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Digital Inclusion Summit Tomorrow

March 8th, 2010 by George Krebs

With just over a week to go before the National Broadband Plan is released, excitement is quickly building. The Broadband Team, FCC & Administration officials, members of congress, and citizens from across the country will come together at the Newseum tomorrow to unveil an overview of The Plan’s recommendations. With broadband in only 65% of American homes these recommendations must bridge an ambitious gap. We will also host a “voices of inclusion” portion in the program where people will discuss how broadband, or the lack of it, has impacted them.

The summit will take place at the Newseum in Washington DC from 9am to 12:15pm ET. No matter where you’re located, you can take part in the event. We’ll be streaming the summit at FCC.gov/Live. Satellite locations have been set up in Akron, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Philadelphia for people to watch the webcast and discuss broadband in their own communities. You can ask questions during the event by emailing NewMedia@fcc.gov or if you’re on Twitter by tweeting your questions using #BBplan. See you there.

6 Responses to “Digital Inclusion Summit Tomorrow”

  1. Guest says:

    In the area of rural Arkansas where I live, the only high-speed choices--high speed relative to dial-up service, that is--are Hughes Net and Verizon. Not even the local cable company will bring service up our mountain, even though their transmission lines come very close to us. After becoming totally frustrated with dial-up, we chose Verizon, which is at least faster than dial-up. We recently purchased a new system, hoping that its expanded graphic capabilities might allow us to view videos in real time. That hasn't been the case. I worry about all the school children that live in the hinterlands of a state that has long lagged behind others in all things educational and technological. Even the brightest child needs to have the same quality of internet access as do other children in order to do his or her best in our technological world. I think we are creating "third-world" states relative to education because of unequal access to the powerful learning tools the internet can offer. I would like to see government offer incentives to Cable and telephone companies to bring more choice into technologically underserved areas. This would be much cheaper and easier than was the TVA mandate to bring electricity to rural Tennessee; we just need the political will to get it done.

  2. Jim Moorehead says:

    " ... No matter where you’re located, you can take part in the event. We’ll be streaming the summit at FCC.gov/Live. ... "

    How do I watch and participate in a streaming event without Broadband? I live in Mendocino County, California where Broadband penetration at best is maybe 33% of the population.

    Of course IF I had Broadband, then my interest in the topic would not be nearly as intense ...

    Jim Moorehead
    mbps@mcn.org

    Mendocino Coast Broadband Alliance
    http://www.mendocinocoastbroadband.org

  3. Guest says:

    This action should have been 7-8 years ago but it's never too late. Comcast and AT&T have monopolized the market and my internet speed is ever slow and is super expensive compared to the rest of the world. This is USA, the most technologically advanced country, yet average internet speed is so damn slow and expensive.

  4. Guest says:

    Well lack of broadband is one problem, but I think an even greater problem is the lack of competition. In my area, there are two broadband choices: ATT DSL or Time Warner Cable. Currently, I'm paying ATT $30+ for 3mb/s and if I chose to subscribe to DSL only service it would cost me $40+ for the same speed. I've been stuck at this speed for over three years and there has been no improvement due to lack of competition.

  5. Guest says:

    I am so excited. I have been so frustrated with the fact that broadband is not even available in the rural area I live in. This has been a long wait but hopefully it will be worth it. Thank you.

  6. Guest says:

    well where i live their are 2 cable companys within a mile of me that have dsl,,but the one that actually comes into my neighborhood does not ,nor do they plan on bringing dsl this way ,,,,,yet the other 2 companys wont come here because they say this area belongs to the one that does not offer it,,its a gentlemans agreement they say between the cable companys not to tread on the others toes

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