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EXECUTIVE BRANCH
(20 ILCS 661/) High Speed Internet Services and Information Technology Act.

20 ILCS 661/1

    (20 ILCS 661/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the High Speed Internet Services and Information Technology Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-684, eff. 10-19-07.)

20 ILCS 661/5

    (20 ILCS 661/5)
    Sec. 5. Findings. With respect to high speed Internet services and information technology, the General Assembly finds the following:
        (1) The deployment and adoption of high speed
    
Internet services and information technology has resulted in enhanced economic development and public safety for the State's communities, improved health care and educational opportunities, and a better quality of life for the State's residents.
        (2) Continued progress in the deployment and adoption
    
of high speed Internet services and information technology is vital to ensuring that this State remains competitive and continues to create business and job growth.
        (3) The State must encourage and support the
    
partnership of the public and private sectors in the continued growth of high speed Internet and information technology for the State's residents and businesses.
        (4) Local governmental entities play a role in
    
assessing the needs of their communities with respect to high speed Internet services and information technology.
(Source: P.A. 95-684, eff. 10-19-07.)

20 ILCS 661/10

    (20 ILCS 661/10)
    Sec. 10. Nonprofit organization defined. In this Act:
    "Nonprofit organization" means an organization that (i) is a nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under Section 501(a) of that Code; (ii) has no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any member, founder, contributor, or individual; (iii) is organized under, subject to, and has all the powers and duties of a not-for-profit corporation under the General Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986; (iv) has statewide representation; and (v) has a board of directors that is not composed of a majority of individuals who are also employed by, or otherwise associated with, any federal, State, or local government or agency.
    "Department" means the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
(Source: P.A. 95-684, eff. 10-19-07.)

20 ILCS 661/15

    (20 ILCS 661/15)
    Sec. 15. Enlistment of a nonprofit organization.
    (a) Notwithstanding any other statute, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall enlist a nonprofit organization to implement a comprehensive, statewide high speed Internet deployment strategy and demand creation initiative with the purpose of:
        (1) ensuring that all State residents and businesses
    
have access to affordable and reliable high speed Internet service;
        (2) achieving improved technology literacy, increased
    
computer ownership, and home high speed Internet use among State residents and businesses;
        (3) establishing and empowering local technology
    
planning teams in each county to plan for improved technology use across multiple community sectors; and
        (4) establishing and sustaining an environment ripe
    
for high speed Internet access and technology investment statewide.
    (b) The nonprofit organization shall have an established competency and proven record of working with public and private sectors to accomplish wide-scale deployment and adoption of broadband and information technology in Illinois.
    (c) The Department shall adopt rules regarding the enlistment of a nonprofit organization.
(Source: P.A. 95-684, eff. 10-19-07.)

20 ILCS 661/20

    (20 ILCS 661/20)
    Sec. 20. Duties of the enlisted nonprofit organization.
    (a) The high speed Internet deployment strategy and demand creation initiative to be performed by the nonprofit organization shall include, but not be limited to, the following actions:
        (1) Create a geographic statewide inventory of high
    
speed Internet service and other relevant broadband and information technology services. The inventory shall:
            (A) identify geographic gaps in high speed
        
Internet service through a method of GIS mapping of service availability and GIS analysis at the census block level;
            (B) provide a baseline assessment of statewide
        
high speed Internet deployment in terms of percentage of Illinois households with high speed Internet availability; and
            (C) collect from Facilities-based Providers of
        
Broadband Connections to End User Locations the information provided pursuant to the agreements entered into with the non-profit organization as of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly or similar information from Facilities-based Providers of Broadband Connections to End User Locations that do not have the agreements on said date.
            For the purposes of item (C), "Facilities-based
        
Providers of Broadband Connections to End User Locations" shall have the same meaning as that term is defined in Section 13-407 of the Public Utilities Act.
        (2) Track and identify, through customer interviews
    
and surveys and other publicly available sources, statewide residential and business adoption of high speed Internet, computers, and related information technology and any barriers to adoption.
        (3) Build and facilitate in each county or designated
    
region a local technology planning team with members representing a cross section of the community, including, but not limited to, representatives of business, K-12 education, health care, libraries, higher education, community-based organizations, local government, tourism, parks and recreation, and agriculture. Each team shall benchmark technology use across relevant community sectors, set goals for improved technology use within each sector, and develop a plan for achieving its goals, with specific recommendations for online application development and demand creation.
        (4) Collaborate with high speed Internet providers
    
and technology companies to encourage deployment and use, especially in underserved areas, by aggregating local demand, mapping analysis, and creating market intelligence to improve the business case for providers to deploy.
        (5) Collaborate with the Department in developing a
    
program to increase computer ownership and broadband access for disenfranchised populations across the State. The program may include grants to local community technology centers that provide technology training, promote computer ownership, and increase broadband access.
        (6) Collaborate with the Department and the Illinois
    
