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  S.B. No. 1476
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to eligibility for support from the universal service
  fund.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 56.023, Utilities Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (p) and adding Subsections (r) and (s) to read
  as follows:
         (p)  If an incumbent local exchange company or cooperative is
  ineligible for support under a plan established under Section
  56.021(1) for services in an exchange, a plan established under
  Section 56.021(1) may not provide support to any other
  telecommunications providers for services in that exchange, except
  that an eligible telecommunications provider that is receiving
  support under Section 56.021(1)(A) in that exchange shall continue
  to receive such support until the commission determines that the
  support should be eliminated under Subsection (r) [the later of
  December 31, 2017, or the second anniversary of the date the
  incumbent local exchange provider or cooperative ceases receiving
  support in that exchange].  Until the commission eliminates the
  support under Subsection (r), the [The] support received by the
  eligible telecommunications provider [during that period] shall be
  at the same monthly per line support level in effect for that
  exchange as of the date the incumbent local exchange provider or
  cooperative ceases receiving funding in that exchange.
         (r)  If the number of access lines served by competitive
  eligible telecommunications providers receiving support in an
  exchange described by Subsection (p) declines by at least 50
  percent from the number of lines that were served by those providers
  in that exchange on December 31, 2016, the commission shall review
  the per line support amount for that exchange at least once every
  three years to determine whether continuing the support is in the
  public interest. The commission by rule shall establish the
  criteria to determine whether the support should be eliminated.
  The first review under this subsection for an exchange must be
  completed not later than the end of the year following the year in
  which the number of access lines first declines by at least 50
  percent.
         (s)  The support for eligible telecommunications providers
  under Subsections (p) and (r) expires December 31, 2023.
         SECTION 2.  Section 56.023(q), Utilities Code, is repealed.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1476 passed the Senate on
  April 20, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 24, Nays 6.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1476 passed the House on
  May 18, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 111, Nays 33, two
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor