News from the ITA

March 22, 2019


Legislative Update

The Illinois House and Senate were in session this week. Legislators were focused on advancing their bills through the committee process with the Senate deadline for bills to gain committee approval coming to pass this week and the House committee deadline coming up next Friday, March 29.

Data Breach Notification

Senate Bill 1624 passed out of the Senate Telecommunications and Information Technology Committee with the agreement that the bill sponsor, Sen. Glowiak, would bring an amendment back to the committee to attempt to address concerns raised by opponents of the legislation. SB 1624 would require businesses to report a data breach affecting more than 100 people to the Attorney General within 14 days. Under current law, data breaches are required to be reported to the affected consumers in the most expedient time possible and without delay. There is also no current requirement for companies to provide the additional notice to the Attorney General. The ITA is opposed to the bill in it's current form.

Microphone Enabled Devices

The Senate Telecommunications and Information Technology Committee also approved Senate Bill 1719 this week. SB 1719 creates the Keep Internet Devices Safe Act. The legislation prohibits a digital device's microphone from being enabled to listen for or collect information unless a user first agrees to a written policy informing the user:

  • that the microphone will be turned on, enabled or used
  • the frequency and length of time the microphone will be turned on, enabled or used
  • the specific categories of information the microphone will be listening for, collecting, storing and disclosing
  • the specific purpose for which the information will be collected, used, stored and disclosed

A violation of the Act constitutes an unlawful practice under the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practice Act. The ITA is opposed to SB 1719.

Digital Fair Repair Act

The House Cybersecurity, Data Analytics & IT Committee held a subject matter hearing this week on House Bill 2026, the Digital Fair Repair Act. The legislation requires original equipment manufacturers to make available to any independent repair provider or owner of equipment:

  • the same diagnostic and repair documentation in the same manner as the information is made available to the manufacturer’s authorized repair providers
  • parts, inclusive of any updates to the embedded software of the parts, upon fair and reasonable terms
  • all diagnostic repair tools that the OEM makes available to its own repair or engineering staff or to an authorized repair provider

The legislation also requires an independent repair provider that purchases or acquires embedded software to notify the owner of the equipment in writing of warranties prior to performing services on digital electronic equipment. The ITA opposes HB 2026.

The Senate is scheduled to be in session March 26-28. The House is scheduled to be in session March 26-29, with the House committee deadline on March 29.  

2019 Annual Convention Registration is Now OPEN! 

The telecommunications industry continues to change and offer new opportunities. Recent updates to federal regulatory policy have added a measure of certainty in the industry and new federal programs have provided additional opportunities for broadband providers.

At the Illinois Telecommunications Association’s Annual Convention, you will have the opportunity to find out what changes are on the horizon in Illinois from a legislative, political and regulatory landscape that will help you navigate the waters as new products and technologies emerge.

Join us in Osage Beach, MO at the new Margaritaville Lake Resort (formerly Tan-Tar-A Resort) June 9-11, 2019!! There you can network with friends and colleagues throughout the industry to learn more about the latest changes in state and federal policies as well as what opportunities the newest technology can provide to your company.

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2019 Membership Directories

It was brought to our attention that the 2019 Membership Directories that were mailed out last week were printed and bound incorrectly. The printing company is working diligently to correct their error and to mail corrected directories out as soon as possible. When the new directory arrives, feel free to dispose of the old directory.

We reviewed a proof of the directory and an initial run of printed directories prior to the rest of the directories being bound and shipped by the printer. Unfortunately, an error occurred during the binding process of the rest of the directories. We apologize for the printer’s error and assure our members that no ITA funds were used to print or mail the corrected directories.

Call for Presentations

Reminder, the deadline to submit a request to be considered as a presenter at our Annual Convention and/or Vendor Showcase is Tuesday, March 26th. Click here to submit your request. 

Telecom Headlines

 Rural development a top goal for new state agriculture director (Journal Gazette & Times)

High-speed internet is a necessity in the 21st century (Herdald-Whig)

FCC Wants Mobile Carriers to Help Save Lives From the Ground Floor to the Penthouse (Fortune)

For the First Time, More Americans Pay For Internet Video Than Cable or Satellite TV (Fortune)

Comcast and AT&T Successfully Test Solution to Stop Robocalling (MultiChannel News)

FCC moves to open spectrum above 95 GHz for new technologies (Fierce Wireless)

FCC Says Its Done Implementing Rural Call Completion Act, But Not All Commissioners Agree (TeleCompetitor)

Analyst: Defining the 5G Opportunity for Wireline Carriers (TeleCompetitor)

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