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PRINTER'S NO. 4173
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
2722
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY GREEN, KINSEY, GALLOWAY, DALEY, ROZZI, HOHENSTEIN,
NEILSON, CEPHAS, SCHWEYER, HOWARD, HILL-EVANS, CALTAGIRONE,
WILLIAMS, LEE, McCLINTON AND SANCHEZ, JULY 30, 2020
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER AFFAIRS, JULY 30, 2020
AN ACT
Providing for public housing broadband Internet benefit.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Short title.
This act shall be known and may be cited as the Public
Housing Broadband Internet Act.
Section 2. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this act shall
have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Broadband Internet access service." As defined in 47 CFR
8.1(b) (relating to transparency) or any successor regulation.
"Commission." The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
"Eligible household." A household that meets the
requirements under section 1437a(b)(2) of the Housing and
Community Development Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-383, 88 Stat.
633) that is currently occupying a dwelling under the
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jurisdiction of a public housing agency as defined under section
1437a(b)(6) of the Housing and Community Development Act of
1974.
"Tier I service." Broadband Internet access service that, at
a minimum, provides a download speed of 100 megabits per second,
an upload speed of 10 megabits per second and latency that is
sufficiently low to allow real-time, interactive applications
with no data caps or additional fees.
"Tier II service." Broadband Internet access service that,
at a minimum, provides a download speed of 25 megabits per
second, an upload speed of 25 megabits per second and latency
that is sufficiently low to allow real-time, interactive
applications with no data caps or additional fees.
Section 3. Public housing broadband Internet benefit.
(a) Promulgation of regulations.--The commission shall
promulgate regulations for the provision of a broadband Internet
benefit to eligible households as provided under this section.
(b) Requirements.--The regulations promulgated under
subsection (a) shall establish, at a minimum, that:
(1) A household shall be eligible for the provision of
Tier I service or Tier II service, supported by the broadband
Internet benefit, if the household is an eligible household.
(2) A provider of broadband Internet access service
shall apply to the commission for the reimbursement as
provided under subsection (c) for each eligible household
that requests broadband Internet access and receives Tier I
service or Tier II service from the provider.
(c) Reimbursement amount.--Consistent with the regulations
promulgated under subsection (a), the commission shall reimburse
providers of broadband Internet access service in the following
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amounts:
(1) The provider of broadband Internet access service
shall receive up to $50 per month for each eligible household
that requests the broadband Internet access service and
receives Tier I service.
(2) The provider of broadband Internet access service
shall receive up to $30 per month for each eligible household
that requests the broadband Internet access service and
receives Tier II service.
(d) Certification.--To receive a reimbursement under
subsection (c), a provider of broadband Internet access service
shall certify to the commission the following:
(1) The number of eligible households that requested
broadband Internet access service and received Tier I
service.
(2) The number of eligible households that requested
broadband Internet access service and received Tier II
service.
(3) That the reimbursement sought for providing Tier I
service or Tier II service to an eligible household did not
exceed the provider's rate for that offering, or similar
offerings, for households that are not eligible households
subscribing to the same or substantially similar service.
(4) That the eligible households were not charged for
the Tier I service or Tier II service and were not
disqualified from receiving service based on past or present
arrearages.
Section 4. Effective date.
This act shall take effect in 60 days.
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