Sponsors: City of Prince George
NCLGA Executive Recommendation: Endorse | Endorsed as Amended by the NCLGA Membership
Original Resolution with Amendment (addition in red):
Whereas nearly 40% of rural residents in North-Central BC do not have access to broadband internet services;
And whereas broadband service would enhance public safety, economic development, access to information, and social inclusion for rural residents and allow them to fully participate in the knowledge-based economy and society at a level enjoyed by other Canadians;
And whereas the Government of Canada has recognized the disparity and established a Ministry of Rural Economic Development that includes rural broadband as a top priority:
Therefore be it resolved that NCLGA support the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in its advocacy work for a specific timetable regarding the implementation of affordable broadband service in rural Canada, and in particular, the rural parts of North-Central British Columbia.
The Resolutions Committee notes that the UBCM membership has consistently endorsed resolutions calling on the provincial and federal governments to ensure the availability of high speed internet and cellular telephone coverage to all communities (2018-B48, 2013-B61, 2011-B72, 2011-B78, 2010-B50, 2009-B57, 2008-B54, 2006-B54, 2005-B5, 2004-B9, 2003-B35).