Statement of values
Dang, I forgot about our December-1st deadline on this stuff so I'm submitting these to the taskforce without the benefit of your input. But comment away, please. I can always amend them.
We Task Force members were asked to submit our values, so that we can smash them into a pile and hopefully arrive at some consensus as a group. Like I said, the deadline is a couple days ago, so I better push them along. Here's my draft:
Statement of Values
-- Put consumers in the driver's seat -- broadband that is ubiquitous, symmetrical, affordable
-- Provide open access -- acknowledge the natural-monopoly of the "last mile" and provide a single high-capacity connection that can be shared by multiple providers
-- Look forward, be proactive -- prepare for our future by anticipating needs
-- Be competitive -- acknowledge the economic development advantage (and the risk of being left behind if we don't act)
-- View broadband as essential infrastructure -- rather than leaving it to be deployed only when private investors believe they can make favorable returns
-- Stimulate demand -- "building it" isn't enough, addressing the Digital Divide through access to computers and information-skills needs to be included in the mix
How did I do??