49-31-60 Telecommunications infrastructure--Legislative intent.
Telecommunications infrastructure--Legislative intent.
It is the intent of the
Legislature that South Dakota have a telecommunications infrastructure that meets the advanced
communication needs of the state's individual citizens and its communities of interest, including our
schools, medical facilities, businesses, and all levels of government. To achieve this intent, it is
anticipated that three networks, accessible by all South Dakotans, will be established: a narrowband
network, a wideband network, and a broadband network. Together, these three networks will form
South Dakota's Public Communications Network Infrastructure. This infrastructure will enable
any-to-any voice, data, videoconferencing, graphics, imaging, and multimedia communications.
These three networks will fully support the following capability requirements: ubiquitous, feature
rich, standard, secure, private, survivable, robust, addressable, switched, affordable, and available.
Communications services will be reasonably and affordably priced. Classes of service will be created
for network services in order to establish a service-based and value-based pricing model. The new
narrowband, wideband, and broadband communications networks will be established in a manner
ensuring that all the citizens of South Dakota realize the advantages of the forthcoming information
age, including economic development, educational opportunities, a heightened level of medical care,
and better, more efficient service from all levels of government.
It is the intent of the Legislature, that:
The Public Communications Network Infrastructure will grow and enhance with
expanding user needs and advancements in technologies' bandwidth and feature
This layered network hierarchy, based upon a fully integrated backbone of interconnected
switched survivable rings, will carry independent and fully integrated voice, data, and
video communications; and
The network architecture will enable access and interconnection points for
public-to-public, public-to-private, and wireline-to-wireless inter-networking.
SL 1997, ch 266, §§ 1, 11, 12; SL 1999, ch 224, § 2.