Monday, May 3, 2021

Utility Pole Oversight Bill Passes Florida Legislature

 Florida lawmakers last week passed legislation to give the state oversight over utility poles. The measure is on its way to Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ desk for his signature.
The House voted 114-3 on Wednesday to pass the bill to shift utility pole oversight from the FCC to the Florida Public Service Commission. The measure passed the state Senate on Monday 38-2, reported Florida Politics.

If the Governor signs the measure, Florida joins 22 other states and the District of Columbia, in regulating pole attachments, according to Communications Daily. 

The bill (SB 1944) requires the PSC to enforce rates, charges, terms and conditions for pole attachments and to resolve disputes. It outlines new rules for settling disputes, boosting grid reliability and hardening, and on redundant poles. 
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