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  • NJ A2240
  • Requires certain CATV companies to provide free Internet access to public libraries.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires cable television (CATV) companies that are applying for, or renewing, municipal franchises to provide free Internet service to at least one public library in the municipality served by the CATV company. The free Internet service requirement is to take effect as part of any new or renewed municipal franchise agreement that is issued or approved by the Board of Public Utilities after the effective date of this bill. The Internet is an important source of news, social interaction, and employment opportunities for the public, many of whom are unable to afford the high cost of maintaining Internet access in their homes. By requiring CATV companies to offer free Internet service to public libraries, many members of the public who are currently unable to access the Internet due to difficult economic circumstances will have a convenient and low-cost means of making use of the benefits and opportunities provided by the Internet.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Economic Growth, Passed Assembly, Telecommunications and Utilities
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Economic Growth Committee  (on 6/22/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
6/22/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Economic Growth Committee
6/22/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (71-3-1)
5/12/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
5/12/2016 Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Hearing (10:00 5/12/2016 Committee Room 9, 3rd Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/22/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 71 3 6
Detail 5/12/2016 Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee: Reported with Amendments 5 0 3