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UTILITIES
(220 ILCS 5/) Public Utilities Act.

220 ILCS 5/Art. XIII

 
    (220 ILCS 5/Art. XIII heading)
    (Article scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
ARTICLE XIII. TELECOMMUNICATIONS
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-100

    (220 ILCS 5/13-100) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-100)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-100. This Article shall be known and may be cited as the Universal Telephone Service Protection Law of 1985.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-101

    (220 ILCS 5/13-101) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-101)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-101. Application of Act to telecommunications rates and services. The Sections of this Act pertaining to public utilities, public utility rates and services, and the regulation thereof, are fully and equally applicable to noncompetitive telecommunications rates and services, and the regulation thereof, except to the extent modified or supplemented by the specific provisions of this Article or where the context clearly renders such provisions inapplicable. Articles I through IV, Sections 5-101, 5-106, 5-108, 5-110, 5-201, 5-202.1, 5-203, 8-301, 8-305, 8-501, 8-502, 8-503, 8-505, 8-509, 8-509.5, 8-510, 9-221, 9-222, 9-222.1, 9-222.2, 9-241, 9-250, and 9-252.1, and Article X of this Act are fully and equally applicable to the noncompetitive and competitive services of an Electing Provider and to competitive telecommunications rates and services, and the regulation thereof except that Section 5-109 shall apply to the services of an Electing Provider and to competitive telecommunications rates and services only to the extent that the Commission requires annual reports authorized by Section 5-109, provided the telecommunications provider may use generally accepted accounting practices or accounting systems it uses for financial reporting purposes in the annual report, and except that Sections 8-505 and 9-250 shall not apply to competitive retail telecommunications services and Sections 8-501 and 9-241 shall not apply to competitive services; in addition, as to competitive telecommunications rates and services, and the regulation thereof, and with the exception of competitive retail telecommunications service rates and services, all rules and regulations made by a telecommunications carrier affecting or pertaining to its charges or service shall be just and reasonable. As of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly, Sections 4-202, 4-203, and 5-202 of this Act shall cease to apply to telecommunications rates and services.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-102

    (220 ILCS 5/13-102) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-102)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-102. Findings. With respect to telecommunications services, as herein defined, the General Assembly finds that:
    (a) universally available and widely affordable telecommunications services are essential to the health, welfare and prosperity of all Illinois citizens;
    (b) federal regulatory and judicial rulings in the 1980s caused a restructuring of the telecommunications industry and opened some aspects of the industry to competitive entry, thereby necessitating revision of State telecommunications regulatory policies and practices;
    (c) revisions in telecommunications regulatory policies and practices in Illinois beginning in the mid-1980s brought the benefits of competition to consumers in many telecommunications markets, but not in local exchange telecommunications service markets;
    (d) the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 established the goal of opening all telecommunications service markets to competition and accords to the states the responsibility to establish and enforce policies necessary to attain that goal;
    (e) it is in the immediate interest of the People of the State of Illinois for the State to exercise its rights within the new framework of federal telecommunications policy to ensure that the economic benefits of competition in all telecommunications service markets are realized as effectively as possible;
    (f) the competitive offering of all telecommunications services will increase innovation and efficiency in the provision of telecommunications services and may lead to reduced prices for consumers, increased investment in communications infrastructure, the creation of new jobs, and the attraction of new businesses to Illinois;
    (g) protection of the public interest requires changes in the regulation of telecommunications carriers and services to ensure, to the maximum feasible extent, the reasonable and timely development of effective competition in all telecommunications service markets;
    (h) Illinois residents rely on today's modern wired and wireless Internet Protocol (IP) networks and services to improve their lives by connecting them to school and college degrees, work and job opportunities, family and friends, information, and entertainment, as well as emergency responders and public safety officials; Illinois businesses rely on these modern IP networks and services to compete in a global marketplace by expanding their customer base, managing inventory and operations more efficiently, and offering customers specialized and personalized products and services; without question, Illinois residents and our State's economy rely profoundly on the modern wired and wireless IP networks and services in our State;
    (i) the transition from 20th century traditional circuit switched and other legacy telephone services to modern 21st century next generation Internet Protocol (IP) services is taking place at an extraordinary pace as Illinois consumers are upgrading to home communications service using IP technology, including high speed Internet, Voice over Internet Protocol, and wireless service;
    (j) this rapid transition to IP-based communications has dramatically transformed the way people communicate and has provided significant benefits to consumers in the form of innovative functionalities resulting from the seamless convergence of voice, video, and text, benefits realized by the General Assembly when it chose to transition its own telecommunications system to an all IP communications network in 2016;
    (k) the benefits of the transition to IP-based networks and services were also recognized by the General Assembly in 2015 through the enactment of legislation requiring that every 9-1-1 emergency system in Illinois provide Next Generation 9-1-1 service by July 1, 2020, and requiring that the Next Generation 9-1-1 network must be an IP-based platform; and
    (l) completing the transition to all IP-based networks and technologies is in the public interest because it will promote continued innovation, consumer benefits, increased efficiencies, and increased investment in IP-based networks and services.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-103

    (220 ILCS 5/13-103) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-103)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-103. Policy. Consistent with its findings, the General Assembly declares that it is the policy of the State of Illinois that:
    (a) telecommunications services should be available to all Illinois citizens at just, reasonable, and affordable rates and that such services should be provided as widely and economically as possible in sufficient variety, quality, quantity and reliability to satisfy the public interest;
    (b) consistent with the protection of consumers of telecommunications services and the furtherance of other public interest goals, competition in all telecommunications service markets should be pursued as a substitute for regulation in determining the variety, quality and price of telecommunications services and that the economic burdens of regulation should be reduced to the extent possible consistent with the furtherance of market competition and protection of the public interest;
    (c) all necessary and appropriate modifications to State regulation of telecommunications carriers and services should be implemented without unnecessary disruption to the telecommunications infrastructure system or to consumers of telecommunications services and that it is necessary and appropriate to establish rules to encourage and ensure orderly transitions in the development of markets for all telecommunications services;
    (d) the consumers of telecommunications services and facilities provided by persons or companies subject to regulation pursuant to this Act and Article should be required to pay only reasonable and non-discriminatory rates or charges and that in no case should rates or charges for non-competitive telecommunications services include any portion of the cost of providing competitive telecommunications services, as defined in Section 13-209, or the cost of any nonregulated activities;
    (e) the regulatory policies and procedures provided in this Article are established in recognition of the changing nature of the telecommunications industry and therefore should be subject to systematic legislative review to ensure that the public benefits intended to result from such policies and procedures are fully realized;
    (f) development of and prudent investment in advanced telecommunications services and networks that foster economic development of the State should be encouraged through the implementation and enforcement of policies that promote effective and sustained competition in all telecommunications service markets; and
    (g) completion of the transition to modern IP-based networks should be encouraged through relief from the outdated regulations that require continued investment in legacy circuit switched networks from which Illinois consumers have largely transitioned, while at the same time ensuring that consumers have access to available alternative services that provide quality voice service and access to emergency communications.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-201

    (220 ILCS 5/13-201) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-201)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-201. Unless otherwise specified, the terms set forth in the following Sections preceding Section 13-301 of this Article are used in this Act and Article as herein defined.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-202

    (220 ILCS 5/13-202) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-202)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-202. "Telecommunications carrier" means and includes every corporation, company, association, joint stock company or association, firm, partnership or individual, their lessees, trustees or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever that owns, controls, operates or manages, within this State, directly or indirectly, for public use, any plant, equipment or property used or to be used for or in connection with, or owns or controls any franchise, license, permit or right to engage in the provision of, telecommunications services between points within the State which are specified by the user. "Telecommunications carrier" includes an Electing Provider, as defined in Section 13-506.2. Telecommunications carrier does not include, however:
    (a) telecommunications carriers that are owned and operated by any political subdivision, public or private institution of higher education or municipal corporation of this State, for their own use, or telecommunications carriers that are owned by such political subdivision, public or private institution of higher education, or municipal corporation and operated by any of its lessees or operating agents, for their own use;
    (b) telecommunications carriers which are purely mutual concerns, having no rates or charges for services, but paying the operating expenses by assessment upon the members of such a company and no other person but does include telephone or telecommunications cooperatives as defined in Section 13-212;
    (c) a company or person which provides telecommunications services solely to itself and its affiliates or members or between points in the same building, or between closely located buildings, affiliated through substantial common ownership, control or development; or
    (d) a company or person engaged in the delivery of community antenna television services as described in subdivision (c) of Section 13-203, except with respect to the provision of telecommunications services by that company or person.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-202.5

    (220 ILCS 5/13-202.5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-202.5. Incumbent local exchange carrier. "Incumbent local exchange carrier" means, with respect to an area, the telecommunications carrier that provided noncompetitive local exchange telecommunications service in that area on February 8, 1996, and on that date was deemed a member of the exchange carrier association pursuant to 47 C.F.R. 69.601(b), and includes its successors, assigns, and affiliates.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-203

    (220 ILCS 5/13-203) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-203)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-203. Telecommunications service. "Telecommunications service" means the provision or offering for rent, sale or lease, or in exchange for other value received, of the transmittal of information, by means of electromagnetic, including light, transmission with or without benefit of any closed transmission medium, including all instrumentalities, facilities, apparatus, and services (including the collection, storage, forwarding, switching, and delivery of such information) used to provide such transmission and also includes access and interconnection arrangements and services.
    "Telecommunications service" does not include, however:
        (a) the rent, sale, or lease, or exchange for other
    
value received, of customer premises equipment except for customer premises equipment owned or provided by a telecommunications carrier and used for answering 911 calls, and except for customer premises equipment provided under Section 13-703;
        (b) telephone or telecommunications answering
    
services, paging services, and physical pickup and delivery incidental to the provision of information transmitted through electromagnetic, including light, transmission;
        (c) community antenna television service which is
    
operated to perform for hire the service of receiving and distributing video and audio program signals by wire, cable or other means to members of the public who subscribe to such service, to the extent that such service is utilized solely for the one-way distribution of such entertainment services with no more than incidental subscriber interaction required for the selection of such entertainment service.
    The Commission may, by rulemaking, exclude (1) private line service which is not directly or indirectly used for the origination or termination of switched telecommunications service, (2) cellular radio service, (3) high-speed point-to-point data transmission at or above 9.6 kilobits, or (4) the provision of telecommunications service by a company or person otherwise subject to Section 13-202 (c) to a telecommunications carrier, which is incidental to the provision of service subject to Section 13-202 (c), from active regulatory oversight to the extent it finds, after notice, hearing and comment that such exclusion is consistent with the public interest and the purposes and policies of this Article. To the extent that the Commission has excluded cellular radio service from active regulatory oversight for any provider of cellular radio service in this State pursuant to this Section, the Commission shall exclude all other providers of cellular radio service in the State from active regulatory oversight without an additional rulemaking proceeding where there are 2 or more certified providers of cellular radio service in a geographic area.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-204

    (220 ILCS 5/13-204) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-204)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-204. "Local Exchange Telecommunications Service" means telecommunications service between points within an exchange, as defined in Section 13-206, or the provision of telecommunications service for the origination or termination of switched telecommunications services.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-205

    (220 ILCS 5/13-205) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-205)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-205. "Interexchange Telecommunications Service" means telecommunications service between points in two or more exchanges.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-206

    (220 ILCS 5/13-206) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-206)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-206. Exchange. "Exchange" means a geographical area for the administration of telecommunications services, established and described by the tariff of a telecommunications carrier providing local exchange telecommunications service, and consisting of one or more contiguous central offices, together with associated facilities used in providing such local exchange telecommunications service. To the extent practicable, a municipality, city, or village shall not be located in more than one exchange unless the municipality, city, or village is located in more than one exchange through annexation that occurs after the establishment of the exchange boundary.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-207

    (220 ILCS 5/13-207) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-207)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-207. "Local Access and Transport Area (LATA)" means a geographical area designated by the Modification of Final Judgment in U.S. v. Western Electric Co., Inc., 552 F. Supp. 131 (D.D.C. 1982), as modified from time to time.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-208

    (220 ILCS 5/13-208) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-208)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-208. "Market Service Area (MSA)" means a geographical area consisting of one or more exchanges, defined by the Commission for the administration of tariffs, services and other regulatory obligations. The term Market Service Area includes those areas previously designated by the Commission.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-209

    (220 ILCS 5/13-209) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-209)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-209. "Competitive Telecommunications Service" means a telecommunications service, its functional equivalent or a substitute service, which, for some identifiable class or group of customers in an exchange, group of exchanges, or some other clearly defined geographical area, is reasonably available from more than one provider, whether or not such provider is a telecommunications carrier subject to regulation under this Act. A telecommunications service may be competitive for the entire state, some geographical area therein, including an exchange or set of exchanges, or for a specific customer or class or group of customers, but only to the extent consistent with this definition.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-210

    (220 ILCS 5/13-210) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-210)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-210. "Noncompetitive Telecommunications Service" means a telecommunications service other than a competitive service as defined in Section 13-209.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-211

    (220 ILCS 5/13-211) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-211)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-211. "Resale of Telecommunications Service" means the offering or provision of telecommunications service primarily through the use of services or facilities owned or provided by a separate telecommunications carrier.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-212

    (220 ILCS 5/13-212) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-212)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-212. "Telephone or Telecommunications Cooperative" means any Illinois corporation organized on a cooperative basis for the furnishing of telephone or telecommunications service.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-213

    (220 ILCS 5/13-213) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-213)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-213. "Hearing-aid compatible telephone" means a telephone so equipped that it can activate an inductive coupling hearing-aid or which will provide an alternative technology that provides equally effective telephone service and which will provide equipment necessary for the hearing impaired to use generally available telecommunications services effectively or without assistance.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-214

    (220 ILCS 5/13-214) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-214)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-214. (a) "Public mobile services" means air-to-ground radio telephone services, cellular radio telecommunications services, offshore radio, rural radio service, public land mobile telephone service and other common carrier radio communications services.
    (b) "Private radio services" means private land mobile radio services and other communications services characterized by the Commission as private radio services.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-215

    (220 ILCS 5/13-215) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-215)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-215. (a) "Essential telephones" means all coin operated telephones in any public or semi-public location, telephones provided for emergency use, a reasonable percentage of telephones in hotels, motels, hospitals and nursing homes and a reasonable percentage of credit card operated telephones in any group of such telephones.
    (b) "Emergency use telephones" includes all telephones intended primarily to save persons from bodily injury, theft or life threatening situations. This definition includes, but is not limited to telephones in elevators, on highways and telephones to alert police, a fire department or other emergency service providers.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-216

    (220 ILCS 5/13-216)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-216. Network element. "Network element" means a facility or equipment used in the provision of a telecommunications service. The term also includes features, functions, and capabilities that are provided by means of the facility or equipment, including, but not limited to, subscriber numbers, databases, signaling systems, and information sufficient for billing and collection or used in the transmission, routing, or other provision of a telecommunications service.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-217

    (220 ILCS 5/13-217)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-217. End user. "End user" means any person, corporation, partnership, firm, municipality, cooperative, organization, governmental agency, building owner, or other entity provided with a telecommunications service for its own consumption and not for resale.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-218

    (220 ILCS 5/13-218)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-218. Business end user. "Business end user" means (1) an end user engaged primarily or substantially in a paid commercial, professional, or institutional activity; (2) an end user provided telecommunications service in a commercial, professional, or institutional location, or other location serving primarily or substantially as a site of an activity for pay; (3) an end user whose telecommunications service is listed as the principal or only number for a business in any yellow pages directory; (4) an end user whose telecommunications service is used to conduct promotions, solicitations, or market research for which compensation or reimbursement is paid or provided; provided, however, that the use of telecommunications service, without compensation or reimbursement, for a charitable or civic purpose shall not constitute business use of a telecommunications service.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-219

    (220 ILCS 5/13-219)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-219. Residential end user. "Residential end user" means an end user other than a business end user.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-220

    (220 ILCS 5/13-220)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-220. Retail telecommunications service. "Retail telecommunications service" means a telecommunications service sold to an end user. "Retail telecommunications service" does not include a telecommunications service provided by a telecommunications carrier to a telecommunications carrier, including to itself, as a component of, or for the provision of, telecommunications service. A business retail telecommunications service is a retail telecommunications service provided to a business end user. A residential retail telecommunications service is a retail telecommunications service provided to a residential end user.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-230

    (220 ILCS 5/13-230)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-230. Prepaid calling service. "Prepaid calling service" means telecommunications service that must be paid for in advance by an end user, enables the end user to originate calls using an access number or authorization code, whether manually or electronically dialed, and is sold in predetermined units or dollars of which the number declines with use in a known amount. A prepaid calling service call is a call made by an end user using prepaid calling service. "Prepaid calling service" does not include a wireless telecommunications service that allows a caller to dial 9-1-1 to access the 9-1-1 system, which service must be paid for in advance, and is sold in predetermined units or dollars and the amount declines with use in a known amount.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-231

    (220 ILCS 5/13-231)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-231. Prepaid calling service provider. "Prepaid calling service provider" means and includes every corporation, company, association, joint stock company or association, firm, partnership, or individual and their lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever that contracts directly with a telecommunications carrier to resell or offers to resell telecommunications service as prepaid calling service to one or more distributors, prepaid calling resellers, prepaid calling service retailers, or end users.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-232

    (220 ILCS 5/13-232)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-232. Prepaid calling service retailer. "Prepaid calling service retailer" means and includes every corporation, company, association, joint stock company or association, firm, partnership, or individual and their lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever that sells or offers to sell prepaid calling service directly to one or more end users.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-233

    (220 ILCS 5/13-233)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-233. Prepaid calling service reseller. "Prepaid calling service reseller" means and includes every corporation, company, association, joint stock company or association, firm, partnership, or individual and their lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever that purchases prepaid calling services from a prepaid calling service provider or distributor and sells those services to one or more distributors of prepaid calling services or to one or more prepaid calling service retailers.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-234

    (220 ILCS 5/13-234)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-234. Interconnected voice over Internet protocol service. "Interconnected voice over Internet protocol service" or "Interconnected VoIP service" has the meaning prescribed in 47 CFR 9.3 as defined on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly or as amended thereafter.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-235

    (220 ILCS 5/13-235)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-235. Interconnected voice over Internet protocol provider. "Interconnected voice over Internet protocol provider" or "Interconnected VoIP provider" means and includes every corporation, company, association, joint stock company or association, firm, partnership, or individual, their lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by any court whatsoever that owns, controls, operates, manages, or provides within this State, directly or indirectly, Interconnected voice over Internet protocol service.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-301

    (220 ILCS 5/13-301) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-301)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-301. Duties of the Commission.
    (1) Consistent with the findings and policy established in paragraph (a) of Section 13-102 and paragraph (a) of Section 13-103, and in order to ensure the attainment of such policies, the Commission shall:
        (a) participate in all federal programs intended to
    
preserve or extend universal telecommunications service, unless such programs would place cost burdens on Illinois customers of telecommunications services in excess of the benefits they would receive through participation, provided, however, the Commission shall not approve or permit the imposition of any surcharge or other fee designed to subsidize or provide a waiver for subscriber line charges; and shall report on such programs together with an assessment of their adequacy and the advisability of participating therein in its annual report to the General Assembly, or more often as necessary;
        (b) (blank);
        (c) order all telecommunications carriers offering or
    
providing local exchange telecommunications service to propose low-cost or budget service tariffs and any other rate design or pricing mechanisms designed to facilitate customer access to such telecommunications service, provided that services offered by any telecommunications carrier at the rates, terms, and conditions specified in Section 13-506.2 or Section 13-518 of this Article shall constitute compliance with this Section. A telecommunications carrier may seek Commission approval of other low-cost or budget service tariffs or rate design or pricing mechanisms to comply with this Section;
        (d) investigate the necessity of and, if appropriate,
    
establish a universal service support fund from which local exchange telecommunications carriers who pursuant to the Twenty-Seventh Interim Order of the Commission in Docket No. 83-0142 or the orders of the Commission in Docket No. 97-0621 and Docket No. 98-0679 received funding and whose economic costs of providing services for which universal service support may be made available exceed the affordable rate established by the Commission for such services may be eligible to receive support, less any federal universal service support received for the same or similar costs of providing the supported services; provided, however, that if a universal service support fund is established, the Commission shall require that all costs of the fund be recovered from all local exchange and interexchange telecommunications carriers certificated in Illinois on a competitively neutral and nondiscriminatory basis. In establishing any such universal service support fund, the Commission shall, in addition to the determination of costs for supported services, consider and make findings pursuant to subsection (2) of this Section. Proxy cost, as determined by the Commission, may be used for this purpose. In determining cost recovery for any universal service support fund, the Commission shall not permit recovery of such costs from another certificated carrier for any service purchased and used solely as an input to a service provided to such certificated carrier's retail customers.
    (2) In any order creating a fund pursuant to paragraph (d) of subsection (1), the Commission, after notice and hearing, shall:
        (a) Define the group of services to be declared
    
"supported telecommunications services" that constitute "universal service". This group of services shall, at a minimum, include those services as defined by the Federal Communications Commission and as from time to time amended. In addition, the Commission shall consider the range of services currently offered by telecommunications carriers offering local exchange telecommunications service, the existing rate structures for the supported telecommunications services, and the telecommunications needs of Illinois consumers in determining the supported telecommunications services. The Commission shall, from time to time or upon request, review and, if appropriate, revise the group of Illinois supported telecommunications services and the terms of the fund to reflect changes or enhancements in telecommunications needs, technologies, and available services.
        (b) Identify all implicit subsidies contained in
    
rates or charges of incumbent local exchange carriers, including all subsidies in interexchange access charges, and determine how such subsidies can be made explicit by the creation of the fund.
        (c) Establish an affordable price for the supported
    
telecommunications services for the respective incumbent local exchange carrier. The affordable price shall be no less than the rates in effect at the time the Commission creates a fund pursuant to this item. The Commission may establish and utilize indices or models for updating the affordable price for supported telecommunications services.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-301.1

    (220 ILCS 5/13-301.1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-301.1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-301.1. Universal Telephone Service Assistance Program.
    (a) The Commission shall by rule or regulation establish a Universal Telephone Service Assistance Program for low income residential customers. The program shall provide for a reduction of access line charges, a reduction of connection charges, or any other alternative assistance or program to increase accessibility to telephone service and broadband Internet access service that the Commission deems advisable subject to the availability of funds for the program as provided in subsections (d) and (e). The Commission shall establish eligibility requirements for benefits under the program.
    (b) The Commission shall adopt rules providing for enhanced enrollment for eligible consumers to receive lifeline service. Enhanced enrollment may include, but is not limited to, joint marketing, joint application, or joint processing with the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the Medicaid Program, and the Food Stamp Program. The Department of Human Services, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, upon request of the Commission, shall assist in the adoption and implementation of those rules. The Commission and the Department of Human Services, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity may enter into memoranda of understanding establishing the respective duties of the Commission and the Departments in relation to enhanced enrollment.
    (c) In this Section:
    "Lifeline service" means a retail local service offering described by 47 CFR 54.401(a), as amended.
    (d) The Commission shall require by rule or regulation that each telecommunications carrier providing local exchange telecommunications services notify its customers that if the customer wishes to participate in the funding of the Universal Telephone Service Assistance Program he may do so by electing to contribute, on a monthly basis, a fixed amount that will be included in the customer's monthly bill. The customer may cease contributing at any time upon providing notice to the telecommunications carrier providing local exchange telecommunications services. The notice shall state that any contribution made will not reduce the customer's bill for telecommunications services. Failure to remit the amount of increased payment will reduce the contribution accordingly. The Commission shall specify the monthly fixed amount or amounts that customers wishing to contribute to the funding of the Universal Telephone Service Assistance Program may choose from in making their contributions. Every telecommunications carrier providing local exchange telecommunications services shall remit the amounts contributed in accordance with the terms of the Universal Telephone Service Assistance Program.
    (e) Amounts collected and remitted under subsection (d) may, to the extent the Commission deems advisable, be used for funding a program to be administered by the entity designated by the Commission as administrator of the Universal Telephone Service Assistance Program for educating and assisting low-income residential customers with a transition to Internet protocol-based networks and services. This program may include, but need not be limited to, measures designed to notify and educate residential customers regarding the availability of alternative voice services with access to 9-1-1, access to and use of broadband Internet access service, and pricing options.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-301.2

