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 1        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  Public  Utilities  Act by adding
 2    Sections 13-216, 13-217, 13-218, and 13-303.

 3        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 4    represented in the General Assembly:

 5        Section 5.  The Public Utilities Act is amended by adding
 6    Sections 13-216, 13-217, 13-218, and 13-303 as follows:

 7        (220 ILCS 5/13-216 new)
 8        Sec.   13-216.  Primary   commercial   center.   "Primary
 9    commercial center" means a geographic area that contains,  at
10    a  minimum,  a  grocery  store,  a pharmacy, and a department
11    store.

12        (220 ILCS 5/13-217 new)
13        Sec.   13-217.  Basic   residential   service.     "Basic
14    residential   service"   means   telecommunications   service
15    provided   to  residential  customers  that  includes,  at  a
16    minimum, a local calling zone adequate to  allow  residential
17    customers  to  contact  community services, including medical
18    facilities,  local   government   offices,   elementary   and
19    secondary schools, and a primary commercial center.

20        (220 ILCS 5/13-218 new)
21        Sec.   13-218.  Medical   facility.   "Medical  facility"
22    means, at a minimum, a medical doctor's office.

23        (220 ILCS 5/13-303 new)
24        Sec. 13-303.  Provision of basic residential service.
25        (a)  A telecommunications  carrier  that  provides  local
26    exchange  telecommunications service to residential customers
27    shall provide, at a minimum, basic residential service to its
28    residential customers.   Basic  residential  service  is  the
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 1    minimum  local  exchange  telecommunications  service  that a
 2    telecommunications carrier may offer.
 3        (b)  A   telecommunications   carrier   providing   local
 4    exchange telecommunications service to residential  customers
 5    in  a  manner that does not provide basic residential service
 6    shall, within 10 months after  the  effective  date  of  this
 7    amendatory  Act of 1999, file price lists or tariff revisions
 8    necessary for the provision of basic residential service.  If
 9    additional facilities are required  to  implement  the  basic
10    residential service, the filings may provide for a reasonable
11    delay in implementing the service.
12        (c)  A  telecommunications  carrier  that  provides local
13    exchange telecommunications service to residential  customers
14    on  the  basis  of  a  flat  rate local calling service shall
15    provide basic residential service as a part of the flat  rate
16    local  calling  service.   A  telecommunications carrier that
17    provides  local  exchange   telecommunications   service   to
18    residential  customers  on  the  basis  of  a  local measured
19    service calling plan shall provide basic residential  service
20    allowing residential calls on an untimed basis and at a price
21    that  results  in  a  charge  per call averaged over all time
22    periods that does  not  exceed  1%  of  the  current  federal
23    minimum hourly wage rate for non-farm workers.
24        (d)  A   local   calling   zone   may   not  exhibit  any
25    discontinuities  in  coverage  and  may   not   exclude   any
26    intervening exchange.
27        (e)  The   portion   of   a   telecommunications  service
28    consisting of residential untimed calls or  residential  flat
29    rate  calls  within  the local calling zone shall be excluded
30    from any imputation test.  This  Section  does  not  prohibit
31    telecommunications  carriers  from offering service to larger
32    geographical areas.

33        Section 99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect  upon
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 1    becoming law.

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