HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 540        FILED ON: 1/13/2017

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Paul W. Mark


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to a Massachusetts broadband competitive marketplace study.






Date Added:

Paul W. Mark

2nd Berkshire


Michael D. Brady

Second Plymouth and Bristol


David M. Nangle

17th Middlesex


Paul Tucker

7th Essex


Marc T. Lombardo

22nd Middlesex


Diana DiZoglio

14th Essex


James J. Lyons, Jr.

18th Essex


Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire


Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex


Daniel Cahill

10th Essex


James Arciero

2nd Middlesex


Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

16th Middlesex


Carlos González

10th Hampden


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 540        FILED ON: 1/13/2017

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1759

By Mr. Mark of Peru, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1759) of Paul W. Mark and others for the establishment of a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to the promotion of a Massachusetts broadband competitive marketplace.  Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court



An Act relative to a Massachusetts broadband competitive marketplace study.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Section XXXX. (a)   There shall be a special commission to examine the state of the advanced telecommunications broadband industry in Massachusetts, including fiber-to-the-premises, cable, wireless, and landline technologies with the goal of recommending a rational and balanced approach to oversight of the interconnected telecommunications network of the future and ensure the Commonwealth's consumers, both residents and businesses, as well as Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs) have access to reliable and competitive broadband network.

(b) The commission shall review: (i) status of competition and pricing for broadband communications services and networks; (ii) current and future consumer expectations; (iii) assessment of national and international approaches to ensuring core public interest principles and robust communications capabilities are maintained; (iv) reliability, resiliency and interoperability of networks; (v) technology types and speeds available across the state; (vi) access and underservice issues; (vii) Overview of the E-Rate, Rural Health, and FirstNet Federal and other broadband programs in the Commonwealth; and (viii) comparative analysis of results matching census data across the Commonwealth.

(c) The special commission shall consist of the following members or their designees: the Commissioner of the department of telecommunications and cable, who shall serve as a co-chair; the senate and house chairmen of the  Joint Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy who shall serve as the other co-chairs; (1) representative of the Massachusetts Attorney General Consumer Advocacy & Response Division (1) representative of the Massachusetts Communications Supervisors Association.; (1) representative of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute; (1) representative of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, Inc.; (1) representative of the  Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council ; (1) representative designated by the President of the AFL-CIO from a Massachusetts telecommunications union and (2) members who shall be appointed by the governor, (1) of whom shall be a professor from with research in telecommunication policy, and (1) of whom shall be a senior executive/manager from a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC).

(d) The special commission shall file an initial report of its recommendations and drafts of proposed broadband legislation or regulations, if any, on subsection (b) with the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate, the President of the Senate, The Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Governor and the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means not later than December 31, 2017. The special commission shall file a final report providing a full report regarding said subsection (b) not later than March 1, 2018.