Date Requested:March 01, 2013
Time Requested:01:05 PM
Agency: Public Service Commission
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2013R2000 SB127
CBD Subject: AVAILABILITY OF BROADBAND
FUND(S)
8623
Sources of Revenue
Special Fund
Legislation creates:
Neither Program nor Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

    This bill has no impact on revenues for the PSC.
    
    This bill will increase costs for the PSC in order to develop the report on "broadband markets in West Virginia" for the Legislature by January 1 of each year.

Fiscal Note Detail
Over-all effect
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2013
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2014
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 31,000 22,300
Personal Services 0 26,000 17,300
Current Expenses 0 5,000 5,000
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    FY2013: This bill has no impact on costs in fiscal year 2013.
    
    FY2014:
    - Developing the report requires six months of effort from a Utilities Analyst 1 at a salary of approximately $38,000 per year plus payroll overhead of 36%. Total personal services costs is therefore $26,000 ($19,000 salary, payroll overhead $7,000).
    - Supplies and mailing costs are estimated at $5,000.
    
    FY Upon Full Implementation
    - Developing the report in future years should require less time from the Utilities Analyst 1, about four months. At a salary of approximately $38,000 per year plus payroll overhead of 36% the total personal services cost is $17,300 ($12,700 salary, payroll overhead $4,600).
    - Supplies and mailing costs are estimated at $5,000.
    
    PSC costs could be less than estimated above if the report required by the Legislature can "borrow" heavily from the West Virginia Broadband Council (WVBC) and other existing sources such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
David M. Kovarik
Email Address:
fiscalnote@psc.state.wv.us
    The proposed bill lacks definitions, e.g. :
    1. Broadband is as defined in §31-15-1 or that recently voted on by West Virginia Broadband Council (WVBC). (See http://wvgazette.com/News/201303010154) (download speed of 6 megabits)?
    2. Market penetration defined as found in §31-15C-6 ?
    3. What does “available devices for persons with disabilities” mean?
    4. Is survey data from broadband providers confidential (see §31-15C-13)?
    5. Will broadband providers, especially non-utility providers, be required by statute to respond to survey questions?