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Public Act 91-0021
HB2088 Enrolled LRB9105117NTsb
AN ACT to establish the Illinois Century Network.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
Illinois Century Network Act.
Section 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.
Section 10. Illinois Century Network. The Illinois
Century Network shall be a high speed telecommunications
network that provides reliable communication links to and
among Illinois schools, institutions of higher education,
libraries, museums, research institutions, State agencies,
units of local government, and other local entities that
provide services to Illinois citizens. The Illinois Century
Network shall build on existing investments in networking
schools, colleges, and universities, avoid duplication of
future efforts, maintain sufficient capacity to meet the
requirements of the participating institutions, and stay
current with rapid developments in technology. The Illinois
Century Network shall be capable of delivering
state-of-the-art access to education, training, and
electronic information and shall provide access to networking
technologies for institutions located in even the most remote
areas of this State.
Section 15. Management of the Illinois Century Network.
Staffing and contractual services necessary to support the
network's activities shall be provided by the Board of Higher
Education, the Illinois Community College Board, the State
Board of Education, and other agencies as necessary or
warranted, using funds appropriated to these agencies for
Section 20. Illinois Century Network Policy Committee.
The Illinois Century Network Policy Committee shall set
general policies for the network. The Committee shall
consist of representatives from (i) the Office of the
Governor, appointed by the Governor, (ii) the Board of Higher
Education, appointed by the Board of Higher Education, (iii)
the Illinois Community College Board, appointed by the
Illinois Community College Board, (iv) the State Board of
Education, appointed by the State Board of Education, and (v)
other public and private partners as are necessary, appointed
by the Governor.
Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July
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