August 5, 2020 Newsletter

News from the ITA

September 1, 2020


  ITA Virtual Annual Meeting & Industry Update is September 10, 2020

 ITA Annual Meeting & Industry Update Agenda

 ITA Annual Meeting

Financial Report – Ann Dickerson, ITA Treasurer

 Nominating Committee Report – Jim Broemmer, ITA Nominating Committee Chair

 Illinois Small Company Exchange Carrier Association (ISCECA) Annual Meeting

 Jim Broemmer, ISCECA Board of Directors Chair

 Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation (ITAC) Annual Meeting

 Joji Aguilar, ITAC Board of Directors President

 Universal Telephone Assistance Corporation (UTAC) Annual Meeting

 Karen Boswell, UTAC Board of Directors Vice-Chair

 Telecom & Broadband Legislative and Policy Update

 Randy Nehrt, ITA President

Randy will provide a summary of legislative and policy matters pertaining to the broadband industry in Illinois this year and a preview of potential telecom and broadband issues the state legislature and other policymakers may try to address in 2021

 Mapping Illinois Broadband Services – Connected Nation

 Chip Spann – Director Engineering & Technical Services, Connected Nation

 Ashley Hitt – Vice President of GIS Services, Connected Nation


Connected Nation, through its partnership with the Illinois Office of Broadband, has been asked to gather new and updated data to be used to determine areas served, unserved, and underserved by broadband across the State. Connected Nation will be reaching out to all broadband providers for service area data and speed information for all fixed broadband service areas, to develop various layers for Illinois broadband maps that will be publicly available early next year. This presentation will review the project, data and information needs, as well as how individual provider information will be processed, aggregated, and analyzed to develop the broadband maps.


 Illinois Drive-Up WiFi Hotspot Map

 This past spring several state agencies - the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois Office of Broadband, Illinois Community College Board, Department of Innovation & Technology, Illinois State Board of Education, and the Illinois State Library - launched an interactive map that provides displaced students and staff with detailed information on free drive-up WI-FI hotspots at schools, colleges, libraries, and other locations across the state. The tool also provides detailed guest log-in instructions for each hotspot and will be updated in real time. Links to the tool are below.

 Original Version

 Spanish Language Version

 To better populate the interactive tool and make it more meaningful for displaced students and staff, the state of Illinois is asking each entity with free/publicly available WI-FI hotspots to complete the survey (see link below). The survey responses will automatically populate the public-facing interactive tool. The survey asks you to provide the location of each available hotspot, either by keying in the address or pinning the location on an interactive map. The survey also asks for a link to the log-in instructions as well as any helpful hints for accessing a given drive-up WI-FI hotspot and for a few additional attributes for each hotspot, such as whether the given hotspot is temporary or more permanent, and whether web filters are applied.

 Here is the link to the survey:

 The survey will remain live through Labor Day (September 8th).

  Broadband Headlines

Pandemic shines 'great spotlight' on digital divide (Capitol News Illinois)

Illinois Telecommunications Association

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Illinois Telecommunications Association

312 S. 4th Street, Suite 100

           Springfield, IL 62701             

 (217) 572-1262