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237.065 RATE FOR SCHOOL OR PURCHASING COOPERATIVE.
    Subdivision 1. Basic service; flat rate. Each telephone company that provides local
telephone service in a service area that includes a school that has classes within the range from
kindergarten to 12th grade shall provide, upon request, additional service to the school that
is sufficient to ensure access to basic telephone service from each classroom and other areas
within the school, as determined by the school board. Each company shall set a flat rate for this
additional service that is less than the company's flat rate for an access line for a business and the
same as or greater than the company's flat rate for an access line for a residence in the same local
telephone service exchange. When a company's flat rates for businesses and residences are the
same, the company shall use the residential rate for service to schools under this section. The
rate required under this section is available only for a school that installs additional service
that includes access to basic telephone service from each classroom and other areas within the
school, as determined by the school board.
    Subd. 2. Basic and advanced telecommunication service; reduced rate. (a)
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 237.09, 237.14, 237.60, subdivision 3, and 237.74,
each telephone company and telecommunications carrier that provides local telephone service
in a service area that includes a school that has classes within the range from kindergarten
to grade 12, a public library, or a telecommunication services purchasing cooperative may
provide, upon request, basic and advanced telecommunication services at reduced or no cost
to that school, library, or may provide, upon request, advanced telecommunication services at
reduced wholesale rates to the members of a telecommunication services purchasing cooperative.
For purposes of this section, a "telecommunication services purchasing cooperative" means a
cooperative organized under section 308A.210. A school or library receiving telecommunications
services at reduced or no cost may not resell or sublease the discounted services. No members
of a telecommunication services purchasing cooperative may resell or sublease the discounted
services. A purchasing cooperative is not required to negotiate or provide a uniform rate for
its members. Telecommunications services shall be provided in accordance with Public Law
104-104, and the regulations of the Federal Communications Commission adopted under the act.
(b) An agent that provides telecommunications services to a school or library may request
the favorable rate on behalf of and for the exclusive benefit of the school or library. The school
or library must authorize the agent to make the request of the local telephone company or
telecommunications carrier. The telephone company or telecommunications carrier is not required
to offer the same price discount to the agent that it would offer to the school district or library.
An agent that receives a price discount for telecommunications services on behalf of a school or
library may only resell or sublease the discounted services to that school or library.
(c) For the purposes of this subdivision, "school" includes a public school as defined in
section 120A.05, nonpublic, and church or religious organization schools that provide instruction
in compliance with sections 120A.22, 120A.24, and 120A.41.
History: 1990 c 562 art 8 s 35; 1Sp1995 c 3 art 12 s 6; 1996 c 412 art 12 s 5; 1997 c
208 s 1; 1998 c 397 art 11 s 3; 2001 c 7 s 47