RESOLUTION NO. 2015-24
A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE PRINCIPLES OF THE NEXT CENTURY CITIES PROJECT AND CONFIRMING THE VILLAGE OF GRANVILLE’S INTEREST IN PARTICIPATING AND BENEFITTING FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE PROJECT
WHEREAS, the Next Century Cities Project supports community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable and reliable internet; and
WHEREAS, across the country, innovative municipalities are recognizing the importance of gigabit level internet availability to attract new businesses and create jobs, improve health care and education and connect residents to new opportunities; and
WHEREAS, Next Century Cities is committed to celebrating these successes, demonstrating their value and helping other cities to realize the full power of truly high-speed, affordable
and accessible broadband; and
WHEREAS, Next Century Cities believes that there is no single pathway to a smart, effective approach to next-generation broadband and what matters is meaningful choice, dedicated leadership and smart collaboration; and
WHEREAS, the Principles of Next Century Cities are:
- High-speed internet is necessary infrastructure: fast, reliable and affordable internet – at globally competitive speeds – is no longer optional. Residents, schools, libraries and businesses require next-generation connectivity to succeed.
- The internet in non-partisan: because the internet is an essential resource for residents and businesses in all communities, the provision of fast, reliable and affordable internet transcends partisanship. This collaboration welcomes leaders of all affiliations and beliefs, who believe fast, reliable and affordable high-speed internet access is essential to secure America’s internet future.
- Communities must enjoy self-determination: broadband solutions must align with community needs – there is no perfect model that is universally appropriate. Towns and cities should have the right to consider all options – whether public, non-profit, corporate or some other hybrid – free from interference.
- High-speed internet is a community-wide endeavor: building effective next-generation networks requires cooperation across communities. It is critical to involve and include multiple stakeholders and perspectives to succeed including businesses, community organizations, residents, anchor institutions and others. Everyone in a community should be able to access the internet on reasonable terms.
- Meaningful competition drives progress: a vibrant, diverse marketplace with transparency in offerings, pricings and p9olicies will spur innovation, increase investment and lower prices. Communities, residents and businesses should have a meaningful choice in providers.
- Collaboration benefits all: innovative approaches to broadband deployment present diverse challenges and opportunities to communities and regions. Working together, cities can learn from the experiences of others, lower costs and make the best use of next-generation networks.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Village Council of Granville, Ohio that:
Section I: The Granville Village Council agrees to support the principles of the Next Century Cities organization and become involved with the project.
Section II: This resolution shall take effect immediately upon passage.
Passed this 1st day of April, 2015.