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91_HB2088enr HB2088 Enrolled LRB9105117NTsb 1 AN ACT to establish the Illinois Century Network. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the 5 Illinois Century Network Act. 6 Section 5. Legislative findings and declarations. The 7 General Assembly finds and declares: 8 (1) That computing and communications technologies 9 are essential for sustaining economic competitiveness and 10 fostering the educational vitality of this State. 11 (2) That there is an established need for a 12 telecommunications infrastructure that will provide 13 high-speed, reliable, and cost-effective digital 14 connections throughout the State. 15 (3) That a network is required that will deliver 16 educational programs, advanced training, and access to 17 the growing global wealth of information services to 18 citizens in all parts of this State. 19 Section 10. Illinois Century Network. The Illinois 20 Century Network shall be a high speed telecommunications 21 network that provides reliable communication links to and 22 among Illinois schools, institutions of higher education, 23 libraries, museums, research institutions, State agencies, 24 units of local government, and other local entities that 25 provide services to Illinois citizens. The Illinois Century 26 Network shall build on existing investments in networking 27 schools, colleges, and universities, avoid duplication of 28 future efforts, maintain sufficient capacity to meet the 29 requirements of the participating institutions, and stay 30 current with rapid developments in technology. The Illinois HB2088 Enrolled -2- LRB9105117NTsb 1 Century Network shall be capable of delivering 2 state-of-the-art access to education, training, and 3 electronic information and shall provide access to networking 4 technologies for institutions located in even the most remote 5 areas of this State. 6 Section 15. Management of the Illinois Century Network. 7 Staffing and contractual services necessary to support the 8 network's activities shall be provided by the Board of Higher 9 Education, the Illinois Community College Board, the State 10 Board of Education, and other agencies as necessary or 11 warranted, using funds appropriated to these agencies for 12 this purpose. 13 Section 20. Illinois Century Network Policy Committee. 14 The Illinois Century Network Policy Committee shall set 15 general policies for the network. The Committee shall 16 consist of representatives from (i) the Office of the 17 Governor, appointed by the Governor, (ii) the Board of Higher 18 Education, appointed by the Board of Higher Education, (iii) 19 the Illinois Community College Board, appointed by the 20 Illinois Community College Board, (iv) the State Board of 21 Education, appointed by the State Board of Education, and (v) 22 other public and private partners as are necessary, appointed 23 by the Governor. 24 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 25 1, 1999.
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