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Senator McCann advances legislation to improve rural internet quality

SPRINGFIELD- The Illinois Senate Telecommunications and Information Technology has passed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) aimed at improving quality and service for rural broadband customers.

“Many of our rural residents are paying as much or more for internet than urban residents, but receiving unreliable service,” said Senator McCann. “The information superhighway is just as important in the country as it is in the city, so there shouldn’t be such a large difference in service quality.”

Senate Bill 2072 requires that current internet providers that were at any time subject to the first condition of the ICC report that reorganized service territory for Frontier Communications and Verizon Wireless would now be subject to Title 83 of the Illinois Administrative Code. Title 83 would force those companies to provide quality and efficient service to lacking service areas.

“Individuals, families and especially students need to be able to rely on the internet to learn and work,” said Senator McCann. “We need to make sure they aren’t let down simply because they live in a different zip code.”

Senator McCann is currently working with industry representatives to negotiate improvements to the legislation before it is voted on by the full Senate.

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