News from the ITA

April 12, 2019

 

Legislative Update

The Illinois House and Senate were in session this week. Today (April 12) marked the deadline for bills to be approved by the full chamber in which the bills were introduced. The Illinois General Assembly enters their two-week spring break and will return to Springfield for session April 30 and will be in session throughout the month of May. The scheduled adjournment date is May 31. The following list of bills the ITA has worked on that have passed out of their originating chamber:

 

HB 1633 (Rep. Hoffman) Criminal Damage to Critical Infrastructure

House Bill 1633 creates the offense of criminal damage to a critical infrastructure facility for a person who intentionally damages, destroys, vandalizes, defaces, or tampers with equipment in a critical infrastructure facility. Critical infrastructure facilities include pipelines, energy generation and transmission facilities, telecommunications central switching offices and wireless telecommunications facilities, natural gas storage facilities, military facilities and other facilities, etc.

 

HB 3358 (Rep. Turner) Data Transparency & Privacy Act

 

House Bill 3358 creates the Data Transparency and Privacy Act. House Bill 3358 was amended to combine several data privacy initiatives. It applies to any private entity 

  • with gross annual earnings in excess of $25 million;
  • that annually buys, sells, receives or shares for commercial purposes the personal information of 50,000 or more consumers; or
  • derives 50% or more of its annual revenue from selling consumers' personal information.

The legislation establishes specific requirements for operators under the categories of right to transparency, right to know, and right to opt out. House Amendment 3 exempted several industries from the provisions of the act including companies and telecommunications carriers, wireless carriers, internet service providers and any affiliate companies.

 

SB 1591 (Sen. Sims) Data Center Investment Program

Senate Bill 1591 is intended to create a growth environment for data center development in Illinois by creating a tax exemption for qualified tangible personal property used in the construction or operation of a data center. The bill requires new and existing data centers seeking the tax exemption must require contractors to enter into a project labor agreement and Adds a 20% income tax credit equal to a portion of the wages of construction contractors engaged in the building of a new data center, if the data center is located in an impoverished area or area of high unemployment.

 

SB 1624 (Sen. Glowiak) Data Breach – Report to Attorney General

 

Senate Bill 1624 amends the state's data breach notification law to require notification of a data breach of 500 or more residents to the AG upon notifying the affected consumer.  The ITA opposed the legislation as introduced. The bill was amended to increase the threshold for reporting from 100 or more residents to 500 or more residents and the requirement to notify the Attorney General within 14 days was changed to report in the most expedient time possible and without delay.

 

SB 1719 (Sen. Castro) Keep Internet Devices Safe Act

 

Senate Bill 1719 creates the Keep Internet Devices Safe Act. The legislation prohibits any private entity from turn on or enable a digital device’s microphone to listen for or collect information unless a user first agrees to a written policy informing the user:

  • that the microphone will be turned on, enabled or used
  • the frequency and length of time the microphone will be turned on, enabled or used
  • the specific categories of information the microphone will be listening for, collecting, storing and disclosing
  • the specific purpose for which the information will be collected, used, stored and disclosed

 

SJR 18 (Sen. Syverson) Illinois Automated Dialing & Solicitation Task Force

Senate Joint Resolution 18 creates the Automated Dialing & Solicitation Task Force to review the Telephone Solicitation Act and develop ideas to update the Act to address robocalls and spoofing. The task force shall study penalties for violating the Do Not Call List, penalties for call spoofing and new technology for preventing automated calls. 


 Regulatory Update

Governor JB Pritzker appointed Maria Bocanegra to the Illinois Commerce Commission April 8, 2019. Acting Commissioner Bocanegra is an attorney with prior public service. She most recently served as Arbitrator at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. Previously, Acting Commissioner Bocanegra held the Public Seat on the Labor Advisory Board for the Illinois Department of Labor. She also formerly worked as an attorney with Katz Friedman, where she handled workers’ compensation and personal injury claims. Acting Commissioner Bocanegra earned her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Quincy University.

Gov. Pritzker had previously appointed Carrie Zalewski to the Illinois Commerce Commission March 29. Acting Commissioner Zalewski previously served as a Member of the Illinois Pollution Control Board where she had served since 2009. At the Board, Zalewski adjudicated complex environmental cases under the Illinois Environmental Protection Act, shaped critical rulemaking and worked to balance the interests of Illinois businesses and residents while protecting Illinois’ land, air, and water. Before serving on the Illinois Pollution Board, Zalewski was Assistant Chief Counsel for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Prior to that, Zalewski worked in private practice. She earned her Juris Doctor at the Chicago-Kent Law School and her Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

With the two appointments, all five positions on the Commission have been filled. 


2019 Annual Convention is only 8 weeks away! 

The telecommunications industry continues to change and offer new opportunities. Recent updates to federal regulatory policy have added a measure of certainty in the industry and new federal programs have provided additional opportunities for broadband providers.

At the Illinois Telecommunications Association’s Annual Convention, you will have the opportunity to find out what changes are on the horizon in Illinois from a legislative, political and regulatory landscape that will help you navigate the waters as new products and technologies emerge.

Join us in Osage Beach, MO at the new Margaritaville Lake Resort (formerly Tan-Tar-A Resort) June 9-11, 2019!! There you can network with friends and colleagues throughout the industry to learn more about the latest changes in state and federal policies, as well as what opportunities the newest technology can provide to your company.

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ITA Annual Convention Sponsorship Opportunities 

Don't miss the opportunity to get your company front and center at our 114th Annual Convention. We have four different sponsorship levels this year:

ADMIRAL SPONSORSHIP   $1,500

  • Two company representatives’ conference registrations
  • Posting with company name/ logo on our website (pre and post conference publicity)
  • On-site recognition with company name listed on signage at registration booth
  • Company logo projected prior to the general session and throughout breaks during the event
  • Company name listed in Convention Program
  • Sponsorship ribbon on each company representative’s name badge
CAPTAIN SPONSORSHIP   $1,000
  • One company representatives’ conference registrations
  • Posting with company name/ logo on our website (pre and post conference publicity)
  • On-site recognition with company name listed on signage at registration booth
  • Company name listed in the Convention Program
  • Sponsorship ribbon on each company representative’s name badge
FIRST MATE SPONSORSHIP   $500
  • Posting with company name/ logo on our website (pre and post conference publicity)
  • Company name listed in the Convention Program
  • On-site recognition with company name listed on signage at registration booth
  • Sponsorship ribbon on each company representative’s name badge
SAILOR SPONSORSHIP   $250
  • Company name listed in the Convention Program
  • On-site recognition with company name listed on signage at registration booth
  • Sponsorship ribbon on each company representative’s name badge

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2019 ITA Annual Partners

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