This act shall be known and may be cited as the “Virtual Internet School in Oklahoma Network (VISION) Act”.
The Oklahoma Legislature, recognizing the advancements of technology in education, hereby establishes, if funds are made available, the Virtual Internet School in Oklahoma Network (VISION) Pilot Program for the development of a virtual internet school in the state. The purpose of the Pilot Program shall be to provide verifiable information on the advantages of web-based instructional programs. The Pilot Program shall concentrate on the development of web-based instructional programs in mathematics for all grades, beginning with the third grade. The Pilot Program shall also enable development and testing of procedures and standards so that implementation of a virtual internet school network statewide will progress smoothly.
For purposes of the Pilot Program, the virtual internet school shall consist of web-based instructional programs delivered via standard internet connections at any one of four levels. The Pilot Program shall begin implementation at level one and shall phase in each successive level as the features are developed and can be supported. Level one consists of traditional online instruction featuring textual and graphic data. Level two consists of level one features along with audio and chat support. Level three consists of level one and two features along with one-way video support. Level four consists of level one, two, and three features along with two-way video conferencing support.
The State Department of Education shall be the coordinating agency for the Virtual Internet School in Oklahoma Network (VISION) Pilot Program. The Department shall work with the school districts participating in the Pilot Program and acquire any resources and equipment necessary for the implementation and support of the Pilot Program. All resources and equipment acquired for the Pilot Program shall comply with recommendations and meet procedures and standards established by the Virtual Internet School Pilot Program Coordinating Committee created in Section 1210.725 of this title. The Department shall not acquire any resources or equipment for the Pilot Program unless the Committee has recommended the acquisition.
A. Nine public school districts shall be selected to participate in the Virtual Internet School in Oklahoma Network (VISION) Pilot Program. Each of the nine school districts shall represent different areas of the state. The Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Chancellor of Higher Education and the Cabinet Secretary for Science and Technology, upon agreement of at least two of the three shall select the school districts for participation in the Pilot Program.
1. To qualify to be selected to participate in the VISION Pilot Program, school districts shall have installed or commit to install the following:
a. a minimum of a single compressed video T-1 digital circuit that is connected to a OneNet DS3 hub site,
b. a LAN/WAN connection that supports Fast Ethernet backbones or greater with 100Mbps service to the desktop,
c. desktops capable of authenticating to a server operating system that natively supports a multiple processor Kernel, server clustering, and a web browser capable of supporting server side multicast technologies with 128 bit encryption. Servers as receivers of content from VISION distribution points shall support the selected server operating system and be capable of delivering and storing fifty (50) hours of media, and
d. access servers and associated telecommunications circuits that allow remote access to the school district’s LAN/WAN.
2. Preference shall be given to qualified school districts that commit to invest in any of the following:
a. are connected or will connect to one of the thirty-two OneNet DS3 upgrade sites,
b. have deployed or committed to deploy routers that have the capability of servicing multiple T-1 digital circuit interfaces and support load balancing across the additional T-1 circuits,
c. have or acquire routers that support 10BaseT, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, or ATM and the upcoming IP V.6 (Internet II) implementation, or
d. have or commit to install 100Mbps dedicated services to the desktops by phase 2 of the implementation of the Pilot Program with desktops that have a minimum of PII 266 MHz equivalent or greater processor speeds if supporting desktops that are non-Intel architecture based and support CODEC software/hardware which is capable of receiving and delivering video as defined under the H.323 standards and be multiconferencing enabled.
C. The Committee may choose additional school districts to participate in the Pilot Program if the Committee determines the additional school districts would enhance the Pilot Program. The Committee shall have the authority to establish rules, policies, standards and sanctions that participating school districts shall comply with while participating in the Pilot Program.
D. Selection of participating school districts shall be made within thirty (30) days after the effective date of this act.
A. There is hereby created the Virtual Internet School Pilot Program Coordinating Committee. The Committee shall consist of nine (9) members who shall be selected by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Chancellor of Higher Education, and the Cabinet Secretary for Science and Technology, upon agreement of at least two of the three.
