As used in this section, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
A. "Accessible electronic information service" means news and other information, including but not limited to newspapers, provided
to eligible individuals from a multistate service center using high-speed computers and telecommunications technology for
interstate acquisition of content and rapid distribution in a form appropriate for use by such individuals. [2005, c. 651, §1 (NEW).]
B. "Eligible individuals" means blind, visually impaired or disabled individuals who are eligible for library loan services
through the Library of Congress and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped pursuant to 36 Code
of Federal Regulations, Section 701.10(b). [2005, c. 651, §1 (NEW).]
C. "Qualified entity" means an agency, instrumentality or political subdivision of the State or a nonprofit organization that:
(1) Provides interstate access for eligible individuals to read daily newspapers through producing audio or Braille editions
(2) Obtains electronic news text either over the Internet or through direct transfer arrangements made with participating
news organizations; and
(3) Provides a means of program administration and reader registration on the Internet. [2005, c. 651, §1 (NEW).]
2005, c. 651, §1 (NEW)
2.Provision of service.
The State Librarian may enter into an agreement with a qualified entity to provide an accessible electronic information service
for eligible individuals. If an agreement is entered into, the State Librarian may make use of federal and other funds available
for this purpose.
2005, c. 651, §1 (NEW)
3.Telecommunications education access fund.
The State Librarian or the Commissioner of Education may enter into contracts or order services on behalf of schools and libraries
in connection with the telecommunications education access fund pursuant to Title 35-A, section 7104-B. The State Librarian
or the Commissioner of Education may take advantage of any discounts available pursuant to the federal Telecommunications
Act of 1996.
2009, c. 274, §17 (NEW)
2005, c. 651, §1 (NEW).
2009, c. 274, §17 (AMD).
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