Comments: IL HB3743 | 2021-2022 | 102nd General Assembly

Bill Title: Amends the Emergency Telephone System Act. Extends the repeal of the Act from December 31, 2021 to December 31, 2023. Makes various changes to definitions. Provides that within 18 months of the awarding of a contract under the Public Utilities Act to provide Next Generation 9-1-1 service (rather than by December 31, 2021), every 9-1-1 system in Illinois, except in a municipality with a population over 500,000, shall provide next generation 9-1-1 service. Provides that a municipality with a population over 500,000 shall establish a statewide Next Generation 9-1-1 network by December 31, 2023. Provides that the information registered by an emergency telephone system with the Statewide 9-1-1 Administrator shall include the identification of the System Manager. Provides that an Emergency Telephone System Board has the power to designate a 9-1-1 System Manager, whose duties and responsibilities shall be set forth by the in writing. Defines "System Manager". Provides that the installation of or connection to a telephone company's network of any automatic alarm, automatic alerting device, or mechanical dialer that causes the number 9-1-1 to be dialed in order to directly access emergency services and does not provide for 2-way communication is prohibited in a 9-1-1 system. Provides that training for public safety telecommunicators must be completed within one year of the Statewide 9-1-1 Administrator establishing the required guidelines, rules, and standards. Provides that upon completing of training, all public safety telecommunicators must complete specified continuing education training regarding the delivery of 9-1-1 services and professionalism bi-annually. Provides that on or after January 1, 2024 (rather than 2022), a municipality with a population over 500,000 may not impose a monthly surcharge in excess of $2.50 per network connection. Provides that on or after January 1, 2024 (rather than 2022), the municipality may continue imposing and collecting its wireless carrier surcharge. Amends the Prepaid Wireless 9-1-1 Surcharge Act. Deletes language providing that on or after January 1, 2021, a home rule municipality having a population in excess of 500,000 may only impose a prepaid wireless 9-1-1 surcharge not to exceed 7% per retail transaction sourced to that jurisdiction. Amends the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act. Provides that the Act is repealed on December 31, 2024 (currently, June 1, 2021). Provides that (i) a wireless provider may be required to provide in an application a certification from a radio engineer that it operates the small wireless facility within all applicable FCC standards, (ii) an authority may require small wireless facilities to be collocated on an existing utility pole or existing wireless support structure within 200 feet (currently, 100 feet) of the proposed new-pole collocation, (iii) an authority may require that the wireless provider comply with generally applicable acoustic regulations, and (iv) when a wireless provider replaces or adds a new radio transceiver or antennas to an existing small wireless facility, certification may be required by the wireless provider from a radio engineer that the continuing operation of the small wireless facility complies with all applicable FCC standards; and amends the Illinois Municipal Code providing requirements relating to any requirement that a small wireless facility be collocated on an existing utility pole or existing wireless support structure within 200 feet of a proposed new-pole collocation. Amends the Public Utilities Act. Extends the repeal dates of the Telecommunications Article and the Cable and Video Competition Article from December 31, 2021 to December 31, 2026. Provides that any cable service or video service authorization issued by the Illinois Commerce Commission will expire on December 31, 2029 (rather than December 31, 2024). In a provision concerning abandonment of service, provides for the procedure through which a Small Electing Provider may choose to cease offering or providing a telecommunications service. Defines "Small Electing Provider" as an incumbent local exchange carrier that is an electing provider, and that, together with all of its incumbent local exchange carrier affiliates offering telecommunications services within the State of Illinois, has fewer than 40,000 subscriber access lines as of January 1, 2020. Amends the Prevailing Wage Act. Provides that the term "public works" includes construction projects performed by a third party contracted by a public utility in public rights-of-way and construction projects that exceed 15 aggregate miles of new fiber optic cable performed by a third party contracted by a public utility in public rights-of-way. Provides that "public utility" has the meaning given that term in the Public Utilities Act and includes telecommunications carriers, providers of cable or video service, providers of wireless service, interconnected voice over Internet protocol, providers of broadband service, and persons or entities engaged in the installation, repair, or maintenance of fiber optic cable used by these entities. Excludes incumbent local exchange carriers that serve fewer than 20,000 access lines. Amends various other Acts to make conforming changes. Effective immediately, except provisions amending the Prevailing Wage Act take effect on January 1, 2022.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 5-0)

Status: (Passed) 2021-06-03 - Public Act . . . . . . . . . 102-0009 [HB3743 Detail]

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