(1) As used in this section:
(a) “Advanced digital communications” means equipment, facilities and capability to distribute digital communications signals for the transmission of voice, data, image and video over distance.
(b) “Telecommunications provider” means any person capable of providing advanced digital communications including, but not limited to, a telecommunications utility as defined in ORS 759.005, a competitive telecommunications provider as defined in ORS 759.005, a cable television provider or an interstate telecommunications provider.
(2) Notwithstanding ORS chapters 279A, 279B and 279C, the Oregon Department of Administrative Services by contract shall acquire advanced digital communications services from telecommunications providers or a consortium of such providers. Contracts under this section shall provide that all responsibility for construction, installation, operation and maintenance of the network shall remain with the contracting provider.
(3) Upon installation of an advanced digital communications network, the Oregon Department of Administrative Services shall provide all telecommunications services and operations for the state and its agencies. The department shall not approve the procurement of any telecommunications system or equipment that is incompatible with the network. [1995 c.634 §3; 2003 c.794 §233]
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