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  • Rep. Timothy Briglin, Chair
  • Rep. Laura Sibilia, Vice Chair
  • Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Ranking Member
  • Rep. R. Scott Campbell
  • Rep. Seth Chase
  • Rep. Mark Higley
  • Rep. Avram Patt
  • Rep. Heidi E. Scheuermann, Clerk
  • Rep. Michael Yantachka

House Committee on Energy and Technology

 

AGENDA

 

Room 41

February 12, 2019 - February 15, 2019

Last Updated 2/27/2019 7:59 AM

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

10:00 AM                   House Floor

 

-                                   Caucuses

Immediately Following Floor Adjournment

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   Budget Review

Rebecca Wasserman, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Maria Royle, Legal Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

Ellen Czajkowski, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

2:00 PM                   Break

 

3:00 PM                   Fee Bill

Review of the Governor's Proposal to Fund DPS and PUC

Olivia Campbell Andersen, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Vermont

 

3:30 PM                   Fee Bill

Review of the Governor's Proposal to Fund DPS and PUC

Anthony Roisman, Chair, Public Utility Commission - Phone

Ann Bishop, Operations Director, Public Utility Commission

 

4:00 PM                   Adjourn

 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

8:30 AM                   Fee Bill

Review of the Governor's Proposal to Fund DPS and PUC

Riley Allen, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Service

June Tierney, Commissioner, Department of Public Service - Phone

 

9:00 AM                   H. 94 - An act relating to funding for State broadband initiatives

 

-                                   H. 145 - An act relating to the universal service charge and prepaid wireless telecommunications service

Jeanne Kennedy, Lobbyist, T-Mobile

Charles Storrow, Lobbyist, AT&T

Chris Rice, Lobbyist, Verizon

 

9:30 AM                   Break

 

10:00 AM                   Broadband Access

Discussion and Overview of Broadband in Respect to the Agricultural Community in Vermont

Brian Carpenter, Board Member VT Dairy Producers Alliance, Champlain Valley Equiptment - Phone

Scott Magnan, Owner, Magnan Custom Operators

Bill Rowell, Chair of Board, Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance

Margaret Laggis, Lobbyist, Green Mountain Dairy Farmers

Meg Nelson, Lobbyist, Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance

 

11:15 AM                   H. 94 - An act relating to funding for State broadband initiatives

 

-                                   H. 145 - An act relating to the universal service charge and prepaid wireless telecommunications service

Jeff Austin, Director of Government Relations, Consolidated Communications

Erin Sigrist, President, Vermont Retail & Grocers Association

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

H.135

 

2:30 PM                   Funding Discussion

Universal Service Fund, Bonding, and VEDA Funding Proposals

Carole Monroe, CEO, ValleyNet, ECFiber

Michael Birnbaum, Owner, Kingdom Fiber

 

3:30 PM                   Fee Bill

Drafting a Response to the Review of the Governor's Proposal to Fund DPS and PUC

Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

4:30 AM                   Adjourn

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

9:00 AM                   USF Presentation

General Discussion of the Universal Service Fund

Peter Bluhm - Phone

 

10:00 AM                   Funding Discussion

Universal Service Fund, Bonding, and VEDA Funding Proposals

Jeremy Hansen, Chair, CVFiber

 

10:30 AM                   H. 95 - An act relating to electric companies and broadband Internet access service

John Flynn, Vice President of Strategic Business Development, VELCO

Brian Otley, Senior Vice President, Operations, Green Mountain Power

Andrea Cohen, Manager, Government Affairs and Member Relations, Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Patricia Richards, General Manager, Washington Electric Coop

Barry Bernstein, President, Board of Directors, Washington Electric Coop

 

11:00 AM                   H. 160 - An act relating to support for enhanced broadband deployment in Vermont

Michael Gaughan, Executive Director, Vermont Municipal Bond Bank

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   House Floor

 

2:15 PM                   Fee Bill

Discussion of Letter to House Ways and Means

Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

2:30 PM                   Vermont League of Cities and Towns

Broadband and Cell Coverage

Margurite Ladd, Town Administrator, Cambridge

George Putnam, Selectman, Cambridge

Brian Story, Town Administrator, Johnson

Doug Molde, Selectboard, Johnson

 

3:15 AM                   Fee Bill

Discussion of Letter to House Ways and Means

Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

Friday, February 15, 2019

9:30 AM                   House Floor

 

11:30 AM                   H. 94 - An act relating to funding for State broadband initiatives

 

-                                   H. 145 - An act relating to the universal service charge and prepaid wireless telecommunications service

Discussion of Universal Service Fund

Roger Nishi, Vice President, Industry Relations, Waitsfield Champlain Valley Telecom

 

12:00 PM                   Lunch

 

1:00 PM                   H. 160 - An act relating to support for enhanced broadband deployment in Vermont

Karen Horn, Director, Public Policy & Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns

 

2:00 PM                   Committee Discussion

Discussion about Combining H.94 and H.145

Maria Royle, Legislative Counsel, Office of Legislative Council

 

2:30 PM                   Adjourn

 

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If you have any questions and comments, please contact

 Sarah Tewksbury at 802-828-2263 or stewksbury@leg.state.vt.us