Telecom and Broadband Access Bill Moves to Full Ways and Means Committee

A bill that seeks to expand access to telecommunications services and develop broadband access across Oregon cleared the joint committee on ways and means subcommittee on transportation and economic development on June 12. The bill, [...]

Governor Brown’s Desk Next Stop for Rural Oregon Land Use Bill

A bill to make Oregon’s land use laws more flexible for rural Oregon has cleared the final hurdle in the legislative process before it goes to the Governor’s desk.   Senate Bill 2 would [...]

Landmark Legislation for Rural Oregon on the Move, Commissioner Mark Owens Champions Legislative Effort

A group of stakeholders were convened over the last three years to address land use flexibility in rural Oregon counties. Harney County Commissioner Mark Owens took a large part in discussions to craft and advance [...]

Bill to Strengthen Telecommunications Services and Develop Broadband Access Across Oregon Received Public Hearing

In 1999, the Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Universal Service Fund (OUSF) to support and provide targeted investments for telecommunications service in rural areas of the state. OUSF receives revenue from a surcharge on landlines [...]