This bill would reduce the rates owed to municipalities for the usage of the public rights-of-way for laying linear miles of fiber in cities where no retail end users are receiving broadband services. Current law provides cities to follow the rates structure set through the rule making process by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).
GDOT amended the corresponding board rule in 2021 and preserved the municipal rate structure of $5,000/mile in urban areas and $1,000/mile in rural areas until July 1, 2022. After such time, cities would have no rate structure to follow, unless specifically provided through state legislation.
The House has approved the Senate version of HB 328, which would establish the new rate for linear fiber at 0.05 cents per foot, or $264 per mile, in rural areas and .19 cents per foot, or $1000 per mile, in served metro areas.