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H.R. 1141: Broadband Competition and Efficient Deployment Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 18, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1141

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 18, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To provide that a project for the collocation of a telecommunications service facility is not subject to requirements to prepare certain environmental or historical preservation reviews.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Broadband Competition and Efficient Deployment Act.

2.

Application of NEPA and NHPA to collocation of telecommunications service facilities

(a)

NEPA exemption

A covered project shall not be subject to the requirements of section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)).

(b)

National Historic Preservation Act exemption

A covered project shall not be considered an undertaking under section 300320 of title 54, United States Code.

(c)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Commission

The term Commission means the Federal Communications Commission.

(2)

Covered project

The term covered project means a project—

(A)

for the placement, construction, or modification of a telecommunications service facility in or on eligible support infrastructure; and

(B)

for which a permit, license, or approval from the Commission is required or that is otherwise subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission.

(3)

Eligible support infrastructure

The term eligible support infrastructure means infrastructure that supports or houses a facility for communication by wire (or is designed to and capable of supporting or housing such a facility) at the time when a complete request to a State or local government or instrumentality thereof for authorization to place, construct, or modify a telecommunications service facility in or on the infrastructure is received by the government or instrumentality.

(4)

State

The term State means the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the territories and possessions of the United States, and each federally recognized Indian Tribe.

(5)

Telecommunications service

The term telecommunications service has the meaning given such term in section 3 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 153).

(6)

Telecommunications service facility

The term telecommunications service facility means a facility for the provision of any interstate or intrastate telecommunications service.