For the pur­pose of this Arti­cle, the fol­low­ing def­i­n­i­tions shall apply:

(A) “Net­work connection(s)” means the num­ber of voice grade com­mu­ni­ca­tions chan­nels direct­ly between a sub­scriber and a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion carrier’s pub­lic switched net­work with­out the inter­ven­tion of any oth­er telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion carrier’s switched net­work which would be required to car­ry the sub­scribers inter­premis­es traffic.

(B) “Trans­mit­ting mes­sages” shall have the mean­ing ascribed to a term in Chap­ter 24; Sec­tion 8–11‑2 of the Illi­nois Munic­i­pal Code.

(C) “Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion car­ri­er” means any nat­ur­al indi­vid­ual, form, trust, estate, part­ner­ship, asso­ci­a­tion, joint stock com­pa­ny, joint adven­ture, cor­po­ra­tion, munic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion or polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sion of this State, or a receiv­er, trustee, con­ser­va­tor or oth­er rep­re­sen­ta­tive appoint­ed by the order of any court engaged in the busi­ness of trans­mit­ting mes­sages by means of electricity.