    (220 ILCS 5/13-301.2)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-301.2. Program to Foster Elimination of the Digital Divide. The Commission shall require by rule that each telecommunications carrier providing local exchange telecommunications service notify its end-user customers that if the customer wishes to participate in the funding of the Program to Foster Elimination of the Digital Divide he or she may do so by electing to contribute, on a monthly basis, a fixed amount that will be included in the customer's monthly bill. The obligations imposed in this Section shall not be imposed upon a telecommunications carrier for any of its end-users subscribing to the services listed below: (1) private line service which is not directly or indirectly used for the origination or termination of switched telecommunications service, (2) cellular radio service, (3) high-speed point-to-point data transmission at or above 9.6 kilobits, (4) the provision of telecommunications service by a company or person otherwise subject to subsection (c) of Section 13-202 to a telecommunications carrier, which is incidental to the provision of service subject to subsection (c) of Section 13-202; (5) pay telephone service; or (6) interexchange telecommunications service. The customer may cease contributing at any time upon providing notice to the telecommunications carrier. The notice shall state that any contribution made will not reduce the customer's bill for telecommunications services. Failure to remit the amount of increased payment will reduce the contribution accordingly. The Commission shall specify the monthly fixed amount or amounts that customers wishing to contribute to the funding of the Program to Foster Elimination of the Digital Divide may choose from in making their contributions. A telecommunications carrier subject to this obligation shall remit the amounts contributed by its customers to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for deposit in the Digital Divide Elimination Fund at the intervals specified in the Commission rules.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-301.3

    (220 ILCS 5/13-301.3)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-301.3. Digital Divide Elimination Infrastructure Program.
    (a) The Digital Divide Elimination Infrastructure Fund is created as a special fund in the State treasury. All moneys in the Fund shall be used, subject to appropriation, by the Commission to fund (i) the construction of facilities specified in Commission rules adopted under this Section and (ii) the accessible electronic information program, as provided in Section 20 of the Accessible Electronic Information Act. The Commission may accept private and public funds, including federal funds, for deposit into the Fund. Earnings attributable to moneys in the Fund shall be deposited into the Fund.
    (b) The Commission shall adopt rules under which it will make grants out of funds appropriated from the Digital Divide Elimination Infrastructure Fund to eligible entities as specified in the rules for the construction of high-speed data transmission facilities in eligible areas of the State. For purposes of determining whether an area is an eligible area, the Commission shall consider, among other things, whether (i) in such area, advanced telecommunications services, as defined in subsection (c) of Section 13-517 of this Act, are under-provided to residential or small business end users, either directly or indirectly through an Internet Service Provider, (ii) such area has a low population density, and (iii) such area has not yet developed a competitive market for advanced services. In addition, if an entity seeking a grant of funds from the Digital Divide Elimination Infrastructure Fund is an incumbent local exchange carrier having the duty to serve such area, and the obligation to provide advanced services to such area pursuant to Section 13-517 of this Act, the entity shall demonstrate that it has sought and obtained an exemption from such obligation pursuant to subsection (b) of Section 13-517. Any entity seeking a grant of funds from the Digital Divide Elimination Infrastructure Fund shall demonstrate to the Commission that the grant shall be used for the construction of high-speed data transmission facilities in an eligible area and demonstrate that it satisfies all other requirements of the Commission's rules. The Commission shall determine the information that it deems necessary to award grants pursuant to this Section.
    (c) The rules of the Commission shall provide for the competitive selection of recipients of grant funds available from the Digital Divide Elimination Infrastructure Fund pursuant to the Illinois Procurement Code. Grants shall be awarded to bidders chosen on the basis of the criteria established in such rules.
    (d) All entities awarded grant moneys under this Section shall maintain all records required by Commission rule for the period of time specified in the rules. Such records shall be subject to audit by the Commission, by any auditor appointed by the State, or by any State officer authorized to conduct audits.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-302

    (220 ILCS 5/13-302) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-302)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-302. (a) No telecommunications carrier shall implement a local measured service calling plan which does not include one of the following elements:
        (1) the residential customer has the option of a flat
    
rate local calling service under which local calls are not charged for frequency or duration; or
        (2) residential calls to points within an untimed
    
calling zone approved by the Commission are not charged for duration; or
        (3) a low income residential Universal Service
    
Assistance Program, which meets criteria set forth by the Commission, is available.
    (b) In formulating the criteria for the low income residential Universal Service Assistance Program referred to in paragraph (3) of subsection (a), the Commission shall consider the desirability of various alternatives, including a reduction of the access line charge or connection charge for eligible customers.
    (c) For local measured service plans implemented prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1987 which do not contain one of the elements specified in paragraph (1) or (2) of subsection (a) of this Section, the Commission shall order the telecommunications carrier having such a plan to include one of the elements specified in paragraph (1) or (2) of subsection (a) of this Section by January 1, 1989.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-303

    (220 ILCS 5/13-303)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-303. Action to enforce law or orders. Whenever the Commission is of the opinion that a telecommunications carrier is failing or omitting, or is about to fail or omit, to do anything required of it by law or by an order, decision, rule, regulation, direction, or requirement of the Commission or is doing or permitting anything to be done, or is about to do anything or is about to permit anything to be done, contrary to or in violation of law or an order, decision, rule, regulation, direction, or requirement of the Commission, the Commission shall file an action or proceeding in the circuit court in and for the county in which the case or some part thereof arose or in which the telecommunications carrier complained of has its principal place of business, in the name of the People of the State of Illinois for the purpose of having the violation or threatened violation stopped and prevented either by mandamus or injunction. The Commission may express its opinion in a resolution based upon whatever factual information has come to its attention and may issue the resolution ex parte and without holding any administrative hearing before bringing suit. Except in cases involving an imminent threat to the public health and safety, no such resolution shall be adopted until 48 hours after the telecommunications carrier has been given notice of (i) the substance of the alleged violation, including citation to the law, order, decision, rule, regulation, or direction of the Commission alleged to have been violated and (ii) the time and the date of the meeting at which such resolution will first be before the Commission for consideration.
    The Commission shall file the action or proceeding by complaint in the circuit court alleging the violation or threatened violation complained of and praying for appropriate relief by way of mandamus or injunction. It shall be the duty of the court to specify a time, not exceeding 20 days after the service of the copy of the complaint, within which the telecommunications carrier complained of must answer the complaint, and in the meantime the telecommunications carrier may be restrained. In case of default in answer or after answer, the court shall immediately inquire into the facts and circumstances of the case. The telecommunications carrier and persons that the court may deem necessary or proper may be joined as parties. The final judgment in any action or proceeding shall either dismiss the action or proceeding or grant relief by mandamus or injunction as prayed for in the complaint, or in such modified or other form as will afford appropriate relief in the court's judgment.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-303.5

    (220 ILCS 5/13-303.5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-303.5. Injunctive relief. If, after a hearing, the Commission determines that a telecommunications carrier has violated this Act or a Commission order or rule, any telecommunications carrier adversely affected by the violation may seek injunctive relief in circuit court.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-304

    (220 ILCS 5/13-304)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-304. Action to recover civil penalties.
    (a) The Commission shall assess and collect all civil penalties established under this Act against telecommunications carriers, corporations other than telecommunications carriers, and persons acting as telecommunications carriers. Except for the penalties provided under Section 2-202, civil penalties may be assessed only after notice and opportunity to be heard. Any such civil penalty may be compromised by the Commission. In determining the amount of the civil penalty to be assessed, or the amount of the civil penalty to be compromised, the Commission is authorized to consider any matters of record in aggravation or mitigation of the penalty, including but not limited to the following:
        (1) the duration and gravity of the violation of the
    
Act, the rules, or the order of the Commission;
        (2) the presence or absence of due diligence on the
    
part of the violator in attempting either to comply with requirements of the Act, the rules, or the order of the Commission, or to secure lawful relief from those requirements;
        (3) any economic benefits accrued by the violator
    
because of the delay in compliance with requirements of the Act, the rules, or the order of the Commission; and
        (4) the amount of monetary penalty that will serve to
    
deter further violations by the violator and to otherwise aid in enhancing voluntary compliance with the Act, the rules, or the order of the Commission by the violator and other persons similarly subject to the Act.
    (b) If timely judicial review of a Commission order that imposes a civil penalty is taken by a telecommunications carrier, a corporation other than a telecommunications carrier, or a person acting as a telecommunications carrier on whom or on which the civil penalty has been imposed, the reviewing court shall enter a judgment on all amounts upon affirmance of the Commission order. If timely judicial review is not taken and the civil penalty remains unpaid for 60 days after service of the order, the Commission in its discretion may either begin revocation proceedings or bring suit to recover the penalties. Unless stayed by a reviewing court, interest shall accrue from the 60th day after the date of service of the Commission order to the date full payment is received by the Commission.
    (c) Actions to recover delinquent civil penalties under this Section shall be brought in the name of the People of the State of Illinois in the circuit court in and for the county in which the cause, or some part thereof, arose, or in which the entity complained of resides. The action shall be commenced and prosecuted to final judgement by the Commission. In any such action, all interest incurred up to the time of final court judgment may be recovered in that action. In all such actions, the procedure and rules of evidence shall be the same as in ordinary civil actions, except as otherwise herein provided. Any such action may be compromised or discontinued on application of the Commission upon such terms as the court shall approve and order.
    (d) Civil penalties related to the late filing of reports, taxes, or other filings shall be paid into the State treasury to the credit of the Public Utility Fund. Except as otherwise provided in this Act, all other fines and civil penalties shall be paid into the State treasury to the credit of the General Revenue Fund.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-305

    (220 ILCS 5/13-305)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-305. Amount of civil penalty. A telecommunications carrier, any corporation other than a telecommunications carrier, or any person acting as a telecommunications carrier that violates or fails to comply with any provisions of this Act or that fails to obey, observe, or comply with any order, decision, rule, regulation, direction, or requirement, or any part or provision thereof, of the Commission, made or issued under authority of this Act, in a case in which a civil penalty is not otherwise provided for in this Act, but excepting Section 5-202 of the Act, shall be subject to a civil penalty imposed in the manner provided in Section 13-304 of no more than $30,000 or 0.00825% of the carrier's gross intrastate annual telecommunications revenue, whichever is greater, for each offense unless the violator has fewer than 35,000 subscriber access lines, in which case the civil penalty may not exceed $2,000 for each offense.
    A telecommunications carrier subject to administrative penalties resulting from a final Commission order approving an intercorporate transaction entered pursuant to Section 7-204 of this Act shall be subject to penalties under this Section imposed for the same conduct only to the extent that such penalties exceed those imposed by the final Commission order.
    Every violation of the provisions of this Act or of any order, decision, rule, regulation, direction, or requirement of the Commission, or any part or provision thereof, by any corporation or person, is a separate and distinct offense. Penalties under this Section shall attach and begin to accrue from the day after written notice is delivered to such party or parties that they are in violation of or have failed to comply with this Act or an order, decision, rule, regulation, direction, or requirement of the Commission, or part or provision thereof. In case of a continuing violation, each day's continuance thereof shall be a separate and distinct offense.
    In construing and enforcing the provisions of this Act relating to penalties, the act, omission, or failure of any officer, agent, or employee of any telecommunications carrier or of any person acting within the scope of his or her duties or employment shall in every case be deemed to be the act, omission, or failure of such telecommunications carrier or person.
    If the party who has violated or failed to comply with this Act or an order, decision, rule, regulation, direction, or requirement of the Commission, or any part or provision thereof, fails to seek timely review pursuant to Sections 10-113 and 10-201 of this Act, the party shall, upon expiration of the statutory time limit, be subject to the civil penalty provision of this Section.
    Twenty percent of all moneys collected under this Section shall be deposited into the Digital Divide Elimination Fund and 20% of all moneys collected under this Section shall be deposited into the Digital Divide Elimination Infrastructure Fund.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-401

    (220 ILCS 5/13-401) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-401)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-401. Certificate of Service Authority.
    (a) No telecommunications carrier not possessing a certificate of public convenience and necessity or certificate of authority from the Commission at the time this Article goes into effect shall transact any business in this State until it shall have obtained a certificate of service authority from the Commission pursuant to the provisions of this Article.
    No telecommunications carrier offering or providing, or seeking to offer or provide, any interexchange telecommunications service shall do so until it has applied for and received a Certificate of Interexchange Service Authority pursuant to the provisions of Section 13-403. No telecommunications carrier offering or providing, or seeking to offer or provide, any local exchange telecommunications service shall do so until it has applied for and received a Certificate of Exchange Service Authority pursuant to the provisions of Section 13-405.
    Notwithstanding Sections 13-403, 13-404, and 13-405, the Commission shall approve a cellular radio application for a Certificate of Service Authority without a hearing upon a showing by the cellular applicant that the Federal Communications Commission has issued to it a construction permit or an operating license to construct or operate a cellular radio system in the area as defined by the Federal Communications Commission, or portion of the area, for which the carrier seeks a Certificate of Service Authority.
    No Certificate of Service Authority issued by the Commission shall be construed as granting a monopoly or exclusive privilege, immunity or franchise. The issuance of a Certificate of Service Authority to any telecommunications carrier shall not preclude the Commission from issuing additional Certificates of Service Authority to other telecommunications carriers providing the same or equivalent service or serving the same geographical area or customers as any previously certified carrier, except to the extent otherwise provided by Sections 13-403 and 13-405.
    Any certificate of public convenience and necessity granted by the Commission to a telecommunications carrier prior to the effective date of this Article shall remain in full force and effect, and such carriers need not apply for a Certificate of Service Authority in order to continue offering or providing service to the extent authorized in such certificate of public convenience and necessity. Any such carrier, however, prior to substantially altering the nature or scope of services provided under a certificate of public convenience and necessity, or adding or expanding services beyond the authority contained in such certificate, must apply for a Certificate of Service Authority for such alterations or additions pursuant to the provisions of this Article.
    The Commission shall review and modify the terms of any certificate of public convenience and necessity issued to a telecommunications carrier prior to the effective date of this Article in order to ensure its conformity with the requirements and policies of this Article. Any Certificate of Service Authority may be altered or modified by the Commission, after notice and hearing, upon its own motion or upon application of the person or company affected. Unless exercised within a period of two years from the issuance thereof, authority conferred by a Certificate of Service Authority shall be null and void.
    (b) The Commission may issue a temporary Certificate which shall remain in force not to exceed one year in cases of emergency, to assure maintenance of adequate service or to serve particular customers, without notice and hearing, pending the determination of an application for a Certificate, and may by regulation exempt from the requirements of this Section temporary acts or operations for which the issuance of a certificate is not necessary in the public interest and which will not be required therefor.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-401.1

    (220 ILCS 5/13-401.1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-401.1. Interconnected voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) service surcharge. An interconnected voice over Internet protocol provider shall charge and collect from its end-user customers, and remit to the appropriate authority, fees and surcharges in the same manner as are charged and collected upon end-user customers of local exchange telecommunications service and remitted by local exchange telecommunications companies for local enhanced 9-1-1 surcharges.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17; 100-840, eff. 8-13-18.)

220 ILCS 5/13-402

    (220 ILCS 5/13-402) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-402)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-402. The Commission is authorized, in connection with the issuance or modification of a Certificate of Interexchange Service Authority or the modification of a certificate of public convenience and necessity for interexchange telecommunications service, to waive or modify the application of its rules, general orders, procedures or notice requirements when such action will reduce the economic burdens of regulation and such waiver or modification is not inconsistent with the law or the purposes and policies of this Article.
    Any such waiver or modification granted to any interexchange telecommunications carrier which has, or any group of such carriers any one of which has annual revenues exceeding $10,000,000 shall be automatically applied fully and equally to all such carriers with annual revenues exceeding $10,000,000 unless the Commission specifically finds, after notice to all such carriers and a hearing, that restricting the application of such waiver or modification to only one such carrier or some group of such carriers is consistent with and would promote the purposes and policies of this Article and the protection of telecommunications customers.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-402.1

    (220 ILCS 5/13-402.1)
    Sec. 13-402.1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 87-856. Repealed by P.A. 96-927, eff. 6-15-10.)

220 ILCS 5/13-403

    (220 ILCS 5/13-403) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-403)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-403. Interexchange service authority; approval. The Commission shall approve an application for a Certificate of Interexchange Service Authority only upon a showing by the applicant, and a finding by the Commission, after notice and hearing, that the applicant possesses sufficient technical, financial and managerial resources and abilities to provide interexchange telecommunications service. The removal from this Section of the dialing restrictions by this amendatory Act of 1992 does not create any legislative presumption for or against intra-Market Service Area presubscription or changes in intra-Market Service Area dialing arrangements related to the implementation of that presubscription, but simply vests jurisdiction in the Illinois Commerce Commission to consider after notice and hearing the issue of presubscription in accordance with the policy goals outlined in Section 13-103.
    The Commission shall have authority to alter the boundaries of Market Service Areas when such alteration is consistent with the public interest and the purposes and policies of this Article. A determination by the Commission with respect to Market Service Area boundaries shall not modify or affect the rights or obligations of any telecommunications carrier with respect to any consent decree or agreement with the United States Department of Justice, including, but not limited to, the Modification of Final Judgment in United States v. Western Electric Co., 552 F. Supp. 131 (D.D.C. 1982), as modified from time to time.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-404

    (220 ILCS 5/13-404) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-404)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-404. Any telecommunications carrier offering or providing the resale of either local exchange or interexchange telecommunications service must first obtain a Certificate of Service Authority. The Commission shall approve an application for a Certificate for the resale of local exchange or interexchange telecommunications service upon a showing by the applicant, and a finding by the Commission, after notice and hearing, that the applicant possesses sufficient technical, financial and managerial resources and abilities to provide the resale of telecommunications service.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-404.1

    (220 ILCS 5/13-404.1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-404.1. Prepaid calling service authority; rules.
    (a) The General Assembly finds that it is necessary to require the certification of prepaid calling service providers to protect and promote against fraud the legitimate business interests of persons or entities currently providing prepaid calling service to Illinois end users and Illinois end users who purchase these services.
    (b) On and after July 1, 2005, it shall be unlawful for any prepaid calling service provider to offer or provide or seek to offer or provide to any distributor, prepaid calling service reseller, prepaid calling service retailer, or end user any prepaid calling service unless the prepaid calling service provider has applied for and received a Certificate of Prepaid Calling Service Provider Authority from the Commission. The Commission shall approve an application for a Certificate of Prepaid Calling Service Provider Authority upon a showing by the applicant, and a finding by the Commission, after notice and hearing, that the applicant possesses sufficient technical, financial, and managerial resources and abilities to provide prepaid calling services. The Commission shall approve an application for a Certificate of Prepaid Calling Service Provider Authority without a hearing upon a showing by the applicant that the Commission has issued an appropriate Certificate of Service Authority (whether a Certificate of Interexchange Service Authority or Certificate of Exchange Service Authority or both) to the applicant or the telecommunications carrier whose service the applicant is seeking to resell, provided that the telecommunications carrier remains in good standing with the Commission. The Commission may adopt rules necessary for the administration of this subsection.
    (c) Upon issuance of a Certificate of Prepaid Calling Service Provider Authority to a prepaid calling service provider, the Commission shall post a list that contains the full legal name of the prepaid service provider, the docket number of the provider's certification proceeding, and the toll-free customer service number of the certified prepaid calling service provider on the Commission's web site on a link solely dedicated to prepaid calling service providers. If the certified prepaid calling service provider changes its toll-free customer service number, it is the duty of the certified prepaid calling service provider to provide the Commission with notice of the change and with the provider's new toll-free customer service number at least 24 hours prior to changing its toll-free customer service number. The Commission may adopt rules that further define the administration of this subsection.
    (d) Any and all enforcement authority granted to the Commission under this Article over any Certificate of Service Authority shall apply equally and without limitation to Certificates of Prepaid Calling Service Provider Authority.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-404.2

    (220 ILCS 5/13-404.2)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-404.2. Prepaid calling service standards. The Commission, by rule, may establish and implement minimum service quality standards for prepaid calling service. The rules may include, but are not limited to, requiring access to a live customer service attendant through the customer service number, reporting requirements, fines, penalties, customer credits, remedies, and other enforcement mechanisms to ensure compliance with the service quality standards.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-405

    (220 ILCS 5/13-405) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-405)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-405. Local exchange service authority; approval. The Commission shall approve an application for a Certificate of Exchange Service Authority only upon a showing by the applicant, and a finding by the Commission, after notice and hearing, that the applicant possesses sufficient technical, financial, and managerial resources and abilities to provide local exchange telecommunications service.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-405.1

    (220 ILCS 5/13-405.1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-405.1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-405.1. Interexchange services; incidental local service. Whether or not a telecommunications carrier is certified to offer or provide local exchange telecommunications service, nothing in Section 13-405 shall be construed to require the withdrawal or prevent the offering of interexchange services merely because incidental use of such service by the customer for local exchange telecommunications service is possible.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-406

    (220 ILCS 5/13-406) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-406)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-406. Abandonment of service. No telecommunications carrier offering or providing noncompetitive telecommunications service pursuant to a valid Certificate of Service Authority or certificate of public convenience and necessity shall discontinue or abandon such service once initiated until and unless it shall demonstrate, and the Commission finds, after notice and hearing, that such discontinuance or abandonment will not deprive customers of any necessary or essential telecommunications service or access thereto and is not otherwise contrary to the public interest. No telecommunications carrier offering or providing competitive telecommunications service shall completely discontinue or abandon such service to an identifiable class or group of customers once initiated except upon 60 days notice to the Commission and affected customers. The Commission may, upon its own motion or upon complaint, investigate the proposed discontinuance or abandonment of a competitive telecommunications service and may, after notice and hearing, prohibit such proposed discontinuance or abandonment if the Commission finds that it would be contrary to the public interest. If the Commission does not provide notice of a hearing within 60 calendar days after the notification or holds a hearing and fails to find that the proposed discontinuation or abandonment would be contrary to the public interest, the provider may discontinue or abandon such service after providing at least 30 days notice to affected customers. This Section does not apply to a Large Electing Provider proceeding under Section 13-406.1.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-406.1

