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Full Text of SB0851  103rd General Assembly


Sen. Rachel Ventura

Filed: 5/3/2023





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 851 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Broadband Advisory Council Act is amended
5by changing Section 20 and by adding Section 30 as follows:
6    (220 ILCS 80/20)
7    Sec. 20. Powers and duties of the Council generally.
8    (a) The Council shall:
9        (1) explore any and all ways to expand the
10    availability to end-user customers of broadband services
11    using available technologies, including, but not limited
12    to, wireline, wireless, fixed wireless, and satellite
13    applications;
14        (2) identify barriers to broadband adoption among the
15    residents and small businesses of Illinois;
16        (3) research ways to eliminate barriers to adoption



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1    through measures such as: digital literacy programs;
2    programs to assist older citizens in using broadband
3    Internet access; programs to facilitate adoption by
4    disabled citizens; and programs to encourage collaborative
5    efforts among public universities, community colleges,
6    libraries, public housing, and other institutions;
7        (4) assess the availability of broadband for
8    low-income households compared to the availability of
9    broadband for other households;
10        (5) explore the potential for increased use of
11    broadband service for the purposes of education, career
12    readiness, workforce preparation, and alternative career
13    training;
14        (6) explore the potential for increased use of
15    broadband services to facilitate aging in place;
16        (7) explore ways for encouraging State and municipal
17    agencies, including public housing authorities, to expand
18    the use of broadband services for the purpose of better
19    serving the public, including audio and video streaming,
20    voice-over Internet protocol, teleconferencing, and
21    wireless networking;
22        (8) cooperate and assist in the expansion of
23    electronic instruction and distance education services;
24    and
25        (9) as the Federal Communications Commission updates
26    the benchmark downstream data rates and upstream data



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1    rates, publish the revised data rates in the Illinois
2    Register within 60 days after the federal update; and .
3        (10) encourage the expansion of the Illinois Century
4    Network, including issuing recommendations for increasing
5    agency staffing, infrastructure development, price
6    modeling, and deployment that prioritizes areas that are
7    unserved by any broadband network and areas that do not
8    have access to broadband service that provides download
9    speeds of at least 100 Mbps, upload speeds of at least 20
10    Mbps, and a latency of 100 milliseconds or less.
11    (b) In addition to the powers set forth elsewhere in this
12Act, the Council is hereby granted the powers necessary to
13carry out the purpose and intent of this Act, as enumerated in
14this Section, including, but not limited to:
15        (1) promoting awareness of public facilities that have
16    community broadband access that can be used for distance
17    education and workforce development; and
18        (2) advising on deployment of e-government portals
19    such that all public bodies and political subdivisions
20    have websites and encourage one-stop government access and
21    that all public entities stream audio and video of all
22    public meetings.
23    (c) The Council shall also:
24        (1) monitor the broadband-based development efforts of
25    other states in areas such as business, education, aging
26    in place, and health;



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1        (2) receive input provided on a voluntary basis from
2    all Illinois broadband stakeholders and advise the
3    Governor and the General Assembly on policies related to
4    broadband in Illinois, provided that no stakeholders shall
5    be required to publicly disclose competitively sensitive
6    information or information that could compromise network
7    security or undermine the efficacy of reasonable network
8    management practices, and that any such information
9    voluntarily disclosed shall be protected from public
10    disclosure; and
11        (3) serve as the broadband advocate to State agencies
12    and other State entities to communicate the broadband
13    needs of citizens and organizations that do not have
14    access to broadband service or to broadband service
15    adequate for their needs.
16    (d) The Council shall exercise its powers and authority to
17(1) advise and make recommendations to the General Assembly
18and the Governor on bringing broadband service to unserved and
19underserved rural and urban areas and improving broadband
20service statewide, (2) advise and make recommendations to the
21General Assembly and the Governor on facilitating broadband
22adoption by all citizens, and (3) propose statutory changes
23that may enhance and expand broadband in the State.
24    (e) The Council shall report to the General Assembly on or
25before January 1 of each year. The report to the General
26Assembly shall be filed with the Clerk of the House of



