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 by computer;
(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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