INTERNET ACCESS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
House Bill 45 (Public) Filed Thursday, January 31, 2013
AN ACT PROVIDING FOR AN INVENTORY OF INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT ROBUST DIGITAL LEARNING IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH COMMISSION STUDY COMMITTEE ON DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
Intro. by Horn, Johnson, Saine, Tolson.

Status: Ref To Com On Appropriations/Base Budget (Senate Action) (Mar 14 2013)

SOG comments (2):

Long title change

The committee substitute to the 1st edition changes the act's title. The original title was A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT PROVIDING FOR AN INVENTORY OF INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT ROBUST DIGITAL LEARNING IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND AN INVENTORY OF INTERNET ACCESS IN ALL NORTH CAROLINA COUNTIES, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH COMMISSION STUDY COMMITTEE ON DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

Identical bill

Identical to S 120, filed 2/20/13.

H 45

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Mar 13 2013 - More information

    House amendment makes the following change to the 2nd edition.

    Eliminates Section 2 of the bill, the appropriation of $100,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction for the 2013-14 fiscal year.


  • Summary date: Feb 13 2013 - More information

    House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

    Deletes provision that directed the Department of Commerce to survey currently available and planned community broadband connectivity and to identify methods of expansion of accessible internet throughout the state.

    Corrects the fiscal year for the appropriation to implement the provisions of this act to 2013-14 (was, 2012-13).

    Makes the entire act effective July 1, 2013 (was, appropriation effective July 1, 2013 and the remainder when the act becomes law).

    Makes a conforming change to the whereas clauses and to the title.


  • Summary date: Jan 31 2013 - More information

    Appropriates $100,000 for the 2013-14 fiscal year from the General Fund to the Department of Public Instruction for use as the title indicates, effective July 1, 2013.

    Directs the State Board of Education to, by December 1, 2013, (1)  report on the results of its inventory of wireless and bandwidth capacity of public schools in the state, (2) make recommendations on methods for achieving a sufficient standard of wireless access and bandwidth in all classrooms, and (3) report on the cost of achieving that sufficient standard.

    Directs the Department of Commerce (Department) to conduct a survey assessing existing community broadband connectivity, and to identify ways to assist in expanding accessible internet in all North Carolina counties. Requires the Department to report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee and the Joint Legislative Committee on Information Technology by December 1, 2013, on the survey results, its recommendations on expanding access across the state, and the cost of such expansion.


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