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FCC ANNOUNCES PARTICIPANTS FOR MEMPHIS FIELD HEARING ON DIGITAL INCLUSION

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Released: December 10, 2009

ADVISORY
Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th Street, S.W.

Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D. C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

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:

December 10, 2009
Mark Wigfield, (202) 418-0253
Email: mark.wigfield@fcc.gov

FCC ANNOUNCES PARTICIPANTS FOR MEMPHIS FIELD HEARING ON DIGITAL

INCLUSION

The Federal Communications Commission’s Dec. 14th field hearing in Memphis will include
remarks by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Jr., and civil rights leader Benjamin L. Hooks, who is
a former FCC Commissioner and former executive director of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People. Commissioners Michael J. Copps and Mignon Clyburn will
represent the Commission. The field hearing will focus on whether broadband services are being
deployed in a way that allows all Americans to benefit.

WHAT:

FCC Field Hearing on Digital Inclusion

WHEN:

Monday December 14, 2009, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION:

National Civil Rights Museum, Rose Room
450 Mulberry Street
Memphis, TN 38103

ONLINE:

http://www.fcc.gov/live/

Panelists:

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Tim Marema, VP, Center for Rural Strategies

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Dianne Polly, VP of Compliance & Community Relations

,

Metropolitan Inter-Faith
Association

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Michael Ramage, Executive Director, Connected Tennessee

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Madeleine C. Taylor, Program Coordinator, NAACP Memphis

The FCC is convening a series of hearings to promote an open dialogue between the FCC and
the public on development of a National Broadband Plan. The American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009 directed the FCC to submit a National Broadband Plan to Congress by
February 17, 2010 that addresses broadband deployment, adoption, affordability, and the use of
broadband to advance solutions to national priorities, including health care, education, energy,
public safety, job creation, investment, and others.
Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Include a
description of the accommodation you will need with as much detail as possible. Also include a
way we can contact you if we need more information. Please provide as much advance notice as

possible; last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. Send an e-mail to
fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice),
202-418-0432 (TTY).
-FCC-
More information about the Federal Communications Commission’s development of a
National Broadband Plan can be found at www.broadband.gov

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