Skip to Content

Download PDF



HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 895        FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2930

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

_________________

PRESENTED BY:

Stephen L. DiNatale

_________________

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 modernizing telephone regulation and encouraging economic growth..

_______________

PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Stephen Kulik

1st Franklin

Anthony W. Petruccelli

First Suffolk and Middlesex

Kathi-Anne Reinstein

16th Suffolk

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 895        FILED ON: 1/15/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2930

By Mr. DiNatale of Fitchburg, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2930) of Stephen L. DiNatale and others for legislation to remove the regulatory authority of the Department of Telecommunications and Cable from jurisdiction over wireless service.  Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. 

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

_______________

In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

_______________

 

An Act modernizing telephone regulation and encouraging economic growth..

 

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

              SECTION 1.  Chapter 25C of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 7 thereof the following sections.

              Section 8.  Notwithstanding any other general or special law to the contrary, the department shall have no jurisdiction, general supervision, regulation or control over wireless service, including mobile radio telephone service, or radio utilities.

              Section 9.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, subject to the provisions of section 10 of this chapter, no provision of this chapter, Chapter 25 or Chapter 159, and no regulation, order or settlement or portion thereof adopted pursuant to any such provision, shall apply to any telephone company (or a common carrier offering telephone service) in any municipality for which the company or carrier certifies to the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation that there are at least two providers offering voice telephone service to retail residential customers in that municipality using any technology, including but not limited to wireless voice service and VoIP service. 

              Section 10.  Nothing in sections 8 or 9 of this chapter shall be construed to affect or modify:

              a.              the authority of the attorney general to apply and enforce chapter 93A or other consumer protection laws of general applicability;

              b.              the department’s authority under sections 18B and 18H of Chapter 159, concerning enhanced 911 service, and under section 15E of Chapter 166, concerning telephone relay service; 

              c.              the rights or obligations of any carrier under 47 U.S.C. § 251 or 47 U.S.C. § 252; or

              d.              the department’s authority to administer the federal Lifeline and Link-up programs or the Connect America Fund.

              SECTION 2.  Sections 11, 12, 12A, 13, 14 and 15 of Chapter 166 are hereby repealed.

of

The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The General Court provides this information as a public service and while we endeavor to keep the data accurate and current to the best of our ability, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

Error