    (220 ILCS 5/13-406.1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-406.1. Large Electing Provider transition to IP-based networks and service.
    (a) As used in this Section:
    "Alternative voice service" means service that includes all of the applicable functionalities for voice telephony services described in 47 CFR 54.101(a).
    "Existing customer" means a residential customer of the Large Electing Provider who is subscribing to a telecommunications service on the date the Large Electing Provider sends its notice under paragraph (1) of subsection (c) of this Section of its intent to cease offering and providing service. For purposes of this Section, a residential customer of the Large Electing Provider whose service has been temporarily suspended, but not finally terminated as of the date that the Large Electing Provider sends that notice, shall be deemed to be an "existing customer".
    "Large Electing Provider" means an Electing Provider, as defined in Section 13-506.2 of this Act, that (i) reported in its annual competition report for the year 2016 filed with the Commission under Section 13-407 of this Act and 83 Ill. Adm. Code 793 that it provided at least 700,000 access lines to end users; and (ii) is affiliated with a provider of commercial mobile radio service, as defined in 47 CFR 20.3, as of January 1, 2017.
    "New customer" means a residential customer who is not subscribing to a telecommunications service provided by the Large Electing Provider on the date the Large Electing Provider sends its notice under paragraph (1) of subsection (c) of this Section of its intent to cease offering and providing that service.
    "Provider" includes every corporation, company, association, firm, partnership, and individual and their lessees, trustees, or receivers appointed by a court that sell or offer to sell an alternative voice service.
    "Reliable access to 9-1-1" means access to 9-1-1 that complies with the applicable rules, regulations, and guidelines established by the Federal Communications Commission and the applicable provisions of the Emergency Telephone System Act and implementing rules.
    "Willing provider" means a provider that voluntarily participates in the request for service process.
    (b) Beginning June 30, 2017, a Large Electing Provider may, to the extent permitted by and consistent with federal law, including, as applicable, approval by the Federal Communications Commission of the discontinuance of the interstate-access component of a telecommunications service, cease to offer and provide a telecommunications service to an identifiable class or group of customers, other than voice telecommunications service to residential customers or a telecommunications service to a class of customers under subsection (b-5) of this Section, upon 60 days' notice to the Commission and affected customers.
    (b-5) Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in this Section 13-406.1, beginning December 31, 2021, a Large Electing Provider may, to the extent permitted by and consistent with federal law, including, if applicable, approval by the Federal Communications Commission of the discontinuance of the interstate-access component of a telecommunication service, cease to offer and provide a telecommunications service to one or more of the following classes or groups of customers upon 60 days' notice to the Commission and affected customers: (1) electric utilities, as defined in Section 16-102 of this Act; (2) public utilities, as defined in Section 3-105 of this Act, that offers natural gas or water services; (3) electric, gas, and water utilities that are excluded from the definition of public utility under paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of Section 3-105 of this Act; (4) water companies as described in paragraph (2) of subsection (b) of Section 3-105 of this Act; (5) natural gas cooperatives as described in paragraph (4) of subsection (b) of Section 3-105 of this Act; (6) electric cooperatives as defined in Section 3-119 of this Act; (7) entities engaged in the commercial generation of electric power and energy; (8) the functional divisions of public agencies, as defined in Section 2 of the Emergency Telephone System Act, that provide police or firefighting services; and (9) 9-1-1 Authorities, as defined in Section 2 of the Emergency Telephone System Act; provided that the date shall be extended to December 21, 2022, for (i) an electric utility, as defined in Section 16-102 of this Act, that serves more than 3 million customers in the State; and (ii) an entity engaged in the commercial generation of electric power and energy that operates one or more nuclear power plants in the State.
    (c) Beginning June 30, 2017, a Large Electing Provider may, to the extent permitted by and consistent with federal law, cease to offer and provide voice telecommunications service to an identifiable class or group of residential customers, which, for the purposes of this subsection (c), shall be referred to as "requested service", subject to compliance with the following requirements:
        (1) No less than 255 days prior to providing notice
    
to the Federal Communications Commission of its intent to discontinue the interstate-access component of the requested service, the Large Electing Provider shall:
            (A) file a notice of the proposed cessation of
        
the requested service with the Commission, which shall include a statement that the Large Electing Provider will comply with any service discontinuance rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission pertaining to compatibility of alternative voice services with medical monitoring devices; and
            (B) provide notice of the proposed cessation of
        
the requested service to each of the Large Electing Provider's existing customers within the affected geographic area by first-class mail separate from customer bills. If the customer has elected to receive electronic billing, the notice shall be sent electronically and by first-class mail separate from customer bills. The notice provided under this subparagraph (B) shall describe the requested service, identify the earliest date on which the Large Electing Provider intends to cease offering or providing the telecommunications service, provide a telephone number by which the existing customer may contact a service representative of the Large Electing Provider, and provide a telephone number by which the existing customer may contact the Commission's Consumer Services Division. The notice shall also include the following statement in English and in Spanish:
                "If you do not believe that an alternative
            
voice service including reliable access to 9-1-1 is available to you, from either [name of Large Electing Provider] or another provider of wired or wireless voice service where you live, you have the right to request the Illinois Commerce Commission to investigate the availability of alternative voice service including reliable access to 9-1-1. To do so, you must submit such a request either in writing or by signing and returning a copy of this notice, no later than (insert date), 60 days after the date of the notice to the following address:
            Chief Clerk of the Illinois Commerce Commission
            527 East Capitol Avenue
            Springfield, Illinois 62706
                You must include in your request a reference
            
to the notice you received from [Large Electing Provider's name] and the date of notice.".
            Thirty days following the date of notice, the
        
Large Electing Provider shall provide each customer to which the notice was sent a follow-up notice containing the same information and reminding customers of the deadline for requesting the Commission to investigate alternative voice service with access to 9-1-1.
        (2) After June 30, 2017, and only in a geographic
    
area for which a Large Electing Provider has provided notice of proposed cessation of the requested service to existing customers under paragraph (1) of this subsection (c), an existing customer of that provider may, within 60 days after issuance of such notice, request the Commission to investigate the availability of alternative voice service including reliable access to 9-1-1 to that customer. For the purposes of this paragraph (2), existing customers who make such a request are referred to as "requesting existing customers". The Large Electing Provider may cease to offer or provide the requested service to existing customers who do not make a request for investigation beginning 30 days after issuance of the notice required by paragraph (5) of this subsection (c).
            (A) In response to all requests and
        
investigations under this paragraph (2), the Commission shall conduct a single investigation to be commenced 75 days after the receipt of notice under paragraph (1) of this subsection (c), and completed within 135 days after commencement. The Commission shall, within 135 days after commencement of the investigation, make one of the findings described in subdivisions (i) and (ii) of this subparagraph (A) for each requesting existing customer.
                (i) If, as a result of the investigation, the
            
Commission finds that service from at least one provider offering alternative voice service including reliable access to 9-1-1 through any technology or medium is available to one or more requesting existing customers, the Commission shall declare by order that, with respect to each requesting existing customer for which such a finding is made, the Large Electing Provider may cease to offer or provide the requested service beginning 30 days after the issuance of the notice required by paragraph (5) of this subsection (c).
                (ii) If, as a result of the investigation,
            
the Commission finds that service from at least one provider offering alternative voice service, including reliable access to 9-1-1, through any technology or medium is not available to one or more requesting existing customers, the Commission shall declare by order that an emergency exists with respect to each requesting existing customer for which such a finding is made.
            (B) If the Commission declares an emergency
        
under subdivision (ii) of subparagraph (A) of this paragraph (2) with respect to one or more requesting existing customers, the Commission shall conduct a request for service process to identify a willing provider of alternative voice service including reliable access to 9-1-1. A provider shall not be required to participate in the request for service process. The willing provider may utilize any form of technology that is capable of providing alternative voice service including reliable access to 9-1-1, including, without limitation, Voice over Internet Protocol services and wireless services. The Commission shall, within 45 days after the issuance of an order finding that an emergency exists, make one of the determinations described in subdivisions (i) and (ii) of this subparagraph (B) for each requesting existing customer for which an emergency has been declared.
                (i) If the Commission determines that another
            
provider is willing and capable of providing alternative voice service including reliable access to 9-1-1 to one or more requesting existing customers for which an emergency has been declared, the Commission shall declare by order that, with respect to each requesting existing customer for which such a determination is made, the Large Electing Provider may cease to offer or provide the requested service beginning 30 days after the issuance of the notice required by paragraph (5) of this Section.
                (ii) If the Commission determines that for
            
one or more of the requesting existing customers for which an emergency has been declared there is no other provider willing and capable of providing alternative voice service including reliable access to 9-1-1, the Commission shall issue an order requiring the Large Electing Provider to provide alternative voice service including reliable access to 9-1-1 to each requesting existing customer utilizing any form of technology capable of providing alternative voice service including reliable access to 9-1-1, including, without limitation, continuation of the requested service, Voice over Internet Protocol services, and wireless services, until another willing provider is available. A Large Electing Provider may fulfill the requirement through an affiliate or another provider. The Large Electing Provider may request that such an order be rescinded upon a showing that an alternative voice service including reliable access to 9-1-1 has become available to the requesting existing customer from another provider.
        (3) If the Commission receives no requests for
    
investigation from any existing customer under paragraph (2) of this subsection (c) within 60 days after issuance of the notice under paragraph (1) of this subsection (c), the Commission shall provide written notice to the Large Electing Provider of that fact no later than 75 days after receipt of notice under paragraph (1) of this subsection (c). Notwithstanding any provision of this subsection (c) to the contrary, if no existing customer requests an investigation under paragraph (2) of this subsection (c), the Large Electing Provider may immediately provide the notice to the Federal Communications Commission as described in paragraph (4) of this subsection (c).
        (4) At the same time that it provides notice to the
    
Federal Communications Commission of its intent to discontinue the interstate-access component of the requested service, the Large Electing Provider shall:
            (A) file a notice of proposal to cease to offer
        
and provide the requested service with the Commission; and
            (B) provide a notice of proposal to cease to
        
offer and provide the requested service to existing customers and new customers receiving the service at the time of the notice within each affected geographic area, with the notice made by first-class mail or within customer bills delivered by mail or equivalent means of notice, including electronic means if the customer has elected to receive electronic billing. The notice provided under this subparagraph (B) shall include a brief description of the requested service, the date on which the Large Electing Provider intends to cease offering or providing the telecommunications service, and a statement as required by 47 CFR 63.71 that describes the process by which the customer may submit comments to the Federal Communications Commission.
        (5) Upon approval by the Federal Communications
    
Commission of its request to discontinue the interstate-access component of the requested service and subject to the requirements of any order issued by the Commission under subdivision (ii) of subparagraph (B) of paragraph (2) of this subsection (c), the Large Electing Provider may immediately cease to offer the requested service to all customers not receiving the service on the date of the Federal Communications Commission's approval and may cease to offer and provide the requested service to all customers receiving the service at the time of the Federal Communications Commission's approval upon 30 days' notice to the Commission and affected customers. Notice to affected customers under this paragraph (5) shall be provided by first-class mail separate from customer bills. The notice provided under this paragraph (5) shall describe the requested service, identify the date on which the Large Electing Provider intends to cease offering or providing the telecommunications service, and provide a telephone number by which the existing customer may contact a service representative of the Large Electing Provider.
        (6) The notices provided for in paragraph (1) of
    
this subsection (c) are not required as a prerequisite for the Large Electing Provider to cease to offer or provide a telecommunications service in a geographic area where there are no residential customers taking service from the Large Electing Provider on the date that the Large Electing Provider files notice to the Federal Communications Commission of its intent to discontinue the interstate-access component of the requested service in that geographic area.
        (7) For a period of 45 days following the date of
    
a notice issued under paragraph (5) of this Section, an existing customer (i) who is located in the affected geographic area subject to that notice; (ii) who was receiving the requested service as of the date of the Federal Communications Commission's approval of the Large Electing Provider's request to discontinue the interstate-access component of the requested service; (iii) who did not make a timely request for investigation under paragraph (2) of this subsection (c); and (iv) whose service will be or has been discontinued under paragraph (5), may request assistance from the Large Electing Provider in identifying providers of alternative voice service including reliable access to 9-1-1. Within 15 days of the request, the Large Electing Provider shall provide the customer with a list of alternative voice service providers.
        (8) Notwithstanding any other provision of this
    
Act, except as expressly authorized by this subsection (c), the Commission may not, upon its own motion or upon complaint, investigate, suspend, disapprove, condition, or otherwise regulate the cessation of a telecommunications service to an identifiable class or group of customers once initiated by a Large Electing Provider under subsection (b) or (b-5) of this Section or this subsection (c).
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17; 100-719, eff. 8-3-18.)

220 ILCS 5/13-407

    (220 ILCS 5/13-407)
    Sec. 13-407. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17. Repealed by P.A. 100-840, eff. 8-13-18.)

220 ILCS 5/13-408

    (220 ILCS 5/13-408)
    Sec. 13-408. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 93-5, eff. 5-9-03. Repealed by P.A. 96-927, eff. 6-15-10.)

220 ILCS 5/13-409

    (220 ILCS 5/13-409)
    Sec. 13-409. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 93-521, eff. 8-9-03. Repealed by P.A. 96-927, eff. 6-15-10.)

220 ILCS 5/13-501

    (220 ILCS 5/13-501) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-501)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-501. Tariff; filing.
    (a) No telecommunications carrier shall offer or provide noncompetitive telecommunications service, telecommunications service subject to subsection (g) of Section 13-506.2 or Section 13-900.1 or 13-900.2 of this Act, or telecommunications service referred to in an interconnection agreement as a tariffed service unless and until a tariff is filed with the Commission which describes the nature of the service, applicable rates and other charges, terms and conditions of service, and the exchange, exchanges or other geographical area or areas in which the service shall be offered or provided. The Commission may prescribe the form of such tariff and any additional data or information which shall be included therein.
    (b) After a hearing regarding a telecommunications service subject to subsection (a) of this Section, the Commission has the discretion to impose an interim or permanent tariff on a telecommunications carrier as part of the order in the case. When a tariff is imposed as part of the order in a case, the tariff shall remain in full force and effect until a compliance tariff, or superseding tariff, is filed by the telecommunications carrier and, after notice to the parties in the case and after a compliance hearing is held, is found by the Commission to be in compliance with the Commission's order.
    (c) A telecommunications carrier shall offer or provide telecommunications service that is not subject to subsection (a) of this Section pursuant to either a tariff filed with the Commission or a written service offering that shall be available on the telecommunications carrier's website as required by Section 13-503 of this Act and that describes the nature of the service, applicable rates and other charges, terms and conditions of service. Revenue from competitive retail telecommunications service received by a telecommunications carrier pursuant to either a tariff or a written service offering shall be gross revenue for purposes of Section 2-202 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-501.5

    (220 ILCS 5/13-501.5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-501.5. Directory assistance service for the blind. A telecommunications carrier that provides directory assistance service shall provide in its tariffs or its written service offering pursuant to subsection (c) of Section 13-501 of this Act for that service that directory assistance shall be provided at no charge to its customers who are legally blind for telephone numbers of customers located within the same calling area, as described in the telecommunications carrier's tariff.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-502

    (220 ILCS 5/13-502) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-502)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-502. Classification of services.
    (a) All telecommunications services offered or provided under tariff by telecommunications carriers shall be classified as either competitive or noncompetitive. A telecommunications carrier may offer or provide either competitive or noncompetitive telecommunications services, or both, subject to proper certification and other applicable provisions of this Article. Any tariff filed with the Commission as required by Section 13-501 shall indicate whether the service to be offered or provided is competitive or noncompetitive.
    (b) A service shall be classified as competitive only if, and only to the extent that, for some identifiable class or group of customers in an exchange, group of exchanges, or some other clearly defined geographical area, such service, or its functional equivalent, or a substitute service, is reasonably available from more than one provider, whether or not any such provider is a telecommunications carrier subject to regulation under this Act. All telecommunications services not properly classified as competitive shall be classified as noncompetitive. The Commission shall have the power to investigate the propriety of any classification of a telecommunications service on its own motion and shall investigate upon complaint. In any hearing or investigation, the burden of proof as to the proper classification of any service shall rest upon the telecommunications carrier providing the service. After notice and hearing, the Commission shall order the proper classification of any service in whole or in part. The Commission shall make its determination and issue its final order no later than 180 days from the date such hearing or investigation is initiated. If the Commission enters into a hearing upon complaint and if the Commission fails to issue an order within that period, the complaint shall be deemed granted unless the Commission, the complainant, and the telecommunications carrier providing the service agree to extend the time period.
    (c) In determining whether a service should be reclassified as competitive, the Commission shall, at a minimum, consider the following factors:
        (1) the number, size, and geographic distribution of
    
other providers of the service;
        (2) the availability of functionally equivalent
    
services in the relevant geographic area and the ability of telecommunications carriers or other persons to make the same, equivalent, or substitutable service readily available in the relevant market at comparable rates, terms, and conditions;
        (3) the existence of economic, technological, or any
    
other barriers to entry into, or exit from, the relevant market;
        (4) the extent to which other telecommunications
    
companies must rely upon the service of another telecommunications carrier to provide telecommunications service; and
        (5) any other factors that may affect competition and
    
the public interest that the Commission deems appropriate.
    (d) No tariff classifying a new telecommunications service as competitive or reclassifying a previously noncompetitive telecommunications service as competitive, which is filed by a telecommunications carrier which also offers or provides noncompetitive telecommunications service, shall be effective unless and until such telecommunications carrier offering or providing, or seeking to offer or provide, such proposed competitive service prepares and files a study of the long-run service incremental cost underlying such service and demonstrates that the tariffed rates and charges for the service and any relevant group of services that includes the proposed competitive service and for which resources are used in common solely by that group of services are not less than the long-run service incremental cost of providing the service and each relevant group of services. Such study shall be given proprietary treatment by the Commission at the request of such carrier if any other provider of the competitive service, its functional equivalent, or a substitute service in the geographical area described by the proposed tariff has not filed, or has not been required to file, such a study.
    (e) In the event any telecommunications service has been classified and filed as competitive by the telecommunications carrier, and has been offered or provided on such basis, and the Commission subsequently determines after investigation that such classification improperly included services which were in fact noncompetitive, the Commission shall have the power to determine and order refunds to customers for any overcharges which may have resulted from the improper classification, or to order such other remedies provided to it under this Act, or to seek an appropriate remedy or relief in a court of competent jurisdiction.
    (f) If no hearing or investigation regarding the propriety of a competitive classification of a telecommunications service is initiated within 180 days after a telecommunications carrier files a tariff listing such telecommunications service as competitive, no refunds to customers for any overcharges which may result from an improper classification shall be ordered for the period from the time the telecommunications carrier filed such tariff listing the service as competitive up to the time an investigation of the service classification is initiated by the Commission's own motion or the filing of a complaint. Where a hearing or an investigation regarding the propriety of a telecommunications service classification as competitive is initiated after 180 days from the filing of the tariff, the period subject to refund for improper classification shall begin on the date such investigation or hearing is initiated by the filing of a Commission motion or a complaint.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-502.5

    (220 ILCS 5/13-502.5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-502.5. Services alleged to be improperly classified.
    (a) Any action or proceeding pending before the Commission upon the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly in which it is alleged that a telecommunications carrier has improperly classified services as competitive, other than a case pertaining to Section 13-506.1, shall be abated and shall not be maintained or continued.
    (b) All retail telecommunications services provided to business end users by any telecommunications carrier subject, as of May 1, 2001, to alternative regulation under an alternative regulation plan pursuant to Section 13-506.1 of this Act shall be classified as competitive as of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly without further Commission review. Rates for retail telecommunications services provided to business end users with 4 or fewer access lines shall not exceed the rates the carrier charged for those services on May 1, 2001. This restriction upon the rates of retail telecommunications services provided to business end users shall remain in force and effect through July 1, 2005; provided, however, that nothing in this Section shall be construed to prohibit reduction of those rates. Rates for retail telecommunications services provided to business end users with 5 or more access lines shall not be subject to the restrictions set forth in this subsection.
    (c) All retail vertical services, as defined herein, that are provided by a telecommunications carrier subject, as of May 1, 2001, to alternative regulation under an alternative regulation plan pursuant to Section 13-506.1 of this Act shall be classified as competitive as of June 1, 2003 without further Commission review. Retail vertical services shall include, for purposes of this Section, services available on a subscriber's telephone line that the subscriber pays for on a periodic or per use basis, but shall not include caller identification and call waiting.
    (d) Any action or proceeding before the Commission upon the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly, in which it is alleged that a telecommunications carrier has improperly classified services as competitive, other than a case pertaining to Section 13-506.1, shall be abated and the services the classification of which is at issue shall be deemed either competitive or noncompetitive as set forth in this Section. Any telecommunications carrier subject to an action or proceeding in which it is alleged that the telecommunications carrier has improperly classified services as competitive shall be deemed liable to refund, and shall refund, the sum of $90,000,000 to that class or those classes of its customers that were alleged to have paid rates in excess of noncompetitive rates as the result of the alleged improper classification. The telecommunications carrier shall make the refund no later than 120 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly.
    (e) Any telecommunications carrier subject to an action or proceeding in which it is alleged that the telecommunications carrier has improperly classified services as competitive shall also pay the sum of $15,000,000 to the Digital Divide Elimination Fund established pursuant to Section 5-20 of the Eliminate the Digital Divide Law, and shall further pay the sum of $15,000,000 to the Digital Divide Elimination Infrastructure Fund established pursuant to Section 13-301.3 of this Act. The telecommunications carrier shall make each of these payments in 3 installments of $5,000,000, payable on July 1 of 2002, 2003, and 2004. The telecommunications carrier shall have no further accounting for these payments, which shall be used for the purposes established in the Eliminate the Digital Divide Law.
    (f) All other services shall be classified pursuant to Section 13-502 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-503

    (220 ILCS 5/13-503) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-503)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-503. Information available to the public. With respect to rates or other charges made, demanded, or received for any telecommunications service offered, provided, or to be provided, that is subject to subsection (a) of Section 13-501 of this Act, telecommunications carriers shall comply with the publication and filing provisions of Sections 9-101, 9-102, 9-102.1, and 9-201 of this Act. Except for the provision of services offered or provided by payphone providers pursuant to a tariff, telecommunications carriers shall make all tariffs and all written service offerings for competitive telecommunications service available electronically to the public without requiring a password or other means of registration. A telecommunications carrier's website shall, if applicable, provide in a conspicuous manner information on the rates, charges, terms, and conditions of service available and a toll-free telephone number that may be used to contact an agent for assistance with obtaining rate or other charge information or the terms and conditions of service.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-504

    (220 ILCS 5/13-504) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-504)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-504. Application of ratemaking provisions of Article IX.
    (a) Except where the context clearly renders such provisions inapplicable, the ratemaking provisions of Article IX of this Act relating to public utilities are fully and equally applicable to the rates, charges, tariffs and classifications for the offer or provision of noncompetitive telecommunications services. However, the ratemaking provisions do not apply to any proposed change in rates or charges, any proposed change in any classification or tariff resulting in a change in rates or charges, or the establishment of new services and rates therefor for a noncompetitive local exchange telecommunications service offered or provided by a local exchange telecommunications carrier with no more than 35,000 subscriber access lines. Proposed changes in rates, charges, classifications, or tariffs meeting these criteria shall be permitted upon the filing of the proposed tariff and 30 days notice to the Commission and all potentially affected customers. The proposed changes shall not be subject to suspension. The Commission shall investigate whether any proposed change is just and reasonable only if a telecommunications carrier that is a customer of the local exchange telecommunications carrier or 10% of the potentially affected access line subscribers of the local exchange telecommunications carrier shall file a petition or complaint requesting an investigation of the proposed changes. When the telecommunications carrier or 10% of the potentially affected access line subscribers of a local exchange telecommunications carrier file a complaint, the Commission shall, after notice and hearing, have the power and duty to establish the rates, charges, classifications, or tariffs it finds to be just and reasonable.
    (b) Subsection (c) of Section 13-502 and Sections 13-505.1, 13-505.4, 13-505.6, and 13-507 of this Article do not apply to rates or charges or proposed changes in rates or charges for applicable competitive or interexchange services when offered or provided by a local exchange telecommunications carrier with no more than 35,000 subscriber access lines. In addition, Sections 13-514, 13-515, and 13-516 do not apply to telecommunications carriers with no more than 35,000 subscriber access lines. The Commission may require telecommunications carriers with no more than 35,000 subscriber access lines to furnish information that the Commission deems necessary for a determination that rates and charges for any competitive telecommunications service are just and reasonable.
    (c) For a local exchange telecommunications carrier with no more than 35,000 access lines, the Commission shall consider and adjust, as appropriate, a local exchange telecommunications carrier's depreciation rates only in ratemaking proceedings.
    (d) Article VI and Sections 7-101 and 7-102 of Article VII of this Act pertaining to public utilities, public utility rates and services, and the regulation thereof are not applicable to local exchange telecommunication carriers with no more than 35,000 subscriber access lines.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-505

    (220 ILCS 5/13-505) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-505)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-505. Rate changes; competitive services. Any proposed increase or decrease in rates or charges, or proposed change in any classification, written service offering, or tariff resulting in an increase or decrease in rates or charges, for a competitive telecommunications service shall be permitted upon the filing with the Commission or posting on the telecommunications carrier's website of the proposed rate, charge, classification, written service offering, or tariff pursuant to Section 13-501 of this Act. Notice of an increase shall be given, no later than the prior billing cycle, to all potentially affected customers by mail or equivalent means of notice, including electronic if the customer has elected electronic billing. Additional notice by publication in a newspaper of general circulation may also be given.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-505.1

    (220 ILCS 5/13-505.1)
    Sec. 13-505.1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 87-856. Repealed by P.A. 96-927, eff. 6-15-10.)

