SB 501 - The act creates the Council on Digital Inclusion.
The council shall be composed of 8 individuals appointed by the Governor to represent: community technology organizations, telecommunications providers, higher education, elementary and secondary education, public health, public housing, local governments engaged in community technology activities, and the Office of Administration. The council shall meet at least 4 times per year. Members serve three-year terms and may be re-appointed.
Duties of the council are listed in the act and include: serving in an advisory capacity to the Office of Administration regarding broadband deployment and digital inclusion; making recommendations regarding initiatives in communities and schools to ensure equitable digital access for all Missourians; researching and reviewing all funding sources for advancing the state's digital inclusion goals; and assisting with long-term technological planning.
The act is identical to SB 345 (2011).