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Commissioner Copps' Statement on Digital Literacy Initiative

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Released: October 12, 2011

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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:

October 12, 2011
Joshua Cinelli (202-418-2000)

Joshua.Cinelli@fcc.gov

COMMISSIONER MICHAEL J. COPPS

STATEMENT ON BROADBAND ADOPTION INITIATIVE

TO EXTEND DIGITAL LITERACY TRAINING AND PROVIDE

EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITIES

I applaud the launch of the Connect to Compete initiative and the many participants who
have committed to bring the wonders of broadband to those who have not yet harnessed the
awesome potential of the Internet. This is the perfect example of a public-private partnership to
meet the myriad challenges aggravated by the growing digital divide which places our country at
a disadvantage in terms of global competitiveness. I thank the many participants who have
recognized the importance of a digitally literate society. And I also thank Chairman
Genachowski and the Broadband Adoption Initiative task force for raising the profile of this
important issue. We have an opportunity to bring this leadership to the other new literacies,
including media literacy and news literacy, which will help our citizens navigate the vastness of
the Internet and be informed citizens once they are Broadband-connected.

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