220 ILCS 5/13-505.2

    (220 ILCS 5/13-505.2) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-505.2)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-505.2. Nondiscrimination in the provision of noncompetitive services. A telecommunications carrier that offers both noncompetitive and competitive services shall offer the noncompetitive services under the same rates, terms, and conditions without unreasonable discrimination to all persons, including all telecommunications carriers and competitors. A telecommunications carrier that offers a noncompetitive service together with any optional feature or functionality shall offer the noncompetitive service together with each optional feature or functionality under the same rates, terms, and conditions without unreasonable discrimination to all persons, including all telecommunications carriers and competitors.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-505.3

    (220 ILCS 5/13-505.3) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-505.3)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-505.3. Services for resale. A telecommunications carrier that offers both noncompetitive and competitive services shall offer all noncompetitive services, together with each applicable optional feature or functionality, subject to resale; however, the Commission may determine under Article IX of this Act that certain noncompetitive services, together with each applicable optional feature or functionality, that are offered to residence customers under different rates, charges, terms, or conditions than to other customers should not be subject to resale under the rates, charges, terms, or conditions available only to residence customers.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-505.4

    (220 ILCS 5/13-505.4) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-505.4)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-505.4. Provision of noncompetitive services.
    (a) A telecommunications carrier that offers or provides a noncompetitive service, service element, feature, or functionality on a separate, stand-alone basis to any customer shall provide that service, service element, feature, or functionality pursuant to tariff to all persons, including all telecommunications carriers and competitors, in accordance with the provisions of this Article.
    (b) A telecommunications carrier that offers or provides a noncompetitive service, service element, feature, or functionality to any customer as part of an offering of competitive services pursuant to tariff or contract shall publicly disclose the offering or provisioning of the noncompetitive service, service element, feature, or functionality by filing with the Commission information that generally describes the offering or provisioning and that shows the rates, terms, and conditions of the noncompetitive service, service element, feature, or functionality. The information shall be filed with the Commission concurrently with the filing of the tariff or not more than 10 days following the customer's acceptance of the offering in a contract.
    (c) A telecommunications carrier that is not subject to regulation under an alternative regulation plan pursuant to Section 13-506.1 of this Act may reduce the rate or charge for a noncompetitive service, service element, feature, or functionality offered to customers on a separate, stand-alone basis or as part of a bundled service offering by filing with the Commission a tariff that shows the reduced rate or charge and all applicable terms and conditions of the noncompetitive service, service element, feature, or functionality or bundled offering. The reduction of rates or charges shall be permitted upon the filing of the proposed rate, charge, classification, tariff, or bundled offering. The total price of a bundled offering shall not attribute any portion of the charge to services subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission and shall not be binding on the Commission in any proceeding under Article IX of this Act to set the revenue requirement or to set just and reasonable rates for services subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission. Prices for bundles shall not be subject to Section 13-505.1 of this Act. For purposes of this subsection (c), a bundle is a group of services offered together for a fixed price where at least one of the services is an interLATA service as that term is defined in 47 U.S.C. 153(21), a cable service or a video service, a community antenna television service, a satellite broadcast service, a public mobile service as defined in Section 13-214 of this Act, or an advanced telecommunications service as "advanced telecommunications services" is defined in Section 13-517 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-505.5

    (220 ILCS 5/13-505.5) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-505.5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-505.5. Requests for new noncompetitive services. Any party may petition the Commission to request the provision of a noncompetitive service not currently provided by a local exchange carrier within its service territory. The Commission shall grant the petition, provided that it can be demonstrated that the provisioning of the requested service is technically and economically practicable considering demand for the service, and absent a finding that provision of the service is otherwise contrary to the public interest. The Commission shall render its decision within 180 days after the filing of the petition unless extension of the time period is agreed to by all the parties to the proceeding.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-505.6

    (220 ILCS 5/13-505.6) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-505.6)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-505.6. Unbundling of noncompetitive services. A telecommunications carrier that provides both noncompetitive and competitive telecommunications services shall provide all noncompetitive telecommunications services on an unbundled basis to the same extent the Federal Communications Commission requires that carrier to unbundle the same services provided under its jurisdiction. The Illinois Commerce Commission may require additional unbundling of noncompetitive telecommunications services over which it has jurisdiction based on a determination, after notice and hearing, that additional unbundling is in the public interest and is consistent with the policy goals and other provisions of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-505.7

    (220 ILCS 5/13-505.7)
    Sec. 13-505.7. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98. Repealed by P.A. 96-927, eff. 6-15-10.)

220 ILCS 5/13-505.8

    (220 ILCS 5/13-505.8)
    Sec. 13-505.8. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 90-185, eff. 7-23-97. Renumbered by P.A. 90-655. Repealed by P.A. 90-574, eff. 3-20-98.)

220 ILCS 5/13-506

    (220 ILCS 5/13-506)
    Sec. 13-506. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98. Repealed by P.A. 96-927, eff. 6-15-10.)

220 ILCS 5/13-506.1

    (220 ILCS 5/13-506.1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-506.1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-506.1. Alternative forms of regulation for noncompetitive services.
    (a) Notwithstanding any of the ratemaking provisions of this Article or Article IX that are deemed to require rate of return regulation, the Commission may implement alternative forms of regulation in order to establish just and reasonable rates for noncompetitive telecommunications services including, but not limited to, price regulation, earnings sharing, rate moratoria, or a network modernization plan. The Commission is authorized to adopt different forms of regulation to fit the particular characteristics of different telecommunications carriers and their service areas.
    In addition to the public policy goals declared in Section 13-103, the Commission shall consider, in determining the appropriateness of any alternative form of regulation, whether it will:
        (1) reduce regulatory delay and costs over time;
        (2) encourage innovation in services;
        (3) promote efficiency;
        (4) facilitate the broad dissemination of technical
    
improvements to all classes of ratepayers;
        (5) enhance economic development of the State; and
        (6) provide for fair, just, and reasonable rates.
    (b) A telecommunications carrier providing noncompetitive telecommunications services may petition the Commission to regulate the rates or charges of its noncompetitive services under an alternative form of regulation. The telecommunications carrier shall submit with its petition its plan for an alternative form of regulation. The Commission shall review and may modify or reject the carrier's proposed plan. The Commission also may initiate consideration of alternative forms of regulation for a telecommunications carrier on its own motion. The Commission may approve the plan or modified plan and authorize its implementation only if it finds, after notice and hearing, that the plan or modified plan at a minimum:
        (1) is in the public interest;
        (2) will produce fair, just, and reasonable rates for
    
telecommunications services;
        (3) responds to changes in technology and the
    
structure of the telecommunications industry that are, in fact, occurring;
        (4) constitutes a more appropriate form of regulation
    
based on the Commission's overall consideration of the policy goals set forth in Section 13-103 and this Section;
        (5) specifically identifies how ratepayers will
    
benefit from any efficiency gains, cost savings arising out of the regulatory change, and improvements in productivity due to technological change;
        (6) will maintain the quality and availability of
    
telecommunications services; and
        (7) will not unduly or unreasonably prejudice or
    
disadvantage any particular customer class, including telecommunications carriers.
    (c) An alternative regulation plan approved under this Section shall provide, as a condition for Commission approval of the plan, that for the first 3 years the plan is in effect, basic residence service rates shall be no higher than those rates in effect 180 days before the filing of the plan. This provision shall not be used as a justification or rationale for an increase in basic service rates for any other customer class. For purposes of this Section, "basic residence service rates" shall mean monthly recurring charges for the telecommunications carrier's lowest priced primary residence network access lines, along with any associated untimed or flat rate local usage charges. Nothing in this subsection (c) shall preclude the Commission from approving an alternative regulation plan that results in rate reductions provided all the requirements of subsection (b) are satisfied by the plan.
    (d) Any alternative form of regulation granted for a multi-year period under this Section shall provide for annual or more frequent reporting to the Commission to document that the requirements of the plan are being properly implemented.
    (e) Upon petition by the telecommunications carrier or any other person or upon its own motion, the Commission may rescind its approval of an alternative form of regulation if, after notice and hearing, it finds that the conditions set forth in subsection (b) of this Section can no longer be satisfied. Any person may file a complaint alleging that the rates charged by a telecommunications carrier under an alternative form of regulation are unfair, unjust, unreasonable, unduly discriminatory, or are otherwise not consistent with the requirements of this Article; provided, that the complainant shall bear the burden of proving the allegations in the complaint.
    (f) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to authorize the Commission to render Sections 9-241, 9-250, and 13-505.2 inapplicable to noncompetitive services.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-506.2

    (220 ILCS 5/13-506.2)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-506.2. Market regulation for competitive retail services.
    (a) Definitions. As used in this Section:
        (1) "Electing Provider" means a telecommunications
    
carrier that is subject to either rate regulation pursuant to Section 13-504 or Section 13-505 or alternative regulation pursuant to Section 13-506.1 and that elects to have the rates, terms, and conditions of its competitive retail telecommunications services solely determined and regulated pursuant to the terms of this Article.
        (2) "Basic local exchange service" means either a
    
stand-alone residence network access line and per-call usage or, for any geographic area in which such stand-alone service is not offered, a stand-alone flat rate residence network access line for which local calls are not charged for frequency or duration. Extended Area Service shall be included in basic local exchange service.
        (3) "Existing customer" means a residential customer
    
who was subscribing to one of the optional packages described in subsection (d) of this Section as of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly. A customer who was subscribing to one of the optional packages on that date but stops subscribing thereafter shall not be considered an "existing customer" as of the date the customer stopped subscribing to the optional package, unless the stoppage is temporary and caused by the customer changing service address locations, or unless the customer resumes subscribing and is eligible to receive discounts on monthly telephone service under the federal Lifeline program, 47 C.F.R. Part 54, Subpart E.
        (4) "New customer" means a residential customer who
    
was not subscribing to one of the optional packages described in subsection (d) of this Section as of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly and who is eligible to receive discounts on monthly telephone service under the federal Lifeline program, 47 C.F.R. Part 54, Subpart E.
    (b) Election for market regulation. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, an Electing Provider may elect to have the rates, terms, and conditions of its competitive retail telecommunications services solely determined and regulated pursuant to the terms of this Section by filing written notice of its election for market regulation with the Commission. The notice of election shall designate the geographic area of the Electing Provider's service territory where the market regulation shall apply, either on a state-wide basis or in one or more specified Market Service Areas ("MSA") or Exchange areas. An Electing Provider shall not make an election for market regulation under this Section unless it commits in its written notice of election for market regulation to fulfill the conditions and requirements in this Section in each geographic area in which market regulation is elected. Immediately upon filing the notice of election for market regulation, the Electing Provider shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission to the extent expressly provided in this Section.
    (c) Competitive classification. Market regulation shall be available for competitive retail telecommunications services as provided in this subsection.
        (1) For geographic areas in which
    
telecommunications services provided by the Electing Provider were classified as competitive either through legislative action or a tariff filing pursuant to Section 13-502 prior to January 1, 2010, and that are included in the Electing Provider's notice of election pursuant to subsection (b) of this Section, such services, and all recurring and nonrecurring charges associated with, related to or used in connection with such services, shall be classified as competitive without further Commission review. For services classified as competitive pursuant to this subsection, the requirements or conditions in any order or decision rendered by the Commission pursuant to Section 13-502 prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, except for the commitments made by the Electing Provider in such order or decision concerning the optional packages required in subsection (d) of this Section and basic local exchange service as defined in this Section, shall no longer be in effect and no Commission investigation, review, or proceeding under Section 13-502 shall be continued, conducted, or maintained with respect to such services, charges, requirements, or conditions. If an Electing Provider has ceased providing optional packages to customers pursuant to subdivision (d)(8) of this Section, the commitments made by the Electing Provider in such order or decision concerning the optional packages under subsection (d) of this Section shall no longer be in effect and no Commission investigation, review, or proceeding under Section 13-502 shall be continued, conducted, or maintained with respect to such packages.
        (2) For those geographic areas in which residential
    
local exchange telecommunications services have not been classified as competitive as of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, all telecommunications services provided to residential and business end users by an Electing Provider in the geographic area that is included in its notice of election pursuant to subsection (b) shall be classified as competitive for purposes of this Article without further Commission review.
        (3) If an Electing Provider was previously subject to
    
alternative regulation pursuant to Section 13-506.1 of this Article, the alternative regulation plan shall terminate in whole for all services subject to that plan and be of no force or effect, without further Commission review or action, when the Electing Provider's residential local exchange telecommunications service in each MSA in its telecommunications service area in the State has been classified as competitive pursuant to either subdivision (c)(1) or (c)(2) of this Section.
        (4) The service packages described in Section 13-518
    
shall be classified as competitive for purposes of this Section if offered by an Electing Provider in a geographic area in which local exchange telecommunications service has been classified as competitive pursuant to either subdivision (c)(1) or (c)(2) of this Section.
        (5) Where a service, or its functional equivalent, or
    
a substitute service offered by a carrier that is not an Electing Provider or the incumbent local exchange carrier for that area is also being offered by an Electing Provider for some identifiable class or group of customers in an exchange, group of exchanges, or some other clearly defined geographical area, the service offered by a carrier that is not an Electing Provider or the incumbent local exchange carrier for that area shall be classified as competitive without further Commission review.
        (6) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act,
    
retail telecommunications services classified as competitive pursuant to Section 13-502 or subdivision (c)(5) of this Section shall have their rates, terms, and conditions solely determined and regulated pursuant to the terms of this Section in the same manner and to the same extent as the competitive retail telecommunications services of an Electing Provider, except that subsections (d), (g), and (j) of this Section shall not apply to a carrier that is not an Electing Provider or to the competitive telecommunications services of a carrier that is not an Electing Provider. The access services of a carrier that is not an Electing Provider shall remain subject to Section 13-900.2. The requirements in subdivision (e)(3) of this Section shall not apply to retail telecommunications services classified as competitive pursuant to Section 13-502 or subdivision (c)(5) of this Section, except that, upon request from the Commission, the telecommunications carrier providing competitive retail telecommunications services shall provide a report showing the number of credits and exemptions for the requested time period.
    (d) Consumer choice safe harbor options.
        (1) Subject to subdivision (d)(8) of this Section, an
    
Electing Provider in each of the MSA or Exchange areas classified as competitive pursuant to subdivision (c)(1) or (c)(2) of this Section shall offer to all residential customers who choose to subscribe the following optional packages of services priced at the same rate levels in effect on January 1, 2010:
            (A) A basic package, which shall consist of a
        
stand-alone residential network access line and 30 local calls. If the Electing Provider offers a stand-alone residential access line and local usage on a per call basis, the price for the basic package shall be the Electing Provider's applicable price in effect on January 1, 2010 for the sum of a residential access line and 30 local calls, additional calls over 30 calls shall be provided at the current per call rate. However, this basic package is not required if stand-alone residential network access lines or per-call local usage are not offered by the Electing Provider in the geographic area on January 1, 2010 or if the Electing Provider has not increased its stand-alone network access line and local usage rates, including Extended Area Service rates, since January 1, 2010.
            (B) An extra package, which shall consist of
        
residential basic local exchange network access line and unlimited local calls. The price for the extra package shall be the Electing Provider's applicable price in effect on January 1, 2010 for a residential access line with unlimited local calls.
            (C) A plus package, which shall consist of
        
residential basic local exchange network access line, unlimited local calls, and the customer's choice of 2 vertical services offered by the Electing Provider. The term "vertical services" as used in this subsection, includes, but is not limited to, call waiting, call forwarding, 3-way calling, caller ID, call tracing, automatic callback, repeat dialing, and voicemail. The price for the plus package shall be the Electing Provider's applicable price in effect on January 1, 2010 for the sum of a residential access line with unlimited local calls and 2 times the average price for the vertical features included in the package.
        (2) Subject to subdivision (d)(8) of this Section,
    
for those geographic areas in which local exchange telecommunications services were classified as competitive on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, an Electing Provider in each such MSA or Exchange area shall be subject to the same terms and conditions as provided in commitments made by the Electing Provider in connection with such previous competitive classifications, which shall apply with equal force under this Section, except as follows: (i) the limits on price increases on the optional packages required by this Section shall be extended consistent with subsection (d)(1) of this Section and (ii) the price for the extra package required by subsection (d)(1)(B) shall be reduced by one dollar from the price in effect on January 1, 2010. In addition, if an Electing Provider obtains a competitive classification pursuant to subsection (c)(1) and (c)(2), the price for the optional packages shall be determined in such area in compliance with subsection (d)(1), except the price for the plus package required by subsection (d)(1) (C) shall be the lower of the price for such area or the price of the plus package in effect on January 1, 2010 for areas classified as competitive pursuant to subsection (c)(1).
        (3) To the extent that the requirements in Section
    
13-518 applied to a telecommunications carrier prior to the effective date of this Section and that telecommunications carrier becomes an Electing Provider in accordance with the provisions of this Section, the requirements in Section 13-518 shall cease to apply to that Electing Provider in those geographic areas included in the Electing Provider's notice of election pursuant to subsection (b) of this Section.
        (4) Subject to subdivision (d)(8) of this Section, an
    
Electing Provider shall make the optional packages required by this subsection and stand-alone residential network access lines and local usage, where offered, readily available to the public by providing information, in a clear manner, to residential customers. Information shall be made available on a website, and an Electing Provider shall provide notification to its customers every 6 months, provided that notification may consist of a bill page message that provides an objective description of the safe harbor options that includes a telephone number and website address where the customer may obtain additional information about the packages from the Electing Provider. The optional packages shall be offered on a monthly basis with no term of service requirement. An Electing Provider shall allow online electronic ordering of the optional packages and stand-alone residential network access lines and local usage, where offered, on its website in a manner similar to the online electronic ordering of its other residential services.
        (5) Subject to subdivision (d)(8) of this Section, an
    
Electing Provider shall comply with the Commission's existing rules, regulations, and notices in Title 83, Part 735 of the Illinois Administrative Code when offering or providing the optional packages required by this subsection (d) and stand-alone residential network access lines.
        (6) Subject to subdivision (d)(8) of this Section, an
    
Electing Provider shall provide to the Commission semi-annual subscribership reports as of June 30 and December 31 that contain the number of its customers subscribing to each of the consumer choice safe harbor packages required by subsection (d)(1) of this Section and the number of its customers subscribing to retail residential basic local exchange service as defined in subsection (a)(2) of this Section. The first semi-annual reports shall be made on April 1, 2011 for December 31, 2010, and on September 1, 2011 for June 30, 2011, and semi-annually on April 1 and September 1 thereafter. Such subscribership information shall be accorded confidential and proprietary treatment upon request by the Electing Provider.
        (7) The Commission shall have the power, after notice
    
and hearing as provided in this Article, upon complaint or upon its own motion, to take corrective action if the requirements of this Section are not complied with by an Electing Provider.
        (8) On and after the effective date of this
    
amendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly, an Electing Provider shall continue to offer and provide the optional packages described in this subsection (d) to existing customers and new customers. On and after July 1, 2017, an Electing Provider may immediately stop offering the optional packages described in this subsection (d) and, upon providing two notices to affected customers and to the Commission, may stop providing the optional packages described in this subsection (d) to all customers who subscribe to one of the optional packages. The first notice shall be provided at least 90 days before the date upon which the Electing Provider intends to stop providing the optional packages, and the second notice must be provided at least 30 days before that date. The first notice shall not be provided prior to July 1, 2017. Each notice must identify the date on which the Electing Provider intends to stop providing the optional packages, at least one alternative service available to the customer, and a telephone number by which the customer may contact a service representative of the Electing Provider. After July 1, 2017 with respect to new customers, and upon the expiration of the second notice period with respect to customers who were subscribing to one of the optional packages, subdivisions (d)(1), (d)(2), (d)(4), (d)(5), (d)(6), and (d)(7) of this Section shall not apply to the Electing Provider. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, an Electing Provider that has ceased providing the optional packages under this subdivision (d)(8) is not subject to Section 13-301(1)(c) of this Act. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, and subject to subdivision (d)(7) of this Section, the Commission's authority over the discontinuance of the optional packages described in this subsection (d) by an Electing Provider shall be governed solely by this subsection (d)(8).
    (e) Service quality and customer credits for basic local exchange service.
        (1) An Electing Provider shall meet the following
    
service quality standards in providing basic local exchange service, which for purposes of this subsection (e), includes both basic local exchange service and any consumer choice safe harbor options that may be required by subsection (d) of this Section.
            (A) Install basic local exchange service within 5
        
business days after receipt of an order from the customer unless the customer requests an installation date that is beyond 5 business days after placing the order for basic service and to inform the customer of the Electing Provider's duty to install service within this timeframe. If installation of service is requested on or by a date more than 5 business days in the future, the Electing Provider shall install service by the date requested.
            (B) Restore basic local exchange service for the
        
customer within 30 hours after receiving notice that the customer is out of service.
            (C) Keep all repair and installation appointments
        
for basic local exchange service if a customer premises visit requires a customer to be present. The appointment window shall be either a specific time or, at a maximum, a 4-hour time block during evening, weekend, and normal business hours.
            (D) Inform a customer when a repair or
        
installation appointment requires the customer to be present.
        (2) Customers shall be credited by the Electing
    
Provider for violations of basic local exchange service quality standards described in subdivision (e)(1) of this Section. The credits shall be applied automatically on the statement issued to the customer for the next monthly billing cycle following the violation or following the discovery of the violation. The next monthly billing cycle following the violation or the discovery of the violation means the billing cycle immediately following the billing cycle in process at the time of the violation or discovery of the violation, provided the total time between the violation or discovery of the violation and the issuance of the credit shall not exceed 60 calendar days. The Electing Provider is responsible for providing the credits and the customer is under no obligation to request such credits. The following credits shall apply:
            (A) If an Electing Provider fails to repair an
        
out-of-service condition for basic local exchange service within 30 hours, the Electing Provider shall provide a credit to the customer. If the service disruption is for more than 30 hours, but not more than 48 hours, the credit must be equal to a pro-rata portion of the monthly recurring charges for all basic local exchange services disrupted. If the service disruption is for more than 48 hours, but not more than 72 hours, the credit must be equal to at least 33% of one month's recurring charges for all local services disrupted. If the service disruption is for more than 72 hours, but not more than 96 hours, the credit must be equal to at least 67% of one month's recurring charges for all basic local exchange services disrupted. If the service disruption is for more than 96 hours, but not more than 120 hours, the credit must be equal to one month's recurring charges for all basic local exchange services disrupted. For each day or portion thereof that the service disruption continues beyond the initial 120-hour period, the Electing Provider shall also provide an additional credit of $20 per calendar day.
            (B) If an Electing Provider fails to install
        
basic local exchange service as required under subdivision (e)(1) of this Section, the Electing Provider shall waive 50% of any installation charges, or in the absence of an installation charge or where installation is pursuant to the Link Up program, the Electing Provider shall provide a credit of $25. If an Electing Provider fails to install service within 10 business days after the service application is placed, or fails to install service within 5 business days after the customer's requested installation date, if the requested date was more than 5 business days after the date of the order, the Electing Provider shall waive 100% of the installation charge, or in the absence of an installation charge or where installation is provided pursuant to the Link Up program, the Electing Provider shall provide a credit of $50. For each day that the failure to install service continues beyond the initial 10 business days, or beyond 5 business days after the customer's requested installation date, if the requested date was more than 5 business days after the date of the order, the Electing Provider shall also provide an additional credit of $20 per calendar day until the basic local exchange service is installed.
            (C) If an Electing Provider fails to keep a
        
scheduled repair or installation appointment when a customer premises visit requires a customer to be present as required under subdivision (e)(1) of this Section, the Electing Provider shall credit the customer $25 per missed appointment. A credit required by this subdivision does not apply when the Electing Provider provides the customer notice of its inability to keep the appointment no later than 8:00 pm of the day prior to the scheduled date of the appointment.
            (D) Credits required by this subsection do not
        
apply if the violation of a service quality standard:
                (i) occurs as a result of a negligent or
            
willful act on the part of the customer;
                (ii) occurs as a result of a malfunction of
            
customer-owned telephone equipment or inside wiring;
                (iii) occurs as a result of, or is extended
            
by, an emergency situation as defined in 83 Ill. Adm. Code 732.10;
                (iv) is extended by the Electing Provider's
            
inability to gain access to the customer's premises due to the customer missing an appointment, provided that the violation is not further extended by the Electing Provider;
                (v) occurs as a result of a customer request
            
to change the scheduled appointment, provided that the violation is not further extended by the Electing Provider;
                (vi) occurs as a result of an Electing
            
