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(220 ILCS 5/13-407)
(from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-407)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
Commission study and report.
The Commission shall monitor
and analyze patterns of
entry and exit and changes in patterns of entry
and exit for each relevant
market for telecommunications services, including emerging high speed
telecommunications markets and broadband services. The Commission shall include its findings
together with appropriate recommendations for legislative action in its
annual report to the General Assembly. The Commission shall provide an analysis of entry and exit, along with changes in patterns of entry and exit, for broadband services in its annual report to the General Assembly.
In preparing its annual report, the Commission may obtain any information on broadband services that has been collected or is in the possession of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity pursuant to the High Speed Internet Services and Information Technology Act. The Commission shall coordinate with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in collecting information to avoid a duplication of efforts.
The Commission shall also monitor and analyze the status
of deployment of services to consumers, and any resulting "digital divisions"
between consumers, including any changes or trends therein. The
Commission shall include its findings together with appropriate recommendations
for legislative action in its annual report to the General Assembly. In
preparing this analysis the Commission shall evaluate information
provided by certificated telecommunications carriers, registered Interconnected VoIP providers, and Facilities-based Providers of Broadband Connections to End User Locations that pertains to the state of
competition in telecommunications markets including, but not limited to:
(1) the number and type of firms providing
telecommunications services and broadband services, within the State;
(2) the services offered by these firms to both
retail and wholesale customers;
(3) the extent to which customers and other providers
are purchasing the firms' services; and
(4) the technologies or methods by which these firms
provide these services, including descriptions of technologies in place and under development, and the degree to which firms rely on other wholesale providers to provide service to their own customers.
The Commission shall at a minimum assess the variability in this
information according to geography, examining variability by exchange,
wirecenter, or zip code, and by
customer class, examining, at a minimum, the variability between residential
and small, medium, and large business customers. The Commission shall
provide an analysis of market trends by collecting this information from certificated telecommunications carriers, registered Interconnected VoIP providers, and Facilities-based Providers of Broadband Connections to End User Locations within the State. The Commission shall
also collect all information, in a format determined by the Commission, that
the Commission deems necessary to assist in monitoring and analyzing the
telecommunications markets and broadband market, along with the status of competition and deployment of
telecommunications services and broadband services to consumers in the State.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, certificated telecommunications carriers and registered Interconnected VoIP providers shall report to the Commission such information, with the exception of broadband information, requested by the Commission necessary to satisfy the reporting requirements of items (1) through (4) of this Section.
The Commission may coordinate and work with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to avoid duplication of collection of information that is collected pursuant to the High Speed Internet Services and Information Technology Act.
For the purposes of this Section:
"Broadband connections" include wired lines or
wireless channels that enable the end user to receive information from or send information to the Internet at information transfer rates exceeding 200 kbps in at least one direction.
"End user" includes a residential, business,
institutional, or government entity who uses broadband services for its own purposes and who does not resell such services to other entities or incorporate such services into retail Internet-access services. For purposes of this Section, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) is not an end user of a broadband connection.
"Facilities-based Provider of Broadband Connections
to End User Locations" means an entity that meets any of the following conditions:
(i) It owns the portion of the physical facility
that terminates at the end user location.
(ii) It obtains unbundled network elements
(UNEs), special access lines, or other leased facilities that terminate at the end user location and provisions or equips them as broadband.
(iii) It provisions or equips a broadband
wireless channel to the end user location over licensed or unlicensed spectrum.
"Facilities-based Provider of Broadband Connections
to End User Locations" does not include providers of terrestrial fixed wireless services (such as Wi-Fi and other wireless Ethernet, or wireless local area network, applications) that only enable local distribution and sharing of a premises broadband facility and does not include air-to-ground services.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)