UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF MAYORS SUGGESTED 2009 COMMUNICATIONS POLICY
WHEREAS, mayors, as the CEOs of local governments, which are themselves significant and sophisticated users of communications technology, eagerly anticipate the further conversion of voice, video and data services from analog to digital technology and the resulting increase in choice of providers, faster speeds and lower prices; and
WHEREAS, mayors recognize the increasing and vital role communications plays in both homeland and hometown security; and
WHEREAS, the Conference of Mayors' advocacy efforts with Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Obama Administration have been to highlight that the Federal government must:
- Recognize and respect the inherent police powers of local governments and city's right to manage and charge for the use of the public right-of-way;
- Require that new technologies bear the same social obligations as the services they seek to replace such as supporting E-911 services, universal service;
- Appreciate the neighborhood-by-neighborhood expertise local government brings to overseeing the social obligations, including public safety, broadband deployment, and preventing economic redlining;
- Homeland and hometown security require the dedication of interference free dedicated interoperable spectrum for first responders; and
- Mayors are grateful to the many leaders in Congress that continue to distinguish a tax from a fee for benefit rendered, such as use of the rights-of-way,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the United States Conference of Mayors:
- Reaffirms its communications policy resolution of 2008.
- Expresses its gratitude to President Obama and the Congress for passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's broadband programs, Specifically, mayors are grateful to the President and the Congress for specifically protecting local governments as eligible recipients of the funds; and
- Calls on all Federal agencies charged with broadband responsibilities to embrace the tenet that unaffordable broadband is unavailable broadband.