WHEREAS, closing the digital divide is important and provides long-term community benefits that include the ability to fully engage in the digital economy, access existing and emerging services, expand economic opportunities and bridge the economic divide; and
WHEREAS, the covid-19 pandemic has amplified the need for reliable and affordable broadband services in all communities; and
WHEREAS, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused schools to shift to distance learning with many students and their parents having difficulty working remotely without adequate broadband service; and
WHEREAS, broadband should describe internet services that are high speed, reliable and fulfill the need of our digital residents; and
WHEREAS, all residents, businesses and institutions need high-speed broadband services where they live, work, learn and play; and
WHEREAS, high speed internet enables work-from -home and remote workers, enhances business efficiencies, drives job creation throughout the region, and connects customers and partners worldwide to goods and services; and
WHEREAS, high-speed broadband benefits the development of industry, new businesses and economic opportunities; and
WHEREAS, high-speed broadband greatly expands the ability of residents to access medical, behavioral, oral health services and the capacity of public health officials to monitor and respond to health threats such as Covid-19 and other diseases; and
WHEREAS, effective emergency services require using high-speed broadband to integrate data in real time from all available sources so decision makers have access to the information necessary for the protection of lives and property.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the 2021 Chowan County Republican Convention does hereby endorse and encourage action by the North Carolina Legislature to develop legislation and funding to implement broadband availability in every county, municipality, and location within North Carolina.
- Contact: Carl Mischka