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Text of the Federal Wi-Net Act

This bill was introduced on December 1, 2010, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Dec 1, 2010 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3995

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

December 1, 2010

(for herself and Mr. Warner) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

A BILL

To direct the Administrator of the General Services Administration to install Wi-Fi hotspots and wireless neutral host systems in all Federal buildings in order to improve in-building wireless communications coverage and commercial network capacity by offloading wireless traffic onto wireline broadband networks.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Federal Wi-Net Act.

2.

Installation of Wi-Fi hotspots and wireless neutral host systems in all Federal buildings

(a)

In general

The Administrator of the General Services Administration shall—

(1)

install Wi-Fi hotspots in all publicly accessible Federal buildings constructed after the date of enactment of this Act;

(2)

allow for the installation of wireless neutral host systems by any eligible carriers upon request in all publicly accessible Federal buildings; and

(3)

in a manner consistent with sound management principles, retrofit all Federal buildings constructed prior to the date of enactment of this Act on a timetable that reflects the importance of wireless communication to the Federal functions being performed by the occupants of such buildings, provided that all such building shall be retrofitted not later than December 31, 2013.

(b)

Funding

There shall be made available from the Federal Buildings Fund established under section 592 of title 40, United States Code, $15,000,000 to carry out this section. Such sums shall be derived from the unobligated balance of amounts made available from the Federal Buildings Fund for fiscal year 2010, and prior fiscal years, for repairs and alterations and other activities (excluding amounts made available for the energy program). Such sums shall remain available until expended.

3.

Federal easements and rights-of-way

(a)

Grant

If an executive agency, a State, a political subdivision or agency of a State, or a person applies for the grant of an easement or rights-of-way to, in, over, or on a building owned by the Federal Government for the right to install, construct, and maintain wireless transmitters and backhaul transmission, the executive agency having control of the building may grant to the applicant, on behalf of the Federal Government, an easement or rights-of-way to perform such installation, construction, and maintenance.

(b)

Application

The Administrator of the General Services Administration shall develop a common form for rights-of-way applications required under subsection (a) for all executive agencies that shall be used by applicants with respect to the buildings of each such agency.

(c)

Fee

(1)

In general

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in making a grant of an easement or rights-of-way pursuant to subsection (a), the Administrator of the General Services Administration shall establish a reasonable fee for the award of such grant that is based on fair market prices.

(2)

Exceptions

The Administrator of the General Services Administration may establish exceptions to the fee amount required under paragraph (1)—

(A)

in consideration of the public benefit provided by a grant of an easement or rights-of-way; and

(B)

in the interest of expanding wireless and broadband coverage.

(d)

Use of fees collected

Any fee amounts collected by an executive agency pursuant to subsection (b) shall be used by the agency for the construction and maintenance of Wi-Fi hotspots and wireless neutral host systems.

4.

Master contracts for wireless transmitter sitings

(a)

In general

Notwithstanding section 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, or any regulation pursuant thereto, or any other provision of law, and not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the General Services Administration shall develop one or more master contracts that shall govern the placement of wireless transmitters on buildings owned by the Federal Government. Such master contract shall, with respect to the siting of wireless transmitters, standardize the treatment of covering rooftop space, equipment, and technology, and any other key issues that the Administrator determines appropriate.

(b)

Applicability

The master contract developed by the Administrator of the General Services Administration under subsection (a) shall apply to all publicly accessible buildings owned by the Federal Government, unless the Administrator decides that local issues with respect to the siting of wireless transmitters requires non-standard treatment of a specific building.

(c)

Application

The Administrator of the General Services Administration shall develop a common form or set of forms for wireless transmitter siting applications required under this section for all executive agencies that shall be used by applicants with respect to the buildings of each such agency.

5.

Definitions

As used in this Act:

(1)

Wireless neutral host system

The term wireless neutral host system means a small cellular communications base station and related antenna, such as a femtocell, picocell, or similar device or apparatus, that is connected to a broadband service to provide—

(A)

improved cellular coverage within a building; and

(B)

increased network capacity.

(2)

Wi-Fi hotspot

The term Wi-Fi hotspot means a site or area in which the public can access the Internet via a wireless connection.