(20 ILCS 3921/5)
    Sec. 5. Legislative findings and declarations. The General Assembly finds and declares:
        (1) That computing and communications technologies
    
are essential for sustaining economic competitiveness and fostering the educational vitality of this State.
        (2) That there is an established need for a
    
telecommunications infrastructure that will provide high-speed, reliable, and cost-effective digital connections throughout the State.
        (3) That a network is required that will deliver
    
educational programs, advanced training, and access to the growing global wealth of information services to citizens in all parts of this State.
(Source: P.A. 91-21, eff. 7-1-99.)