(20 ILCS 661/15)
    Sec. 15. Enlistment of a nonprofit organization.
    (a) Notwithstanding any other statute, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall enlist a nonprofit organization to implement a comprehensive, statewide high speed Internet deployment strategy and demand creation initiative with the purpose of:
        (1) ensuring that all State residents and businesses
have access to affordable and reliable high speed Internet service;
        (2) achieving improved technology literacy, increased
computer ownership, and home high speed Internet use among State residents and businesses;
        (3) establishing and empowering local technology
planning teams in each county to plan for improved technology use across multiple community sectors; and
        (4) establishing and sustaining an environment ripe
for high speed Internet access and technology investment statewide.
    (b) The nonprofit organization shall have an established competency and proven record of working with public and private sectors to accomplish wide-scale deployment and adoption of broadband and information technology in Illinois.
    (c) The Department shall adopt rules regarding the enlistment of a nonprofit organization.
(Source: P.A. 95-684, eff. 10-19-07.)