According to a 2018 Gallup poll, 72 percent of U.S. adults say they have a “great deal” or a “fair amount” of trust in their local government, higher than any other level. The public’s confidence in the actions of their local leaders is an important asset as many new technologies, increasingly disruptive ones, are being deployed throughout the U.S.
Among the examples of this leadership, cities have been pioneers in digital government and have embraced accountability, transparency and collaboration with open data. Cities are leading the public debate about the need to secure governmental systems from threats domestic and international. In the transportation and communications sectors, cities have been leading in the piloting and testing of autonomous vehicles and drones, and in building new partnerships with telecommunications companies to expand access to broadband and wireless services.
To support this local leadership, mayors call on the President and Congress to:
- Work with all levels of government in developing data standards to improve accountability, access, interoperability, transparency, and security, and provide resources to cities to respond to intentional and deliberate cyber crimes.
- Protect election systems and other vital technology assets in local government with financial and technical support.
- Support local efforts to provide for greater digital equality and literacy, including senior citizens, so that every citizen can enjoy the benefits of a digital world.
- Support local efforts to pilot and test new technologies, especially in the transportation sector, giving communities the opportunity to evaluate and deploy these systems free from unnecessary federal preemption and/or “one-size-fits-all” federal regulatory regimes.
- Reverse actions by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that subordinate local property rights and zoning powers to the agency’s efforts to subsidize the nation’s communications companies with local government property, actions which exceed authorities granted by Congress in previous statutes.