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H.B. 287

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UTAH EDUCATION NETWORK AMENDMENTS

             2     
2009 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Kory M. Holdaway

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Senate Sponsor: John L. Valentine

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions related to the Utah Education Network (UEN).
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    modifies UEN's duties and authority related to the provision of telecommunication
             13      services in support of education and government agencies, including local
             14      government; and
             15          .    makes technical corrections.
             16      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          53B-17-104, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 150
             23     
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 53B-17-104 is amended to read:
             26           53B-17-104. Responsibilities of KUED - TV, KUER - FM, and UEN related to
             27      public broadcasting and telecommunication for education and government.


             28          (1) Subject to applicable rules of the Federal Communications Commission and
             29      Section 53B-17-102 , the State Board of Regents, the State Board of Education, and the
             30      University of Utah, KUED - TV, KUER - FM, and UEN shall:
             31          (a) coordinate statewide services of public radio and television;
             32          (b) develop, maintain, and operate statewide distribution systems for KUED - TV,
             33      KUER - FM, and KUEN, the statewide distance learning service, the educational data network,
             34      connections to the Internet, and other telecommunications services appropriate for providing
             35      video, audio, and data telecommunication services in support of public and higher education,
             36      state government, and public libraries;
             37          (c) support the delivery of these services to as many communities as may be
             38      economically and technically feasible and lawfully permissible under the various operating
             39      licenses;
             40          (d) cooperate with state and local governmental and educational agencies and provide
             41      leadership and consulting service for telecommunication for education;
             42          (e) represent the state with privately owned telecommunications systems to gain access
             43      to their networks for the delivery of programs and services sponsored or produced by public
             44      and higher education;
             45          (f) acquire, produce, coordinate, and distribute a variety of programs and services of an
             46      educational, cultural, informative, and entertaining nature designed to promote the public
             47      interest and welfare of the state;
             48          (g) coordinate with the state system of higher education to acquire, produce, and
             49      distribute broadcast and nonbroadcast college credit telecourses, teleconferences, and other
             50      instructional and training services;
             51          (h) coordinate with the State Board of Education and school districts to acquire,
             52      produce, and distribute broadcast and nonbroadcast telecourses, teleconferences, and other
             53      instructional and training services to the public schools;
             54          (i) act as a clearing house for the materials, courses, publications, media, software, and
             55      other applicable information related to the items addressed in Subsections (1) (g) and (h);
             56          (j) coordinate with the State Board of Education to assist in providing the public
             57      schools of Utah with the following services:
             58          (i) broadcast, during school hours, of educational and administrative programs


             59      recommended by the State Board of Education;
             60          (ii) duplication and encoding of program masters for broadcast purposes; and
             61          (iii) program previewing;
             62          (k) share responsibility with the State Board of Education for Instructional Television
             63      (ITV) awareness and utilization; and
             64          (l) provide teleconference and training services for state and local governmental
             65      agencies.
             66          (2) UEN shall:
             67          (a) consult with the UEN steering committee authorized in Section 53B-17-102 and
             68      other technology coordinating committees established by the State Board of Education and
             69      State Board of Regents in acquiring, producing, and distributing instructional content;
             70          (b) coordinate the statewide development and implementation of the data network for
             71      education, which shall include video and audio, data connections, and connection to the
             72      Internet, utilizing satellite, microwave, fiber-optic, and other transmission media;
             73          (c) utilize statewide economic development criteria in the design and implementation
             74      of the educational telecommunications infrastructure; [and]
             75          (d) assure that public service entities such as educators, public service providers, and
             76      public broadcasters are provided access to the telecommunications infrastructures that are
             77      developed in the state[.];
             78          (e) provide statewide network infrastructure, connections to the Internet, and
             79      interactive video conferencing services in support of public and higher education, state and
             80      local government, and public libraries; and
             81          (f) provide web services, distance learning, and professional development for public
             82      and higher education.
             83          (3) This section neither regulates nor restricts a privately owned company in the
             84      distribution or dissemination of education programs.




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