Provider's right to refuse service to a customer as provided in Commission rules; or
                (vii) occurs as a result of a lack of
            
facilities where a customer requests service at a geographically remote location, where a customer requests service in a geographic area where the Electing Provider is not currently offering service, or where there are insufficient facilities to meet the customer's request for service, subject to an Electing Provider's obligation for reasonable facilities planning.
        (3) Each Electing Provider shall provide to the
    
Commission on a quarterly basis and in a form suitable for posting on the Commission's website in conformance with the rules adopted by the Commission and in effect on April 1, 2010, a public report that includes the following data for basic local exchange service quality of service:
            (A) With regard to credits due in accordance with
        
subdivision (e)(2)(A) as a result of out-of-service conditions lasting more than 30 hours:
                (i) the total dollar amount of any customer
            
credits paid;
                (ii) the number of credits issued for
            
repairs between 30 and 48 hours;
                (iii) the number of credits issued for
            
repairs between 49 and 72 hours;
                (iv) the number of credits issued for repairs
            
between 73 and 96 hours;
                (v) the number of credits used for repairs
            
between 97 and 120 hours;
                (vi) the number of credits issued for repairs
            
greater than 120 hours; and
                (vii) the number of exemptions claimed for
            
each of the categories identified in subdivision (e)(2)(D).
            (B) With regard to credits due in accordance with
        
subdivision (e)(2)(B) as a result of failure to install basic local exchange service:
                (i) the total dollar amount of any customer
            
credits paid;
                (ii) the number of installations after 5
            
business days;
                (iii) the number of installations after 10
            
business days;
                (iv) the number of installations after 11
            
business days; and
                (v) the number of exemptions claimed for
            
each of the categories identified in subdivision (e)(2)(D).
            (C) With regard to credits due in accordance with
        
subdivision (e)(2)(C) as a result of missed appointments:
                (i) the total dollar amount of any customer
            
credits paid;
                (ii) the number of any customers receiving
            
credits; and
                (iii) the number of exemptions claimed for
            
each of the categories identified in subdivision (e)(2)(D).
            (D) The Electing Provider's annual report
        
required by this subsection shall also include, for informational reporting, the performance data described in subdivisions (e)(2)(A), (e)(2)(B), and (e)(2)(C), and trouble reports per 100 access lines calculated using the Commission's existing applicable rules and regulations for such measures, including the requirements for service standards established in this Section.
        (4) It is the intent of the General Assembly that the
    
service quality rules and customer credits in this subsection (e) of this Section and other enforcement mechanisms, including fines and penalties authorized by Section 13-305, shall apply on a nondiscriminatory basis to all Electing Providers. Accordingly, notwithstanding any provision of any service quality rules promulgated by the Commission, any alternative regulation plan adopted by the Commission, or any other order of the Commission, any Electing Provider that is subject to any other order of the Commission and that violates or fails to comply with the service quality standards promulgated pursuant to this subsection (e) or any other order of the Commission shall not be subject to any fines, penalties, customer credits, or enforcement mechanisms other than such fines or penalties or customer credits as may be imposed by the Commission in accordance with the provisions of this subsection (e) and Section 13-305, which are to be generally applicable to all Electing Providers. The amount of any fines or penalties imposed by the Commission for failure to comply with the requirements of this subsection (e) shall be an appropriate amount, taking into account, at a minimum, the Electing Provider's gross annual intrastate revenue; the frequency, duration, and recurrence of the violation; and the relative harm caused to the affected customers or other users of the network. In imposing fines and penalties, the Commission shall take into account compensation or credits paid by the Electing Provider to its customers pursuant to this subsection (e) in compensation for any violation found pursuant to this subsection (e), and in any event the fine or penalty shall not exceed an amount equal to the maximum amount of a civil penalty that may be imposed under Section 13-305.
        (5) An Electing Provider in each of the MSA or
    
Exchange areas classified as competitive pursuant to subsection (c) of this Section shall fulfill the requirements in subdivision (e)(3) of this Section for 3 years after its notice of election becomes effective. After such 3 years, the requirements in subdivision (e)(3) of this Section shall not apply to such Electing Provider, except that, upon request from the Commission, the Electing Provider shall provide a report showing the number of credits and exemptions for the requested time period.
    (f) Commission jurisdiction over competitive retail telecommunications services. Except as otherwise expressly stated in this Section, the Commission shall thereafter have no jurisdiction or authority over any aspect of competitive retail telecommunications service of an Electing Provider in those geographic areas included in the Electing Provider's notice of election pursuant to subsection (b) of this Section or of a retail telecommunications service classified as competitive pursuant to Section 13-502 or subdivision (c)(5) of this Section, heretofore subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission, including but not limited to, any requirements of this Article related to the terms, conditions, rates, quality of service, availability, classification or any other aspect of any competitive retail telecommunications services. No telecommunications carrier shall commit any unfair or deceptive act or practice in connection with any aspect of the offering or provision of any competitive retail telecommunications service. Nothing in this Article shall limit or affect any provisions in the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act with respect to any unfair or deceptive act or practice by a telecommunications carrier.
    (g) Commission authority over access services upon election for market regulation.
        (1) As part of its Notice of Election for Market
    
Regulation, the Electing Provider shall reduce its intrastate switched access rates to rates no higher than its interstate switched access rates in 4 installments. The first reduction must be made 30 days after submission of its complete application for Notice of Election for Market Regulation, and the Electing Provider must reduce its intrastate switched access rates by an amount equal to 33% of the difference between its current intrastate switched access rates and its current interstate switched access rates. The second reduction must be made no later than one year after the first reduction, and the Electing Provider must reduce its then current intrastate switched access rates by an amount equal to 41% of the difference between its then current intrastate switched access rates and its then current interstate switched access rates. The third reduction must be made no later than one year after the second reduction, and the Electing Provider must reduce its then current intrastate switched access rates by an amount equal to 50% of the difference between its then current intrastate switched access rate and its then current interstate switched access rates. The fourth reduction must be made on or before June 30, 2013, and the Electing Provider must reduce its intrastate switched access rate to mirror its then current interstate switched access rates and rate structure. Following the fourth reduction, each Electing Provider must continue to set its intrastate switched access rates to mirror its interstate switched access rates and rate structure. For purposes of this subsection, 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.
        (2) Nothing in paragraph (1) of this subsection (g)
    
prohibits an Electing Provider from electing to offer intrastate switched access service at rates lower than its interstate switched access rates.
        (3) The Commission shall have no authority to order
    
an Electing Provider to set its rates for intrastate switched access at a level lower than its interstate switched access rates.
        (4) The Commission's authority under this subsection
    
(g) shall only apply to Electing Providers under Market Regulation. The Commission's authority over switched access services for all other carriers is retained under Section 13-900.2 of this Act.
    (h) Safety of service equipment and facilities.
        (1) An Electing Provider shall furnish, provide, and
    
maintain such service instrumentalities, equipment, and facilities as shall promote the safety, health, comfort, and convenience of its patrons, employees, and public and as shall be in all respects adequate, reliable, and efficient without discrimination or delay. Every Electing Provider shall provide service and facilities that are in all respects environmentally safe.
        (2) The Commission is authorized to conduct an
    
investigation of any Electing Provider or part thereof. The investigation may examine the reasonableness, prudence, or efficiency of any aspect of the Electing Provider's operations or functions that may affect the adequacy, safety, efficiency, or reliability of telecommunications service. The Commission may conduct or order an investigation only when it has reasonable grounds to believe that the investigation is necessary to assure that the Electing Provider is providing adequate, efficient, reliable, and safe service. The Commission shall, before initiating any such investigation, issue an order describing the grounds for the investigation and the appropriate scope and nature of the investigation, which shall be reasonably related to the grounds relied upon by the Commission in its order.
    (i) (Blank).
    (j) Application of Article VII. The provisions of Sections 7-101, 7-102, 7-104, 7-204, 7-205, and 7-206 of this Act are applicable to an Electing Provider offering or providing retail telecommunications service, and the Commission's regulation thereof, except that (1) the approval of contracts and arrangements with affiliated interests required by paragraph (3) of Section 7-101 shall not apply to such telecommunications carriers provided that, except as provided in item (2), those contracts and arrangements shall be filed with the Commission; (2) affiliated interest contracts or arrangements entered into by such telecommunications carriers where the increased obligation thereunder does not exceed the lesser of $5,000,000 or 5% of such carrier's prior annual revenue from noncompetitive services are not required to be filed with the Commission; and (3) any consent and approval of the Commission required by Section 7-102 is not required for the sale, lease, assignment, or transfer by any Electing Provider of any property that is not necessary or useful in the performance of its duties to the public.
    (k) Notwithstanding other provisions of this Section, the Commission retains its existing authority to enforce the provisions, conditions, and requirements of the following Sections of this Article: 13-101, 13-103, 13-201, 13-301, 13-301.1, 13-301.2, 13-301.3, 13-303, 13-303.5, 13-304, 13-305, 13-401, 13-401.1, 13-402, 13-403, 13-404, 13-404.1, 13-404.2, 13-405, 13-406, 13-501, 13-501.5, 13-503, 13-505, 13-509, 13-510, 13-512, 13-513, 13-514, 13-515, 13-516, 13-519, 13-702, 13-703, 13-704, 13-705, 13-706, 13-707, 13-709, 13-713, 13-801, 13-802.1, 13-804, 13-900, 13-900.1, 13-900.2, 13-901, 13-902, and 13-903, which are fully and equally applicable to Electing Providers and to telecommunications carriers providing retail telecommunications service classified as competitive pursuant to Section 13-502 or subdivision (c)(5) of this Section subject to the provisions of this Section. On the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly, the following Sections of this Article shall cease to apply to Electing Providers and to telecommunications carriers providing retail telecommunications service classified as competitive pursuant to Section 13-502 or subdivision (c)(5) of this Section: 13-302, 13-405.1, 13-502, 13-502.5, 13-504, 13-505.2, 13-505.3, 13-505.4, 13-505.5, 13-505.6, 13-506.1, 13-507, 13-507.1, 13-508, 13-508.1, 13-517, 13-518, 13-601, 13-701, and 13-712.
(Source: P.A. 99-6, eff. 6-29-15; 100-20, eff. 7-1-17; 100-840, eff. 8-13-18.)

220 ILCS 5/13-507

    (220 ILCS 5/13-507) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-507)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-507. In any proceeding permitting, approving, investigating, or establishing rates, charges, classifications, or tariffs for telecommunications services offered or provided by a telecommunications carrier that offers or provides both noncompetitive and competitive services, the Commission shall not allow any subsidy of competitive services or nonregulated activities by noncompetitive services. In the event that facilities are utilized or expenses are incurred for the provision of both competitive and noncompetitive services, the Commission shall apportion the facilities and expenses between noncompetitive services in the aggregate and competitive services in the aggregate and shall allow or establish rates or charges for the noncompetitive services which reflect only that portion of the facilities or expenses that it finds to be properly and reasonably apportioned to noncompetitive services. An apportionment of facilities or expenses between competitive and noncompetitive services, together with any corresponding rate changes, shall be made in general rate proceedings and in other proceedings, including service classification proceedings, that are necessary to ensure against any subsidy of competitive services by noncompetitive services. The Commission shall have the power to take or require such action as is necessary to ensure that rates or charges for noncompetitive services reflect only the value of facilities, or portion thereof, used and useful, and the expenses or portion thereof reasonably and prudently incurred, for the provision of the noncompetitive services. The Commission may, in such event, also establish, by rule, any additional procedures, rules, regulations, or mechanisms necessary to identify and properly account for the value or amount of such facilities or expenses.
    The Commission may establish, by rule, appropriate methods for ensuring against cross-subsidization between competitive services and noncompetitive services as required under this Article, including appropriate methods for calculating the long-run service incremental costs of providing any telecommunications service and, when appropriate, group of services and methods for apportioning between noncompetitive services in the aggregate and competitive services in the aggregate the value of facilities utilized and expenses incurred to provide both competitive and noncompetitive services, for example, common overheads that are not accounted for in the long-run service incremental costs of individual services or groups of services. The Commission may order any telecommunications carrier to conduct a long-run service incremental cost study and to provide the results thereof to the Commission. Any cost study provided to the Commission pursuant to the provisions of this Section may, in the Commission's discretion, be accorded proprietary treatment. In addition to the requirements of subsection (c) of Section 13-502 and of Section 13-505.1 applicable to the rates and charges for individual competitive services, the aggregate gross revenues of all competitive services shall be equal to or greater than the sum of the long-run service incremental costs for all competitive services as a group and the value of other facilities and expenses apportioned to competitive services as a group under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-507.1

    (220 ILCS 5/13-507.1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-507.1. In any proceeding permitting, approving, investigating, or establishing rates, charges, classifications, or tariffs for telecommunications services classified as noncompetitive offered or provided by an incumbent local exchange carrier as that term is defined in Section 13-202.1 of this Act, the Commission shall not allow any subsidy of Internet services, cable services, or video services by the rates or charges for local exchange telecommunications services, including local services classified as noncompetitive.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-508

    (220 ILCS 5/13-508) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-508)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-508. The Commission is authorized, after notice and hearing, to order a telecommunications carrier which offers or provides both competitive and noncompetitive telecommunications service to establish a fully separated subsidiary to provide all or part of such competitive service where:
    (a) no less costly means is available and effective in fully and properly identifying and allocating costs between such carrier's competitive and noncompetitive telecommunications services; and
    (b) the incremental cost of establishing and maintaining such subsidiary would not require increases in rates or charges to levels which would effectively preclude the offer or provision of the affected competitive telecommunications service.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-508.1

    (220 ILCS 5/13-508.1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-508.1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-508.1. Separate subsidiary requirement for certain electronic publishing. A telecommunications carrier that offers or provides both competitive and noncompetitive services shall not provide (1) electronically published news, feature, or entertainment material of the type generally published in newspapers, or (2) electronic advertising services, except through a fully separated subsidiary; provided, however, that a telecommunications carrier shall be allowed to resell, without editing the content, news, feature, or entertainment material of the type generally published in newspapers that it purchases from an unaffiliated entity or from a separate subsidiary to the extent the separate subsidiary makes that material available to all other persons under the same rates, terms, and conditions. Nothing in this Section shall prohibit a telecommunications carrier from electronic advertising of its own regulated services or from providing tariffed telecommunications services to a separate subsidiary or an unaffiliated entity that provides electronically published news, feature, or entertainment material or electronic advertising services.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-509

    (220 ILCS 5/13-509) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-509)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-509. Agreements for provisions of competitive telecommunications services differing from tariffs or written service offerings. A telecommunications carrier may negotiate with customers or prospective customers to provide competitive telecommunications service, and in so doing, may offer or agree to provide such service on such terms and for such rates or charges as are reasonable, without regard to any tariffs it may have filed with the Commission or written service offerings posted on the telecommunications carrier's website pursuant to Section 13-501(c) of this Act with respect to such services. Upon request of the Commission, the telecommunications carrier shall submit to the Commission written notice of a list of any such agreements (which list may be filed electronically) within the past year. The notice shall identify the general nature of all such agreements. A copy of each such agreement shall be provided to the Commission within 10 business days after a request for review of the agreement is made by the Commission or is made to the Commission by another telecommunications carrier or by a party to such agreement.
    Any agreement or notice entered into or submitted pursuant to the provisions of this Section may, in the Commission's discretion, be accorded proprietary treatment.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-510

    (220 ILCS 5/13-510) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-510)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-510. Compensation of payphone providers. Any telecommunications carrier using the facilities or services of a payphone provider shall pay the provider just and reasonable compensation for the use of those facilities or services to complete billable operator services calls and for any other use that the Commission determines appropriate consistent with the provisions of this Act. The compensation shall be determined by the Commission subject to the provisions of this Act. This Section shall not apply to the extent a telecommunications carrier and a payphone provider have reached their own written compensation agreement.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-511

    (220 ILCS 5/13-511)
    Sec. 13-511. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 92-526, eff. 1-1-03. Repealed by P.A. 96-927, eff. 6-15-10.)

220 ILCS 5/13-512

    (220 ILCS 5/13-512)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-512. Rules; review. The Commission shall have general rulemaking authority to make rules necessary to enforce this Article. However, not later than 270 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997, and every 2 years thereafter, the Commission shall review all rules issued under this Article that apply to the operations or activities of any telecommunications carrier. The Commission shall, after notice and hearing, repeal or modify any rule it determines to be no longer in the public interest as the result of the reasonable availability of competitive telecommunications services.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-513

    (220 ILCS 5/13-513)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-513. Waiver of rules. A telecommunications carrier may petition for waiver of the application of a rule issued pursuant to this Act. The burden of proof in establishing the right to a waiver shall be upon the petitioner. The petition shall include a demonstration that the waiver would not harm consumers and would not impede the development or operation of a competitive market. Upon such demonstration, the Commission may waive the application of a rule, but not the application of a provision of this Act. The Commission may conduct an investigation of the petition on its own motion or at the request of a potentially affected person. If no investigation is conducted, the waiver shall be deemed granted 30 days after the petition is filed.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-514

    (220 ILCS 5/13-514)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-514. Prohibited actions of telecommunications carriers. A telecommunications carrier shall not knowingly impede the development of competition in any telecommunications service market. The following prohibited actions are considered per se impediments to the development of competition; however, the Commission is not limited in any manner to these enumerated impediments and may consider other actions which impede competition to be prohibited:
        (1) unreasonably refusing or delaying
    
interconnections or collocation or providing inferior connections to another telecommunications carrier;
        (2) unreasonably impairing the speed, quality, or
    
efficiency of services used by another telecommunications carrier;
        (3) unreasonably denying a request of another
    
provider for information regarding the technical design and features, geographic coverage, information necessary for the design of equipment, and traffic capabilities of the local exchange network except for proprietary information unless such information is subject to a proprietary agreement or protective order;
        (4) unreasonably delaying access in connecting
    
another telecommunications carrier to the local exchange network whose product or service requires novel or specialized access requirements;
        (5) unreasonably refusing or delaying access by any
    
person to another telecommunications carrier;
        (6) unreasonably acting or failing to act in a manner
    
that has a substantial adverse effect on the ability of another telecommunications carrier to provide service to its customers;
        (7) unreasonably failing to offer services to
    
customers in a local exchange, where a telecommunications carrier is certificated to provide service and has entered into an interconnection agreement for the provision of local exchange telecommunications services, with the intent to delay or impede the ability of the incumbent local exchange telecommunications carrier to provide inter-LATA telecommunications services;
        (8) violating the terms of or unreasonably delaying
    
implementation of an interconnection agreement entered into pursuant to Section 252 of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996;
        (9) unreasonably refusing or delaying access to or
    
provision of operation support systems to another telecommunications carrier or providing inferior operation support systems to another telecommunications carrier;
        (10) unreasonably failing to offer network elements
    
that the Commission or the Federal Communications Commission has determined must be offered on an unbundled basis to another telecommunications carrier in a manner consistent with the Commission's or Federal Communications Commission's orders or rules requiring such offerings;
        (11) violating the obligations of Section 13-801; and
        (12) violating an order of the Commission regarding
    
matters between telecommunications carriers.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-515

    (220 ILCS 5/13-515)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-515. Enforcement.
    (a) The following expedited procedures shall be used to enforce the provisions of Section 13-514 of this Act, provided that, for a violation of paragraph (8) of Section 13-514 to qualify for the expedited procedures of this Section, the violation must be in a manner that unreasonably delays, increases the cost, or impedes the availability of telecommunications services to consumers. However, the Commission, the complainant, and the respondent may mutually agree to adjust the procedures established in this Section.
    (b) (Blank).
    (c) No complaint may be filed under this Section until the complainant has first notified the respondent of the alleged violation and offered the respondent 48 hours to correct the situation. Provision of notice and the opportunity to correct the situation creates a rebuttable presumption of knowledge under Section 13-514. After the filing of a complaint under this Section, the parties may agree to follow the mediation process under Section 10-101.1 of this Act. The time periods specified in subdivision (d)(7) of this Section shall be tolled during the time spent in mediation under Section 10-101.1.
    (d) A telecommunications carrier may file a complaint with the Commission alleging a violation of Section 13-514 in accordance with this subsection:
        (1) The complaint shall be filed with the Chief Clerk
    
of the Commission and shall be served in hand upon the respondent, the executive director, and the general counsel of the Commission at the time of the filing.
        (2) A complaint filed under this subsection shall
    
include a statement that the requirements of subsection (c) have been fulfilled and that the respondent did not correct the situation as requested.
        (3) Reasonable discovery specific to the issue of the
    
complaint may commence upon filing of the complaint. Requests for discovery must be served in hand and responses to discovery must be provided in hand to the requester within 14 days after a request for discovery is made.
        (4) An answer and any other responsive pleading to
    
the complaint shall be filed with the Commission and served in hand at the same time upon the complainant, the executive director, and the general counsel of the Commission within 7 days after the date on which the complaint is filed.
        (5) If the answer or responsive pleading raises the
    
issue that the complaint violates subsection (i) of this Section, the complainant may file a reply to such allegation within 3 days after actual service of such answer or responsive pleading. Within 4 days after the time for filing a reply has expired, the hearing officer or arbitrator shall either issue a written decision dismissing the complaint as frivolous in violation of subsection (i) of this Section including the reasons for such disposition or shall issue an order directing that the complaint shall proceed.
        (6) A pre-hearing conference shall be held within 14
    
days after the date on which the complaint is filed.
        (7) The hearing shall commence within 30 days of the
    
date on which the complaint is filed. The hearing may be conducted by an administrative law judge or by an arbitrator. Parties and the Commission staff shall be entitled to present evidence and legal argument in oral or written form as deemed appropriate by the administrative law judge or arbitrator. The administrative law judge or arbitrator shall issue a written decision within 60 days after the date on which the complaint is filed. The decision shall include reasons for the disposition of the complaint and, if a violation of Section 13-514 is found, directions and a deadline for correction of the violation.
        (8) Any party may file a petition requesting the
    
Commission to review the decision of the administrative law judge or arbitrator within 5 days of such decision. Any party may file a response to a petition for review within 3 business days after actual service of the petition. After the time for filing of the petition for review, but no later than 15 days after the decision of the administrative law judge or arbitrator, the Commission shall decide to adopt the decision of the administrative law judge or arbitrator or shall issue its own final order.
    (e) If the alleged violation has a substantial adverse effect on the ability of the complainant to provide service to customers, the complainant may include in its complaint a request for an order for emergency relief. The Commission, acting through its designated administrative law judge or arbitrator, shall act upon such a request within 2 business days of the filing of the complaint. An order for emergency relief may be granted, without an evidentiary hearing, upon a verified factual showing that the party seeking relief will likely succeed on the merits, that the party will suffer irreparable harm in its ability to serve customers if emergency relief is not granted, and that the order is in the public interest. An order for emergency relief shall include a finding that the requirements of this subsection have been fulfilled and shall specify the directives that must be fulfilled by the respondent and deadlines for meeting those directives. The decision of the administrative law judge or arbitrator to grant or deny emergency relief shall be considered an order of the Commission unless the Commission enters its own order within 2 calendar days of the decision of the administrative law judge or arbitrator. The order for emergency relief may require the responding party to act or refrain from acting so as to protect the provision of competitive service offerings to customers. Any action required by an emergency relief order must be technically feasible and economically reasonable and the respondent must be given a reasonable period of time to comply with the order.
    (f) The Commission is authorized to obtain outside resources including, but not limited to, arbitrators and consultants for the purposes of the hearings authorized by this Section. Any arbitrator or consultant obtained by the Commission shall be approved by both parties to the hearing. The cost of such outside resources including, but not limited to, arbitrators and consultants shall be borne by the parties. The Commission shall review the bill for reasonableness and assess the parties for reasonable costs dividing the costs according to the resolution of the complaint brought under this Section. Such costs shall be paid by the parties directly to the arbitrators, consultants, and other providers of outside resources within 60 days after receiving notice of the assessments from the Commission. Interest at the statutory rate shall accrue after expiration of the 60-day period. The Commission, arbitrators, consultants, or other providers of outside resources may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for an order requiring payment.
    (g) The Commission shall assess the parties under this subsection for all of the Commission's costs of investigation and conduct of the proceedings brought under this Section including, but not limited to, the prorated salaries of staff, attorneys, administrative law judges, and support personnel and including any travel and per diem, directly attributable to the complaint brought pursuant to this Section, but excluding those costs provided for in subsection (f), dividing the costs according to the resolution of the complaint brought under this Section. All assessments made under this subsection shall be paid into the Public Utility Fund within 60 days after receiving notice of the assessments from the Commission. Interest at the statutory rate shall accrue after the expiration of the 60 day period. The Commission is authorized to apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for an order requiring payment.
    (h) If the Commission determines that there is an imminent threat to competition or to the public interest, the Commission may, notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, seek temporary, preliminary, or permanent injunctive relief from a court of competent jurisdiction either prior to or after the hearing.
    (i) A party shall not bring or defend a proceeding brought under this Section or assert or controvert an issue in a proceeding brought under this Section, unless there is a non-frivolous basis for doing so. By presenting a pleading, written motion, or other paper in complaint or defense of the actions or inaction of a party under this Section, a party is certifying to the Commission that to the best of that party's knowledge, information, and belief, formed after a reasonable inquiry of the subject matter of the complaint or defense, that the complaint or defense is well grounded in law and fact, and under the circumstances:
        (1) it is not being presented to harass the other
    
party, cause unnecessary delay in the provision of competitive telecommunications services to consumers, or create needless increases in the cost of litigation; and
        (2) the allegations and other factual contentions
    
have evidentiary support or, if specifically so identified, are likely to have evidentiary support after reasonable opportunity for further investigation or discovery as defined herein.
    (j) If, after notice and a reasonable opportunity to respond, the Commission determines that subsection (i) has been violated, the Commission shall impose appropriate sanctions upon the party or parties that have violated subsection (i) or are responsible for the violation. The sanctions shall be not more than $30,000, plus the amount of expenses accrued by the Commission for conducting the hearing. Payment of sanctions imposed under this subsection shall be made to the Common School Fund within 30 days of imposition of such sanctions.
    (k) An appeal of a Commission Order made pursuant to this Section shall not effectuate a stay of the Order unless a court of competent jurisdiction specifically finds that the party seeking the stay will likely succeed on the merits, that the party will suffer irreparable harm without the stay, and that the stay is in the public interest.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17; 100-840, eff. 8-13-18.)

