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On July 28, 1998 Representative Raymond Poe filed the "GTE" bill, which is now known as House Bill 44 (was 3892). Below is a copy of the actual bill:

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:

220 ILCS 5/13-216 new
220 ILCS 5/13-217 new
220 ILCS 5/13-218 new
220 ILCS 5/13-303 new

Amends the Public Utilities Act. Requires telecommunications carriers providing local exchange telecommunications service to residential customers to provide, at a minimum a local calling zone that includes a medical facility, local government offices, schools, and a primary commercial center. Defines terms. Effective immediately.

AN ACT to amend the Public Utilities Act by adding Sections 13-216, 13-217, 13-218, and 13-303.

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly:

Section 5. The Public Utility Act is amended by adding Sections 13-216, 13-217, 13-218, and 13-303 as follows:

(220 ILCS 5/13-216 new)

Sec. 13-216. Primary commercial center. "Primary commercial center" means a geographic area that contains, at a minimum, a grocery store, a pharmacy, and a department store.

(220 ILCS 5/13-217 new)

Sec. 13-217. Basic residential service. "Basic residential service" means telecommunications service provided to residential customers that includes, at a minimum, a local calling zone adequate to allow residential customers to contact community services, including medical facilities, local government offices, elementary and secondary schools, and a primary commercial center.

(220 ILCS 5/13-218 new)

Sec. 13-218. Medical facility. "Medical Facility" means, at a minimum, a medical doctor's office.

(220 ILCS 5/13-303 new)

Sec. 13-303. Provision of basic residential service. (a) A telecommunications carrier that provides local exchange telecommunications service to residential customers shall provide, at a minimum, basic residential service to its residential customers. Basic residential service is the minimum local exchange telecommunications service that a telecommunications carrier may offer.

(b) A telecommunications carrier providing local exchange telecommunications service to residential customers in a manner that does not provide basic residential service shall, within 10 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1998, file price lists or tariff revisions necessary for the provision of basic residential service. If additional facilities are required to implement the basic residential service, the filings may provide for a reasonable delay in implementing the service.

(c) A telecommunications carrier that provides local exchange telecommunications service to residential customers on the basis of a flat rate local calling service shall provide basic residential service as a part of the flat rate local calling service. A telecommunications carrier that provides local exchange telecommunications service to residential customers on the basis of a local measured service calling plan shall provide basic residential service allowing residential calls on an untimed basis and at a price that results in a charge per call average over all time periods that does not exceed 1% of the current federal minimum hourly wage rate for non-farm workers.

(d) A local calling zone may not exhibt any discontinuities in coverage and may not exclude any intervening exchange.

(e) The portion of a telecommunications service consisting of residential untimed calls or residential flat rate calls within the local calling zone shall be excluded from any imputation test. This Section does not prohibit telecommunications carriers from offering service to larger geographic areas.

Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.

 

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