Commerce Commission regarding the collection of the information required by this Section to assist in monitoring and analyzing the broadband markets and the status of competition and deployment of broadband services to consumers in the State, including the format of information requested, provided the Commission enters into the proprietary and confidentiality agreements governing such information.
    (b) The nonprofit organization may apply for federal grants consistent with the objectives of this Act.
    (c) The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall use the funds in the High Speed Internet Services and Information Technology Fund to (1) provide grants to the nonprofit organization enlisted under this Act and (2) for any costs incurred by the Department to administer this Act.
    (d) The nonprofit organization shall have the power to obtain or to raise funds other than the grants received from the Department under this Act.
    (e) The nonprofit organization and its Board of Directors shall exist separately and independently from the Department and any other governmental entity, but shall cooperate with other public or private entities it deems appropriate in carrying out its duties.
    (f) Notwithstanding anything in this Act or any other Act to the contrary, any information that is designated confidential or proprietary by an entity providing the information to the nonprofit organization or any other entity to accomplish the objectives of this Act shall be deemed confidential, proprietary, and a trade secret and treated by the nonprofit organization or anyone else possessing the information as such and shall not be disclosed.
    (g) The nonprofit organization shall provide a report to the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability on an annual basis for the first 3 complete State fiscal years following its enlistment.
(Source: P.A. 95-684, eff. 10-19-07; 96-927, eff. 6-15-10.)

20 ILCS 661/25

    (20 ILCS 661/25)
    Sec. 25. Scope of authority. Nothing in this Act shall be construed as giving the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the nonprofit organization, or other entities any additional authority, regulatory or otherwise, over providers of telecommunications, broadband, and information technology. However, the Department shall have the authority to require Facilities-based Providers of Broadband Connections to End User Locations to provide information pursuant to subsection (c) of Section 20. Upon request, any and all information collected pursuant to subsection (c) of Section 20 that is provided to the enlisted nonprofit organization shall be provided to the Department, provided the Department enters into the proprietary and confidentiality agreements governing such information.
(Source: P.A. 95-684, eff. 10-19-07; 96-927, eff. 6-15-10.)

20 ILCS 661/30

    (20 ILCS 661/30)
    Sec. 30. High Speed Internet Services and Information Technology Fund.
    (a) There is created in the State treasury a special fund to be known as the High Speed Internet Services and Information Technology Fund, to be used, subject to appropriation, by the Department of Commerce and Economic Development for purposes of providing grants to the nonprofit organization enlisted under this Act.
    (b) On the effective date of this Act, $4,000,000 in the Digital Divide Elimination Infrastructure Fund shall be transferred to the High Speed Internet Services and Information Technology Fund. Nothing contained in this subsection (b) shall affect the validity of grants issued with moneys from the Digital Divide Elimination Infrastructure Fund before June 30, 2007.
(Source: P.A. 95-684, eff. 10-19-07.)

20 ILCS 661/35

    (20 ILCS 661/35)
    Sec. 35. Local broadband projects. Any municipality or county may undertake local broadband projects and the provision of services in connection therewith; may lease infrastructure that it owns or controls; may aggregate customers or demand for broadband services; may apply for and receive funds or technical assistance to undertake such projects to address the level of broadband access available to its businesses and residents. To the extent that it seeks to serve as a retail provider of telecommunications services, the municipality or county shall be required to obtain appropriate certification from the Illinois Commerce Commission as a telecommunications carrier.
(Source: P.A. 95-684, eff. 10-19-07.)

20 ILCS 661/90

    (20 ILCS 661/90)
    Sec. 90. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 95-684, eff. 10-19-07; text omitted.)

20 ILCS 661/99

    (20 ILCS 661/99)
    Sec. 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 95-684, eff. 10-19-07.)