SF Mayoral Candidate Phil Ting: Time to Guarantee Universal Internet Access for All San Franciscans

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San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting: “Every single San Franciscan is entitled to the full service of government, not just those 80% of households with access to the Internet.”

In a piece posted today on ResetSanFrancisco.org, Ting makes the case that providing every San Franciscan with internet access will improve government services and bring down costs.

San Francisco Mayoral Candidate Phil Ting today called for Guaranteed Universal Internet Access for all San Franciscans, a reform that would make city government more efficient, effective and democratic.

“Every single San Franciscan is entitled to the full service of government, not just those 80% of households with access to the Internet.”
- Phil Ting

San Francisco Mayoral Candidate Phil Ting today called for Guaranteed Universal Internet Access for all San Franciscans, a reform that would make city government more efficient, effective and democratic. In a piece posted today on ResetSanFrancisco.org, Ting makes the case that providing every San Franciscan with Internet access will improve government services and bring down costs.

“We know our city government can be smarter, faster and more democratic by adopting many of the web-based tools that are now transforming our region’s economy,” Ting writes. “But as we implement these Gov 2.0 strategies, there is a foundational principle that must be addressed – every single San Franciscan is entitled to the full service of government, not just those 80% of households with access to the Internet.”

Read the full piece at ResetSanFrancisco.org.

Just this past week, a United Nations report declared Internet access a basic human right. The UN’s report focuses on the democratizing potential of the unfettered exchange of information and ideas, and points out that even in democratic societies, an informed and engaged population holds governments accountable.

“As the former Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus, I also have firsthand experience with the civil rights issues created by our continued digital divide,” Ting writes. “The UN calls Universal Access a human right in the global context. Here at home, it is truly a civil right.”

About Phil Ting
Mayoral candidate Phil Ting is a champion for innovative and good government policies in San Francisco. As the City Assessor-Recorder, Ting has been a solutions-focused, innovative reformer whose efforts have generated over $295 million in new revenue for San Francisco by making sure everyone pays their fair share in property taxes. He has focused on reducing the assessment backlog from four to two years and every dollar that his office brings in means more money for the city to fund crucial programs for children, seniors and families. He was most recently re-elected in 2010.

About Reset San Francisco
Reset San Francisco is an online community using the latest Web 2.0 tools to bring San Franciscans together around ideas and solutions — and to hit the reset button on San Francisco’s governing structure. Reset San Francisco is equipped with the latest Web 2.0 tools to empower residents to discuss the city’s most important issues and share ideas with other San Franciscans.

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