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NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 12 December 2007 New York City Broadband Committee

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 12 December 2007 New York City Broadband Committee Hearing
Date: 6 Dec 2007 03:54:21 -0500

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

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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]

    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




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