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Broadband oversight bill heads to West Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee

By Steven Allen Adams, The Intelligencer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — By a narrow vote and over the objections of the lead sponsor of the bill, the House Technology and Infrastructure Committee voted Monday to send a bill that would provide oversight to a new state agency and accountability for internet service providers to a subcommittee.

The committee voted 9-8 Monday afternoon to send House Bill 4001, creating the Legislative Oversight Commission on Department of Economic Development Accountability, to a subcommittee for further review.

Members of the committee were briefed by counsel on a committee amendment to HB 4001, making technical changes to the bill, including additional input from stakeholders for confidentiality agreements for utility rights of way and easements, and for certain documents that would be required to be submitted to the new oversight commission.

House Tech Committee Chairman Daniel Linville, R-Cabell, said his intentions for the committee were to approve the committee amendment to HB 4001 and table the bill until next week to allow additional time for members and interested parties to review the bill…

To read more: https://www.theintelligencer.net/news/top-headlines/2022/01/broadband-oversight-bill-heads-to-house-of-delegates-subcommittee/

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