First, need to invest “local” technology—residential and commercial. As a city with a large population concentration, we are more vulnerable to local, national and world events, which can impact our local economy. We should continue to move to more decentralized asset infrastructure (like fiber investments) that can provide unknown technology services in the future for many parts of the city. We’ve seen how COVID-19 restricted our mobility and cars were replaced with technological devices and remote access – this impacted our businesses who are reliant on traffic. Remote access can improve this greatly.
Second, we must create equity in access to technology resources by addressing the digital divide. Pursuing free public wifi at parks via our city network. Leveraging partnerships with interest service providers (like Verizon) and others to expand the network at a reduced rate.
Last, we need to do our part to lobby legislation to create a level playing field with brick and mortar businesses and online retail. For those of you who are familiar with my efforts—you know that Live Love Shop Hoover is what I’m all about.