SB 1003

85(R) - 2017
Senate Business & Commerce
Senate Business & Commerce

Companion Bill

HB 2370

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive


Kelly Hancock

Bill Caption

Relating to the participation of deregulated telecommunications companies in the lifeline program.

Fiscal Notes

From the Legislative Budget Board: no significant fiscal implication to the state is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 1003 would amend the Utilities Code to abolish the Texas Utilities Commission’s rule over lifeline services. Most notably, a certified provider of local exchange telephone service may now discontinue basic network services to a consumer who receives lifeline service because of nonpayment of charges for other services billed by the provider.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill enhances our limited government and personal responsibility principles by eliminating regulation on lifeline services. It is not a role of government to prohibit a service provider from discontinuing services because of failure to pay bills. We support SB 1003.

Organizations Supporting

AT&T Texas