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 1        AN ACT concerning telecommunications.

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

 4        Section  5.  The  Public  Utilities  Act  is  amended  by
 5    changing Section 13-301.1 as follows:

 6        (220 ILCS 5/13-301.1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-301.1)
 7        Sec. 13-301.1.  Universal  Telephone  Service  Assistance
 8    Program.
 9        (a)  The Commission shall by rule or regulation establish
10    a  Universal  Telephone  Service  Assistance  Program for low
11    income residential customers. The program shall provide for a
12    reduction of access line charges, a reduction  of  connection
13    charges,  or  any other alternative to increase accessibility
14    to telephone service  that  the  Commission  deems  advisable
15    subject  to  the  availability  of  funds  for the program as
16    provided  in  subsection  (d)(b).    The   Commission   shall
17    establish  eligibility  requirements  for  benefits under the
18    program.
19        (b)  The  Commission  shall  adopt  rules  providing  for
20    enhanced  enrollment  for  eligible  consumers   to   receive
21    lifeline  service.   Enhanced  enrollment may include, but is
22    not limited to, joint marketing, joint application, or  joint
23    processing   with   the  Low-Income  Home  Energy  Assistance
24    Program, the Medicaid program, or  the  Food  Stamp  program.
25    The  Department  of  Human Services, the Department of Public
26    Aid, and the Department of Commerce  and  Community  Affairs,
27    upon  request of the Commission, shall assist in the adoption
28    and implementation of those rules.  The  Commission  and  the
29    Department  of  Human Services, the Department of Public Aid,
30    and the Department of  Commerce  and  Community  Affairs  may
31    enter   into  memoranda  of  understanding  establishing  the
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 1    respective duties of the Commission and  the  Departments  in
 2    relation to enhanced enrollment.
 3        (c)  In  this  Section, "lifeline service" means a retail
 4    local  service  offering  described  by  47  C.F.R.   Section
 5    54.401(a), as amended.
 6        (d) (b)  The   Commission   shall   require  by  rule  or
 7    regulation that  each  telecommunications  carrier  providing
 8    local   exchange   telecommunications   services  notify  its
 9    customers that if the customer wishes to participate  in  the
10    funding of the Universal Telephone Service Assistance Program
11    he may do so by electing to contribute, on a monthly basis, a
12    fixed  amount that will be included in the customer's monthly
13    bill.  The customer may cease contributing at any  time  upon
14    providing  notice to the telecommunications carrier providing
15    local exchange telecommunications services. The notice  shall
16    state   that  any  contribution  made  will  not  reduce  the
17    customer's bill for telecommunications services.  Failure  to
18    remit  the  amount  of  increased  payment  will  reduce  the
19    contribution  accordingly.   The Commission shall specify the
20    monthly fixed amount or amounts  that  customers  wishing  to
21    contribute  to the funding of the Universal Telephone Service
22    Assistance  Program  may  choose   from   in   making   their
23    contributions.   Every  telecommunications  carrier providing
24    local exchange telecommunications services  shall  remit  the
25    amounts  contributed  in  accordance  with  the  terms of the
26    Universal Telephone Service Assistance Program.
27    (Source: P.A. 87-750; 90-372, eff. 7-1-98.)

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