Business and other interest groups are behind AT&T in the telecom giant's drive to get Illinois law rewritten. The problem, the company says, is Illinois is one of the remaining states requiring it to maintain analog-style, 1930's-era infrastructure, which fewer customers have. Holding back the effort for a new law: fears people will be left behind. AT&T, the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce – among other groups – are trying to assure the public they've taken care of that; that people can keep the phones they have.
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“We can become more competitive with other states for investment in modern communications networks with no use of taxpayer dollars,” says AT&T Illinois president Paul La Schiazza of the need. “This is an important policy in an important year here in Illinois.”