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 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
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 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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