Broadband/Telecom/Video

Bill: HB 3492

Sponsor: Rep. Aaron Ortiz

Status: House Public Utilities Committee

Position: Oppose

Description: Low Income Broadband Assistance Program

House Bill 3492 creates the Low-Income Broadband Assistance Program. It would provide free broadband service to families whose annual household income is at or below 100% of the federal poverty level. It would also provide a $9.95 monthly credit for broadband service to families whose household income is between 100% and 135% of the federal poverty level or that qualify for federal lifeline proxy programs. The Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity would coordinate the program and provide reimbursement to broadband service providers for the customer credits.

 

Bill: HB 3877

Sponsor: Rep. Thaddeus Jones

Status: House Cities & Villages Committee

Position: Oppose

Description: Sale of Rights to Muni Assets

House Bill 3877 provides that the city council of a municipality may not adopt an ordinance or resolution selling the right to use or profit from a municipal asset, including, but not limited to, water resources, without first conducting a public hearing followed by a referendum approving the sale at the election next following the public hearing.

 

Bill: HB 4152

Sponsor: Rep. Didech

Status: House Floor – 3rd Reading – Short Debate

Position: Neutral

Description: Early Cancellation Fees – Death

House Bill 4152 prohibits providers of telephone, cellular telephone, television, Internet, energy or water services from imposing a fee for termination or early cancellation of a service contract in the event the customer has deceased before the end of the contract.

 

Bill: HB 4669

Sponsor: Rep. Burke

Status: House Rules Committee

Position: Neutral

Description: ROTA – Prepaid Telephone

House Bill 4669 provides that the term "prepaid telephone calling arrangements" includes only telephone or telecommunications services obtained through the purchase of a prepaid phone, calling card, or other item of tangible personal property. This appears to be a vehicle bill.

 

Bill: HB 4918

Sponsor: Rep. McDermed

Status: House Rules Committee

Position: Oppose

Description: Utility – Road Construction

House Bill 4918 provides that if the Department of Transportation requests that a public utility relocate any of the public utility's existing infrastructure for a State-approved road construction project, that public utility must complete that relocation within 30 days after the request. Provides that if it is not feasible for the public utility to comply with the request within 30 days, the public utility must contact the Department of Transportation to coordinate a plan to limit the delay.

 

Bill: HB 5097

Sponsor: Rep. Severin

Status: House Rules Committee

Position: Neutral

Description: Ban Call Spoofing

House Bill 5097 bans the practice of call spoofing. Provides that call spoofing is the practice of failing to transmit or cause be transmitted the true telephone number.

 

Bill: HB 5139 (SB 3777 is a companion bill)

Sponsor: Rep. Walsh

Status: House Rules Committee

Position: Support

Description: Telecom Sunset Extensions

House Bill 5139 extends the repeal date of the Cable and Video Competition Law of 2007 from December 31, 2020 to December 31, 2025, extends the expiration date of Illinois Commerce Commission authorizations to provide cable and video services from December 31, 2023 to December 31, 2028, and extends the repeal date of the Universal Telephone Service Protection Law of 1985 from December 31, 2020 to December 31, 2025.

 

Bill: HB 5319 (SB 2531 and SB 2268 are companion bills)

Sponsor: Rep. Mah

Status: House Rules Committee

Position: Oppose

Description: Modem/Router Equipment Rental

Senate Bill 2268 provides that cable or video providers shall cease charging customers for modems and routers, whether rented together or separately, when the customer has paid to the provider the wholesale cost of the modem or router, or modem and router if rented together, plus a reasonable mark-up not to exceed 5% of the modem, router, or modem and router wholesale cost to the provider.

SB 2268 is a duplicate bill, also assigned to the Senate Telecommunications & IT Committee. Both bills are very similar to HB 3503 from 2017, which failed on a 39-68-4 vote in the House of Representatives.

