Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Rural Communities Broadband Roundtable Thursday

Broadband_Wired_PkCommunity leaders and elected officials have been invited to attend a Rural Communities Broadband Roundtable at The Wild Center on Thursday, Oct. 24.  It is co-hosted by AdkAction.org, which initiated the event; the New York State Broadband Program Office; the United States Department of Agriculture/Rural Development Agency, which provides extensive funding for broadband services in rural locales; and The Wild Center.

The objective of the event is to assist towns and communities in the North Country to better understand how broadband can revitalize their communities and how they can best pursue universal access to broadband.

Organized around a case study, discussions will include a progress report on the roll-out of rural broadband in the North Country, rural success stories, and available funding for Distance Learning and Community Connect initiatives.

“The program will focus on the important groundwork that communities need to accomplish in order to be poised to apply for funding assistance, such as assessing and then mapping in detail where broadband is needed,” Dave Wolff of AdkAction.org’s broadband committee chair said in a statement to the press.

Invitations have been distributed by ANCA (the Adirondack North Country Association) and AATV (the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages) to their members and by AdkAction.org to town supervisors and other elected officials.  Registration for the roundtable will begin at 12:30pm and the session will run from 1pm to 3:30 p.m.

The agenda and information on signing up is available at the AdkAction.org home page under “Bulletin”  on the right.

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2 Responses

  1. Avon says:

    Great idea for a program –
    but the map is kinda useless! (or, worse yet, misleading.)

    The map shows internet coverage as of 2010.
    I hope nobody relies on it in preparation for the event!

  2. Johnny broadband says:

    Yes it is a good idea, but don’t hold your breath. The New York State broadband program office is a ploy used by the governors office to get votes. Trust me, at the end of the day New York could care less about providing broadband to its rural citizens. The town we live in has been trying for years.

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