Illinois Broadband Advisory Council

​Powers and 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

Meeting Dates

  • Regular Meeting: Monday, August 19, 2019 at 11:00am

    Illinois Department of Agriculture
    801 E Sangamon Avenue
    Springfield Illinois


    Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
    100 W Randolph, Suite 3-400
    Chicago Illinois

  • Special Meeting: October 1st
  • Special Meeting: October 21st
  • Regular Meeting: Monday, November 18, 2019
  • Regular Meeting: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
  • Regular Meeting: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Broadband Advisory Council Members

BAC Member Organization
Deno PeridouAT&T
Melia CarterVerizon
Chris NelsonComcast
Rick HolzmacherIllinois Rural Broadband Association
Zak HornMetro Communications
Steven HillSatellite Broadcasting and Communications Association
Karen BoswellFrontier 
Josh ShallenbergerCEO of Shelby Electric Coop
Mike ChamberlainIllinois Municipal League/Mayor of Belvidere
Anne SlaughterIllinois Library Association
Deb AlfredsonIllinois Association of Housing Authorities
Jeff NewellIllinois Community College Board
David AntonacciIllinois Board of Higher Education
Bill BodineIllinois Farm Bureau
Ryan GruenenfelderAARP
Nikki BudzinskiDepartment of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Lori Sorenson  Department of Innovation and Technology
Paula BastaDepartment of Aging 
Susan SatterIllinois Attorney General
Jim ZolnierikIllinois Commerce Commission
Theresa EaglesonIllinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
Sen. Bill Cunningham-DIllinois Senate
Sen. Jil Tracy-RIllinois Senate
Rep. John Connor-DIllinois House of Representatives
Rep. Keith Wheeler-RIllinois House of Representatives