(605 ILCS 5/9-131)
Installation of fiber-optic network conduit.
(a) For purposes of this Section:
"Fiber-optic network conduit" means a pipe or duct used to enclose fiber-optic cable facilities buried alongside the roadway or surface mounted on bridges, overpasses, and other facilities where below ground placement is impossible or impractical.
(b) In order to ensure affordable high-speed, world-class core information and communication networks are available throughout Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Department of Central Management Services shall collaborate to install fiber-optic network conduit where it does not already exist in every new State-funded construction project that opens, bores, or trenches alongside a State-owned infrastructure, including, but not limited to, roadways and bridges. The Department of Central Management Services or the Department of Transportation may permit a third party to manage the fiber and conduit leasing. The Department of Central Management Services and the Department of Transportation shall take reasonable steps to ensure market-based, non-discriminatory pricing. Public bidding notices for such projects must describe the need for fiber-optic conduit or cable. The Department of Transportation shall report annually to the Governor and the General Assembly on the progress and any associated costs incurred by this Section. This Section does not prohibit the State from purchasing or installing fiber-optic cable within the fiber-optic network conduit.
(Source: P.A. 96-37, eff. 7-13-09.)