Texas State With Explicit Roadblocks but Anyone has the authority to offer BBI

  • Texas State With Explicit Roadblocks but Anyone has the authority to offer BBI

    Posted by Michael on August 11, 2021 at 7:19 am

    Texas

    Texas state laws bar municipalities from offering specific types of telecommunication services to the public directly or through a private telecom company.

    But,

    Anyone has the authority to offer Internet service to residents because the Internet does not fall under the state’s definition of a telecommunication service.

    Texas Utilities Code, § 54.201

    Texas state laws bar municipalities from offering specific types of telecommunication services to the public directly or through a private telecom company. The state law does allow some provisions for communities without any private telecom companies presently offering broadband service to residents. Texas municipal broadband is largely regulated by Utilities Code, § 54.201, which was originally enacted in September of 1997.

    However, a few cities in the state have been able to get around these rules. Mont Belvieu, for instance, was able to begin building out a fiber network in 2016 to offer broadband services to residents. The local district court decided that the city of Mont Belvieu had the authority to offer Internet service to residents because the Internet does not fall under the state’s definition of a telecommunication service.

    In 2019, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law legislation enabling electric cooperatives to offer broadband services to customers, but the state still actively discourages and bars them from doing so in many circumstances.

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