220 ILCS 5/13-516

    (220 ILCS 5/13-516)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-516. Enforcement remedies for prohibited actions by telecommunications carriers.
    (a) In addition to any other provision of this Act, all of the following remedies may be applied for violations of Section 13-514, provided that, for a violation of paragraph (8) of Section 13-514 to qualify for the remedies in this Section, the violation must be in a manner that unreasonably delays, increases the cost, or impedes the availability of telecommunications services to consumers:
        (1) A Commission order directing the violating
    
telecommunications carrier to cease and desist from violating the Act or a Commission order or rule.
        (2) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act,
    
for a second and any subsequent violation of Section 13-514 committed by a telecommunications carrier after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly, the Commission may impose penalties of up to $30,000 or 0.00825% of the telecommunications carrier's gross intrastate annual telecommunications revenue, whichever is greater, per violation unless the telecommunications carrier has fewer than 35,000 subscriber access lines, in which case the civil penalty may not exceed $2,000 per violation. The second and any subsequent violation of Section 13-514 need not be of the same nature or provision of the Section for a penalty to be imposed. Matters resolved through voluntary mediation pursuant to Section 10-101.1 shall not be considered as a violation of Section 13-514 in computing eligibility for imposition of a penalty under this subdivision (a)(2). Each day of a continuing offense shall be treated as a separate violation for purposes of levying any penalty under this Section. The period for which the penalty shall be levied shall commence on the day the telecommunications carrier first violated Section 13-514 or on the day of the notice provided to the telecommunications carrier pursuant to subsection (c) of Section 13-515, whichever is later, and shall continue until the telecommunications carrier is in compliance with the Commission order. In assessing a penalty under this subdivision (a)(2), the Commission may consider mitigating factors, including those specified in items (1) through (4) of subsection (a) of Section 13-304.
        (3) The Commission shall award damages, attorney's
    
fees, and costs to any telecommunications carrier that was subjected to a violation of Section 13-514.
    (b) The Commission may waive penalties imposed under subdivision (a)(2) if it makes a written finding as to its reasons for waiving the penalty. Reasons for waiving a penalty shall include, but not be limited to, technological infeasibility and acts of God.
    (c) The Commission shall establish by rule procedures for the imposition of remedies under subsection (a) that, at a minimum, provide for notice, hearing and a written order relating to the imposition of remedies.
    (d) Unless enforcement of an order entered by the Commission under Section 13-515 otherwise directs or is stayed by the Commission or by an appellate court reviewing the Commission's order, at any time after 30 days from the entry of the order, either the Commission, or the telecommunications carrier found by the Commission to have been subjected to a violation of Section 13-514, or both, is authorized to petition a court of competent jurisdiction for an order at law or in equity requiring enforcement of the Commission order. The court shall determine (1) whether the Commission entered the order identified in the petition and (2) whether the violating telecommunications carrier has complied with the Commission's order. A certified copy of a Commission order shall be prima facie evidence that the Commission entered the order so certified. Pending the court's resolution of the petition, the court may award temporary or preliminary injunctive relief, or such other equitable relief as may be necessary, to effectively implement and enforce the Commission's order in a timely manner.
    If after a hearing the court finds that the Commission entered the order identified in the petition and that the violating telecommunications carrier has not complied with the Commission's order, the court shall enter judgment requiring the violating telecommunications carrier to comply with the Commission's order and order such relief at law or in equity as the court deems necessary to effectively implement and enforce the Commission's order in a timely manner. The court shall also award to the petitioner, or petitioners, attorney's fees and costs, which shall be taxed and collected as part of the costs of the case.
    If the court finds that the violating telecommunications carrier has failed to comply with the timely payment of damages, attorney's fees, or costs ordered by the Commission, the court shall order the violating telecommunications carrier to pay to the telecommunications carrier or carriers awarded the damages, fees, or costs by the Commission additional damages for the sake of example and by way of punishment for the failure to timely comply with the order of the Commission, unless the court finds a reasonable basis for the violating telecommunications carrier's failure to make timely payment according to the Commission's order, in which instance the court shall establish a new date for payment to be made.
    (e) Payment of damages, attorney's fees, and costs imposed under subsection (a) shall be made within 30 days after issuance of the Commission order imposing the penalties, damages, attorney's fees, or costs, unless otherwise directed by the Commission or a reviewing court under an appeal taken pursuant to Article X. Payment of penalties imposed under subsection (a) shall be made to the Common School Fund within 30 days of issuance of the Commission order imposing the penalties.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-517

    (220 ILCS 5/13-517)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-517. Provision of advanced telecommunications services.
    (a) Every Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (telecommunications carrier that offers or provides a noncompetitive telecommunications service) shall offer or provide advanced telecommunications services to not less than 80% of its customers by January 1, 2005.
    (b) The Commission is authorized to grant a full or partial waiver of the requirements of this Section upon verified petition of any Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier ("ILEC") which demonstrates that full compliance with the requirements of this Section would be unduly economically burdensome or technically infeasible or otherwise impractical in exchanges with low population density. Notice of any such petition must be given to all potentially affected customers. If no potentially affected customer requests the opportunity for a hearing on the waiver petition, the Commission may, in its discretion, allow the waiver request to take effect without hearing. The Commission shall grant such petition to the extent that, and for such duration as, the Commission determines that such waiver:
        (1) is necessary:
            (A) to avoid a significant adverse economic
        
impact on users of telecommunications services generally;
            (B) to avoid imposing a requirement that is
        
unduly economically burdensome;
            (C) to avoid imposing a requirement that is
        
technically infeasible; or
            (D) to avoid imposing a requirement that is
        
otherwise impractical to implement in exchanges with low population density; and
        (2) is consistent with the public interest,
    
convenience, and necessity.
The Commission shall act upon any petition filed under this subsection within 180 days after receiving such petition. The Commission may by rule establish standards for granting any waiver of the requirements of this Section. The Commission may, upon complaint or on its own motion, hold a hearing to reconsider its grant of a waiver in whole or in part. In the event that the Commission, following hearing, determines that the affected ILEC no longer meets the requirements of item (2) of this subsection, the Commission shall by order rescind such waiver, in whole or in part. In the event and to the degree the Commission rescinds such waiver, the Commission shall establish an implementation schedule for compliance with the requirements of this Section.
    (c) As used in this Section, "advanced telecommunications services" means services capable of supporting, in at least one direction, a speed in excess of 200 kilobits per second (kbps) to the network demarcation point at the subscriber's premises.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-518

    (220 ILCS 5/13-518)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-518. Optional service packages.
    (a) It is the intent of this Section to provide unlimited local service packages at prices that will result in savings for the average consumer. Each telecommunications carrier that provides competitive and noncompetitive services, and that is subject to an alternative regulation plan pursuant to Section 13-506.1 of this Article, shall provide, in addition to such other services as it offers, the following optional packages of services for a fixed monthly rate, which, along with the terms and conditions thereof, the Commission shall review, pursuant to Article IX of this Act, to determine whether such rates, terms, and conditions are fair, just, and reasonable.
        (1) A budget package, which shall consist of
    
residential access service and unlimited local calls.
        (2) A flat rate package, which shall consist of
    
residential access service, unlimited local calls, and the customer's choice of 2 vertical services as defined in this Section.
        (3) An enhanced flat rate package, which shall
    
consist of residential access service for 2 lines, unlimited local calls, the customer's choice of 2 vertical services as defined in this Section, and unlimited local toll service.
    (b) Nothing in this Section or this Act shall be construed to prohibit any telecommunications carrier subject to this Section from charging customers who elect to take one of the groups of services offered pursuant to this Section, any applicable surcharges, fees, and taxes.
    (c) The term "vertical services", when used in this Section, includes, but is not necessarily limited to, call waiting, call forwarding, 3-way calling, caller ID, call tracing, automatic callback, repeat dialing, and voicemail.
    (d) The service packages described in this Section shall be defined as noncompetitive services.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-519

    (220 ILCS 5/13-519)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-519. Fire alarm; discontinuance of service. When a telecommunications carrier initiates a discontinuance of service on a known emergency system or fire alarm system that is required by the local authority to be a dedicated phone line circuit to the central dispatch of the fire department or fire protection district or, if applicable, the police department, the telecommunications carrier shall also transmit a copy of the written notice of discontinuance to that local authority.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-601

    (220 ILCS 5/13-601) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-601)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-601. Application of Article VII. The provisions of Article VII of this Act are applicable only to telecommunications carriers offering or providing noncompetitive telecommunications service, and the Commission's regulation thereof, except that (1) the approval of contracts and arrangements with affiliated interests required by paragraph (3) of Section 7-101 shall not apply to such telecommunications carriers provided that, except as provided in item (2), those contracts and arrangements shall be filed with the Commission and (2) affiliated interest contracts or arrangements entered into by such telecommunications carriers where the increased obligation thereunder does not exceed the lesser of $5,000,000 or 5% of such carrier's prior annual revenue from noncompetitive services are not required to be filed with the Commission.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-701

    (220 ILCS 5/13-701) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-701)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-701. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act to the contrary, the Commission has no power to supervise or control any telephone cooperative as respects assessment schedules or local service rates made or charged by such a cooperative on a nondiscriminatory basis. In addition, the Commission has no power to inquire into, or require the submission of, the terms, conditions or agreements by or under which telephone cooperatives are financed. A telephone cooperative shall file with the Commission either a copy of the annual financial report required by the Rural Electrification Administration, or the annual financial report required of other public utilities.
    Sections 13-712 and 13-713 of this Act do not apply to telephone cooperatives.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-702

    (220 ILCS 5/13-702) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-702)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-702. Every telecommunications carrier operating in this State shall receive, transmit and deliver, without discrimination or delay, the conversations, messages or other transmissions of every other telecommunications carrier with which a joint rate has been established or with whose line a physical connection may have been made.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-703

    (220 ILCS 5/13-703) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-703)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-703. (a) The Commission shall design and implement a program whereby each telecommunications carrier providing local exchange service shall provide a telecommunications device capable of servicing the needs of those persons with a hearing or speech disability together with a single party line, at no charge additional to the basic exchange rate, to any subscriber who is certified as having a hearing or speech disability by a hearing care professional, as defined in the Hearing Instrument Consumer Protection Act, a speech-language pathologist, or a qualified State agency and to any subscriber which is an organization serving the needs of those persons with a hearing or speech disability as determined and specified by the Commission pursuant to subsection (d).
    (b) The Commission shall design and implement a program, whereby each telecommunications carrier providing local exchange service shall provide a telecommunications relay system, using third party intervention to connect those persons having a hearing or speech disability with persons of normal hearing by way of intercommunications devices and the telephone system, making available reasonable access to all phases of public telephone service to persons who have a hearing or speech disability. In order to design a telecommunications relay system which will meet the requirements of those persons with a hearing or speech disability available at a reasonable cost, the Commission shall initiate an investigation and conduct public hearings to determine the most cost-effective method of providing telecommunications relay service to those persons who have a hearing or speech disability when using telecommunications devices and therein solicit the advice, counsel, and physical assistance of Statewide nonprofit consumer organizations that serve persons with hearing or speech disabilities in such hearings and during the development and implementation of the system. The Commission shall phase in this program, on a geographical basis, as soon as is practicable, but no later than June 30, 1990.
    (c) The Commission shall establish a competitively neutral rate recovery mechanism that establishes charges in an amount to be determined by the Commission for each line of a subscriber to allow telecommunications carriers providing local exchange service to recover costs as they are incurred under this Section. Beginning no later than April 1, 2016, and on a yearly basis thereafter, the Commission shall initiate a proceeding to establish the competitively neutral amount to be charged or assessed to subscribers of telecommunications carriers and wireless carriers, Interconnected VoIP service providers, and consumers of prepaid wireless telecommunications service in a manner consistent with this subsection (c) and subsection (f) of this Section. The Commission shall issue its order establishing the competitively neutral amount to be charged or assessed to subscribers of telecommunications carriers and wireless carriers, Interconnected VoIP service providers, and purchasers of prepaid wireless telecommunications service on or prior to June 1 of each year, and such amount shall take effect June 1 of each year.
    Telecommunications carriers, wireless carriers, Interconnected VoIP service providers, and sellers of prepaid wireless telecommunications service shall have 60 days from the date the Commission files its order to implement the new rate established by the order.
    (d) The Commission shall determine and specify those organizations serving the needs of those persons having a hearing or speech disability that shall receive a telecommunications device and in which offices the equipment shall be installed in the case of an organization having more than one office. For the purposes of this Section, "organizations serving the needs of those persons with hearing or speech disabilities" means centers for independent living as described in Section 12a of the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities Act and not-for-profit organizations whose primary purpose is serving the needs of those persons with hearing or speech disabilities. The Commission shall direct the telecommunications carriers subject to its jurisdiction and this Section to comply with its determinations and specifications in this regard.
    (e) As used in this Section:
    "Prepaid wireless telecommunications service" has the meaning given to that term under Section 10 of the Prepaid Wireless 9-1-1 Surcharge Act.
    "Retail transaction" has the meaning given to that term under Section 10 of the Prepaid Wireless 9-1-1 Surcharge Act.
    "Seller" has the meaning given to that term under Section 10 of the Prepaid Wireless 9-1-1 Surcharge Act.
    "Telecommunications carrier providing local exchange service" includes, without otherwise limiting the meaning of the term, telecommunications carriers which are purely mutual concerns, having no rates or charges for services, but paying the operating expenses by assessment upon the members of such a company and no other person.
    "Wireless carrier" has the meaning given to that term under Section 2 of the Emergency Telephone System Act.
    (f) Interconnected VoIP service providers, sellers of prepaid wireless telecommunications service, and wireless carriers in Illinois shall collect and remit assessments determined in accordance with this Section in a competitively neutral manner in the same manner as a telecommunications carrier providing local exchange service. However, the assessment imposed on consumers of prepaid wireless telecommunications service shall be collected by the seller from the consumer and imposed per retail transaction as a percentage of that retail transaction on all retail transactions occurring in this State. The assessment on subscribers of wireless carriers and consumers of prepaid wireless telecommunications service shall not be imposed or collected prior to June 1, 2016.
    Sellers of prepaid wireless telecommunications service shall remit the assessments to the Department of Revenue on the same form and in the same manner which they remit the fee collected under the Prepaid Wireless 9-1-1 Surcharge Act. For the purposes of display on the consumers' receipts, the rates of the fee collected under the Prepaid Wireless 9-1-1 Surcharge Act and the assessment under this Section may be combined. In administration and enforcement of this Section, the provisions of Sections 15 and 20 of the Prepaid Wireless 9-1-1 Surcharge Act (except subsections (a), (a-5), (b-5), (e), and (e-5) of Section 15 and subsections (c) and (e) of Section 20 of the Prepaid Wireless 9-1-1 Surcharge Act and, from June 29, 2015 (the effective date of Public Act 99-6), the seller shall be permitted to deduct and retain 3% of the assessments that are collected by the seller from consumers and that are remitted and timely filed with the Department) that are not inconsistent with this Section, shall apply, as far as practicable, to the subject matter of this Section to the same extent as if those provisions were included in this Section. Beginning on January 1, 2018, the seller is allowed to deduct and retain 3% of the assessments that are collected by the seller from consumers and that are remitted timely and timely filed with the Department, but only if the return is filed electronically as provided in Section 3 of the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Sellers who demonstrate that they do not have access to the Internet or demonstrate hardship in filing electronically may petition the Department to waive the electronic filing requirement. The Department shall deposit all assessments and penalties collected under this Section into the Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation Fund, a special fund created in the State treasury. On or before the 25th day of each calendar month, the Department shall prepare and certify to the Comptroller the amount available to the Commission for distribution out of the Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation Fund. The amount certified shall be the amount (not including credit memoranda) collected during the second preceding calendar month by the Department, plus an amount the Department determines is necessary to offset any amounts which were erroneously paid to a different taxing body or fund. The amount paid to the Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation Fund shall not include any amount equal to the amount of refunds made during the second preceding calendar month by the Department to retailers under this Section or any amount that the Department determines is necessary to offset any amounts which were payable to a different taxing body or fund but were erroneously paid to the Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation Fund. The Commission shall distribute all the funds to the Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation and the funds may only be used in accordance with the provisions of this Section. The Department shall deduct 2% of all amounts deposited in the Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation Fund during every year of remitted assessments. Of the 2% deducted by the Department, one-half shall be transferred into the Tax Compliance and Administration Fund to reimburse the Department for its direct costs of administering the collection and remittance of the assessment. The remaining one-half shall be transferred into the Public Utility Fund to reimburse the Commission for its costs of distributing to the Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation the amount certified by the Department for distribution. The amount to be charged or assessed under subsections (c) and (f) is not imposed on a provider or the consumer for wireless Lifeline service where the consumer does not pay the provider for the service. Where the consumer purchases from the provider optional minutes, texts, or other services in addition to the federally funded Lifeline benefit, a consumer must pay the charge or assessment, and it must be collected by the seller according to this subsection (f).
    Interconnected VoIP services shall not be considered an intrastate telecommunications service for the purposes of this Section in a manner inconsistent with federal law or Federal Communications Commission regulation.
    (g) The provisions of this Section are severable under Section 1.31 of the Statute on Statutes.
    (h) The Commission may adopt rules necessary to implement this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-6, eff. 6-29-15; 99-143, eff. 7-27-15; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16; 99-847, eff. 8-19-16; 99-933, eff. 1-27-17; 100-20, eff. 7-1-17; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17; 100-303, eff. 8-24-17; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18.)

220 ILCS 5/13-704

    (220 ILCS 5/13-704) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-704)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-704. Each page of a billing statement which sets forth charges assessed against a customer by a telecommunications carrier for telecommunications service shall reflect the telephone number or customer account number to which the charges are being billed. If a telecommunications carrier offers electronic billing, customers may elect to have their bills sent electronically. Such bills shall be transmitted with instructions for payment. Information sent electronically shall be deemed to satisfy any requirement in this Section that such information be printed or written on a customer bill. Bills may be paid electronically or by the use of a customer-preferred financially accredited credit or debit methodology.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-705

    (220 ILCS 5/13-705) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-705)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-705. Every telephone directory distributed after July 1, 1990 to the general public in this State which lists the calling numbers of telephones, of any telephone exchange located in this State, shall also contain a listing, at no additional charge, of any special calling number assigned to any telecommunication device for the deaf in use within the geographic area of coverage for the directory, unless the telephone company is notified by the telecommunication device subscriber that the subscriber does not wish the TDD number to be listed in the directory. Such listing shall include, but is not limited to, residential, commercial and governmental numbers with telecommunication device access and shall include a designation if the device is for print or display communication only or if it also accommodates voice transmission. In addition to the aforementioned requirements each telephone directory so distributed shall also contain a listing of any city and county emergency services and any police telecommunication device for the deaf calling numbers in the coverage area within this State which is included in the directory as well as the listing of the Illinois State Police emergency telecommunication device for the deaf calling number in Springfield. This emergency numbers listing shall be preceded by the words "Emergency Assistance for Deaf Persons" which shall be as legible and printed in the same size as all other emergency subheadings on the page; provided, that the provisions of this Section do not apply to those directories distributed solely for business advertising purposes, commonly known as classified directories.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-706

    (220 ILCS 5/13-706) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-706)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-706. Except as provided in Section 13-707 of this Act, all essential telephones, all coin-operated phones and all emergency telephones sold, rented or distributed by any other means in this State after July 1, 1990 shall be hearing-aid compatible. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any telephone that is manufactured before July 1, 1989.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-707

    (220 ILCS 5/13-707) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-707)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-707. The following telephones shall be exempt from the requirements of Section 13-706 of this Act: telephones used with public mobile services; telephones used with private radio services; and cordless telephones. The exemption provided in this Section shall not apply with respect to cordless telephones manufactured or imported more than 3 years after September 19, 1988. The Commission shall periodically assess the appropriateness of continuing in effect the exemptions provided herein for public mobile service and private radio service telephones and report their findings to the General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-708

    (220 ILCS 5/13-708)
    Sec. 13-708. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88-604, eff. 9-1-94.)