B. Each public school district selected to participate in the Pilot Program shall be represented by one member on the Committee. The members shall be proficient in technology tools or applications and shall be either administrators, teachers, curriculum specialists, or other individuals who are residents of the school district that member represents.
C. The following shall serve as ex officio, nonvoting members of the Committee:
1. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction or a designee;
2. The Executive Director of the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority or a designee;
3. The Director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education or a designee;
4. The Chancellor of Higher Education or a designee;
5. The Secretary of Education or a designee;
6. The Secretary of Science and Technology or a designee; and
7. The Director of the Department of Rehabilitation Services or a designee.
D. Appointment of members of the Committee shall be made within thirty (30) days after the effective date of this act.
E. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction shall call the first meeting of the Committee within forty-five (45) days after the effective date of this act. The Committee shall select the Chair and the Vice Chair of the Committee from among their respective appointments at the first meeting. Subsequent meetings of the Committee shall be held at the call of the Chair or by a quorum of the members. The Committee shall meet at such times as is necessary. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the voting members of the Committee.
F. Members of the Committee shall receive no compensation for serving on the Committee, but shall receive travel reimbursement as follows:
1. State agency employees who are members of the Committee shall be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties by their respective agencies in accordance with the State Travel Reimbursement Act; and
2. All other Committee members shall be reimbursed by the State Board of Education for travel expenses incurred in performance of their duties on the Committee, in accordance with the State Travel Reimbursement Act.
A. The first objectives of the Committee shall be to:
1. Develop and implement a highly secure and locally controlled web-based software system for schools which utilizes an Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) compliant object-oriented database management system which is capable of delivery of internet-based video in accordance with established standards. The management system will function to create an integrated system that provides relationships between school data on accreditation, teacher certification, curriculum validation and alignment, financial reporting modules, and any further data deemed necessary. The software system will include a mechanism to deliver the integrated data in specialized content mediums, including, but not limited to text, graphics, audio, video, and multiple media integration with associated web-based content profiling capabilities. The software system shall be developed not later than August 31, 2001. Development of the software system shall be contingent upon the securing of private matching funds; and
2. Develop content, standards for distribution, and procedures for deployment onto the networks of web-based curriculum programs in mathematics for all grade levels beginning with the third grade. The web-based curriculum content for mathematics shall be developed not later than August 31, 2001.
B. The Committee shall also:
1. Establish standards and procedures for acquiring resources and equipment for the Pilot Program;
2. Make recommendations on the construction and deployment of a statewide server array with the necessary storage to support the storage and retrieval of curriculum content for a statewide virtual internet school. For purposes of this act, “server array” shall mean a centralist repository for streaming resources for the Pilot Program;
3. Make recommendations on additional hardware equipment and internet connectivity for each school district participating in the Pilot Program; and
4. Develop and implement site training for teachers and administrators on web-based instruction and management.
C. As necessary to carry out its charge, the Committee may seek technical assistance from specialists in applicable areas. The Committee may establish working groups composed of specialists and other individuals to assist the Committee in accomplishing its work.
D. The Committee shall make recommendations to the State Board of Education of persons to be employed by the Board to work on the Pilot Program project. No person shall be employed unless the Committee has made a recommendation concerning the position.
A. The Virtual Internet School Pilot Program Coordinating Committee may enter into cooperative partnerships with private Oklahoma-based companies in order to:
1. Distribute and utilize the management system and web-based curriculum content developed through the VISION Pilot Program as outlined in the Virtual Internet School In Oklahoma Network (VISION) Act on a statewide basis for school districts;
2. Continue the development of the products, processes and ideas that have resulted or will result from the VISION Pilot Program and that have a potential for protection pursuant to the intellectual property laws of the United States or of this state; and
3. Assist school districts in taking advantage of education technologies that have been developed or are being developed through the VISION Pilot Program and through private companies that help school districts improve education and meet state and federal reporting requirements and also help schools increase parental involvement and parental and public access to information.
