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 1        AN ACT concerning technology.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section   5.   The  Eliminate  the  Digital Divide Law is
 5    amended by changing Section 5-3 as follows:

 6        (30 ILCS 780/5-3)
 7        Sec.  5-3.  Statement   of   legislative   findings   and
 8    purposes.  The General Assembly finds that the growth of high
 9    technology  industry,  including computers, the Internet, and
10    advanced  telecommunications,  has  created  a  division   in
11    society.   Those  persons who are able to master the tools of
12    the new digital technology and have access to the  technology
13    have   benefited   in   the   form   of  improved  employment
14    possibilities and a higher standard of life.  Those  who  are
15    unfamiliar  with  the new technologies, or do not have access
16    to them, are increasingly constrained  to marginal employment
17    and a standard  of  living  near  the  poverty  level.   This
18    "digital  divide"  parallels  existing  economic, racial, and
19    gender divisions in society, with the more privileged members
20    of society having much greater opportunity  to  benefit  from
21    the  new  technologies  than  those  who  are  less favorably
22    situated.  It  is  the  purpose  of  this  Law  to  establish
23    educational  and  economic  development initiatives that will
24    bridge the digital divide, making possible a society in which
25    all individuals can benefit from the  opportunities  provided
26    by the new technologies.
27    (Source: P.A. 91-704, eff. 7-1-00.)

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