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1Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate in electronic
2form only, in the manner that the Clerk and the Secretary shall
3direct. The report shall include the action that was taken by
4the Council during the previous year in carrying out the
5provisions of this Act. The Council shall also make any other
6reports as may be required by the General Assembly or the
8(Source: P.A. 100-833, eff. 1-1-19.)
9    (220 ILCS 80/30 new)
10    Sec. 30. Universal retail broadband Internet access.
11    (a) To expand affordable broadband service statewide in
12furtherance of the purposes of this Act, the Council shall
13study the feasibility of connecting all anchor institutions,
14as defined in Section 7 of the Illinois Century Network Act, to
15the Illinois Century Network, prioritizing connecting the
16following: (1) areas that are unserved by any broadband
17network and areas that do not have access to broadband service
18that provides download speeds of at least 100 Mbps, upload
19speeds of at least 20 Mbps, and a latency of 100 milliseconds
20or less and (2) public schools, public libraries, and
21State-owned correctional institutions or facilities. The
22Office of Broadband within the Department of Commerce and
23Economic Opportunity shall support and assist the Council in
24the development of the study.
25    (b) The feasibility study required under subsection (a)



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1shall explore:
2        (1) efforts among other states and units of local
3    government to develop and administer public broadband
4    service;
5        (2) models for expanding a public retail broadband
6    service network;
7        (3) the resources necessary to expand the Illinois
8    Century Network across the State of Illinois to all anchor
9    institutions;
10        (4) the benefits of a public broadband service option;
11        (5) potential sources of funding for the expansion of
12    the Illinois Century Network;
13        (6) additional staff and contracting needs necessary
14    to expand the Illinois Century Network;
15        (7) options for partnering with units of local
16    government in Illinois that have taken steps toward
17    offering public broadband service; and
18        (8) any other factors that are necessary for the
19    expansion of the Illinois Century Network to anchor
20    institutions.
21    The feasibility study shall offer recommendations for the
22expansion of the Illinois Century Network, including a
23timeline, staffing needs, financial resources needed, and
24suggested rates for broadband service. The recommendations
25shall be based on a goal to give all public schools, public
26libraries, and State-owned correctional institutions or



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1facilities access to reliable, Gigabit-level broadband service
2by January 1, 2030.
3    (c) The Council shall issue a report on its findings and
4recommendations for any necessary legislation to the General
5Assembly by January 1, 2024.
6    Section 10. The Illinois Century Network Act is amended by
7changing Sections 7 and 10 as follows:
8    (20 ILCS 3921/7)
9    Sec. 7. Definitions. Beginning on July 1, 2018, as used in
10this Act, "anchor institutions" means Illinois schools,
11institutions of higher education, libraries, museums, research
12institutions, correctional institutions or facilities, State
13agencies, and units of local government.
14(Source: P.A. 100-611, eff. 7-20-18.)
15    (20 ILCS 3921/10)
16    Sec. 10. Illinois Century Network. The Illinois Century
17Network shall be a service creating and maintaining high speed
18telecommunications networks that provide reliable
19communication links for wholesale connections with other
20registered or certified providers and the direct communication
21needs of various anchor institutions throughout Illinois. The
22Illinois Century Network may build on existing investments in
23networking anchor institutions schools, colleges, and



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1universities, and shall avoid duplication of existing
2communication networks if those networks are capable of
3maintaining sufficient capacity to meet the requirements of
4anchor institutions.
5    By July 1, 2019, the Department of Innovation and
6Technology shall perform a comprehensive review of the
7Illinois Century Network including, but not limited to,
8assets, connections, hardware, and capacity of the current
9network. Nothing in this amendatory Act of the 100th General
10Assembly shall change contractual obligations of the Illinois
11Century Network that are effective on or before the effective
12date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly.
13(Source: P.A. 100-611, eff. 7-20-18.)
14    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
15becoming law.".