Delaware has faced military controversy in the past, but recently, the state took a step forward with new video conferencing legislation designed to assist service members who are stationed overseas.
The Dover Post reported that on May 13, the Dover City Council tentatively approved an agreement to allow soldiers based in foreign countries attend meetings through the use of the best video conferencing technology. The new laws will lift a previous restriction under the Freedom of Information Act that regarded publicly elected officials and virtual meetings.
However, the decision was not made without debate - many council members felt like the international time difference could be a problem, and fears of lowered productivity abounded before a consensus was reached.
The point is clear - video conferencing software can be a tremendous boon to workers and officials who are stationed in other countries, especially in situations with the military and expatriates. With the right technology, an organization can enjoy the benefits of face-to-face meetings without any expensive fees or service costs. While certain government meetings carry strict restrictions in terms of who can attend, hopefully Delaware is only the first of many states that will approve virtual meeting agendas.