metro act / right of way

The METRO Authority is empowered to coordinate public right-of-way matters with municipalities, assess the fees required under the Act and have the exclusive power to assess fees on telecommunication providers owning telecommunication facilities in public rights-of-way within a municipality in a metropolitan area to recover the costs of using the rights-of-way by the provider. Act 88 of the Public Acts of 2014 amends Act 48 of 2002 to replace the METRO Authority with the Local Community Stabilization Authority.

Under Act 50 of the Public Acts of 2002, tax credits are afforded to telecommunication providers that invest in new broadband infrastructure and, upon certification of the MPSC, for right-of-way fees paid under the first bill. Finally, Act 49 of the Public Acts of 2002 created the Michigan Broadband Development Authority to help fund the rollout of broadband services in underserved areas. The Michigan Broadband Development Authority completed its successful efforts to increase access across the state and ceased operations on April 21, 2007. Service of all outstanding loans has been taken over by the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority.

The Public Service Commission has the responsibility to prescribe the forms and application for permits to be issued to municipalities and then to track the municipalities granting or denial of permits. The providers shall submit route maps showing the location of telecommunication facilities to both the commission and the affected municipality. The Public Service Commission is responsible for coordinating and minimizing disruptions and other disputes under Act 48 through mediation as well as determining minimum tax credits and remedies/penalties for violations of the Act.

The Public Service Commission has the responsibility to prescribe the forms and application for permits to be issued to municipalities and then to track the municipalities granting or denial of permits. The providers shall submit route maps showing the location of telecommunication facilities to both the commission and the affected municipality. The Public Service Commission is responsible for coordinating and minimizing disruptions and other disputes under Act 48 through mediation as well as determining minimum tax credits and remedies/penalties for violations of the Act.