B. A partnership shall be a collaborative effort where the Committee and a company exchange information and ideas. The formation of the partnership shall not entail the commitment of or exchange of state or federal money, provided the Committee may in a separate agreement contract with a partnership company for products or services as provided for by law. In order to achieve the goals of a partnership, the Committee may seek assistance from OneNet for cost-efficient distribution services, from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology for technical expertise, or from any other state entity.
C. The Committee shall work with any partnership company to determine the market feasibility of any product, processes, or ideas that have resulted from the VISION Pilot Program or result from the collaborative effort of the partnership, including software integration engines for interfacing existing technology, and that have a potential for protection pursuant to the intellectual property laws of the United States or of this state. The Committee shall also work with any partnership company to develop a marketing plan for the commercialization of all such products, processes, or ideas.
D. Any products, processes, or ideas, including the software integration engines, developed from the collaborative effort of the partnership shall be constructed, in addition to other goals, in a manner to assist school districts and the state in complying with the guidelines of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2001 (ESEA), P.L. No. 107-110, also known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and shall be in accordance with the following standards or guidelines:
1. Extensible Markup Language (XML);
2. Web services, a protocol developed by the World Wide Web Consortium;
3. Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) version 1.5 specifications or any updated version of the specifications; and
4. The United States Department of Education Performance-Based Data Management Initiative (PBDMI).
E. In order to move as quickly as possible on the formation of partnerships, on or before August 1, 2003, the Committee shall establish criteria upon which to evaluate a company for a partnership established pursuant to this section. The criteria may include, but is not limited to the:
1. Quality or technical competency of the company and its products;
2. Financial stability of the company;
3. Reliability of the delivery and implementation schedules of the company;
4. Industry and program experience of the company and record of successful past performance with web-based projects of similar scope and complexity in Oklahoma;
5. Anticipated acceptance by user groups; and
6. Use of proven development methodology by the company, and innovative use of current technologies that lead to quality results.
F. By January 1, 2004, the Committee shall report to the State Board of Education and the Legislature the results of any distribution, collaboration, and marketing efforts resulting from the partnership formed pursuant to the section.
G. Any product, processes, or ideas that have resulted solely from the VISION Pilot Program or result from the collaborative effort of the partnership, including software integration engines for interfacing existing technology, and that have a potential for protection pursuant to the intellectual property laws of the United States or of this state shall be subject to the provisions of Section 85.60 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes.
H. Any partnership entered into by the Committee pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be formed so as to not confer upon the company any benefit in violation of Section 15 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution.
The board of county commissioners may provide to public schools within the county such county-owned machinery and equipment to make improvements upon school grounds. The expense of operation, including operating personnel, may be billed to the school district requesting such improvements on an actual cost basis. The expense of the materials supplied for the improvements shall be paid from school funds.
A. Each state department, institution, or agency which is empowered by law to purchase supplies and equipment, and which also is authorized by law to maintain a revolving fund and make expenditures therefrom for purchase of supplies and equipment is hereby authorized to dispose of outworn, outmoded, obsolescent, or obsolete equipment solely for the purpose of acquiring suitable equipment of comparable kind and purpose, by any of the following methods or combinations of methods:
1. By exchange;
2. By trade-in to cover part of the cost of equipment to be acquired by purchase; and
3. By separate cash sale in cases where it appears that a greater amount can be recovered than could be realized by exchange or trade-in; provided that nothing in this act shall apply to the Grand River Dam Authority.
B. The entities authorized to dispose of obsolete equipment pursuant to subsection A of this section are also authorized to dispose of obsolete or surplus equipment by transfer to a public school district or to entities within The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education without compensation.