 

Bill: HB 5395

Sponsor: Rep. Parkhurst

Status: House Rules Committee

Position: Neutral

Description: Autodialer – Caller ID – Consent

House Bill 5395 prohibits an autodialer from providing inaccurate caller ID information. It provides that it is a violation of the Act to play a recorded message placed by an autodialer without the (i) prior express consent of the called party or (ii) the prior express written consent of the called party if the call is a call that delivers a health care message made by, or on behalf of, a covered entity or its business associate as those terms are defined in a specified provision of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

 

Bill: SB 2265

Sponsor: Sen. Curran

Status: Senate Assignments Committee

Position: Oppose

Description: Protecting First Responders Act

Senate Bill 2265 creates the Protecting First Responders Act. The bill prohibits any business from using, storing or manufacturing specified chemicals in excess of 100 pounds within a distance of 1,000 feet of a municipal police or fire station, unless the corporate authorities of any county or municipality define distance requirements that conflict with the Act. Any business that operates in violation of the Act shall be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed $50,000 for each violation, and an additional civil penalty not to exceed $1,000 for each day during which such violation continues.

  

Bill: SB 2531 (HB 5319 is a companion bill)

Sponsor: Sen. Castro

Status: Senate Telecommunications & Information Technology Committee

Position: Oppose

Description: Modem/Router Equipment Rental

Senate Bill 2268 provides that cable or video providers shall cease charging customers for modems and routers, whether rented together or separately, when the customer has paid to the provider the wholesale cost of the modem or router, or modem and router if rented together, plus a reasonable mark-up not to exceed 5% of the modem, router, or modem and router wholesale cost to the provider.

SB 2268 is a duplicate bill, also assigned to the Senate Telecommunications & IT Committee. Both bills are very similar to HB 3503 from 2017, which failed on a 39-68-4 vote in the House of Representatives.

 

Bill: SB 2908

Sponsor: Sen. Bennett

Status: Senate Telecommunications and Information Technology Committee

Position: Oppose

Description: Utilities – Cable Providers

Senate Bill 2908 prohibits a cable or video provider from imposing an early termination fee or penalty when the provider has stopped providing a broadcast station during normal operating conditions that was provided to the subscriber at the time the subscriber entered into the service agreement.

 

Bill: SB 3340

Sponsor: Sen. McConchie

Status: Senate Assignments Committee

Position: Neutral

Description: Telemarketer – Disclosure – Privacy

Senate Bill 3340 creates the Telemarketing Disclosure and Privacy Act. The legislation provides that telemarketers may not interfere or circumvent the capability of a caller identification device or service, fail to provide caller identification information or cause misleading information to be transmitted to a caller identification service or device. Provides for the Illinois Commerce Commission to receive and investigate complaints and impose an administrative penalty not to exceed $1,000 for each violation.

 

Bill: SB 3754

Sponsor: Sen. Glowiak Hilton

Status: Senate Telecommunications and Information Technology Committee

Position: Neutral

Description: Phone Solicitation – Spoofing

Senate Bill 3754 provides a person, business, or organization may not spoof a caller's information or otherwise misrepresent the origin of a telemarketing call unless the person, business, or organization has the right to use the name and phone number displayed. The legislation requires telephone solicitations placed in a manner other than by a live operator to immediately disclose their identity and the purpose of the call and prompt the recipient of the call to consent to the solicitation.

 

 

Bill: SB 3484

Sponsor: Sen. Bertino-Tarrant

Status: Senate Assignments Committee

Position: Support

Description: Criminal Code – Critical Infrastructure

Senate Bill 3484 creates the offense of criminal damage to a critical infrastructure facility for a person who intentionally damages, destroys or tampers with equipment in a critical infrastructure facility. The legislation provides that a violation is: (1) a Class 4 felony when the damage to property does not exceed $500; (2) a Class 3 felony when the damage to property exceeds $500 but does not exceed $10,000; and (3) a Class 2 felony when the damage to property exceeds $10,000. The bill provides that a person may be liable in any civil action for damages to the owner of the critical infrastructure facility resulting from a violation.  The legislation also establishes civil and criminal penalties for criminal trespass to a critical infrastructure facility and aggravated criminal trespass to a critical infrastructure facility.

 

Bill: SB 3777 (HB 5139 is a companion bill)

Sponsor: Sen. Cunningham

Status: Senate Assignments Committee

Position: Support

Description: Telecom Sunset Extensions

Senate Bill 3777 extends the repeal date of the Cable and Video Competition Law of 2007 from December 31, 2020 to December 31, 2025, extends the expiration date of Illinois Commerce Commission authorizations to provide cable and video services from December 31, 2023 to December 31, 2028, and extends the repeal date of the Universal Telephone Service Protection Law of 1985 from December 31, 2020 to December 31, 2025.

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