Tue Jun 3 11:35:42 PDT 2008
Pittsburgh Hosts FCC Hearing on Future of the Internet
July 21 event gives public a rare opportunity to weigh in on Internet policy
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- On Monday, all five Federal Communications Commissioners
will meet face-to-face with the public at a hearing at Carnegie Mellon
University to discuss broadband and the digital future.
WHAT: FCC Hearing on the Future of the Internet
DATE: Monday, July 21, 2008
TIME: 4 p.m. EDT
WHERE: Carnegie Mellon University, McConomy Auditorium, University
Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa.
WHO: FCC Commissioners; Congressman Mike Doyle (D-Pa.); Mark Cuban, chairman
and co-founder of HDNet; legal scholars and technology experts from Carnegie
Mellon University; public interest advocates; labor unions; small business
owners; wireless innovators; policy analysts; and representatives from YouTube
Watch the live Webcast of the hearing at http://www.fcc.gov/realaudio/#jul21
Listen to live audio of the hearing at WRCT-FM 88.3 or on the Web at
High-speed Internet, or "broadband," is becoming a crucial public necessity --
with almost limitless social, economic and educational potential. Technology
plays a key role in almost every domestic political issue. But America's
growing digital divide has cost the United States its claim to global Internet
leadership. The consequences of America's failure to remain competitive are
severe, and the need to address the problem is urgent.
"The Internet increasingly affects every aspect of our economy, our political
process and our private lives," Congressman Doyle said today. "As
of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, I have been
working to ensure that federal telecom policy truly benefits American
consumers. That's why I appreciate the FCC's willingness to hold
in cities like Pittsburgh where it can get a real feel for what Americans want
their digital future to look like."
The Census Bureau estimates that less than 50 percent of the homes in
Pennsylvania are subscribed to broadband.
"It is unacceptable that the country that invented the Internet still has so
many communities stranded on the wrong side of the digital divide," said
Timothy Karr, campaign director of Free Press. "Until we make it a national
priority to bring affordable, high-speed Internet to all Americans, the
situation will only get worse. This forum is an important opportunity for
Pennsylvanians to weigh in on how to get our digital future back on track."
The hearing will feature two expert panels, followed by an "open microphone"
session for the public to offer testimony on a first-come, first-served basis.
Read the FCC's official announcement and agenda:
For the latest information on the hearing, visit
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