Linear Fees for Fiber in the Rights-of-Way (ROW)

HB 243 would change the due compensation owed by telephone companies for fiber installations in the public rights-of-way from the established rates of the Department of Transportation (GDOT) when there are no retail end-use customers within a municipal jurisdiction to a 3% of recurring revenues if the company’s fiber services one or more small wireless facility in the city. 

Currently cities mirror the rates and fees set by Georgia's Department of Transportation (GDOT), of $1,000 per linear mile in rural areas and $5,000 per linear mile in urban areas for companies that are not serving any end-use customers or providing broadband services for individuals within a particular city limits. 

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