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                          TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK


Chapter
1:15:01         Definitions.
1:15:02         Organization and operation of the board.
1:15:03         Site selection procedures.


                                      CHAPTER 1:15:01

                                        DEFINITIONS


Section
1:15:01:01      Meaning of terms.


     1:15:01:01. Meaning of terms. The terms used in this article mean:

     (1) "Board," the rural development telecommunications network board of directors;
     (2) "Director," the executive director of the office of rural development telecommunications
network;
     (3) "Network," the system of phone lines and satellite equipment used by the rural
development telecommunications network;
     (4) "RDTN," the office of rural development telecommunications network.

     Source: 19 SDR 85, effective December 15, 1992.
     General Authority: SDCL 1-33-36.
     Law Implemented: SDCL 1-33-36.

                                      CHAPTER 1:15:02

                  ORGANIZATION AND OPERATION OF THE BOARD


Section
1:15:02:01      Board year -- Organization of board.
1:15:02:02      Officers.
1:15:02:03      Duties of chair.
1:15:02:04      Duties of vice chair.
1:15:02:05      Meetings.
1:15:02:06      Notice of meetings.
1:15:02:07      Director to keep minutes and records.
1:15:02:08      Records open to public.
      1:15:02:01. Board year -- Organization of board. The board year begins on July 1 and
ends on June 30. At the first meeting of each year, the board shall organize by electing officers and
designating the time for the regular meetings of the board.

      Source: 19 SDR 85, effective December 15, 1992.
      General Authority: SDCL 1-33-36.
      Law Implemented: SDCL 1-33-36.

     1:15:02:02. Officers. The officers of the board are the chair, vice chair, and the director,
who is an ex officio member and the executive officer of the board.

      Source: 19 SDR 85, effective December 15, 1992.
      General Authority: SDCL 1-33-36.
      Law Implemented: SDCL 1-33-28, 1-33-36.

      1:15:02:03. Duties of chair. The chair shall preside at meetings of the board. The chair
shall supervise all business and affairs of the board not delegated to another member or members
or to personnel in the office. The chair shall sign the instruments the board has authorized to be
executed and shall perform all other duties prescribed by the board.

      Source: 19 SDR 85, effective December 15, 1992.
      General Authority: SDCL 1-33-36.
      Law Implemented: SDCL 1-33-28, 1-33-36.

      1:15:02:04. Duties of vice chair. In the absence of the chair or in the event of death or
inability or refusal to act, the vice chair shall perform the duties of the chair. When so acting, the
vice chair has all the powers of the chair.

      Source: 19 SDR 85, effective December 15, 1992.
      General Authority: SDCL 1-33-36.
      Law Implemented: SDCL 1-33-28, 1-33-36.

      1:15:02:05. Meetings. All meetings of the board other than the regular meetings are special
meetings. Special meetings may be scheduled by the chair, the board, or the director between
regular board meetings and may be called for a single purpose only.

      Source: 19 SDR 85, effective December 15, 1992.
      General Authority: SDCL 1-33-36.
      Law Implemented: SDCL 1-33-36.

      1:15:02:06. Notice of meetings. Notice of all meetings of the board shall be given by
general news release and by written notice to persons who have requested such information. The
notice shall state the purpose for which the meeting has been called. At least 10 days before a
regular board meeting, the director shall send a copy of the agenda and other pertinent information
to each member of the board. Copies of the agenda shall be sent to all persons who have requested
them. A special meeting may be called by notifying the board members in writing at least 24 hours
before the time set for the meeting.
      Source: 19 SDR 85, effective December 15, 1992.
      General Authority: SDCL 1-33-36.
      Law Implemented: SDCL 1-33-36.

     1:15:02:07. Director to keep minutes and records. The director shall keep accurate
minutes of all meetings of the board.

      Source: 19 SDR 85, effective December 15, 1992.
      General Authority: SDCL 1-33-36.
      Law Implemented: SDCL 1-33-30.

      1:15:02:08. Records open to public. The rules and records of the board may be examined
during office hours in the office of the director of the RDTN.

