We've reached a critical juncture in the debate over the future of wireless Internet in America. Improving connections for rural communities has become a central point of debate over AT&T's proposed take over of T-Mobile. The Justice Department has sued to stop the deal, in part because of concerns about service to rural. Now is the perfect time to discuss whatwill work to connect millions of underserved Americans to high-speed Internet.
Here are the details:
What: Rural Broadband Summit & Hearing, Oct. 11–12
Summit Info: Oct. 11, 1–7 p.m., Letcher County Cooperative Extension Service, 478 Extension Drive, Whitesburg, Ky.
Hearing Info: Oct. 12, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Appalshop Auditorium, 91 Madison Ave., Whitesburg, Ky.
Your input is key as we discuss how the future of health care, education, jobs and civic participation depends on access to broadband.
That’s why we’re inviting you to attend the first Rural Broadband Summit & Hearing. This event will be held in Whitesburg, Ky. on Oct. 11–12 and is presented by the Center for Media Justice, the Center for Rural Strategies and Free Press.
This event is a great opportunity for rural advocates and media justice advocates — as well as local, state and federal policymakers — to discuss community-based solutions to closing the digital divide. It’s also a chance to voice your opinion about AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile and its potential effects on rural communities.
Special guests include USDA Administrator Jonathan Adelstein.
Guests are encouraged to participate in both events.
The October hearing in Whitesburg is the right time and place for the public to weigh in — and to remind our elected and appointed officials that our voices must be part of this conversation.
We hope to see you in October.
Thanks so much,
Misty Perez Truedson, Free Press
amalia deloney, Center for Media Justice
Edyael Casaperalta, Center for Rural Strategies