PANELISTS ANNOUNCED FOR DEC 9. BROADBAND STAFF WORKSHOP ON LESSONS LEARNED FROM LOCAL OFFICIALS REPRESENTING UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES
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PANELISTS ANNOUNCED FOR DEC 9. BROADBAND STAFF WORKSHOP ON
LESSONS LEARNED FROM LOCAL OFFICIALS REPRESENTING UNDERSERVED
COMMUNITIESThe Federal Communications Commission will hold a staff workshop examining the role local
governments can play to help make sure underserved communities are connected to advanced
telecommunications infrastructure and to increase broadband adoption rates. The workshop
will also examine how the Universal Service Fund and the broadband grant programs under the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act can better address the needs of underserved
communities and non-adopters. Participants will also discuss how broadband deployment can
address the workforce needs of communities experiencing high unemployment, and other
matters. The public is encouraged to attend.
Staff Workshop: Lessons for the National Broadband Plan from
Local Officials Representing Under-served Communities
Wednesday, December 9, 9:30 a.m.
FCC Commission Room,
445 12th St. SW
Washington, D.C. 20554
Must pre-register at http://www.broadband.gov/workshops.html
Workshop/Panel Introduction, Mark Lloyd, FCC, Moderator9:35 a.m.
Calvin Smyre, President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators,
Georgia State Representative
Commissioner, 2nd District of Cook County (Chicago), IL
Vanessa R. Williams,
Executive Director of the National Conference of Black
Gus K. West, Board Chair and President, The Hispanic Institute10:30 a.m.
Panelist Discussion and Responses to Questions11:30 a.m.
Closing Statement, ModeratorThe 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.
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