HB 328, Fiber in Municipal Rights-Of-Way Fees

Municipal Impact
Position
Neutral
GMA Contact
Charlotte Davis, (678) 686-6291
Bill Sponsor

Rep. Martin Momtahan
District 17

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. 

Last Updated: 3/4/2022
Subject Area: Utilities
Resources: bill text
BILL STATUS
7/1/2022 - Effective Date 5/2/2022 - Act 741 5/2/2022 - Date Signed by Governor

Votes

3/16/2022 Senate Vote #683 Yea - 49 Nay - 1 Not Voting - 2 Excused - 4
3/3/2022 House Vote #600 Yea - 111 Nay - 54 Not Voting - 6 Excused - 9
3/29/2021 Senate Vote #356 Yea - 34 Nay - 15 Not Voting - 0 Excused - 7
3/5/2021 House Vote #171 Yea - 119 Nay - 40 Not Voting - 8 Excused - 13

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