Fairness in Right of First Refusal
H. Transportation & Energy
Reps. Marc Catlin, R-Montrose, and Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango; Sen. Don Coram, R-Montrose
In administering the right of first refusal of a incumbent telecom provider to provide service in an unserved area when another telecommunications provider applies for funding of a proposed project to provide access to a broadband network, the incumbent can currently get away with providing service of lower quality than the applicant would have. The bill would require the Broadband Deployment Board to establish that an incumbent exercising its right agree to provide broadband speeds equal to or faster than the speeds in the proposed project and at a cost per household that is equal to or less than the cost per household indicated in the proposed project.