      Source: 19 SDR 85, effective December 15, 1992.
      General Authority: SDCL 1-33-36.
      Law Implemented: SDCL 1-33-36.

                                       CHAPTER 1:15:03

                              SITE SELECTION PROCEDURES


Section
1:15:03:01      Geographic location.
1:15:03:02      Application procedures.
1:15:03:03      Application review procedures.
1:15:03:04      Contracts.
1:15:03:05      Fiscal procedures.


      1:15:03:01. Geographic location. The board shall select network sites to provide service
throughout the state.

      Source: 19 SDR 85, effective December 15, 1992.
      General Authority: SDCL 1-33-36.
      Law Implemented: SDCL 1-33-36.

      1:15:03:02. Application procedures. Application for selection as a network site shall be
made on a request for site proposal provided by the office of the RDTN. The applicant must
address the criteria listed in § 1:15:03:03. The application must contain responses to all questions
on the request for site proposal and shall be submitted according to the schedule in the request for
site proposal. A successful applicant must sign a contract with RDTN which contains the
requirements for the RDTN studio.

      Source: 19 SDR 85, effective December 15, 1992.
      General Authority: SDCL 1-33-36.
       Law Implemented: SDCL 1-33-36.

       1:15:03:03. Application review procedures. The board shall review and evaluate request
for site proposals based on the following criteria, as well as on conformance to the instructions
included in the request for site proposal:

       (1) Appropriateness of the site:

          (a) The site serves all levels of education;

          (b) The application includes a marketing plan outlining how the site will market network
use;

         (c) The application includes a plan to accommodate the needs of education, government,
and private business;

       (2) Programming to be offered:

          (a) The application contains a matrix of courses and programs available from the
institution, the target audience for each program or course, and the date each course or program
will be available to the consumer;

        (b) The application includes an agreement to keep the studio available for use as a
network studio when a network program is scheduled for the site and to accommodate scheduled
network use of the studio;

        (c) The application includes an agreement to maintain the site in the proper setup for
video conferences and to work with network staff to ensure adequate room layout for video
conferencing by various size groups;

       (3) Accident agreement:

         (a) The application includes an agreement to hold the network harmless for accidents that
occur within the site but are not related to the network or its equipment;

       (4) Technical expertise:

         (a) The application includes assurances that the site will provide necessary staff to
operate the site, provide a site coordinator to work with network staff for scheduling and testing the
studio, and provide a network-trained technical coordinator to assist network staff with problem
resolution;

          (b) The application verifies the ability to provide adequate lighting, acoustics, electrical
service, heating, air conditioning, ventilation, and humidity control for the studio; and

       (5) Financial ability:
        (a) The application contains assurances that charges for use of the studio site are
reasonable and minimal;

            (b) The application verifies capability of the studio site to be financially self-sustaining.

      Source: 19 SDR 85, effective December 15, 1992.
      General Authority: SDCL 1-33-36.
      Law Implemented: SDCL 1-33-36.

      1:15:03:04. Contracts. The contract period begins July 1 and ends June 30 each fiscal year.
Contracts will automatically renew annually unless cancelled through written notice at least 30
days before expiration.

      Source: 19 SDR 85, effective December 15, 1992.
      General Authority: SDCL 1-33-36.
      Law Implemented: SDCL 1-33-36.

     1:15:03:05. Fiscal procedures. The bureau of administration shall propose network rates
annually based on:

      (1)    Network operational costs;
      (2)    Capital assets;
      (3)    Purchases; and
      (4)    Network replacement and expansion plans.

       A host facility shall file its studio site charges with the RDTN annually or 30 days prior to
any change. Network rates and site charges must be approved annually by the RDTN. A host
facility shall make monthly use rate and studio site payments to the network. Studio reimbursement
to a host facility may be direct payment or use rate credit.

      Source: 19 SDR 85, effective December 15, 1992.
      General Authority: SDCL 1-33-36.
      Law Implemented: SDCL 1-33-33, 1-33-35.

				
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