News from the ITA

February 1, 2019


Legislative Update

The Illinois General Assembly met in session this week. The House was in Tuesday and approved the House Rules for the 101st General Assembly before canceling session days Wednesday and Thursday, due to weather. The Senate was in session Tuesday through Thursday and held a handful of committee hearings. The Senate Labor Committee held a subject matter hearing about raising the minimum wage in Illinois to $15 per hour. Sen. Kimberly Lightford told the committee that her proposal would phase in the increase over several years. Business groups told the committee they would like to see the minimum wage to be tiered for different areas of the state to accommodate disparate economic conditions and the cost-of-living from Illinois largest cities to smaller rural communities. Governor J.B. Pritzker has made raising the minimum wage a top priority and Lightford said that she would like to see the measure sent to the approved before the Governor gives his Budget Address February 20. 

A few telecom related measures have been introduced in the House:

Rep. Ann Williams reintroduced the same net neutrality legislation she sponsored last year that was narrowly approved by a House Committee, but failed to gain enough support for a vote by the full House of Representatives. House Bill 1582 prohibits the state from awarding any contract for broadband service to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) unless the contract provides that the ISP will not block end users from accessing lawful content, applications, services or non-harmful devices; impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic; engage in paid prioritization; unreasonably interfere with or disadvantage a customer’s ability to select, access and use Internet service; or unreasonably interfere with or disadvantage edge providers’ ability to make lawful content, applications or services available to end users. The ITA opposes the legislation.

Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst introduced House Bill 337 which targets robocalls by amending the Illinois Automated Dialers Act to make it a separate violation to disguise caller ID information, commonly referred to as “spoofing.” The legislation also prohibits auto dialers from playing a recorded message without the prior written consent of the called party.

Rep. Margo McDermed introduced House Resolution 57 supporting "all efforts by the federal government and the telecommunications industry to stop the abuse of our national telecommunications networks and the defrauding of our citizens by deceitful robocalls and scam callers."

Updated status and summaries of legislation affecting the telecommunications and broadband industry can be found on the ITA website. The House and Senate are scheduled to return to Springfield next week. The House Calendar and Senate Calendar are available on the Illinois General Assembly website. 

Membership Dues

2019 membership dues invoices are due next Friday, February 8th. If you need a copy of your invoice re-sent, please contact Angela

2019 ITA Directory 

Last week emails were sent to each member to confirm their information for the 2019 printed membership directory. If you have not responded to Angela to confirm or edit your information, please do so as soon as possible.  Please note, 2019 membership dues must be paid to be included in the 2019 printed membership directory. We plan to have the directories mailed out to  members the beginning of March. 

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Telecom Headlines

Crucial biometric privacy law survives Illinois court fight (The Verge)

Illinois Supreme Court BIPA ruling triggers for private employers (The National Law Review)

Connect America Fund Accountability Act aims to ensure broadband performance (telecompetitor)

FCC Commissioner Carr talks infrastructure, spectrum and jobs needed for 5G (FierceWireless)

TRACED Act takes aim at robocalls, would require telcos to adopt call authentication (telecompetitor)

C Spire aims to expand rural broadband via consortium with Microsoft, Nokia and others (telecompetitor)

Report: broadband-only homes forecast to reach $40.8 million in 2023 (telecompetitor)

Net Neutrality oral argument shaping up as epic battle (Multichannel News)

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