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1 <br /> ORANGE COUNTY <br /> BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br /> ACTION AGENDA ITEM ABSTRACT <br /> Meeting Date: February 2, 2021 <br /> Action Agenda <br /> Item No. 6-c <br /> SUBJECT: Appointments to the Orange County Broadband Task Force <br /> DEPARTMENT: Board of Commissioners <br /> ATTACHMENT(S): INFORMATION CONTACT: <br /> Vacant Membership Roster <br /> Applicant Interest List Clerk's Office, 919-245-2130 <br /> Applications of Interest (35) <br /> PURPOSE: To discuss and appoint members to the Orange County Broadband Task Force. <br /> BACKGROUND: At the September 1, 2020 Board of Orange County Commissioners business <br /> meeting, a petition was submitted by Commissioner Earl McKee to create an Orange County <br /> Broadband Task Force. Stakeholders would include the County Manager, Information <br /> Technology Department Director, a representative from the North Carolina Department of <br /> Information Technology (NCDIT), Orange County Schools Superintendent, Chapel Hill Carrboro <br /> City Schools Superintendent and Community members living in the unincorporated areas of <br /> Orange County who are underserved, including those with an interest in resolving the digital divide <br /> in Orange County. <br /> The Board subsequently discussed the proposal further at its November 17, 2020 Business <br /> meeting, including the composition as noted in the table below and the following charge: <br /> The Task Force charge will include but not necessarily be limited to: <br /> 1. Discuss broadband solutions that will improve the quality of high speed internet services <br /> to Orange County residents; <br /> 2. Recommend a plan to the Board of Orange County Commissioners that will expand <br /> reliable high-speed internet services to all county residents and businesses. <br /> The Board voted "to approve the charge and composition (12 total positions)of the Orange County <br /> Broadband Taskforce and authorize the Clerk to the Board to advertise for residents to apply for <br /> the Task Force." <br />