Quinn Signs Overhaul of State's Telecom Law

Existing law predates widespread use of cell phones

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    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed an overhaul of the state's telecommunications law.

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed an overhaul of the state's telecommunications law.

    The law Quinn signed Tuesday includes low-cost options for consumers who continue to want basic landline telephone service.

    The new law does away with some of the state's regulatory oversight. It's is a rewrite of a 1985 telecommunications law that predated widespread use of cell phones.

    The Illinois Commerce Commission says the bill allows companies to change pricing and package details without having to wait weeks for the ICC to approve them.

    Officials say consumers have price protection because they can always stick with the low-cost landline options.