For purposes of the Oklahoma Surplus Property Act:
1. “Authorized entity” means a political subdivision, school, group or organization eligible to acquire surplus property from a surplus property program;
2. “Surplus property” means items, commodities, materials, supplies or equipment a state agency owns and determines to be excess, obsolete, antiquated, unused or not needed;
3. “State agency” means any state board, bureau, commission, department, authority, public trust, interstate commission, the Judiciary, the Legislature, and the Office of the Governor;
4. “Department” means the Department of Central Services;
5. “Director” means the Director of the Department of Central Services;
6. “Surplus property program” means programs the Director establishes for the purchase, sale and disposal of surplus property;
7. “Sale” means methods the Director uses to dispose of surplus property; and
8. “Minimal value” or “no value” means surplus property that has less value than the costs the Department may incur to sell, trade or dispose of the surplus property.
A. The Director of the Department of Central Services shall promulgate rules for use by state agencies and the Department of Central Services to dispose of surplus property. The rules shall include standards for recordkeeping, methods for removal or disposal of surplus property, and acquisition by state agencies and authorized entities of surplus property, and for Department management of surplus property programs.
B. A state agency selling, trading, redistributing or otherwise disposing of surplus property shall comply with the rules promulgated by the Director.
C. The Department shall make surplus property available to state agencies and authorized entities, which shall include political subdivisions, school districts, and nonprofit entities of this state.
D. The provisions of this act shall not apply to institutions of higher education in this state, or the Northeast Oklahoma Public Facilities Authority.
E. Notwithstanding the provisions of this act, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation may, pursuant to rules promulgated by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Commission for that purpose, donate any surplus property, as defined in Section 62.2 of this title, to any law enforcement agency of any political subdivision of the State of Oklahoma. The use of such donated equipment shall be limited to valid and authorized law enforcement efforts by the receiving agency.
In order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the children of this state, the board of county commissioners shall be authorized to enter onto private property adjoining county roads in order to perform maintenance or improvements to an existing private road when:
1. The private road is used by a school bus to turn around;
2. The available right-of-way does not provide enough space for the school bus to turn around without endangering the occupants of the school bus; and
3. The owner of the private road agrees in writing to the necessary maintenance or improvements.
The maintenance or improvements to the private road shall be limited to the area necessary for the school bus to adequately turn around.
A. The Department of Public Safety is hereby authorized to make available for sale used vehicles and used emergency vehicle equipment to any federal, state, county or municipal agency, public school district, or any reserve deputy, reserve officer, or firefighter who furnishes their own vehicle for the performance of their duty.
B. The Department of Public Safety is hereby authorized to make available for sale at public auction any used vehicles, used emergency vehicle equipment, and any property forfeited to the Department.
C. The Department of Public Safety shall promulgate rules for the sale and auction of used vehicles, used emergency vehicle equipment, and forfeited property.
A. The county commissioners shall have power:
1. To make all orders respecting the real property of the county, to sell the public grounds of the county and to purchase other grounds in lieu thereof; and for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this section it shall be sufficient to convey all the interests of the county in those grounds when an order made for the sale and a deed is executed in the name of the county by the chair of the board of county commissioners, reciting the order, and signed by the chair and acknowledged by the county clerk for and on behalf of the county;
2. To audit the accounts of all officers having the care, management, collection or disbursement of any money belonging to the county or appropriated for its benefit;
3. To construct and repair bridges and to open, lay out and vacate highways; provided, however, that when any state institution, school or department shall own, lease or otherwise control land on both sides of any established highway, the governing board or body of the same shall have the power to vacate, alter or relocate the highway adjoining the property in the following manner: If it should appear that it would be to the best use and interest of the institution, school or department to vacate, alter or relocate such highway, the governing board or body shall notify the board of county commissioners, in writing, of their intention to hold a public hearing and determine whether to vacate, alter or relocate the highway, setting forth the location and terminals of the road, and all data concerning the proposed right-of-way if changed or relocated, and shall give fifteen (15) days' notice of the hearing by publication in some newspaper in the county or counties in which the road is located, and the hearing shall be held at the county seat of the county in which the road is located, and if a county line road, may be heard in either county. At the hearing testimony may be taken, and any protests or suggestions shall be received as to the proposed measure, and at the conclusion thereof if the governing board or body shall find that it would be to the best use and interest of the institution, school or department, and the public generally, they may make an appropriate order either vacating, altering or relocating the highway, which order shall be final if approved by the board of county commissioners. The institution, school or department may by agreement share the cost of changing any such road. No property owner shall be denied access to a public highway by the order;
