DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Statewide broadband system. Requires the following to form a coordinating body to establish a statewide broadband system: (1) The intelenet commission. (2) The coordinating unit of the higher education telecommunications system. (3) The holder of the state's right of use to the I- Light high speed network. Requires the coordinating body to establish: (1) wireless broadband access points statewide; and (2) Ethernet ports at each I-Light node for access to the system by authorized users and other persons. Requires that the system be made available first to authorized users of the intelenet system. Requires the coordinating body to: (1) permit other persons to access the system if sufficient capacity exists; (2) consider certain factors if it becomes necessary to allocate capacity among persons seeking access; and (3) provide access to the system at a cost that does not exceed the coordinating body's costs to establish, operate, maintain, administer, and upgrade the system. Allows costs of the system to be paid from an account within the higher education statewide telecommunications fund. Provides that the account consists of fees or charges collected by the coordinating body for providing access to the system. Requires the coordinating body to report to the general assembly not later than October 1, 2005, on its progress in establishing and implementing the system.