Rural Broadband Summit & Hearing in Whitesburg, KY

    We’ve reached a critical juncture in the debate over the future of wireless Internet in America. The Justice Department has sued to block AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile, and the movement for better broadband in rural communities is growing. 

    That's why the Center for Media Justice, the Center for Rural Strategies and Free Press are excited to host the first Rural Broadband Summit & Hearing. This event will be held in Whitesburg, Ky. on Oct. 1112. 

    Rural community members, media justice advocates and local, state and federal policymakers will discuss community-based solutions to closing the digital divide for communities of color and rural, low-income and tribal communities  as well as AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile and its potential impact on rural America. 

    Rural Broadband Summit & Hearing, Oct. 11–12

    (Guests are encouraged to participate in both events.)

      • Summit: Oct. 11, 1–7 p.m., Letcher County Cooperative Extension Service, 478 Extension Drive, Whitesburg, Ky.
        • 1:00 p.m.      Welcome & Opening Remarks
        • 1:45 p.m.     Workshop: Broadband Access in Rural America: Issues & Solutions, Edyael Casaperalta, Center for Rural Strategies
        • 2:45 p.m.         Break
        • 3:00 p.m.         Film Screening          
        • 3:25 p.m.         Workshop: The Future of Wireless, amalia deloney, Center for Media Justice
        • 4:45 p.m.       Break
        • 4:50 p.m.       Workshop: What Would the AT&T Takeover of T-Mobile Mean for Rural  America? Misty Perez Truedson, Free Press
        • 5:50 p.m.        Sharing Your Solutions to Rural Broadband Issues
        • 6:45 p.m.       Dinner
      • Hearing: Oct. 12, 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Appalshop Auditorium, 91 Madison Ave., Whitesburg, Ky.
        • 8:00 a.m.      Breakfast & Event Overview for Participants
        • 10:00 a.m.     Welcome & Remarks by Special Guests, Including Jonathan Adelstein, Administrator of USDA's Rural Utilities Service, and Mayor G.C. Kincer of Jenkins, Ky.
        • 10:30 a.m.   Opening Panel: Rural America Speaks
        • 10:50 a.m.    Testimony/Public Comments
        • 12:00 p.m.    Brief Responses from Invited Guests
        • 12:20 p.m.    Thanks and Closing

    To RSVP, please provide the information below. For more information about travel and lodging, click here: Travel_and_Lodging_Information.pdf

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