220 ILCS 5/13-709

    (220 ILCS 5/13-709)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-709. Orders of correction.
    (a) A telecommunications carrier shall comply with orders of correction issued by the Department of Public Health under Section 5 of the Illinois Plumbing License Law.
    (b) Upon receiving notification from the Department of Public Health that a telecommunications carrier has failed to comply with an order of correction, the Illinois Commerce Commission shall enforce the order.
    (c) The good faith compliance by a telecommunications carrier with an order of the Department of Public Health or Illinois Commerce Commission to terminate service pursuant to Section 5 of the Illinois Plumbing License Law shall constitute a complete defense to any civil action brought against the telecommunications carrier arising from the termination of service.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-712

    (220 ILCS 5/13-712)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-712. Basic local exchange service quality; customer credits.
    (a) It is the intent of the General Assembly that every telecommunications carrier meet minimum service quality standards in providing noncompetitive basic local exchange service on a non-discriminatory basis to all classes of customers.
    (b) Definitions:
        (1) (Blank).
        (2) "Basic local exchange service" means residential
    
and business lines used for local exchange telecommunications service as defined in Section 13-204 of this Act, that have not been classified as competitive pursuant to either Section 13-502 or subdivision (c)(5) of Section 13-506.2 of this Act, excluding:
            (A) services that employ advanced
        
telecommunications capability as defined in Section 706(c)(1) of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996;
            (B) vertical services;
            (C) company official lines; and
            (D) records work only.
        (3) "Link Up" refers to the Link Up Assistance
    
program defined and established at 47 C.F.R. Section 54.411 et seq. as amended.
    (c) The Commission shall promulgate service quality rules for basic local exchange service, which may include fines, penalties, customer credits, and other enforcement mechanisms. In developing such service quality rules, the Commission shall consider, at a minimum, the carrier's gross annual intrastate revenue; the frequency, duration, and recurrence of the violation; and the relative harm caused to the affected customer or other users of the network. In imposing fines, the Commission shall take into account compensation or credits paid by the telecommunications carrier to its customers pursuant to this Section in compensation for the violation found pursuant to this Section. These rules shall become effective within one year after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly.
    (d) The rules shall, at a minimum, require each telecommunications carrier to do all of the following:
        (1) Install basic local exchange service within 5
    
business days after receipt of an order from the customer unless the customer requests an installation date that is beyond 5 business days after placing the order for basic service and to inform the customer of its duty to install service within this timeframe. If installation of service is requested on or by a date more than 5 business days in the future, the telecommunications carrier shall install service by the date requested. A telecommunications carrier offering basic local exchange service utilizing the network or network elements of another carrier shall install new lines for basic local exchange service within 3 business days after provisioning of the line or lines by the carrier whose network or network elements are being utilized is complete. This subdivision (d)(1) does not apply to the migration of a customer between telecommunications carriers, so long as the customer maintains dial tone.
        (2) Restore basic local exchange service for a
    
customer within 30 hours of receiving notice that a customer is out of service. This provision applies to service disruptions that occur when a customer switches existing basic local exchange service from one carrier to another.
        (3) Keep all repair and installation appointments for
    
basic local exchange service, when a customer premises visit requires a customer to be present.
        (4) Inform a customer when a repair or installation
    
appointment requires the customer to be present.
    (e) The rules shall include provisions for customers to be credited by the telecommunications carrier for violations of basic local exchange service quality standards as described in subsection (d). The credits shall be applied on the statement issued to the customer for the next monthly billing cycle following the violation or following the discovery of the violation. The performance levels established in subsection (c) are solely for the purposes of consumer credits and shall not be used as performance levels for the purposes of assessing penalties under Section 13-305. At a minimum, the rules shall include the following:
        (1) If a carrier fails to repair an out-of-service
    
condition for basic local exchange service within 30 hours, the carrier shall provide a credit to the customer. If the service disruption is for over 30 hours but less than 48 hours, the credit must be equal to a pro-rata portion of the monthly recurring charges for all local services disrupted. If the service disruption is for more than 48 hours, but not more than 72 hours, the credit must be equal to at least 33% of one month's recurring charges for all local services disrupted. If the service disruption is for more than 72 hours, but not more than 96 hours, the credit must be equal to at least 67% of one month's recurring charges for all local services disrupted. If the service disruption is for more than 96 hours, but not more than 120 hours, the credit must be equal to one month's recurring charges for all local services disrupted. For each day or portion thereof that the service disruption continues beyond the initial 120-hour period, the carrier shall also provide an additional credit of $20 per day.
        (2) If a carrier fails to install basic local
    
exchange service as required under subdivision (d)(1), the carrier shall waive 50% of any installation charges, or in the absence of an installation charge or where installation is pursuant to the Link Up program, the carrier shall provide a credit of $25. If a carrier fails to install service within 10 business days after the service application is placed, or fails to install service within 5 business days after the customer's requested installation date, if the requested date was more than 5 business days after the date of the order, the carrier shall waive 100% of the installation charge, or in the absence of an installation charge or where installation is provided pursuant to the Link Up program, the carrier shall provide a credit of $50. For each day that the failure to install service continues beyond the initial 10 business days, or beyond 5 business days after the customer's requested installation date, if the requested date was more than 5 business days after the date of the order, the carrier shall also provide an additional credit of $20 per day until service is installed.
        (3) If a carrier fails to keep a scheduled repair or
    
installation appointment when a customer premises visit requires a customer to be present, the carrier shall credit the customer $25 per missed appointment. A credit required by this subsection does not apply when the carrier provides the customer notice of its inability to keep the appointment no later than 8 p.m. of the day prior to the scheduled date of the appointment.
        (4) If the violation of a basic local exchange
    
service quality standard is caused by a carrier other than the carrier providing retail service to the customer, the carrier providing retail service to the customer shall credit the customer as provided in this Section. The carrier causing the violation shall reimburse the carrier providing retail service the amount credited the customer. When applicable, an interconnection agreement shall govern compensation between the carrier causing the violation, in whole or in part, and the retail carrier providing the credit to the customer.
        (5) (Blank).
        (6) Credits required by this subsection do not apply
    
if the violation of a service quality standard:
            (i) occurs as a result of a negligent or willful
        
act on the part of the customer;
            (ii) occurs as a result of a malfunction of
        
customer-owned telephone equipment or inside wiring;
            (iii) occurs as a result of, or is extended by,
        
an emergency situation as defined in Commission rules;
            (iv) is extended by the carrier's inability to
        
gain access to the customer's premises due to the customer missing an appointment, provided that the violation is not further extended by the carrier;
            (v) occurs as a result of a customer request to
        
change the scheduled appointment, provided that the violation is not further extended by the carrier;
            (vi) occurs as a result of a carrier's right to
        
refuse service to a customer as provided in Commission rules; or
            (vii) occurs as a result of a lack of facilities
        
where a customer requests service at a geographically remote location, a customer requests service in a geographic area where the carrier is not currently offering service, or there are insufficient facilities to meet the customer's request for service, subject to a carrier's obligation for reasonable facilities planning.
        (7) The provisions of this subsection are cumulative
    
and shall not in any way diminish or replace other civil or administrative remedies available to a customer or a class of customers.
    (f) The rules shall require each telecommunications carrier to provide to the Commission, on a quarterly basis and in a form suitable for posting on the Commission's website, a public report that includes performance data for basic local exchange service quality of service. The performance data shall be disaggregated for each geographic area and each customer class of the State for which the telecommunications carrier internally monitored performance data as of a date 120 days preceding the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly. The report shall include, at a minimum, performance data on basic local exchange service installations, lines out of service for more than 30 hours, carrier response to customer calls, trouble reports, and missed repair and installation commitments.
    (g) The Commission shall establish and implement carrier to carrier wholesale service quality rules and establish remedies to ensure enforcement of the rules.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-713

    (220 ILCS 5/13-713)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-713. Consumer complaint resolution process.
    (a) It is the intent of the General Assembly that consumer complaints against telecommunications carriers shall be concluded as expeditiously as possible consistent with the rights of the parties thereto to the due process of law and protection of the public interest.
    (b) The Commission shall promulgate rules that permit parties to resolve disputes through mediation. A consumer may request mediation upon completion of the Commission's informal complaint process and prior to the initiation of a formal complaint as described in Commission rules.
    (c) A residential consumer or business consumer with fewer than 20 lines shall have the right to request mediation for resolution of a dispute with a telecommunications carrier. The carrier shall be required to participate in mediation at the consumer's request.
    (d) The Commission may retain the services of an independent neutral mediator or trained Commission staff to facilitate resolution of the consumer dispute. The mediation process must be completed no later than 45 days after the consumer requests mediation.
    (e) If the parties reach agreement, the agreement shall be reduced to writing at the conclusion of the mediation. The writing shall contain mutual conditions, payment arrangements, or other terms that resolve the dispute in its entirety. If the parties are unable to reach agreement or after 45 days, whichever occurs first, the consumer may file a formal complaint with the Commission as described in Commission rules.
    (f) If either the consumer or the carrier fails to abide by the terms of the settlement agreement, either party may exercise any rights it may have as specified in the terms of the agreement or as provided in Commission rules.
    (g) All notes, writings and settlement discussions related to the mediation shall be exempt from discovery and shall be inadmissible in any agency or court proceeding.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-801

    (220 ILCS 5/13-801) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-801)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-801. Incumbent local exchange carrier obligations.
    (a) This Section provides additional State requirements contemplated by, but not inconsistent with, Section 261(c) of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, and not preempted by orders of the Federal Communications Commission. A telecommunications carrier not subject to regulation under an alternative regulation plan pursuant to Section 13-506.1 of this Act shall not be subject to the provisions of this Section, to the extent that this Section imposes requirements or obligations upon the telecommunications carrier that exceed or are more stringent than those obligations imposed by Section 251 of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 and regulations promulgated thereunder.
    An incumbent local exchange carrier shall provide a requesting telecommunications carrier with interconnection, collocation, network elements, and access to operations support systems on just, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory rates, terms, and conditions to enable the provision of any and all existing and new telecommunications services within the LATA, including, but not limited to, local exchange and exchange access. The Commission shall require the incumbent local exchange carrier to provide interconnection, collocation, and network elements in any manner technically feasible to the fullest extent possible to implement the maximum development of competitive telecommunications services offerings. As used in this Section, to the extent that interconnection, collocation, or network elements have been deployed for or by the incumbent local exchange carrier or one of its wireline local exchange affiliates in any jurisdiction, it shall be presumed that such is technically feasible in Illinois.
    (b) Interconnection.
        (1) An incumbent local exchange carrier shall provide
    
for the facilities and equipment of any requesting telecommunications carrier's interconnection with the incumbent local exchange carrier's network on just, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory rates, terms, and conditions:
            (A) for the transmission and routing of local
        
exchange, and exchange access telecommunications services;
            (B) at any technically feasible point within the
        
incumbent local exchange carrier's network; however, the incumbent local exchange carrier may not require the requesting carrier to interconnect at more than one technically feasible point within a LATA; and
            (C) that is at least equal in quality and
        
functionality to that provided by the incumbent local exchange carrier to itself or to any subsidiary, affiliate, or any other party to which the incumbent local exchange carrier provides interconnection.
        (2) An incumbent local exchange carrier shall make
    
available to any requesting telecommunications carrier, to the extent technically feasible, those services, facilities, or interconnection agreements or arrangements that the incumbent local exchange carrier or any of its incumbent local exchange subsidiaries or affiliates offers in another state under the terms and conditions, but not the stated rates, negotiated pursuant to Section 252 of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996. Rates shall be established in accordance with the requirements of subsection (g) of this Section. An incumbent local exchange carrier shall also make available to any requesting telecommunications carrier, to the extent technically feasible, and subject to the unbundling provisions of Section 251(d)(2) of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, those unbundled network element or interconnection agreements or arrangements that a local exchange carrier affiliate of the incumbent local exchange carrier obtains in another state from the incumbent local exchange carrier in that state, under the terms and conditions, but not the stated rates, obtained through negotiation, or through an arbitration initiated by the affiliate, pursuant to Section 252 of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996. Rates shall be established in accordance with the requirements of subsection (g) of this Section.
    (c) Collocation. An incumbent local exchange carrier shall provide for physical or virtual collocation of any type of equipment for interconnection or access to network elements at the premises of the incumbent local exchange carrier on just, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory rates, terms, and conditions. The equipment shall include, but is not limited to, optical transmission equipment, multiplexers, remote switching modules, and cross-connects between the facilities or equipment of other collocated carriers. The equipment shall also include microwave transmission facilities on the exterior and interior of the incumbent local exchange carrier's premises used for interconnection to, or for access to network elements of, the incumbent local exchange carrier or a collocated carrier, unless the incumbent local exchange carrier demonstrates to the Commission that it is not practical due to technical reasons or space limitations. An incumbent local exchange carrier shall allow, and provide for, the most reasonably direct and efficient cross-connects, that are consistent with safety and network reliability standards, between the facilities of collocated carriers. An incumbent local exchange carrier shall also allow, and provide for, cross connects between a noncollocated telecommunications carrier's network elements platform, or a noncollocated telecommunications carrier's transport facilities, and the facilities of any collocated carrier, consistent with safety and network reliability standards.
    (d) Network elements. The incumbent local exchange carrier shall provide to any requesting telecommunications carrier, for the provision of an existing or a new telecommunications service, nondiscriminatory access to network elements on any unbundled or bundled basis, as requested, at any technically feasible point on just, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory rates, terms, and conditions.
        (1) An incumbent local exchange carrier shall provide
    
unbundled network elements in a manner that allows requesting telecommunications carriers to combine those network elements to provide a telecommunications service.
        (2) An incumbent local exchange carrier shall not
    
separate network elements that are currently combined, except at the explicit direction of the requesting carrier.
        (3) Upon request, an incumbent local exchange carrier
    
shall combine any sequence of unbundled network elements that it ordinarily combines for itself, including but not limited to, unbundled network elements identified in The Draft of the Proposed Ameritech Illinois 271 Amendment (I2A) found in Schedule SJA-4 attached to Exhibit 3.1 filed by Illinois Bell Telephone Company on or about March 28, 2001 with the Illinois Commerce Commission under Illinois Commerce Commission Docket Number 00-0700. The Commission shall determine those network elements the incumbent local exchange carrier ordinarily combines for itself if there is a dispute between the incumbent local exchange carrier and the requesting telecommunications carrier under this subdivision of this Section of this Act.
        The incumbent local exchange carrier shall be
    
entitled to recover from the requesting telecommunications carrier any just and reasonable special construction costs incurred in combining such unbundled network elements (i) if such costs are not already included in the established price of providing the network elements, (ii) if the incumbent local exchange carrier charges such costs to its retail telecommunications end users, and (iii) if fully disclosed in advance to the requesting telecommunications carrier. The Commission shall determine whether the incumbent local exchange carrier is entitled to any special construction costs if there is a dispute between the incumbent local exchange carrier and the requesting telecommunications carrier under this subdivision of this Section of this Act.
        (4) A telecommunications carrier may use a network
    
elements platform consisting solely of combined network elements of the incumbent local exchange carrier to provide end to end telecommunications service for the provision of existing and new local exchange, interexchange that includes local, local toll, and intraLATA toll, and exchange access telecommunications services within the LATA to its end users or payphone service providers without the requesting telecommunications carrier's provision or use of any other facilities or functionalities.
        (5) The Commission shall establish maximum time
    
periods for the incumbent local exchange carrier's provision of network elements. The maximum time period shall be no longer than the time period for the incumbent local exchange carrier's provision of comparable retail telecommunications services utilizing those network elements. The Commission may establish a maximum time period for a particular network element that is shorter than for a comparable retail telecommunications service offered by the incumbent local exchange carrier if a requesting telecommunications carrier establishes that it shall perform other functions or activities after receipt of the particular network element to provide telecommunications services to end users. The burden of proof for establishing a maximum time period for a particular network element that is shorter than for a comparable retail telecommunications service offered by the incumbent local exchange carrier shall be on the requesting telecommunications carrier. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, unless and until the Commission establishes by rule or order a different specific maximum time interval, the maximum time intervals shall not exceed 5 business days for the provision of unbundled loops, both digital and analog, 10 business days for the conditioning of unbundled loops or for existing combinations of network elements for an end user that has existing local exchange telecommunications service, and one business day for the provision of the high frequency portion of the loop (line-sharing) for at least 95% of the requests of each requesting telecommunications carrier for each month.
        In measuring the incumbent local exchange carrier's
    
actual performance, the Commission shall ensure that occurrences beyond the control of the incumbent local exchange carrier that adversely affect the incumbent local exchange carrier's performance are excluded when determining actual performance levels. Such occurrences shall be determined by the Commission, but at a minimum must include work stoppage or other labor actions and acts of war. Exclusions shall also be made for performance that is governed by agreements approved by the Commission and containing timeframes for the same or similar measures or for when a requesting telecommunications carrier requests a longer time interval.
        (6) When a telecommunications carrier requests a
    
network elements platform referred to in subdivision (d)(4) of this Section, without the need for field work outside of the central office, for an end user that has existing local exchange telecommunications service provided by an incumbent local exchange carrier, or by another telecommunications carrier through the incumbent local exchange carrier's network elements platform, unless otherwise agreed by the telecommunications carriers, the incumbent local exchange carrier shall provide the requesting telecommunications carrier with the requested network elements platform within 3 business days for at least 95% of the requests for each requesting telecommunications carrier for each month. A requesting telecommunications carrier may order the network elements platform as is for an end user that has such existing local exchange service without changing any of the features previously selected by the end user. The incumbent local exchange carrier shall provide the requested network elements platform without any disruption to the end user's services.
        Absent a contrary agreement between the
    
telecommunications carriers entered into after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly, as of 12:01 a.m. on the third business day after placing the order for a network elements platform, the requesting telecommunications carrier shall be the presubscribed primary local exchange carrier for that end user line and shall be entitled to receive, or to direct the disposition of, all revenues for all services utilizing the network elements in the platform, unless it is established that the end user of the existing local exchange service did not authorize the requesting telecommunications carrier to make the request.
    (e) Operations support systems. The Commission shall establish minimum standards with just, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory rates, terms, and conditions for the preordering, ordering, provisioning, maintenance and repair, and billing functions of the incumbent local exchange carrier's operations support systems provided to other telecommunications carriers.
    (f) Resale. An incumbent local exchange carrier shall offer all retail telecommunications services, that the incumbent local exchange carrier provides at retail to subscribers who are not telecommunications carriers, within the LATA, together with each applicable optional feature or functionality, subject to resale at wholesale rates without imposing any unreasonable or discriminatory conditions or limitations. Wholesale rates shall be based on the retail rates charged to end users for the telecommunications service requested, excluding the portion thereof attributable to any marketing, billing, collection, and other costs avoided by the local exchange carrier. The Commission may determine under Article IX of this Act that certain noncompetitive services, together with each applicable optional feature or functionality, that are offered to residence customers under different rates, charges, terms, or conditions than to other customers should not be subject to resale under the rates, charges, terms, or conditions available only to residence customers.
    (g) Cost based rates. Interconnection, collocation, network elements, and operations support systems shall be provided by the incumbent local exchange carrier to requesting telecommunications carriers at cost based rates. The immediate implementation and provisioning of interconnection, collocation, network elements, and operations support systems shall not be delayed due to any lack of determination by the Commission as to the cost based rates. When cost based rates have not been established, within 30 days after the filing of a petition for the setting of interim rates, or after the Commission's own motion, the Commission shall provide for interim rates that shall remain in full force and effect until the cost based rate determination is made, or the interim rate is modified, by the Commission.
    (h) Rural exemption. This Section does not apply to certain rural telephone companies as described in 47 U.S.C. 251(f).
    (i) Schedule of rates. A telecommunications carrier may request the incumbent local exchange carrier to provide a schedule of rates listing each of the rate elements of the incumbent local exchange carrier that pertains to a proposed order identified by the requesting telecommunications carrier for any of the matters covered in this Section. The incumbent local exchange carrier shall deliver the requested schedule of rates to the requesting telecommunications carrier within 2 business days for 95% of the requests for each requesting carrier
    (j) Special access circuits. Other than as provided in subdivision (d)(4) of this Section for the network elements platform described in that subdivision, nothing in this amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly is intended to require or prohibit the substitution of switched or special access services by or with a combination of network elements nor address the Illinois Commerce Commission's jurisdiction or authority in this area.
    (k) The Commission shall determine any matters in dispute between the incumbent local exchange carrier and the requesting carrier pursuant to Section 13-515 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-802

    (220 ILCS 5/13-802)
    Sec. 13-802. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 84-1063. Repealed by P.A. 96-927, eff. 6-15-10.)

220 ILCS 5/13-802.1

    (220 ILCS 5/13-802.1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-802.1. Depreciation; examination and audit; agreement conditions; federal Telecommunications Act of 1996.
    (a) In performing any cost analysis authorized pursuant to this Act, the Commission may ascertain and determine and by order fix the proper and adequate rate of depreciation of the property for a telecommunications carrier for the purpose of such cost analysis.
    (b) The Commission may provide for the examination and audit of all accounts. Items subject to the Commission's regulatory requirements shall be so allocated in the manner prescribed by the Commission. The officers and employees of the Commission shall have the authority under the direction of the Commission to inspect and examine any and all books, accounts, papers, records, and memoranda kept by the telecommunications carrier.
    (c) The Commission is authorized to adopt rules and regulations concerning the conditions to be contained in and become a part of contracts for noncompetitive telecommunications services in a manner consistent with this Act and federal law.
    (d) The Commission shall have the authority to, and shall engage in, all state regulatory actions needed to implement and enforce the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 consistent with federal law, including, but not limited to, the negotiation, arbitration, implementation, resolution of disputes and enforcement of interconnection agreements arising under Sections 251 and 252 of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-803

    (220 ILCS 5/13-803) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-803)
    Sec. 13-803. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 90-185, eff. 7-23-97. Repealed by P.A. 92-22, eff. 6-30-01.)

220 ILCS 5/13-804

    (220 ILCS 5/13-804)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-804. Broadband investment. Increased investment into broadband infrastructure is critical to the economic development of this State and a key component to the retention of existing jobs and the creation of new jobs. The removal of regulatory uncertainty will attract greater private-sector investment in broadband infrastructure. Notwithstanding other provisions of this Article:
        (A) the Commission shall have the authority to
    
certify providers of wireless services, including, but not limited to, private radio service, public mobile service, or commercial mobile service, as those terms are defined in 47 U.S.C. 332 on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly or as amended thereafter, to provide telecommunications services in Illinois;
        (B) the Commission shall have the authority to
    
certify providers of wireless services, including, but not limited to, private radio service, public mobile service, or commercial mobile service, as those terms are defined in 47 U.S.C. 332 on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly or as amended thereafter, as eligible telecommunications carriers in Illinois, as that term has the meaning prescribed in 47 U.S.C. 214 on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly or as amended thereafter;
        (C) the Commission shall have the authority to
    
register providers of fixed or non-nomadic Interconnected VoIP service as Interconnected VoIP service providers in Illinois in accordance with Section 401.1 of this Article;
        (D) the Commission shall have the authority to
    
require providers of Interconnected VoIP service to participate in hearing and speech disability programs; and
        (E) the Commission shall have the authority to access
    
information provided to the non-profit organization under Section 20 of the High Speed Internet Services and Information Technology Act, provided the Commission enters into a proprietary and confidentiality agreement governing such information.
    Except to the extent expressly permitted by and consistent with federal law, the regulations of the Federal Communications Commission, this Article, Article XXI or XXII of this Act, or this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, the Commission shall not regulate the rates, terms, conditions, quality of service, availability, classification, or any other aspect of service regarding (i) broadband services, (ii) Interconnected VoIP services, (iii) information services, as defined in 47 U.S.C. 153(20) on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly or as amended thereafter, or (iv) wireless services, including, but not limited to, private radio service, public mobile service, or commercial mobile service, as those terms are defined in 47 U.S.C. 332 on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly or as amended thereafter.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-900

    (220 ILCS 5/13-900)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-900. Authority to serve as 9-1-1 system provider; rules.
    (a) The General Assembly finds that it is necessary to require the certification of 9-1-1 system providers to ensure the safety of the lives and property of Illinoisans and Illinois businesses, and to otherwise protect and promote the public safety, health, and welfare of the citizens of this State and their property.
    (b) For purposes of this Section:
        "9-1-1 system" has the same meaning as that term is
    
defined in Section 2.19 of the Emergency Telephone System Act.
        "9-1-1 system provider" means any person,
    
corporation, limited liability company, partnership, sole proprietorship, or entity of any description whatever that acts as a system provider within the meaning of Section 2.18 of the Emergency Telephone System Act.
        "Emergency Telephone System Board" has the same
    
meaning as that term is defined in Sections 2.11 and 15.4 of the Emergency Telephone System Act.
        "Public safety agency personnel" means personnel
    
employed by a public safety agency, as that term is defined in Section 2.02 of the Emergency Telephone System Act, whose responsibilities include responding to requests for emergency services.
    (c) Except as otherwise provided in this Section, beginning July 1, 2010, it is unlawful for any 9-1-1 system provider to offer or provide or seek to offer or provide to any emergency telephone system board or 9-1-1 system, or agent, representative, or designee thereof, any network and database service used or intended to be used by any emergency telephone system board or 9-1-1 system for the purpose of answering, transferring, or relaying requests for emergency services, or dispatching public safety agency personnel in response to requests for emergency services, unless the 9-1-1 system provider has applied for and received a Certificate of 9-1-1 System Provider Authority from the Commission. The Commission shall approve an application for a Certificate of 9-1-1 System Provider Authority upon a showing by the applicant, and a finding by the Commission, after notice and hearing, that the applicant possesses sufficient technical, financial, and managerial resources and abilities to provide network service and database services that it seeks authority to provide in its application for service authority, in a safe, continuous, and uninterrupted manner.
    (d) No incumbent local exchange carrier that provides, as of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, any 9-1-1 network and 9-1-1 database service used or intended to be used by any Emergency Telephone System Board or 9-1-1 system, shall be required to obtain a Certificate of 9-1-1 System Provider Authority under this Section. No entity that possesses, as of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, a Certificate of Service Authority and provides 9-1-1 network and 9-1-1 database services to any incumbent local exchange carrier as of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly shall be required to obtain a Certificate of 9-1-1 System Provider Authority under this Section.
    (e) Any and all enforcement authority granted to the Commission under this Section shall apply exclusively to 9-1-1 system providers granted a Certificate of Service Authority under this Section and shall not apply to incumbent local exchange carriers that are providing 9-1-1 service as of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-900.1

    (220 ILCS 5/13-900.1)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-900.1. Authority over 9-1-1 rates and terms of service. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the Commission retains its full authority over the rates and service quality as they apply to 9-1-1 system providers, including the Commission's existing authority over interconnection with 9-1-1 system providers and 9-1-1 systems. The rates, terms, and conditions for 9-1-1 service shall be tariffed and shall be provided in the manner prescribed by this Act and shall be subject to the applicable laws, including rules or regulations adopted and orders issued by the Commission or the Federal Communications Commission. The Commission retains this full authority regardless of the technologies utilized or deployed by 9-1-1 system providers.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-900.2

    (220 ILCS 5/13-900.2)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-900.2. Access services.
    (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.)

