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Articles on Telecommunications

The incredible shrinking junk-fax case

By Matthew Hector
September
2016
LawPulse
Page 12
In Holtzman II, the seventh circuit ruled that a lawyer who owed up to $4.2 million for sending 8,430 "junk" faxes would only have to pay recipients who actually claimed their $500 award.

Enhanced remedies for victims of autodialers

December
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 612
Residential telephone subscribers who receive a call from an autodialer in violation of the Automatic Telephone Dialers Act, which includes receiving such a call between the hours of 9 p.m. and 9 a.m., will now be able to bring an action for statutory damages.

Aggravated device use now a crime

November
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 560
The Illinois Vehicle Code has been amended to create new charges of "aggravated device use" for the illegal use of video devices, electronic communication devices, and wireless phones while driving.

New restrictions and stronger penalties for using hand-held electronic devices while driving

November
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 560
Section 12-610.2 of the Illinois Vehicle Code, which used to only prohibit the composing, sending, and receiving of electronic messages while driving, will soon prohibit any use of an "electronic communications devise" while driving. 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2.

Illinois bans using hand-held cellphones behind the wheel

By Adam W. Lasker
October
2013
LawPulse
Page 498
Effective January 1, Illinois drivers can't legally hold cellphones to their ears and talk. But lawyers and others who have the right technology can still communicate while on the road.

Liquidated damages of $500 per Telephone Consumer Protection Act violation not punitive, and thus insurer must pay

August
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 392
On May 23, 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court held that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 ("TCPA"), 47 U.S.C. section 227(b)(3) (2006), was a remedial statute, not a punitive statute.

Creation of quality requirements for telecommunications carriers providing wholesale service

November
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 568
The Illinois Commerce Commission recently adopted 83 Ill Adm Code 731. 

Prepaid calling services now subject to regulation under Public Utilities Act P.A. 093-1002

November
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 568
Effective January 1, 2005, prepaid calling service providers must be certified by the state in order to protect against fraud. 

Regulations in Place to Implement Restricted Call Registry

June
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has adopted regulations to implement the provisions of the Restricted Call Registry Act.

Amendments Adopted Regarding Telecommunications Access to Persons with Disabilities

March
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 124
The Illinois Commerce Commission recently adopted amendments to 83 Ill. Adm. Code 755. 

Mediation procedures for telephone customers implemented

March
2003
Illinois Law Update
Page 116
On January 1, 2003, the Illinois Commerce Commission (commission) adopted new rules relating to the administration and implementation of its mediation program for solving the disputes of telephone customers in title 83 of the Illinois Administrative Code.

Legislation designed to curb telephone solicitation calls at home P. A. 92-0795

October
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 512
On August 9, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 1830, which creates the Restricted Call Registry Act.

Legislation rewrites telecommunications laws; P.A. 92-022

September
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 454
In late June, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 2900, which re-writes the Telecommunications Article of the Public Utilities Act.

Long-Distance Doctors: The Crossroads of Telemedicine Licensure in Illinois

By Erin K. Grunzke
July
2001
Article
Page 362
This author, on the other hand, favors state licensure in Illinois over a national approach.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
January
1999
Column
Page 10
ADA plaintiffs must be accommodating.

Offense of Harassment Through Electronic Communication—PA 90-578

November
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 596
Public Act 90-578 adds the offense of harassment through electronic communication to the Obscene Phone Call Act.

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