4. To recommend or sponsor an employee or prospective employee for job-related training and certification in an area that may require training or certification to comply with state or federal law as such training or certification is provided by the Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, or any other state agency, technology center school, or university;
5. Until January 1, 1983, to furnish necessary blank books, plats, blanks and stationery for the clerk of the district court, county clerk, register of deeds, county treasurer and county judge, sheriff, county surveyor and county attorney, justices of the peace, and constables, to be paid for out of the county treasury; also a fireproof vault sufficient in which to keep all the books, records, vouchers and papers pertaining to the business of the county;
6. To set off, organize and change the boundaries of townships and to designate and give names therefor; provided, that the boundaries of no township shall be changed within six (6) months next preceding a general election;
7. To lease tools, apparatus, machinery or equipment of the county to another political subdivision or a state agency. The Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State University Center for Local Government Technology and the Office of the State Auditor and Inspector, together, shall establish a system of uniform rates for the leasing of such tools, apparatus, machinery and equipment;
8. To jointly, with other counties, buy heavy equipment and to loan or lease such equipment across county lines;
9. To develop minimum personnel policies for the county with the approval of a majority of all county elected officers;
10. To purchase, rent, or lease-purchase uniforms, safety devices and equipment for the officers and employees of the county and provide incentive awards for safety-related job performance. However, no employee shall be recognized more than once per calendar year and the award shall not exceed the value of Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00); further, no elected official shall be eligible to receive a safety award. The county commissioners may pay for any safety training or safety devices and safety equipment out of the general county funds or any county highway funds available to the county commissioners;
11. To provide for payment of notary commissions, filing fees, and the cost of notary seals and bonds;
12. To do and perform other duties and acts that the board of county commissioners may be required by law to do and perform;
13. To make purchases at a public auction pursuant to the county purchasing procedures in subsection D of Section 1505 of this title;
14. To deposit interest income from highway funds in the general fund of the county;
15. To submit sealed bids for the purchase of equipment from this state, or any agency or political subdivision of this state;
16. To utilize county-owned equipment, labor and supplies at their disposal on property owned by the county, public schools, two-year colleges or technical branches of colleges that are members of The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, the state and municipalities according to the provisions of Section 36-113 of Title 11 of the Oklahoma Statutes. Cooperative agreements may be general in terms of routine maintenance or specific in terms of construction and agreed to and renewed on an annual basis. Work performed pursuant to Section 36-113 of Title 11 of the Oklahoma Statutes shall comply with the provisions of this section;
17. To enter into intergovernmental cooperative agreements with the federally recognized Indian tribes within this state to address issues of construction and maintenance of streets, roads, bridges and highways exclusive of the provisions of Section 1221 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes;
18. To execute hold harmless agreements with the lessor in the manner provided by subsection B of Section 636.5 of Title 69 of the Oklahoma Statutes when leasing or lease-purchasing equipment;
19. To accept donations of right-of-way or right-of-way easements pursuant to Section 381 et seq. of Title 60 of the Oklahoma Statutes;
20. To establish by resolution the use of per diem for specific purposes in accordance with the limitations provided by Sections 500.8 and 500.9 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes;
21. To apply to the Department of Environmental Quality for a waste tire permit to bale waste tires for use in approved engineering projects;
22. To enter into the National Association of Counties (NACo) Prescription Drug Discount Program; and
23. To work with federal, state, municipal, and public school district properties in an effort to minimize cost to such entities.
B. The county commissioners of a county or, in counties where there is a county budget board, the county budget board may designate money from general county funds for the designated purpose of drug enforcement and drug abuse prevention programs within the county.
C. When any lease or lease purchase is made on behalf of the county by the board pursuant to the provisions of this section, the county shall be allowed to have trade in values for transactions involving the Oklahoma Central Purchasing Act.
