EBBC is coordinating a campaign to encourage all the towns/cities and counties in the East Bay to adopt this resolution:
GIGABIT BROADBAND RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, high-speed Internet access – referred to generically as “broadband” and including wireline, fiber, and wireless technologies – is essential 21st Century infrastructure for economic competitiveness in a digital world and global economy;
WHEREAS, broadband infrastructure that supports gigabit speed downloading and uploading of data has become the emerging industry standard and is being deployed in various regions in the United States;
WHEREAS, the deployment and adoption of gigabit broadband is a major strategy to spur economic development by improving productivity, supporting new technology, attracting capital investment and generating jobs;
WHEREAS, the ability to be connected at gigabit speeds through the internet to information, services and digital tools is increasingly critical for access to and success in education, careers and economic opportunities;
WHEREAS, the East Bay is committed to helping families and children be healthy, productive, engaged and self–sufficient, realizing that the use of broadband can save both time and money for residents while helping them bridge the economic divide and improve their access to services and resources;
WHEREAS, broadband is a “green technology” that can significantly reduce impacts on the environment by offsetting vehicle trips, decreasing use of resources and saving energy;
WHEREAS, broadband can enable East Bay local governments to operate more efficiently and provide public services more broadly in a cost-effective manner; and
WHEREAS, local government can impact broadband deployment and adoption in its several roles and responsibilities, including as a policy leader, planning body, land use approval agency, purchaser-consumer of communications equipment and technology, and a service provider.
THEREFORE, we hereby aspire to become a “Gigabit Region” with gigabit-speed broadband available to residents, businesses, public agencies and nonprofit organizations. We are committed to bridging the digital divide through strategies to provide universal access to and adoption of computers and high-speed Internet for families. We will assess internal processes and policies to streamline adoption and remove barriers to deployment and adoption of gigabit broadband. We will encourage and welcome telecom providers to deploy gigabit broadband and support their needs to expedite implementation.
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