(a) As used in this section, “occupied building” means a building or a part of a building which is rented, leased, hired out, arranged or designed to be occupied, or is occupied (1) as the home or residence of three or more families living independently of each other, (2) as the place of business of three or more persons, firms or corporations conducting business independently of each other, or (3) by any combination of such families and such persons, firms or corporations totaling three or more, and includes trailer parks, mobile manufactured home parks, nursing homes, hospitals and condominium associations.
Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 16-247l
- Authority: means the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and "department" means the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Certified telecommunications provider: means a person certified by the authority to provide intrastate telecommunications services, as defined in section 16-247a, pursuant to sections 16-247f to 16-247h, inclusive. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
- Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
- Person: means an individual, business, firm, corporation, association, joint stock association, trust, partnership or limited liability company. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
(b) No owner of an occupied building shall demand or accept payment, in any form, except as provided in subsection (f) of this section, in exchange for permitting a certified telecommunications provider on or within his property or premises, or discriminate in rental charges or the provision of service between tenants who receive such service and those who do not, or those who receive such service from different certified telecommunications providers, provided such owner shall not be required to bear any cost for the installation or provision of such service.
(c) An owner of an occupied building shall permit wiring to provide telecommunications service by a certified telecommunications provider in such building provided: (1) A tenant of such building requests services from that certified telecommunications provider; (2) the entire cost of such wiring is assumed by that certified telecommunications provider; (3) the certified telecommunications provider indemnifies and holds harmless the owner for any damages caused by such wiring; and (4) the certified telecommunications provider complies with all regulations of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority pertaining to such wiring. The authority shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, which shall set forth terms which may be included, and terms which shall not be included, in any contract to be entered into by an owner of an occupied building and a certified telecommunications provider concerning such wiring. No certified telecommunications provider shall present to an owner of an occupied building for review or for signature such a contract which contains a term prohibited from inclusion in such a contract by regulations adopted hereunder. The owner of an occupied building may require such wiring to be installed when the owner is present and may approve or deny the location at which such wiring enters such building.
(d) Prior to completion of construction of an occupied building, an owner of such a building in the process of construction shall permit prewiring to provide telecommunications services in such building provided: (1) The certified telecommunications provider complies with all the provisions of subdivisions (2), (3) and (4) of subsection (c) of this section and subsection (f) of this section; and (2) all wiring other than that to be directly connected to the equipment of a telecommunications service customer shall be concealed within the walls of such building.
(e) No certified telecommunications provider may enter into any agreement with the owner or lessee of, or person controlling or managing, an occupied building serviced by such provider, or commit or permit any act, that would have the effect, directly or indirectly, of diminishing or interfering with existing rights of any tenant or other occupant of such building to use or avail himself of the services of other certified telecommunications providers.
(f) The authority shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 authorizing certified telecommunications providers, upon application by the owner of an occupied building and approval by the authority, to reasonably compensate the owner for any taking of property associated with the installation of wiring and ancillary facilities for the provision of telecommunications service. The regulations may include, without limitation:
(1) Establishment of a procedure under which owners may petition the authority for additional compensation;
(2) Authorization for owners and certified telecommunications providers to negotiate settlement agreements regarding the amount of such compensation, which agreements shall be subject to the authority’s approval;
(3) Establishment of criteria for determining any additional compensation that may be due;
(4) Establishment of a schedule or schedules of such compensation under specified circumstances; and
(5) Establishment of application fees, or a schedule of fees, for applications under this subsection.
(g) Nothing in subsection (f) of this section shall preclude a certified telecommunications provider from installing telecommunications equipment or facilities in an occupied building prior to the authority’s determination of reasonable compensation.
(h) Any determination by the authority under subsection (f) of this section regarding the amount of compensation to which an owner is entitled or approval of a settlement agreement may be appealed by an aggrieved party in accordance with the provisions of section 4-183.
(i) Any person which the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority determines, after notice and opportunity for a hearing as provided in section 16-41, has failed to comply with any provision of subsections (b) to (e), inclusive, of this section shall pay to the state a civil penalty of not more than one thousand dollars for each day following the issuance of a final order by the authority pursuant to section 16-41 that the person fails to comply with said subsections.