D. In order to timely comply with the Oklahoma Vehicle License and Registration Act with regard to county vehicles, the board of county commissioners may, by resolution, create a petty cash account. The board of county commissioners may request a purchase order for petty cash in an amount necessary to pay the expense of license and registration fees for county motor vehicles. Any balance in the petty cash account after the license and registration fees have been paid shall be returned to the account or fund from which the funds originated. The county purchasing agent shall be the custodian of the petty cash account, and the petty cash account shall be subject to audit.
E. When the board of county commissioners approve an express trust, pursuant to Sections 176 through 180.3 of Title 60 of the Oklahoma Statutes, for the purpose of operating a county jail, the trustees of the public trust may appoint commissioned peace officers, certified by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, to provide security for inmates that are required to be transported outside of the detention facility, and investigate violations of law within the detention facility. Other personnel necessary to operate the jail may be employed and trained or certified as may be required by applicable state or federal law.
Note: Amended by SB 553, Sec. 9 & Sec. 10of the 2011 Reg. Sess.
A. There is hereby created a wide area telecommunications network to be known and referred to as the “Oklahoma Government Telecommunications Network (OGTN)”. The OGTN shall consist of the telecommunications systems and networks of educational entities and agencies of state government.
B. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection A of this section:
l. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education may continue to operate, maintain and enhance the State Regents Educational Telecommunications Network; provided, however, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education shall submit all plans for the enhancement of the State Regents Educational Telecommunications Network to the Office of State Finance for review and approval within the context of the statewide telecommunications network provided for in subsection C of this section and shall participate with the Office of State Finance in joint efforts to provide services for the OGTN; and
2. The Department of Pubic Safety may continue to operate, maintain and enhance the statewide law enforcement data communications network provided for in Section 2-124 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes; provided, however, the Department of Public Safety shall submit all plans for the enhancement of the statewide law enforcement data communications network to the Office of State Finance for review and approval and shall participate with the Office of State Finance in joint efforts to provide services for the OGTN.
C. The Office of State Finance shall be responsible for developing, operating and maintaining the OGTN. The purposes of the OGTN shall include the following:
l. Development of a comprehensive, unified statewide telecommunications network to effectively and efficiently meet the communication needs of educational entities and agencies of state government;
2. Effective and efficient utilization of existing telecommunications systems operated by educational entities and agencies of state government; and
3. Elimination and prevention of unnecessarily duplicative telecommunications systems operated by educational entities and agencies of state government.
D. In developing, operating and maintaining the OGTN, the Office of State Finance shall:
l. Develop a statewide master plan for meeting the communications needs of educational entities and of agencies of state government. To facilitate the development of a statewide master plan as provided for in this paragraph:
a. the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education shall submit a report annually to the Director of State Finance identifying the telecommunications plans of each member of The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. For purposes of developing such report, each member shall cooperate with and submit to the State Regents a plan of its telecommunications needs, including, but not limited to, any interactive video plans, the purchase of informational data bases, software for manipulation of bibliographic records, and the use of telecommunications equipment or services,
b. the State Superintendent of Public Instruction shall submit a report annually to the Director of State Finance identifying the telecommunications plans of the public common school system of the state. For purposes of developing such report, the respective public elementary and secondary schools shall cooperate with and submit to the State Superintendent a plan of their telecommunications needs, including, but not limited to, any interactive video plans, the purchase of informational data bases, software for manipulation of bibliographic records, and the use of telecommunications equipment or services,
c. the State Director of The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education shall submit a report annually to the Director of State Finance identifying the telecommunications plans of technology center school districts. For purposes of developing such report, each technology center school district as defined in Section 14-108 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes shall cooperate with and submit to the State Director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education a plan of its telecommunications needs, including, but not limited to, any interactive video plans, the purchase of informational data bases, software for manipulation of bibliographic records, and the use of telecommunications equipment or services,
d. the chief administrative officer of each state agency of the executive branch shall submit a plan annually to the Director of State Finance identifying the telecommunications needs of the state agency, including, but not limited to, any interactive video plans, the purchase of informational data bases, software for manipulation of bibliographic records, and the use of telecommunications equipment or services, and
