Broadband Advisory Council
P.A. 100-0833 was signed by the Governor on August 25, 2018 to complete a nonpartisan-sponsored bill creating the Illinois Broadband Advisory Council. The Council’s goal is to make “available to all its citizens affordable, reliable and state of the art Internet communications through the expansion, extension, and general availability of broadband services and technology."
- DCEO shall house the council and provide administrative, personnel and technical support services.
- Council shall consist of 21 voting members and 4 non-voting members.
POWERS & DUTIES
- Explore all ways to expand broadband availability to end-user customers, including in areas of income, business, education, health and aging in place
- Explore ways to encourage state and municipal expansion of new broadband services
- Explore, cooperate and assist with increased educational, career, workforce preparation including expansion of electronic and distance educational services
- Identify service barriers to residents and small businesses
- Research ways to eliminate adoption barriers
- Publish FCC data rates in the Illinois register within 60 days of release
- Promote awareness and new deployment of public web portals, including audio and video streaming of all public meetings
- Monitor other states broadband progress
- Serve as broadband advocate for all state entities
- Receive input from all Illinois broadband stakeholders and advise GO on remedying service to underserved areas
- Report to the General Assembly on or before Jan 1st on action taken by the Council in implementing provisions set forth by the Act