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I wanted to make you aware of an important upcoming Digital Inclusion Summit, at the Maplewood Performing Arts Theatre, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Please HOLD THE MORNING OF MARCH 9, 2010 and assist me by sharing this message with other local government, economic development, community, public safety, healthcare, education, arts and business leaders who may attend. Everyone is welcome!

The digital age is creating an information and communications renaissance. But, due to limited access to affordable broadband and a widening gap in adequate digital literacy training and adoption, it is not serving all Americans and their local communities equally. The economic downturn of 2008 added urgency to all this concern. The needs are great. The time has come for new and aggressive action to dramatically improve the individual and community opportunities available in Minnesota and across America. How we react, individually and collectively, to this shortfall will affect the quality of our lives and the very nature of our communities. It is time to re-examine our roles as citizens in the digital age. We have a unique opportunity to leverage innovation and effective collaboration to expand broadband availability and adoption now. Creating informed communities is a task for everyone.

America’s Digital Inclusion Summit
Working Together To Expand Opportunity Through Universal Broadband Access

Tuesday, March 9th from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Central Time

Live Webcast followed by a Community Conversation at Maplewood Performing Arts Theatre

Join the Federal Communications Commission and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for an overview of the recommendations in the FCC’s National Broadband Plan meant to ensure that all Americans are included in the broadband era. As the FCC prepares to deliver the Plan to Congress on March 17th, hear perspectives from Chairman Genachowski, members of Congress, Knight Foundation President & CEO Alberto Ibargüen and people from across the country that have benefited from broadband. Help create solutions that drive broadband adoption for all Americans.

Live at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC
Videocast at the FCC Commission Room, 445 12th SW, Washington DC
Webcast at the Maplewood Performing Arts Theatre, 2100 White Bear Avenue, Maplewood, MN
Map and Directions

Best Regards,

James

James Farstad
Knight Foundation Consultant

612.279.1175 (Voice/Fax)
612.669.2318 (Mobile)
jamesfarstad.us@gmail.com

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