e. the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries shall submit a report annually to the Director of State Finance identifying the telecommunications plans of public libraries and public library systems. For purposes of developing such report, the chief administrative officer of any public library or public library system not otherwise required to submit a plan of its telecommunications needs pursuant to the provisions of this paragraph shall cooperate with and submit annually to the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries a plan of its telecommunications needs, including, but not limited to, any interactive video plans, the purchase of informational data bases, software for manipulation of bibliographic records and the use of telecommunications equipment or services. To assure inclusion in the report of the plans of the telecommunications needs of - any library that is a part of any member of The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, a public elementary or secondary school, or technology center school district, all such plans relating to libraries received by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the State Superintendent of Higher Education, and the State Director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education shall be submitted to the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries by the respective recipients thereof as soon as practicable after receipt. The Director of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries shall certify to the Office of State Finance that such plans are consistent with the plan developed by the Oklahoma Library Technology Network or explain any inconsistencies therewith;
2. Identify the most cost-effective means of meeting the telecommunications needs of educational entities and of agencies of state government;
3. Develop minimum mandatory standards and protocols for equipment, facilities and services of the OGTN;
4. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing equipment, facilities, and services of both private entities and those owned and operated by the state;
5. Recommend a fee structure to provide for the operation and maintenance of the OGTN; and
6. Seek the advice of the State Data Processing and Telecommunications Advisory Committee created by Section 41.5n of this title.
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B. There is hereby created within the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education the “Oklahoma Telecommunications Technology Training Fund”. Beginning September 1, 1997, each local exchange telecommunications service provider shall annually contribute seventy five cents ($0.75) per retail local exchange access line to the Oklahoma Telecommunications Technology Training Fund until the total amount contributed by all providers to the Fund equals Seven Million Dollars ($7,000,000.00). The contribution amount for each service provider shall be based upon the number of retail local exchange access lines of that service provider in service on July 1 of each applicable year. The Oklahoma Telecommunications Technology Training Fund shall be administered by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education working in conjunction with OneNet, and shall be used to provide statewide training of teachers and school administrators in the most effective use of telecommunications and distance learning technology for the enhancement of education throughout the state. Local exchange telecommunications service providers serving fifteen percent (15%) or more of the access lines in the state may not apply for recovery of the contributions made to the Oklahoma Telecommunications Technology Training Fund from the Oklahoma Universal Service Fund created in Section 139.106 of this title. All monies in the Oklahoma Telecommunications Technology Training Fund shall be expended only for the purposes set forth in this subsection.
C. The following services are hereby declared to be Special Universal Services and such services shall be provided only after funding for the Oklahoma Universal Service Fund is implemented as set forth in Section 139.101 et seq. of this title:
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3. Each public school building wherein classrooms are contained and each public library in the state shall, upon written request, receive one incoming, toll-free phone number and up to a total of five access lines, free of charge, to allow incoming, toll-free calls from any location within the geographic area served by the school or the public library;
4. Each public school building wherein classrooms are contained and each public library in the state shall, upon written request, receive one access line, free of charge, with the ability to connect to an Internet service provider at
1.5Mbps, in the most economically efficient manner for the carrier, or an equivalent dollar credit to be applied by the public school or public library toward similar services provided by the same carrier, for the purpose of accessing the Internet. In no case shall the Oklahoma Universal Service Fund reimburse an entity for an Internet subscriber fee or charges incurred as a result of services accessed via the Internet; and
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D. To the extent Special Universal Services are purchased from a telecommunications service provider by another carrier, the Special Universal Services are for the exclusive use of the not-for-profit hospital, county health department, city-county health department, federally qualified health center, public school, public library or county government. Under no circumstances shall the not-for-profit hospital, county health department, city-county health department, federally qualified health center, public school, public library or county government sell, repackage or share Special Universal Services with any other entity.
Note: Amended by HB 1460, Sec. 1 of the 2011 Reg. Sess.