(50 ILCS 751/25)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2015)
Sec. 25. Wireless Service Emergency Fund; distribution of moneys. Within 60 days after the effective date of this Act, wireless carriers shall submit to the Illinois Commerce Commission the number of wireless subscribers by zip code and the 9-digit zip code of the wireless subscribers, if currently being used or later implemented by the carrier.
The Illinois Commerce Commission shall, subject to appropriation, make monthly proportional grants to the appropriate emergency telephone system board or qualified governmental entity based upon the United States Postal Zip Code of the wireless subscriber's billing address. No matching funds shall be required from grant recipients.
If the Illinois Commerce Commission is notified of an area of overlapping jurisdiction, grants for that area shall be made based upon reference to an official Master Street Address Guide to the emergency telephone system board or qualified governmental entity whose public service answering points provide wireless 9-1-1 service in that area. The emergency telephone system board or qualified governmental entity shall provide the Illinois Commerce Commission with a valid copy of the appropriate Master Street Address Guide. The Illinois Commerce Commission does not have a duty to verify jurisdictional responsibility.
In the event of a subscriber billing address being matched to an incorrect jurisdiction by the Illinois Commerce Commission, the recipient, upon notification from the Illinois Commerce Commission, shall redirect the funds to the correct jurisdiction. The Illinois Commerce Commission shall not be held liable for any damages relating to an act or omission under this Act, unless the act or omission constitutes gross negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct.
In the event of a dispute between emergency telephone system boards or qualified governmental entities concerning a subscriber billing address, the Illinois Commerce Commission shall resolve the dispute.
The Illinois Commerce Commission shall maintain detailed records of all receipts and disbursements and shall provide an annual accounting of all receipts and disbursements to the Auditor General.
The Illinois Commerce Commission shall adopt rules to govern the grant process.
The Illinois Commerce Commission must conduct a study to determine the future technological and financial needs of the wireless 9-1-1 systems. The study shall include input from the telecommunications industry, the Illinois National Emergency Number Association, and the public safety community. The Illinois Commerce Commission may use moneys in the Wireless Service Emergency Fund for the purpose of conducting the study. The Illinois Commerce Commission must report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly within one year after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 95-698, eff. 1-1-08; 96-1443, eff. 8-20-10.)
Last modified: February 18, 2015