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File #: 33181    Version: 1 Name: Low Cost/Free Internet
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 2/19/2014 In control: DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
On agenda: 4/29/2014 Final action: 4/29/2014
Enactment date: 4/30/2014 Enactment #: RES-14-00362
Title: Requesting the Internet service providers of Madison provide free or low cost Internet service for low-income citizens of Madison, in order to bridge the “digital divide”.
Sponsors: Paul R. Soglin, Scott J. Resnick, Chris Schmidt, Maurice S. Cheeks, Larry Palm, Lisa Subeck, Michael E. Verveer, Ledell Zellers, John Strasser, Marsha A. Rummel, Steve King
Fiscal Note
No appropriation is required.
Title
Requesting the Internet service providers of Madison provide free or low cost Internet service for low-income citizens of Madison, in order to bridge the "digital divide".
Body
WHEREAS, the City is committed to strengthening neighborhoods and bridging the digital divide; and
WHEREAS, citizen access to the Internet has become a critical component of job hunting; educational needs; transacting household business; utilizing library resources; and communicating with family, neighbors and government.; and
WHEREAS, the lack of consistent Internet access for low-income families threatens to leave the children of those families without the necessary skills to compete in the workforce after high school and further widen the achievement gap; and
 
WHEREAS, low-income families, unable to afford Internet service, are at a distinct disadvantage to families who can afford high-speed Internet service when applying for work, communicating with government and doing other daily Internet-related tasks;
 
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that the City of Madison is requesting that Internet service providers in Madison provide free or reduced cost Internet service for the low-income families, based on eligibility of free or reduced school lunch program, in Madison, without raising the cost of other services, such as telephone or television.