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(A) In addition to the application fee set forth in § 92-16, a telecommunication corporation, including a telecommunications corporation not required to obtain a license pursuant to the exemption provided by § 92-15, shall pay an encroachment permit fee for the issuance of an encroachment permit to place telecommunication facilities in the public highway.
(B) A telecommunication corporation that has placed facilities in public highways that carry interstate traffic between and among the telecommunication corporation's points of presence exclusive of facilities used by the local network and the portion of the interstate network that carries intrastate calls, shall pay an annual fee based on the number of linear feet of trench in the public highways. The rate per linear foot shall be set by City Council resolution and shall not exceed the highest rate per linear foot a political subdivision charged a licensee or franchisee on or before December 31, 1999. The rate per linear foot shall not be increased in any year by more than the increase in the average consumer price index as published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
(C) Telecommunication corporations shall bear all of the reasonable costs associated with construction, maintenance, and operations of its facilities in the public highways used to provide telecommunications services including reasonable costs associated with damage to the public highways.
(Ord. O98-02, passed 1-7-98; Ord. O99-52, passed 8-4-99; Ord. O2003-48, passed 10-15-03; Ord. O2018-019, passed 8-1-18)