Bill Text: HI SB253 | 2019 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Relating To Broadband Service.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 10-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-03-07 - Referred to IAC, CPC, LMG, FIN, referral sheet 27 [SB253 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2019-SB253-Amended.html

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

253

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

S.D. 2

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO BROADBAND SERVICE.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


     SECTION 1.  Chapter 103D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to part I to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

     "§103D-    Net neutrality.  (a)  All state agencies shall contract internet-related services only with internet service providers that demonstrate and contractually agree to support and practice net neutrality principles where all internet traffic is treated equally.

     (b)  All state agencies shall add contract language and provisions to state procurement requirements that require suppliers of telecommunications, internet, broadband, and data communication services to abide by net neutrality principles.

     (c)  For purposes of this section, "net neutrality principles" means the adherence of internet service providers to the following:

     (1)  Providing access to all lawful content and applications regardless of the source;

     (2)  Treating all data fairly without favoring or blocking particular products or websites and without hindering, throttling, restricting, or prioritizing internet content, applications, or certain data streams; and

     (3)  Treating all data on the Internet the same and not discriminating or charging differently by user, content, website, platform, application, service, type of attached equipment, method of communication, source, or ownership."

     SECTION 2.  Section 440G-11.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:

     "(a)  In conjunction with broadband services, the director shall:

     (1)  Promote and encourage use of telework alternatives for public and private employees, including appropriate policy and legislative initiatives;

     (2)  Advise and assist state agencies, and upon request of the counties, advise and assist the counties, in planning, developing, and administering programs, projects, plans, policies, and other activities to promote telecommuting by employees of state and county agencies;

     (3)  Support the efforts of both public and private entities in Hawaii to enhance or facilitate the deployment of, and access to, competitively priced, advanced electronic communications services, including broadband and its products and services and internet access services of general application throughout Hawaii;

     (4)  Make recommendations to establish affordable, accessible broadband services to unserved and underserved areas of Hawaii and monitor advancements in communications that will facilitate this goal;

     (5)  Advocate for, and facilitate the development and deployment of, expanded broadband applications, programs, and services, including telework, telehealth, and e-learning, that will bolster the usage of and demand for broadband level telecommunications;

     (6)  Serve as a broadband information and applications clearinghouse for the State and a coordination point for federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 broadband-related services and programs; [and]

     (7)  Promote, advocate, and facilitate the implementation of the findings and recommendations of the Hawaii broadband task force established by Act 2, First Special Session Laws of Hawaii 2007[.]; and

     (8)  Monitor net neutrality, including broadband and its products and services and internet access services of general application throughout the State."

     SECTION 3.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken.  New statutory material is underscored.

     SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2050.



 

Report Title:

Broadband Internet Access Service; Protections; Net Neutrality Principles; Broadband

 

Description:

Codifies the substantive provisions of Executive Order No. 18‑02, which requires all state agencies to:  contract internet-related services only with internet service providers that demonstrate and contractually agree to support and practice net neutrality principles where all internet traffic is treated equally; and add contract language and provisions to state procurement requirements that suppliers of telecommunications, internet, broadband, and data communication services shall abide by net neutrality principles.  Defines "net neutrality principles".  Requires DCCA director to monitor net neutrality including broadband and internet access services.  Effective 7/1/2050.  (SD2)

 

 

 

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