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"Fund" refers to the Illinois Broadband Adoption Fund.
"Provider" means a provider of broadband Internet in this
Illinois Broadband Adoption Program.
Illinois Broadband Adoption Program is established for the
purpose of expanding availability of broadband Internet
connectivity throughout the State by:
(1) providing financial assistance to State residents
to whom broadband Internet service is available, but who
may require assistance to adopt or maintain service due to
(2) promoting the adoption of home broadband Internet
service by State residents; and
(3) supporting digital skills training for State
Illinois Broadband Adoption Fund.
(a) The Illinois Broadband Adoption Fund is established
for the purpose of providing financial assistance under this
Act. The Department shall administer the fund.
(b) The fund consists of:
(1) money received through the federal American Rescue
Plan and other vehicles designed to address and relieve
economic hardship for State households;
(2) money appropriated by the General Assembly;
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(3) money transferred to the fund under the Treasurer
as Custodian of Funds Act; and
(4) donations, gifts, and money received from any
other source, including transfers from other funds or
(c) The Treasurer shall invest the money in the fund not
currently needed to meet the obligations of the fund in the
same manner as other public funds may be invested.
Application for financial assistance.
(a) The Department may determine qualifications for
broadband Internet provider participation and enter into an
agreement with each provider under which the provider agrees
to accept vouchers distributed by the Department under this
Act as a form of payment for the provider's broadband Internet
(b) In coordination with the covered agencies, the
Department shall send information regarding the availability
of financial assistance under this Act to each eligible family
or person receiving the public assistance in Section (d). The
information must include:
(1) the name and contact information of each provider
who has entered into an agreement with the Department as
described in subsection (a) whose broadband Internet
service is available in their area; and
(2) instructions for applying to the Department for
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financial assistance under this Section.
(c) An individual who receives information under
subsection (b) may apply for financial assistance under this
Section in the manner specified by the Department. Upon
receipt of an application, the Department shall determine:
(1) the applicant's eligibility for financial
(2) the amount of financial assistance for which the
applicant is eligible; and
(3) whether the applicant is eligible for a single
payment or a recurring payment of financial assistance,
based on the Department's assessment of the applicant's
(d) An applicant for financial assistance under this Act
is automatically eligible for financial assistance under this
(1) the applicant is receiving, or the applicant's
household includes, an individual who is receiving
(A) the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
(B) the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP); or
(C) the Medicaid program; or
(2) the applicant's household includes a child who is
eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
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(e) If the Department determines under subsection (c) that
an individual is eligible for financial assistance, or that
the individual is eligible for financial assistance under
subsection (d), the Department may provide financial
assistance to the individual or to the broadband Internet
provider designated by the individual in the form of one or
more vouchers, each in the amount of $50, that can be used by
the individual to pay one or more of the following expenses:
(1) fees charged by a broadband Internet provider for
installation, activation, equipment purchase, Wi-Fi
extenders, or other one-time expenses of providing
broadband Internet service to the individual;
(2) monthly subscription fees charged by a broadband
Internet provider for the provision of broadband Internet
service to the individual household, including modem,
router, or other service or equipment charges; and
(3) overdue amounts owed to provider, including
administrative fees and penalties.
A voucher or similar designation of eligibility may be
provided by the Department in printed or electronic form.
(f) A provider that receives a voucher under this Section
from an individual household who subscribes to the provider's
broadband Internet service shall deduct the amount of the
voucher from the amount owed by the subscriber for the
provider's provision of broadband Internet service to the
individual household on a monthly basis.
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(g) If the fund does not receive an ongoing appropriation
from the General Assembly, the Department shall provide a
90-day notice to participating households and broadband
Internet providers that financial support will be
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(e) The Department may adopt any rules necessary to
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The State Finance Act is amended by adding
Section 5.935 as follows:
"(30 ILCS 105/5.935 new)
The Illinois Broadband Adoption Fund.
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