SUBSTANTIALLY  ALL  INTERNET  ENDPOINTS,
 INCLUDING  ANY CAPABILITIES THAT ARE INCIDENTAL TO AND ENABLE THE OPERA-
 TION OF THE COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE PROVIDED BY A WIRELINE,  FIXED  WIRE-
 LESS  OR  SATELLITE  SERVICE  PROVIDER,  BUT  SHALL  NOT INCLUDE DIAL-UP
 SERVICE.
   2. EVERY PERSON, BUSINESS, CORPORATION, OR THEIR AGENTS  PROVIDING  OR
 SEEKING  TO  PROVIDE BROADBAND SERVICE IN NEW YORK STATE SHALL, NO LATER
 THAN SIXTY DAYS AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF  THIS  SECTION,  OFFER  HIGH
 SPEED  BROADBAND SERVICE TO LOW-INCOME CONSUMERS WHOSE HOUSEHOLD: (A) IS
 ELIGIBLE FOR FREE OR REDUCED-PRICED LUNCH THROUGH  THE  NATIONAL  SCHOOL
 LUNCH  PROGRAM;  OR  (B)  WHOSE  ANNUAL GROSS HOUSEHOLD INCOME IS NOT IN
 EXCESS OF ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY  GUIDE-
 LINES  AS  UPDATED  PERIODICALLY  IN  THE FEDERAL REGISTER BY THE UNITED
 STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF 42
 U.S.C. § 9902(2); OR (C) IS ELIGIBLE FOR, OR RECEIVING THE  SUPPLEMENTAL
 NUTRITION  ASSISTANCE  PROGRAM  BENEFITS;  OR  (D)  IS  ELIGIBLE FOR, OR
 RECEIVING MEDICAID BENEFITS; OR (E) IS  ELIGIBLE  FOR,  OR  ENROLLED  IN
 SENIOR  CITIZEN  RENT  INCREASE  EXEMPTION;  OR  (F) IS ELIGIBLE FOR, OR
 ENROLLED IN DISABILITY RENT INCREASE EXEMPTION; OR (G) IS A RECIPIENT OF
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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