News from the ITA

January 31, 2020

 

Legislative Update

The General Assembly was in session this week with lawmakers focused primarily on introducing new legislation for the spring session and Governor Pritzker's State of the State Address.

Governor Pritzker's State of the State Address, based on a theme of "growing stronger each day," touched on his legislative successes in his first year. But it was targeting government corruption through ethics reform measures that drew the most attention from lawmakers and the media. "We have to work together to confront a scourge that has been plaguing our political system for far too long," said Gov. JB Pritzker. "We must root out the purveyors of greed and corruption — in both parties — whose presence infects the bloodstream of government. It's no longer enough to sit idle while under-the-table deals, extortion, or bribery persist. Protecting that culture or tolerating it is no longer acceptable. We must take urgent action to restore the public's trust in our government. That's why we need to pass real, lasting ethics reform this legislative session."

Pritzker called for legislation that bans state legislators from lobbying local governments, requiring legislators to disclose more of their financial interests and closing the revolving door that allows legislators to retire one day and lobby their former colleagues the next day.

Pritzker also said passing a balanced budget, providing property tax relief and passing new clean energy legislation would also be among his top priorities in 2020. 

New Legislation Introduced

Senate Bill 2330 - Data Transparency & Privacy Act.

Senate Bill 2330 creates the Data Transparency and Privacy Act. It applies to any private entity

  • that collects or discloses the personal information of 50,000 or more persons or
  • derives 50% or more of its annual revenue from selling personal information.

The bill establishes new regulatory requirements:

  1. Establishes a "right to know" for consumers and prescribes the types of information consumers may request of businesses that collect and share personal information.
  2. Provides that consumers have the right to opt out of the disclosure, sale and processing of personal information
  3. Provides that consumers have the right to correction of inaccurate personal information or deletion of personal information
  4. Provides that businesses, affiliates, and third parties must conduct risk assessments
  5. Provides that enforcement of the Act may arise through private actions or by the A.G.

The ITA is opposed to SB 2330.

Senate Bill 2531 - Modem/Router Equipment Rental

Senate Bill 2531 provides that cable or video providers shall cease charging customers for modems and routers when the customer has paid to the provider the wholesale cost of the modem or router plus a reasonable mark-up not to exceed 5%. The ITA is opposed to this legislation.

Senate Bill 2273 - Automatic Listening Exploitation Act

Senate Bill 2273 creates the Automatic Listening Exploitation Act. The bill provides that it is unlawful for a person who provides any smart service through a smart speaker to:

  • store or make a recording of any speech or sound captured by a smart speaker or to use any recording of any voice interaction by a user, or
  • transmit a recording to a third party, for any purpose, without obtaining express consent from the consumer and requires deletion of any recording upon request by the consumer

The bill also makes it unlawful for a person who provides any security monitoring or other service through a video doorbell to:

  • store or make a recording of any video, image, or audio captured by the video doorbell's camera, or
  • use or transmit to a third party any video, image, or audio captured by the video doorbell's camera

The act allows the AG or State’s Attorney to bring civil action with penalties up to $40,000 per violation. The ITA is opposed to this legislation.

Senate Joint Resolution 55 - 5G Task Force

Senate Joint Resolution 55 creates the 5G Task Force to identify any major health risks associated with the proliferation of 5G infrastructure in the State of Illinois. The ITA is opposed.

 


 FCC Adopts  Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Order

 

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday adopted an order establishing the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF). The RDOF will provide $20.4 billion in high-cost universal service support through a two-phase reverse auction framework to bring high-speed broadband service to millions of unserved Americans. The first phase will award $16 billion and target census blocks where broadband speeds of at least 25/3 Mbps is not available at all. The Order will include a 50/5 MBPS service tier and it also includes changes to the Letter of Credit requirements sought by providers to ensure funds are used properly while still encouraging participation in the auction.

In a press release issued recently, the FCC estimated six million rural homes and businesses could benefit from the rural digital opportunity fund and released a preliminary list showing the number of locations eligible for bidding in each state for high-speed broadband through Phase I of the $20.4 billion fund. The number of bid-eligible locations in Illinois is 246,000.



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Telecom Headlines

Facebook may pay Illinois users a couple hundred dollars each in $550 million privacy settlement (Chicago Tribune)

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