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District Of Columbia Announces Spring Community Broadband Summit

Summit expected to be one of the best technology learning, sharing and networking events of 2012

WASHINGTON April 25, 2012 Vincent C. Gray

WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2012 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Washington


BACKGROUND: District of Columbia Vincent C. Gray Rob Mancini Saturday, April 28, 2012 Washington

Connecting Communities through Broadband Technology,

"We have a mission to address broadband adoption through awareness, education, access and infrastructure-related activities and grants," said Mancini. "As we work within the community to improve broadband adoption, we look forward to our Spring Community Broadband Summit to engage with our community partners and to focus entirely on this challenge."

Hundreds of District residents, small business owners and community activists are expected to attend the Summit. Large group panel discussions will be held throughout the day to tackle topics such as "Growing Businesses and Careers through Broadband." Small technology breakout sessions will run concurrently throughout the afternoon programming. Panelists include policymakers, prominent industry representatives and local technology advocates. In addition, nearly 20 exhibitors—representing government agencies, local businesses, and community partners—will showcase their products and services.

There has been a shift in the way individuals, families, businesses, and governments operate in the past decade—continually moving towards the latest technology. Broadband adoption and digital literacy are now prerequisites for participation in the 21st century economy. The Spring Community Broadband Summit is one of several Summits in which the city offers technology education and sharing opportunities to ensure that no person is left behind in the use of day-to-day technologies that permeate society.

The Community Broadband Summits are part of the Digital Inclusion Initiative (DII)—established by OCTO to draw attention to the advantages of technology and collaborate with government, nonprofit and corporate entities to advance citywide broadband access and education initiatives. DII is funded by the United States Department of Commerce’s State Broadband Initiative (SBI) grant program through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Jill Melnicki
[email protected]


SOURCE Office of the Chief Technology Officer

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