The UC2B Community Benefit Fund originated from work by Reverand Barnes, Lewis and Nash who drafted the resolution below. The resolution was passed by the UC2B policy committee, which creates a fund from allocations of 2% to 5% of each monthly subscription to the high speed internet service.
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STATING A POLICY TO ACHIEVE DIGITAL EQUALITY IN THE UC2B SERVICE AREA (COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUND)
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE UC2B POLICY BOARD, as follows:
1. The Policy Board hereby establishes a goal to achieve digital equality for all people in the UC2B service area,and adopts the following objectives to achieve the goal.
2. The Policy Board will issue an annual public report on the digital divide in the UC2B service area (the area of the seven rings including all of Urbana, Champaign and Savoy).
3. The Policy Board will convene an annual meeting of anchor social institutions to discuss the above report and set general goals for overcoming the digital divide. This meeting will be open to the public and scheduled as a regular meeting of all UC2B committees.
4. The Policy Board sets a goal to allocate 5% of its annual revenue and no less than 2% to a community benefit fund as a line item in the budget. Money from this fund will be dedicated to overcoming the digital divide, according to the general goals as above and the process as below.
5. Prior to the operational phase of UC2B, the Policy Board will appoint an Advisory Committee for Digital Equality to help it achieve the goals as above. The Policy Board will appoint two Advisory Committee co-chairs and at least seven committee members, including at least one member of the Policy Committee. All other committee roles will be decided upon by the Advisory Committee. A majority of the Advisory Committee members will be chosen from the anchor institutions which serve the underserved population of the UC2B service area. The Policy Board states its desire and intention that the members of the Advisory Committee represent the diversity of residents in the UC2B service area.
6. The Advisory Committee for Digital Equality will propose a plan, including competitive grant awards from the community benefit fund to non-governmental agencies, to implement the general goals as above. If there is no available money in any given year, no grants will be made. The Advisory Committee will forward to the Policy Board its recommendations for spending the community benefit fund, and the Policy Board will make the final decision.
RESOLUTION NO. 2011-08
APPROVED: <signature of Deborah Frank Feinin>, Policy Board Chair