92nd General Assembly
Summary of HB2900
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Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends the Public Utilities Act.  Adds a  caption  to  a  Section      
   concerning the definition of "telecommunications carrier".                  
        SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 3.                                                
          Deletes reference to:                                                
          220 ILCS 5/13-202                                                    
          Adds reference to:                                                   
          15 ILCS 205/6.5                                                      
          30 ILCS 105/5.545 new                                                
          30 ILCS 105/5.546 new                                                
          30 ILCS 780/5-20 new                                                 
          30 ILCS 780/5-30                                                     
          220 ILCS 5/1-102                from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 1-102         
          220 ILCS 5/2-101                from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-101         
          220 ILCS 5/2-202                from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 2-202         
          220 ILCS 5/8-101                from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 8-101         
          220 ILCS 5/9-230                from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 9-230         
          220 ILCS 5/10-101.1 new                                              
          220 ILCS 5/13-101               from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-101        
          220 ILCS 5/13-202.5 new                                              
          220 ILCS 5/13-216 new                                                
          220 ILCS 5/13-217 new                                                
          220 ILCS 5/13-218 new                                                
          220 ILCS 5/13-219 new                                                
          220 ILCS 5/13-220 new                                                
          220 ILCS 5/13-301.1             from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-301.1      
          220 ILCS 5/13-301.2 new                                              
          220 ILCS 5/13-301.3 new                                              
          220 ILCS 5/13-303 new                                                
          220 ILCS 5/13-303.5 new                                              
          220 ILCS 5/13-304 new                                                
          220 ILCS 5/13-305 new                                                
          220 ILCS 5/13-407               from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-407        
          220 ILCS 5/13-501               from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-501        
          220 ILCS 5/13-502               from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-502        
          220 ILCS 5/13-502.5 new                                              
          220 ILCS 5/13-509               from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-509        
          220 ILCS 5/13-514                                                    
          220 ILCS 5/13-515                                                    
          220 ILCS 5/13-516                                                    
          220 ILCS 5/13-517 new                                                
          220 ILCS 5/13-518 new                                                
          220 ILCS 5/13-712 new                                                
          220 ILCS 5/13-713 new                                                
          220 ILCS 5/13-801               from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 13-801        
          220 ILCS 5/13-902                                                    
          220 ILCS 5/13-903 new                                                
          220 ILCS 5/13-1200 new                                               
          220 ILCS 5/13-803 rep.                                               
          815 ILCS 505/2DD                                                     
        Replaces  everything  after  the  enacting  clause.  Amends   the      
   Attorney  General  Act.   Authorizes the Attorney General to intervene      
   in, initiate, enforce, and defend all  legal  proceedings  on  matters      
   relating to telecommunications when necessary to protect the rights of      
   Illinois  citizens. Amends the Public Utilities Act. Provides that the      
   Public Utilities Act is not intended to limit the power of  a  State's      
   Attorney  and  the  Attorney  General  under  the  Consumer  Fraud and      
   Deceptive Business Practices Act.  Provides  that  when  there  is  no      
   vacancy  on  the  Illinois Commerce Commission, 4 members constitute a      
   quorum.   Increases  the  threshold  for  filing  estimated  taxes  to      
   $10,000.  Provides for transfers of money from the Public Utility Fund      
   to the General Revenue Fund when the balance  in  the  Public  Utility      
   Fund  exceeds  $5,000,000  rather  than  $2,500,000.   Authorizes  the      
   Commerce  Commission  to  seek  a  court  order  to stop violations by      
   telecommunications carriers.   Authorizes  the  Commission  to  assess      
   civil  penalties on telecommunications carriers.  Authorizes penalties      
   of  up  to  0.00875%  of   a   carrier's   gross   intrastate   annual      
   telecommunications  revenue.   Establishes a procedure for recovery of      
   civil penalties  by  the  Commission.    Prohibits  telecommunications      
   carriers  from  unreasonably  refusing  access  to  operation  support      
   systems  to  other  carriers  and  from  failing  to provide unbundled      
   services as required  by  the  Illinois  Commerce  Commission  or  the      
   Federal  Communications  Commission.  Establishes  competitive  market      
   requirements   for   carriers   that   offer   both   competitive  and      
   noncompetitive services. Establishes procedures for the  authorization      
   and  verification  of  a  subscriber's  change  in  telecommunications      
   carrier.  Provides  for  the  Commission  to  establish  a program for      
   enhanced enrollment for lifeline  services  in  cooperation  with  the      
   Departments  of  Commerce  and  Community Affairs, Human Services, and      
   Public Aid.  Establishes standards for quality of basic local service.      
   Creates a program to foster the elimination of the digital  divide and      
   allows customer  contributions  for  that  purpose.   Establishes  the      
   Digital  Divide  Elimination  Infrastructure  Fund and  authorizes the      
   Commission to use moneys in the Fund to make grants to for the purpose      
   of constructing high-speed data transmission facilities  in  areas  of      
   the  State  where  local  exchange carriers have not established those      
   facilities. Changes the repeal date for the Telecommunications Article      
   of the Public Utilities Act from July 1, 2001 to July 1, 2005.  Amends      
   the  Eliminate  the  Digital  Divide  Law to create the Digital Divide      
   Elimination Fund.  Provides that 20% of certain fines under the Public      
   Utilities Act shall be  placed  in  the  Fund  and  used  for  grants.      
   Creates the Digital Divide Elimination Advisory Committee appointed by      
   the  Governor  and  legislative  leaders.  Authorizes the Committee to      
   advise the Department of  Commerce  and  Community  Affairs  regarding      
   criteria  for grants. Amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business      
   Practices Act to prohibit a telecommunications carrier  from  offering      
   products  or  services  to  be  billed  on  a telephone bill except in      
   compliance with the Public Utilities Act.  Effective June 30, 2001.         
        SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 4.                                                
        Provides that a telecommunications carrier may use  an  incumbent      
   local  exchange carrier's network for the provision of services to the      
   telecommunications carrier's end users or payphone  service  providers      
   in  the  LATA.  Provides  that this amendatory Act does not require or      
   prohibit the substitution of switched or special services by or with a      
   combination of network elements nor address the Commerce  Commission's      
   jurisdiction or authority in that area.                                     
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 92-0022

   Last action date: JUN-28-2001

           Location: House

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   0     SENATE -   2


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