Legislation, Issues & Laws

Today's broadband industry is at the forefront of telecommunications technology that delivers quality broadband, video, mobile and voice services to our customers.

Our position as a leader in innovation brings with it numerous issues warranting our attention and concern. On behalf of Ohio's broadband cable industry, OCTA  monitors and participates in issues under discussion at the local, state and federal level.

For information on current issues and industry positions, visit the Key Issues area of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association website.

Current Legislation

House Bills - Sub. House Bill 430 – OCTA Letter of Support for Am. 3127

Senate Bills -   OCTA analysis of Senate Bill 378 as enacted and Senate Bill 378


Federal Law

Communications Act of 1934

As amended by the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984, Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992, and the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996.

State of Ohio Law (Ohio Revised Code)

HB 5 Municipal Tax

Summary of Key Provisions of Am. Sub. H.B. 5

Prepared by the Ohio Society of CPAs

  • Requires municipal corporations levying an income tax as of January 1, 2016 to amend their existing income tax ordinances to include certain statements incorporating the bill's limitations.
  • Establishes a uniform tax base applicable to all municipal corporations levying an income tax (with a few exceptions by further defining the income that municipal corporations can tax and the income that they may not tax.

HB 5 Analysis

Senate Bill 171 - Equipment Theft

Senate Bill 117 - State-Issued Video Franchising

Rights-of-Way Law

Ohio Cable Signal Theft Provisions

Restriction on Township Control -   505.90 - 505.92 were repealed by SB 117 (State Issued Video Franchise Law), but are still relevant for portions of SB 117.

Ohio Fair Competition in Cable Act (Municipal Cable Systems)

Cyber Patrol Law

Ohio Signal Theft Law (Civil Penalties)

Government Relations