Media Advisory: FCC & Knight Foundation Host Digital Inclusion Summit at Newseum on March 9

Summit Includes Overview of Working Recommendations for Broadband Adoption in FCC’s National Broadband Plan

Caption: FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski addresses audience at The Newseum

The Federal Communications Commission and the John S. and James. L. Knight Foundation are hosting a March 9 summit to highlight solutions to the challenge of providing broadband for everyone.  Called America’s Digital Inclusion Summit: Working Together to Expand Opportunity Through Universal Access, the event will be held at the Newseum and feature a wide range of broadband leaders, including FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen, Lafayette, La. City-Parish President Joey Durel, FCC Commissioners Michael Copps, Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Attwell Baker, and members of Congress.  The program will include a “voices of inclusion” segment providing an opportunity for people to share their stories about how broadband – or the lack of it – has affected their lives.  The event is open to the press and public.

Nearly a third of American households lack broadband access at home, even when it is available in their community. The program will unveil some of the working recommendations in the FCC’s National Broadband Plan for increasing the nation’s rate of broadband adoption, a critical goal in an era when broadband is central to education, job search and training, economic development, and the information needs of communities. An Inclusion Showcase will demonstrate applications and programs that are already working to effectively bridge the digital divide and promote broadband adoption.

  • WHAT:  America’s Digital Inclusion Summit
  • WHERE: The Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. (map)
  • VIDEOCAST: FCC Commission Room, 445 12th St. SW, Washington, D.C. (map)                     
  • WEBCAST: www.fcc.gov/live
  • WHEN: Tuesday, March 9, 9:00 am to 12:15 pm.  Continental breakfast available at 8:30 a.m.
  • PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED at www.digisummit.org

About the FCC

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 directed the FCC to submit a National Broadband Plan to Congress that addresses broadband deployment, adoption, affordability, and the use of broadband to advance solutions to national priorities.  More information about development of the National Broadband Plan can be found at www.broadband.gov.  Information about the Knight Foundation can be found at http://www.knightfoundation.org/.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed, engaged communities and lead to transformational change. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.

Media Contact:

Mark Wigfield, 202-418-0253 Email: mark.wigfield@fcc.gov

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.