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The purpose of this title is to:

A. Comply with the provisions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act as they apply to local governments, telecommunications carriers and the services they offer;

B. Establish clear local guidelines, standards and time frames for the exercise of local authority with respect to the regulation of telecommunications carriers and services;

C. Promote competition on a competitively neutral basis in the provision of telecommunications services;

D. Encourage the provision of advanced and competitive telecommunications services on the widest possible basis to businesses institutions and residents of the City;

E. Permit and manage reasonable access to the public rights-of-way of the City for telecommunications purposes on a competitively neutral basis and conserve the limited physical capacity of those public rights-of-way held in trust by the City;

F. Assure that the City’s current and ongoing costs of granting and regulating private access to and the use of the public rights-of-way are fully compensated by the persons seeking such access and causing such costs;

G. Secure fair and reasonable compensation to the City and its residents for permitting private use of the public right-of-way;

H. Assure that all telecommunications carriers providing facilities or services within the City, or passing through the City, register and comply with the ordinances, rules and regulations of the City;

I. Assure that the City can continue to fairly and responsibly protect the public health, safety and welfare of its citizens;

J. Enable the City to discharge its public trust consistent with the rapidly evolving federal and state regulatory policies, industry competition and technological development.

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