Cable television systems and cooperatives; nogotiate in good faith to resolve certain issues. (HB1191)

Introduced By

Del. Don Merricks (R-Danville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Pole attachments; cable television systems and cooperatives.  Requires cable television systems and cooperatives to negotiate in good faith to resolve certain issues, including the rates, terms, and conditions of contracts permitting attachments by a cable television system to a cooperative's poles. If an issue cannot be resolved, either party may petition the State Corporation Commission to resolve the issue. In adjudicating the issue, the Commission shall ensure that the cooperative is compensated by the cable television system for certain costs. Annually commencing July 1, 2012, cable television systems are required to pay an annual fee to the Commission equal to $1.00 for each attachment to a cooperative's pole. Each cooperative is required to make a survey of cable television system attachments on its poles every 36 months. Beginning in 2013, cooperatives will be required to report to the Commission on the number of each cable television system's attachments. In addition, if any cable television system attachment interferes with, obstructs, or delays the service or operations of a cooperative or creates a safety hazard, the cooperative may take immediate action to remedy the situation at the cable television system's expense. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/18/2012Presented and ordered printed 12103813D
01/18/2012Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/25/2012Impact statement from SCC (HB1191)
02/07/2012Tabled in Commerce and Labor