- What are the salient points the members of the task force are trying to
Historically, there have been times when library associations such as the American
Library Association took stands on political issues. Some librarians, particularly
those of a conservative bent, felt this was beyond the purview of these
associations. In the case of legislation to extend faster broadband throughout the
State of Hawai`i, is this a legitimate issue upon which the library associations of
Hawai`i should take a stand? Are we stakeholders in this effort? Please give the
reasoning behind your opinion.
- The report talked about the need to educate the populace about broadband. Is
there a role for libraries in this? What would this role look like?
- Cortada talked about e-government in terms of direct voting. But what about
provision of government services? Having read the report on broadband, can you
envision a future in which videoconferencing technology might largely replace having
to go in person to state or county offices to access the services offered? In
addition to eliminating commuting time, what might some of the benefits of such a
- This last flu season many were talking about a possible pandemic. If
fast broadband was fully implemented throughout the state, with penetration equal
to ordinary telephone service and readily affordable, what services might broadband
facilitate if a pandemic were to begin to materialize?
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