Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Wireless Emergency Telephone Safety Act. Provides for and enforces the collection of surcharge fees of wireless telephone service subscribers for the establishment and implementation of a cohesive statewide emergency telephone number for wireless telephone users. Establishes a penalty for wireless carriers who fail to provide zip code information of customers. Requires wireless carriers to remit the surcharge for all subscribers if a method of surcharge collection from subscribers is not implemented. Provides that the Commission may impose penalties on wireless carriers who do not remit the surcharge before midnight on the last day of the third calendar month after the closing date of the remit period. Provides that the Illinois Commerce Commission may collect delinquent amounts from wireless carriers by legal action or other methods permitted under State law. Provides that the Executive Director, or his or her designee, may excuse penalties determined to be unjust. Provides a manner by which wireless carriers may recover costs from the Wireless Carrier Reimbursement Fund. Requires the Illinois Commerce Commission to annually review the balance in the Wireless Carrier Reimbursement Fund. Requires the Comptroller to transfer certain excess amounts into the Wireless Services Emergency Fund. Provides a manner by which funds transferred into the Wireless Services Emergency Fund are to be distributed. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Adds language that provides that a remit period does not include a wireless carrier that provides zip code information based upon the addresses associated with its customers' points of purchase, customers' billing addresses, or locations associated with mobile telephone numbers. Adds language that provides that any prepaid wireless carrier that fails to provide zip code information based upon the addresses associated with its customers' points of purchase, customers' billing addresses, or locations associated with mobile telephone numbers shall be subject to penalties. Changes the repeal date of the Wireless Emergency Telephone Safety Act to April 1, 2013.
Fiscal Note, House Committee Amendment No. 1 (Illinois Commerce Commission)
Commission resources would be impacted by the computer system programming changes necessary to incorporate the penalties and transfer of unused funds. This expense is estimated at a total of $80,000. The penalty provision of this bill would increase revenues to the State by an estimated $60,000 per year and the clarification to include all wireless carriers regardless of ability to bill subscribers would increase revenues by approximately $1.2 million per year. The proposal to extend the sunset protects the State from losing an estimated $67 million per year in wireless surcharges, of which an estimated $45 million will be distributed to 9-1-1 centers throughout the State excluding the City of Chicago.