Wireless Telecommunications Investment Act Passes House

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Monday, February 9, 2015

STATEHOUSE—Hoosier consumers may see improved wireless service thanks to legislation authored by State Representative Eric Koch (R-Bedford) to promote investment in wireless telecommunications infrastructure by removing state and local regulatory obstacles.

“Consumer demand for wireless telecommunications in Indiana continues to grow exponentially. Wireless technology is also a solution to the rural Broadband challenge,” said Rep. Koch. “We need to make sure that Indiana remains attractive to private-sector investment in wireless telecommunications infrastructure to meet this demand and ensure that Hoosier consumers have high-quality wireless service.”

House Bill (HB) 1318 establishes a uniform statewide procedure for applications and the issuance of permits for the construction and modification of structures and facilities used for the provision of wireless communications service.

“This legislation came out of a broad discussion on how to advance wireless and wire-line Broadband growth in Indiana,” said Rep. Koch. “I worked with representatives of the telecommunications industry and local government to identify regulatory obstacles discouraging wireless telecommunications infrastructure investment in Indiana, particularly rural Indiana.”

The bill passed out of the House by a vote of 84-14 and will now go to the Senate for further consideration.

Visit www.iga.in.gov for more information about HB 1318.

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Rep. Koch serves House District 65, which includes all of Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson Counties.