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Illinois Broadband Advisory Council

To inform and advise the Connect Illinois program, the Governor-appointed Illinois Broadband Advisory Council convened in August 2019. The 25-member council includes representation from various internet service providers, state agency officials and legislators, and certain broadband-related stakeholders.

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