220 ILCS 5/13-900.3

    (220 ILCS 5/13-900.3)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-900.3. Regulatory flexibility for 9-1-1 system providers.
    (a) For purposes of this Section, "Regional Pilot Project" to implement next generation 9-1-1 has the same meaning as that term is defined in Section 2.22 of the Emergency Telephone System Act.
    (b) For the limited purpose of a Regional Pilot Project to implement next generation 9-1-1, as defined in Section 13-900 of this Article, the Commission may forbear from applying any rule or provision of Section 13-900 as it applies to implementation of the Regional Pilot Project to implement next generation 9-1-1 if the Commission determines, after notice and hearing, that: (1) enforcement of the rule is not necessary to ensure the development and improvement of emergency communication procedures and facilities in such a manner as to be able to quickly respond to any person requesting 9-1-1 services from police, fire, medical, rescue, and other emergency services; (2) enforcement of the rule or provision is not necessary for the protection of consumers; and (3) forbearance from applying such provisions or rules is consistent with the public interest. The Commission may exercise such forbearance with respect to one, and only one, Regional Pilot Project as authorized by Sections 10 and 11 of the Emergency Telephone Systems Act to implement next generation 9-1-1.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-901

    (220 ILCS 5/13-901) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-901)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-901. Operator service provider.
    (a) For the purposes of this Section:
        (1) "Operator service provider" means every
    
telecommunications carrier that provides operator services or any other person or entity that the Commission determines is providing operator services.
        (2) "Aggregator" means any person or entity that is
    
not an operator service provider and that in the ordinary course of its operations makes telephones available to the public or to transient users of its premises including, but not limited to, a hotel, motel, hospital, or university for telephone calls between points within this State that are specified by the user using an operator service provider.
        (3) "Operator services" means any telecommunications
    
service that includes, as a component, any automatic or live assistance to a consumer to arrange for billing or completion, or both, of a telephone call between points within this State that are specified by the user through a method other than:
            (A) automatic completion with billing to the
        
telephone from which the call originated;
            (B) completion through an access code or a
        
proprietory account number used by the consumer, with billing to an account previously established with the carrier by the consumer; or
            (C) completion in association with directory
        
assistance services.
    (b) The Commission shall, by rule or order, adopt and enforce operating requirements for the provision of operator-assisted services. The rules shall apply to operator service providers and to aggregators. The rules shall be compatible with the rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission under the federal Telephone Operator Consumer Services Improvement Act of 1990. These requirements shall address, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:
        (1) oral and written notification of the identity of
    
the operator service provider and the availability of information regarding operator service provider rates, collection methods, and complaint resolution methods;
        (2) restrictions on billing and charges for operator
    
services;
        (3) restrictions on "call splashing" as that term is
    
defined in 47 C.F.R. Section 64.708;
        (4) access to other telecommunications carriers by
    
the use of access codes including, but not limited to 800, 888, 950, and 10XXX numbers;
        (5) the appropriate routing and handling of emergency
    
calls;
        (6) the enforcement of these rules through tariffs
    
for operator services and by a requirement that operator service providers withhold payment of compensation to aggregators that have been found to be noncomplying by the Commission.
    (c) The Commission shall adopt any rule necessary to make rules previously adopted under this Section compatible with the rules of the Federal Communications Commission no later than one year after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1993.
    (d) A violation of any rule adopted by the Commission under subsection (b) is a business offense subject to a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000. In addition, the Commission may, after notice and hearing, order any telecommunications carrier to terminate service to any aggregator found to have violated any rule.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-902

    (220 ILCS 5/13-902)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-902. Authorization and verification of a subscriber's change in telecommunications carrier.
    (a) Definitions; scope.
        (1) "Submitting carrier" means any telecommunications
    
carrier that requests on behalf of a subscriber that the subscriber's telecommunications carrier be changed and seeks to provide retail services to the end user subscriber.
        (2) "Executing carrier" means any telecommunications
    
carrier that effects a request that a subscriber's telecommunications carrier be changed.
        (3) "Authorized carrier" means any telecommunications
    
carrier that submits a change, on behalf of a subscriber, in the subscriber's selection of a provider of telecommunications service with the subscriber's authorization verified in accordance with the procedures specified in this Section.
        (4) "Unauthorized carrier" means any
    
telecommunications carrier that submits a change, on behalf of a subscriber, in the subscriber's selection of a provider of telecommunications service but fails to obtain the subscriber's authorization verified in accordance with the procedures specified in this Section.
        (5) "Unauthorized change" means a change in a
    
subscriber's selection of a provider of telecommunications service that was made without authorization verified in accordance with the verification procedures specified in this Section.
        (6) "Subscriber" means:
            (A) the party identified in the account records
        
of a common carrier as responsible for payment of the telephone bill;
            (B) any adult person authorized by such party to
        
change telecommunications services or to charge services to the account; or
            (C) any person contractually or otherwise
        
lawfully authorized to represent such party.
    This Section does not apply to retail business subscribers served by more than 20 lines.
    (b) Authorization from the subscriber. "Authorization" means an express, affirmative act by a subscriber agreeing to the change in the subscriber's telecommunications carrier to another carrier. A subscriber's telecommunications service shall be provided by the telecommunications carrier selected by the subscriber.
    (c) Authorization and verification of orders for telecommunications service.
        (1) No telecommunications carrier shall submit or
    
execute a change on behalf of a subscriber in the subscriber's selection of a provider of telecommunications service except in accordance with the procedures prescribed in this subsection.
        (2) No submitting carrier shall submit a change on
    
the behalf of a subscriber in the subscriber's selection of a provider of telecommunications service prior to obtaining:
            (A) authorization from the subscriber; and
            (B) verification of that authorization in
        
accordance with the procedures prescribed in this Section.
    The submitting carrier shall maintain and preserve records of verification of subscriber authorization for a minimum period of 2 years after obtaining such verification.
        (3) An executing carrier shall not verify the
    
submission of a change in a subscriber's selection of a provider of telecommunications service received from a submitting carrier. For an executing carrier, compliance with the procedures described in this Section shall be defined as prompt execution, without any unreasonable delay, of changes that have been verified by a submitting carrier.
        (4) Commercial mobile radio services (CMRS) providers
    
shall be excluded from the verification requirements of this Section as long as they are not required to provide equal access to common carriers for the provision of telephone toll services, in accordance with 47 U.S.C. 332(c)(8).
        (5) Where a telecommunications carrier is selling
    
more than one type of telecommunications service (e.g., local exchange, intraLATA/intrastate toll, interLATA/interstate toll, and international toll), that carrier must obtain separate authorization from the subscriber for each service sold, although the authorizations may be made within the same solicitation. Each authorization must be verified separately from any other authorizations obtained in the same solicitation. Each authorization must be verified in accordance with the verification procedures prescribed in this Section.
        (6) No telecommunications carrier shall submit a
    
preferred carrier change order unless and until the order has been confirmed in accordance with one of the following procedures:
            (A) The telecommunications carrier has obtained
        
the subscriber's written or electronically signed authorization in a form that meets the requirements of subsection (d).
            (B) The telecommunications carrier has obtained
        
the subscriber's electronic authorization to submit the preferred carrier change order. Such authorization must be placed from the telephone number or numbers on which the preferred carrier is to be changed and must confirm the information in subsections (b) and (c) of this Section. Telecommunications carriers electing to confirm sales electronically shall establish one or more toll-free telephone numbers exclusively for that purpose. Calls to the toll-free telephone numbers must connect a subscriber to a voice response unit, or similar mechanism, that records the required information regarding the preferred carrier change, including automatically recording the originating automatic number identification.
            (C) An appropriately qualified independent third
        
party has obtained, in accordance with the procedures set forth in paragraphs (7) through (10) of this subsection, the subscriber's oral authorization to submit the preferred carrier change order that confirms and includes appropriate verification data. The independent third party must not be owned, managed, controlled, or directed by the carrier or the carrier's marketing agent; must not have any financial incentive to confirm preferred carrier change orders for the carrier or the carrier's marketing agent; and must operate in a location physically separate from the carrier or the carrier's marketing agent.
        (7) Methods of third party verification. Automated
    
third party verification systems and three-way conference calls may be used for verification purposes so long as the requirements of paragraphs (8) through (10) of this subsection are satisfied.
        (8) Carrier initiation of third party verification. A
    
carrier or a carrier's sales representative initiating a three-way conference call or a call through an automated verification system must drop off the call once the three-way connection has been established.
        (9) Requirements for content and format of third
    
party verification. All third party verification methods shall elicit, at a minimum, the identity of the subscriber; confirmation that the person on the call is authorized to make the carrier change; confirmation that the person on the call wants to make the carrier change; the names of the carriers affected by the change; the telephone numbers to be switched; and the types of service involved. Third party verifiers may not market the carrier's services by providing additional information, including information regarding preferred carrier freeze procedures.
        (10) Other requirements for third party verification.
    
All third party verifications shall be conducted in the same language that was used in the underlying sales transaction and shall be recorded in their entirety. In accordance with the procedures set forth in paragraph (2)(B) of this subsection, submitting carriers shall maintain and preserve audio records of verification of subscriber authorization for a minimum period of 2 years after obtaining such verification. Automated systems must provide consumers with an option to speak with a live person at any time during the call.
        (11) Telecommunications carriers must provide
    
subscribers the option of using one of the authorization and verification procedures specified in paragraph (6) of this subsection in addition to an electronically signed authorization and verification procedure under paragraph (6)(A) of this subsection.
    (d) Letter of agency form and content.
        (1) A telecommunications carrier may use a written or
    
electronically signed letter of agency to obtain authorization or verification, or both, of a subscriber's request to change his or her preferred carrier selection. A letter of agency that does not conform with this Section is invalid for purposes of this Section.
        (2) The letter of agency shall be a separate document
    
(or an easily separable document) or located on a separate screen or webpage containing only the authorizing language described in paragraph (5) of this subsection having the sole purpose of authorizing a telecommunications carrier to initiate a preferred carrier change. The letter of agency must be signed and dated by the subscriber to the telephone line or lines requesting the preferred carrier change.
        (3) The letter of agency shall not be combined on the
    
same document, screen, or webpage with inducements of any kind.
        (4) Notwithstanding paragraphs (2) and (3) of this
    
subsection, the letter of agency may be combined with checks that contain only the required letter of agency language as prescribed in paragraph (5) of this subsection and the necessary information to make the check a negotiable instrument. The letter of agency check shall not contain any promotional language or material. The letter of agency check shall contain in easily readable, bold-face type on the front of the check, a notice that the subscriber is authorizing a preferred carrier change by signing the check. The letter of agency language shall be placed near the signature line on the back of the check.
        (5) At a minimum, the letter of agency must be
    
printed with a type of sufficient size and readability to be clearly legible and must contain clear and unambiguous language that confirms:
            (A) The subscriber's billing name and address and
        
each telephone number to be covered by the preferred carrier change order;
            (B) The decision to change the preferred carrier
        
from the current telecommunications carrier to the soliciting telecommunications carrier;
            (C) That the subscriber designates (insert the
        
name of the submitting carrier) to act as the subscriber's agent for the preferred carrier change;
            (D) That the subscriber understands that only one
        
telecommunications carrier may be designated as the subscriber's interstate or interLATA preferred interexchange carrier for any one telephone number. To the extent that a jurisdiction allows the selection of additional preferred carriers (e.g., local exchange, intraLATA/intrastate toll, interLATA/interstate toll, or international interexchange) the letter of agency must contain separate statements regarding those choices, although a separate letter of agency for each choice is not necessary; and
            (E) That the subscriber may consult with the
        
carrier as to whether a fee will apply to the change in the subscriber's preferred carrier.
        (6) Any carrier designated in a letter of agency as a
    
preferred carrier must be the carrier directly setting the rates for the subscriber.
        (7) Letters of agency shall not suggest or require
    
that a subscriber take some action in order to retain the subscriber's current telecommunications carrier.
        (8) If any portion of a letter of agency is
    
translated into another language then all portions of the letter of agency must be translated into that language. Every letter of agency must be translated into the same language as any promotional materials, oral descriptions, or instructions provided with the letter of agency.
        (9) Letters of agency submitted with an
    
electronically signed authorization must include the consumer disclosures required by Section 101(c) of the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act.
        (10) A telecommunications carrier shall submit a
    
preferred carrier change order on behalf of a subscriber within no more than 60 days after obtaining a written or electronically signed letter of agency.
        (11) If a telecommunications carrier uses a letter of
    
agency, the carrier shall send a letter to the subscriber using first class mail, postage prepaid, no later than 10 days after the telecommunications carrier submitting the change in the subscriber's telecommunications carrier is on notice that the change has occurred. The letter must inform the subscriber of the details of the telecommunications carrier change and provide the subscriber with a toll free number to call should the subscriber wish to cancel the change.
    (e) A switch in a subscriber's selection of a provider of telecommunications service that complies with the rules promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission and any amendments thereto shall be deemed to be in compliance with the provisions of this Section.
    (f) The Commission shall promulgate any rules necessary to administer this Section. The rules promulgated under this Section shall comport with the rules, if any, promulgated by the Attorney General pursuant to the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and with any rules promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission.
    (g) Complaints may be filed with the Commission under this Section by a subscriber whose telecommunications service has been provided by an unauthorized telecommunications carrier as a result of an unreasonable delay, by a subscriber whose telecommunications carrier has been changed to another telecommunications carrier in a manner not in compliance with this Section, by a subscriber's authorized telecommunications carrier that has been removed as a subscriber's telecommunications carrier in a manner not in compliance with this Section, by a subscriber's authorized submitting carrier whose change order was delayed unreasonably, or by the Commission on its own motion. Upon filing of the complaint, the parties may mutually agree to submit the complaint to the Commission's established mediation process. Remedies in the mediation process may include, but shall not be limited to, the remedies set forth in this subsection. In its discretion, the Commission may deny the availability of the mediation process and submit the complaint to hearings. If the complaint is not submitted to mediation or if no agreement is reached during the mediation process, hearings shall be held on the complaint. If, after notice and hearing, the Commission finds that a telecommunications carrier has violated this Section or a rule promulgated under this Section, the Commission may in its discretion do any one or more of the following:
        (1) Require the violating telecommunications carrier
    
to refund to the subscriber all fees and charges collected from the subscriber for services up to the time the subscriber receives written notice of the fact that the violating carrier is providing telecommunications service to the subscriber, including notice on the subscriber's bill. For unreasonable delays wherein telecommunications service is provided by an unauthorized carrier, the Commission may require the violating carrier to refund to the subscriber all fees and charges collected from the subscriber during the unreasonable delay. The Commission may order the remedial action outlined in this subsection only to the extent that the same remedial action is allowed pursuant to rules or regulations promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission.
        (2) Require the violating telecommunications carrier
    
to refund to the subscriber charges collected in excess of those that would have been charged by the subscriber's authorized telecommunications carrier.
        (3) Require the violating telecommunications carrier
    
to pay to the subscriber's authorized telecommunications carrier the amount the authorized telecommunications carrier would have collected for the telecommunications service. The Commission is authorized to reduce this payment by any amount already paid by the violating telecommunications carrier to the subscriber's authorized telecommunications carrier for those telecommunications services.
        (4) Require the violating telecommunications carrier
    
to pay a fine of up to $1,000 into the Public Utility Fund for each repeated and intentional violation of this Section.
        (5) Issue a cease and desist order.
        (6) For a pattern of violation of this Section or for
    
intentionally violating a cease and desist order, revoke the violating telecommunications carrier's certificate of service authority.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-903

    (220 ILCS 5/13-903)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-903. Authorization, verification or notification, and dispute resolution for covered product and service charges on the telephone bill.
    (a) Definitions. As used in this Section:
        (1) "Subscriber" means a telecommunications carrier's
    
retail business customer served by not more than 20 lines or a retail residential customer.
        (2) "Telecommunications carrier" has the meaning
    
given in Section 13-202 of the Public Utilities Act and includes agents and employees of a telecommunications carrier, except that "telecommunications carrier" does not include a provider of commercial mobile radio services (as defined by 47 U.S.C. 332(d)(1)).
    (b) Applicability of Section. This Section does not apply to:
        (1) changes in a subscriber's local exchange
    
telecommunications service or interexchange telecommunications service;
        (2) message telecommunications charges that are
    
initiated by dialing 1+, 0+, 0-, 1010XXX, or collect calls and charges for video services if the service provider has the necessary call detail record to establish the billing for the call or service; and
        (3) telecommunications services available on a
    
subscriber's line when the subscriber activates and pays for the services on a per use basis.
    (c) Requirements for billing authorized charges. A telecommunications carrier shall meet all of the following requirements before submitting charges for any product or service to be billed on any subscriber's telephone bill:
        (1) Inform the subscriber. The telecommunications
    
carrier offering the product or service must thoroughly inform the subscriber of the product or service being offered, including all associated charges, and explicitly inform the subscriber that the associated charges for the product or service will appear on the subscriber's telephone bill.
        (2) Obtain subscriber authorization. The subscriber
    
must have clearly and explicitly consented to obtaining the product or service offered and to having the associated charges appear on the subscriber's telephone bill. The consent must be verified by the service provider in accordance with subsection (d) of this Section. A record of the consent must be maintained by the telecommunications carrier offering the product or service for at least 24 months immediately after the consent and verification were obtained.
    (d) Verification or notification. Except in subscriber-initiated transactions with a certificated telecommunications carrier for which the telecommunications carrier has the appropriate documentation, the telecommunications carrier, after obtaining the subscriber's authorization in the required manner, shall either verify the authorization or notify the subscriber as follows:
        (1) Independent third-party verification:
            (A) Verification shall be obtained by an
        
independent third party that:
                (i) operates from a facility physically
            
separate from that of the telecommunications carrier;
                (ii) is not directly or indirectly managed,
            
controlled, directed, or owned wholly or in part by the telecommunications carrier or the carrier's marketing agent; and
                (iii) does not derive commissions or
            
compensation based upon the number of sales confirmed.
            (B) The third-party verification agent shall
        
state, and shall obtain the subscriber's acknowledgment of, the following disclosures:
                (i) the subscriber's name, address, and the
            
telephone numbers of all telephone lines that will be charged for the product or service of the telecommunications carrier;
                (ii) that the person speaking to the third
            
party verification agent is in fact the subscriber;
                (iii) that the subscriber wishes to purchase
            
the product or service of the telecommunications carrier and is agreeing to do so;
                (iv) that the subscriber understands that the
            
charges for the product or service of the telecommunications carrier will appear on the subscriber's telephone bill; and
                (v) the name and customer service telephone
            
number of the telecommunications carrier.
            (C) The telecommunications carrier shall retain,
        
electronically or otherwise, proof of the verification of sales for a minimum of 24 months.
        (2) Notification. Written notification shall be
    
provided as follows:
            (A) the telecommunications carrier shall mail a
        
letter to the subscriber using first class mail, postage prepaid, no later than 10 days after initiation of the product or service;
            (B) the letter shall be a separate document sent
        
for the sole purpose of describing the product or service of the telecommunications carrier;
            (C) the letter shall be printed with 10-point or
        
larger type and clearly and conspicuously disclose the material terms and conditions of the offer of the telecommunications carrier, as described in paragraph (1) of subsection (c);
            (D) the letter shall contain a toll-free
        
telephone number the subscriber can call to cancel the product or service;
            (E) the telecommunications carrier shall retain,
        
electronically or otherwise, proof of written notification for a minimum of 24 months; and
            (F) written notification can be provided via
        
electronic mail if consumers are given the disclosures required by Section 101(c) of the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act.
    (e) Unauthorized charges.
        (1) Responsibilities of the billing
    
telecommunications carrier for unauthorized charges. If a subscriber's telephone bill is charged for any product or service without proper subscriber authorization and verification or notification of authorization in compliance with this Section, the telecommunications carrier that billed the subscriber, on its knowledge or notification of any unauthorized charge, shall promptly, but not later than 45 days after the date of the knowledge or notification of an unauthorized charge:
            (A) notify the product or service provider to
        
immediately cease charging the subscriber for the unauthorized product or service;
            (B) remove the unauthorized charge from the
        
subscriber's bill; and
            (C) refund or credit to the subscriber all money
        
that the subscriber has paid for any unauthorized charge.
    (f) The Commission shall promulgate any rules necessary to ensure that subscribers are not billed on the telephone bill for products or services in a manner not in compliance with this Section. The rules promulgated under this Section shall comport with the rules, if any, promulgated by the Attorney General pursuant to the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and with any rules promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission or Federal Trade Commission.
    (g) Complaints may be filed with the Commission under this Section by a subscriber who has been billed on the telephone bill for products or services not in compliance with this Section or by the Commission on its own motion. Upon filing of the complaint, the parties may mutually agree to submit the complaint to the Commission's established mediation process. Remedies in the mediation process may include, but shall not be limited to, the remedies set forth in paragraphs (1) through (4) of this subsection. In its discretion, the Commission may deny the availability of the mediation process and submit the complaint to hearings. If the complaint is not submitted to mediation or if no agreement is reached during the mediation process, hearings shall be held on the complaint pursuant to Article X of this Act. If after notice and hearing, the Commission finds that a telecommunications carrier has violated this Section or a rule promulgated under this Section, the Commission may in its discretion order any one or more of the following:
        (1) Require the violating telecommunications carrier
    
to pay a fine of up to $1,000 into the Public Utility Fund for each repeated and intentional violation of this Section.
        (2) Require the violating carrier to refund or cancel
    
all charges for products or services not billed in compliance with this Section.
        (3) Issue a cease and desist order.
        (4) For a pattern of violation of this Section or for
    
intentionally violating a cease and desist order, revoke the violating telecommunications carrier's certificate of service authority.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-904

    (220 ILCS 5/13-904)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-904. Continuation of Article; validation.
    (a) The General Assembly finds and declares that this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly manifests the intention of the General Assembly to extend the repeal of this Article and have this Article continue in effect until December 31, 2020.
    (b) This Article shall be deemed to have been in continuous effect since July 1, 2017 and it shall continue to be in effect henceforward until it is otherwise lawfully repealed. All previously enacted amendments to this Article taking effect on or after July 1, 2017, are hereby validated. All actions taken in reliance on or under this Article by the Illinois Commerce Commission or any other person or entity are hereby validated.
    (c) In order to ensure the continuing effectiveness of this Article, it is set forth in full and reenacted by this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly. Striking and underscoring are used only to show changes being made to the base text. This reenactment is intended as a continuation of this Article. It is not intended to supersede any amendment to this Article that is enacted by the 100th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)

220 ILCS 5/13-1200

    (220 ILCS 5/13-1200)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 13-1200. Repealer. This Article is repealed December 31, 2020.
(Source: P.A. 99-6, eff. 6-29-15; 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)