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(220 ILCS 5/13-900.2)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
(a) This Section shall apply to switched access rates charged by all carriers other than Electing Providers whose switched access rates are governed by subsection (g) of Section 13-506.2 of this Act.
(b) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) of this Section, the rates of any telecommunications carrier, including, but not limited to, competitive local exchange carriers, providing intrastate switched access service shall be reduced to rates no higher than the carrier's rates for interstate switched access service as follows:
(1) by January 1, 2011, each telecommunications
carrier must reduce its intrastate switched access rates by an amount equal to 50% of the difference between its then current intrastate switched access rates and its then current interstate switched access rates;
(2) by January 1, 2012, each telecommunications
carrier must further reduce its intrastate switched access rates by an amount equal to 50% of the difference between its then current intrastate switched access rates and its then current interstate switched access rates;
(3) by July 1, 2012, each telecommunications carrier
must reduce its intrastate switched access rates to mirror its then current interstate switched access rates and rate structure.
Following 24 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, each telecommunications carrier must continue to set its intrastate switched access rates to mirror its interstate switched access rates and rate structure. For purposes of this Section, the rate for intrastate switched access service means the composite, per-minute rate for that service, including all applicable fixed and traffic-sensitive charges, including, but not limited to, carrier common line charges.
(c) Subsection (b) of this Section shall not apply to incumbent local exchange carriers serving 35,000 or fewer access lines.
(d) Nothing in subsection (b) of this Section prohibits a telecommunications carrier from electing to offer intrastate switched access service at rates lower than its interstate rates.
(e) The Commission shall have no authority to order a telecommunications carrier to set its rates for intrastate switched access at a level lower than its interstate switched access rates.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)