FCC’s July Open Meeting Agenda
Idaho PUC Approves Broadband Tax Credit
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved an application submitted by Direct Communications Rockland, Inc. seeking a broadband tax credit for equipment purchases made in 2020. As required under Idaho Code § 63-3029I, the installed equipment is capable of transmitting signals at rates that exceed the required rates of 200,000 bits per second to a subscriber and 125,000 bits per second from a subscriber. According to the PUC, the company’s expenditures of almost $4.2 million were indeed spent on “qualified broadband equipment.” The company estimates 90% of its Idaho customers have access to its broadband network.
Nevada Law Allows Voluntary Contributions for Broadband
Governor Stephen Sisolak (D.) has signed into law a bill enabling customers to make voluntary contributions to broadband infrastructure as part of their monthly bill. Contributions will be distributed to the Office of Science, Innovation, and Technology (OSIT) to administer infrastructure grants to support the expansion of broadband. The new law further instructs OSIT to collect and map data on broadband access speed in each county and submit a report to the governor and the legislature. The bill also directs OSIT to establish a Broadband Ready Community Certification program to advance the expansion of broadband infrastructure to underserved communities.
The Regulatory Mix, Inteserra’s blog of telecom related regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of an Inteserra Briefing.