2005 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS
TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS

SUPPORTING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OFFERING BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS SERVICES TO CITIZENS

WHEREAS, the United States ranks behind 15 other industrialized countries in the percentage of residents using broadband Internet connections;

WHEREAS, the availability of broadband service is critical to attracting, growing, and retaining businesses in the highly competitive global marketplace;

WHEREAS, broadband service is proving valuable to the economic transitioning and growth of distressed urban and rural communities;

WHEREAS, broadband service to access information and resources is pivotal to eliminating the digital divide and promoting the economic and personal self-sufficiency of low-income individuals;

WHEREAS, local governments are seeking to meet the needs of their communities for broadband service where such service is unavailable, inadequate, or prohibitively expensive;

WHEREAS, local government can play an important role in achieving President Bush’s goal of universal broadband deployment by 2007;

WHEREAS, local governments are beginning to establish wireless municipal broadband networks for underserved residents, either directly or in partnership with others;

WHEREAS, for example, there has been a ten-fold increase in the number of public power companies offering broadband service over the past decade;

WHEREAS, the permissibility of and conditions under which local governments can offer broadband service will be considered in the upcoming rewrite of the Telecommunications Act of 1996; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the U.S. Conference of Mayors urges the Congress to ensure the continued ability of local governments to offer broadband Internet service access to citizens.

©2005 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Tom Cochran, Executive Director
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