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[Debian-NYC] Wednesday 12 December 2007 New York City Broadband Committee Hearing

   what="official New York City Broadband Committee announcement"
   exhortation="Read the notice. Come to the hearing."
   information="If you want to testify contact Kunal.Malhotra@council.nyc.gov."
   main-issue="Network Neutrality"
   opportunity="We can help keep the Net free."

  TEL: 212-788-6975

  FAX: 212-513-7717


                             *** MEDIA ADVISORY ***

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     Contact: Kunal Malhotra

     Office: (212) 788 6975

     Cell: (571) 212 0425


     WHAT: Broadband Committee holds Public Meeting on Manhattan's Broadband

     WHO: New York City Council Member Gale A. Brewer, the Broadband
     Advisory Committee, Manhattan public school students, parents,
     nonprofit leaders, small business owners and senior centers

     WHEN: Wednesday, December 12^th, 2007, 1pm - 4pm

     WHERE: Manhattan School of Music, Greenfield Hall, 120 Claremont Avenue
     at 122 Street, New York, NY 10027

     BLOG: [1]http://nycbroadband.blogspot.com/

     Coming on the heels of successful public hearings in the Bronx and
     Brooklyn where hundreds of people attended, the New York City Broadband
     Advisory Committee will hear from policy experts and Manhattan
     residents and business people in a Public Meeting of the Broadband
     Advisory Committee in Manhattan. During this official hearing on the
     borough's Broadband status, the City Council seeks to answer the
     following questions: How important is affordable Broadband to
     businesses and to under-served communities? How will high-speed
     Internet connections improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers
     and their families?

     "New York is the most dynamic city in the world. But when it comes to
     the Internet, we're working to catch up to other jurisdictions," said
     Council Member Brewer, Chair of the New York City Council's Committee
     on Technology in Government. Brewer sponsored Local Law 126, which
     created the NYC Broadband Advisory Committee. "I am excited to work
     with the Mayor's Office in making New York a place where you don't have
     to pay to go slow. We need affordable high-speed Internet connections
     to bring in jobs, help schools, and make the city safer."

     According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 27% of
     American households are still not using the Internet at all and "those
     with less education, those with lower household incomes, and Americans
     age 65 and older are less likely to have embraced broadband than those
     who are younger and have higher socio-economic status." Seeking to
     address these same imbalances, Broadband Advisory Committee
     Chairperson, Shaun Belle, and CEO of Mount Hope Housing Company said,
     "Understanding the challenges to Broadband connectivity for the average
     New Yorker is a primary focus of the Broadband Advisory Committee;
     exploring and potentially implementing solutions to address these
     challenges will be the basis of our future planning."

     Andrew Rasiej, an Advisory Committee Member and the Founder of the
     Personal Democracy Forum and MOUSE said, "These hearings are critical
     to focusing broad political attention and building consensus for the
     need to guarantee all New Yorkers an opportunity to participate in the
     21^st Century economy."

     The New York Broadband Advisory Committee was created by [2]Local Law
     126, a bill sponsored by Council Member Gale Brewer. The purpose of the
     Committee is to advise the Mayor and the City Council on how to bring
     affordable high-speed Internet connection to all New York City
     residents, nonprofit organizations and businesses. The public hearing
     in Manhattan is the third in a series of five being convened in every
     borough. Queens and Staten Island hearings are scheduled for early


     Council Member Gale A. Brewer, Chair, Manhattan, District 6

     Council Member Bill de Blasio, Brooklyn, District 39

     Council Member Letitia James, Brooklyn, District 35

     Council Member Oliver Koppell, Bronx, District 11

     Council Member James Sanders, Jr., Brooklyn, District 31


                             Mayoral Representatives

     Shaun M. Belle, Broadband Advisory Committee Chair - President and CEO,
     Mount Hope Housing Company

     Mitchel Ahlbaum - General Counsel and Deputy Commissioner for
     Telecommunications Services, DoITT

     Thomas Dunne - Vice President of Public Affairs, Policy and
     Communications, Verizon New York

     Avi Duvdevani - Chief Information Officer/Deputy General Manager, NYCHA

     John J. Gilbert III - Executive Vice President/ Chief Operating
     Officer, Rudin Management Company

     Wendy Lader, - Vice President, Telecommunications Policy, NYCEDC

     Howard Szarfarc - President, Time Warner Cable of New York and New

     Anthony Townsend - Research Director, Institute for the Future

                          City Council Representatives

     David Birdsell - Dean, Graduate School of Public Affairs, Baruch
     College, City University of New York

     Neil Pariser - Senior Vice President, South Bronx Overall Economic
     Development Corp.

     Andrew Rasiej - Founder of MOUSE, Former candidate for Public Advocate
     of New York City

     Jose Rodriguez - President and Founder, Hispanic Information and
     Telecommunications Network

     Elisabeth Stock - President and Co-Founder, Computers for Youth

     Nicholas Thompson - Senior Editor, WIRED Magazine

     David Wicks - Founding Partner, Alwyn Group, Former Cablevision
     executive, Wall Street Investment Banker


     1. http://nycbroadband.blogspot.com/
     2. http://nyccouncil.info/issues/intros_act.cfm?intro=Int%200625%2D2005


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