§31-15C-7. Retention of outside expert consultant.
In order to assist the council with the highly technical task of categorizing the areas of the state and evaluating and prioritizing projects, the council may retain an outside expert consultant or consultants qualified to map the state on the basis of broadband availability, to evaluate, categorize and prioritize projects, to assist in public outreach and education in order to stimulate demand, to advise the council on the granting or denying of funding to projects, and to provide other support and assistance as necessary to accomplish the purposes of this article. The provisions of article three, chapter five-a of this code, shall not apply to the retention of an outside expert consultant pursuant to this section: Provided, that the council shall select the expert or experts by a competitive selection process.