In 1997, video distance learning began to make an impact on education in Ohio through funding contributions made by Ohio's large local exchange telephone companies as a result of various stipulations and agreements with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. By 2003, For the past 12 years, a statewide network of support staff and agencies has met monthly to promote, develop and encourage the use of Video Conferencing within the districts we serve. In 2011, this group voted to become an official organization, for the benefit of those districts and content providers we serve. We organized, developed a charter and have become an affiliate of the national organization, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). As a state member of this organization, our mission is the same; to promote the use of Video Conferencing in the schools we represent.