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File #: RES 19-1392    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 8/21/2019
Title: Recognizing the partnership of Comcast, the Sanneh Foundation, and Saint Paul Public Libraries to help bridge the digital divide.
Sponsors: Jane L. Prince

Title

Recognizing the partnership of Comcast, the Sanneh Foundation, and Saint Paul Public Libraries to help bridge the digital divide.

Body

Whereas, the digital divide is defined as the gulf between those who have ready access to computers and the Internet, and those who do not; and

Whereas, nationally 27 percent of homes have no broadband service, and according to the Saint Paul Public Libraries, 22 percent of all households in Saint Paul have no internet service; and

Whereas, the gap between households with and without internet service is felt more acutely among lower income households and households of color; and

Whereas, the result is that nearly a quarter of the city’s families are without meaningful access to the information superhighway; and

Whereas, for many, that means an inability to accomplish simple tasks such as responding to online job postings, following their children’s progress at school, or paying bills and engaging in other important transactions; and for students, it means not having access to information they may need to properly complete an assignment or perform necessary research for a school project; and

Whereas, last week Comcast announced a significant expansion in eligibility for the Internet Essentials program, offering internet service for qualified low-income households, and serving new populations including people with disabilities, new parents, and adults without school age children are now eligible to apply; and

Whereas, on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the Conway Community Center; Comcast, professional soccer star Tony Sanneh and the Sanneh Foundation and Saint Paul Public Libraries held a public event to share this news, announce a new partnership with Saint Paul Public Libraries to support computer training classes and promote Internet Essentials, and unveil a new library delivery vehicle, branded and sponsored by Comcast; now therefore be it

Resolved, the Saint Paul City Council hereby recognizes Comcast and its partners, the Sanneh Foundation and the Saint Paul Public Libraries, in their efforts to bridge the digital divide for Saint Paul families.

 

 

 

 

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