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DLEG Distributes $21.6 Million in Telecommunication Fee Funds To Michigan Cities, Townships and Villages
Lori Donlan 517-373-9280Agency:
Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
June 26, 2007
- The Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG) recently distributed about $21.6 million in telecommunication maintenance funds to 1,738 eligible Michigan cities, townships, and villages, Director Keith W. Cooley announced today.
The funds, allocated by the department's METRO Authority division, are maintenance fees collected from telecommunication providers for their access and use of municipal public rights-of-way. One hundred percent of the funds received from telecommunication providers are annually disbursed to municipalities.
The METRO Authority, created under the METRO Act (P.A. 48 of 2002) coordinates public right-of-way matters between Michigan's municipalities and telecommunication providers and assesses maintenance fees required under the Act.
Since 2003, the METRO Authority has distributed a total of $92,694,929. In 2006, $21.8 million was distributed.
The METRO Act was enacted to:
- Encourage competition in the availability, prices, terms, and other conditions of providing telecommunication services;
- Encourage the introduction of new services, the entry of new providers, the development of new technologies, and increase investment in the telecommunication infrastructure;
- Improve the opportunities for economic development and the delivery of telecommunication services;
- Streamline the process for authorizing access to and use of public rights-of-way by municipalities;
- Provide for a common public rights-of-way maintenance fee applicable to telecommunication providers;
- Allow for a property tax credit for providers to recover the costs under the act (and ensure that providers do not pass costs onto end-users thru rates and charges for telecommunication services);
- Ensure effective review and disposition of disputes under the Act.
The Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG) is investing in Michigan's future by helping to create the jobs of today and tomorrow, ensuring that our children and adults have the skills these jobs demand, making Michigan a better place to do business, and training and placing those who need jobs now.
Read more Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth press releases.