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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 25, 2010
Mark Wigfield, 202-418-0253
BROADBAND AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT:
FCC DISCUSSES BROADBAND PLAN AT MIT SUMMIT
Broadband and the future of civic engagement, as part of the Federal Communications
Commission’s National Broadband Plan, will be discussed at a summit hosted by MIT’s Center
for Future Civic Media on Monday, March 1. Eugene Huang, FCC Director of Government
Performance and Civic Engagement for the National Broadband Plan, will give the keynote
address at the summit and discuss working recommendations in the plan, focusing on
broadband’s power to increase civic engagement by creating an open and transparent
government, supporting a robust digital public media ecosystem, expanding access through
social media, fostering innovation in government, and modernizing democratic processes.
Monday, March 1, 2010, 4-6 p.m.
The Tang Center (E51-115), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
70 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA DC 20515
Eugene Huang, FCC Director of Government Performance and Civic Engagement
Jerry Mechling, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Nick Grossman, The Open Planning Project
Laurel Ruma, O’Reilly Media
John Wonderlich, The Sunlight Foundation
Jake Shapiro, Public Radio Exchange
Robert Bole, Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Keith Neisler, WEKU-Kentucky
Marita Rivero, WGBH-Boston
Kinsey Wilson, National Public Radio
Damian Thorman, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 directed the FCC to submit a National
Broadband Plan to Congress that addresses broadband deployment, adoption, affordability, and
the use of broadband to advance solutions to national priorities, including energy conservation
and efficiency. The Plan is due to Congress on March 17.
News about the Federal Communications Commission’s development of the National
Broadband can be found at http://www.broadband.gov/news.html