UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO BROADBAND SERVICES

WHEREAS, high speed (broadband) Internet services are critical new productivity tools for education and business; and

WHEREAS, local officials recognize the critical nature of ensuring that all citizens have reasonable access to these technologies, regardless of their income; and

WHEREAS, the Universal Service Fund for Libraries and Schools (E-Rate) has been a significant factor in assisting schools and libraries to connect to the Internet; and

WHEREAS, the Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) has served communities across the nation by providing critically needed matching funds, allowing for innovative demonstration projects; and

WHEREAS, ensuring access to the tools of the future not be limited by geography, race or class,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of Mayors calls upon the Congress and Administration to continue and where appropriate increase the level of support available to:

  • Universal Service Fund for Schools and Libraries, and
  • Technological Opportunities Program; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Universal Service Fund be expanded to include all advanced telecommunications services delivered via wire, including cable modem services.