#ConnectingCommunities: Addressing the Communications Divide

Information is necessary to daily decision making. However, many across the country, including Tribal Communities, continue to lack the infrastructure and resources that would enable access to information. This communications divide has been the focus of Mignon L. Clyburn, Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

In April 2016, the Commissioner announced the launch of the “Connecting Communities: Bridging the Communications and Opportunities Divide” Tour, and began meeting with rural and urban communities to learn of the benefits and challenges facing the communications sector nationwide. This tour included visits to Tribal Communities to hear of specific challenges that Indian Country continues to face.

In a press release from April 2016 announcing the tour, Clyburn said, “I’m excited to embark on this national tour to hear from those seeking to bridge the communications and opportunities divide. This is a unique opportunity to gain new insights and ensure that the FCC hears a wide range of perspectives, including the many voices that often go unheard.”

The Connecting Communities tour will conclude with the #Solutions2020 Policy Forum taking place today, October 19, 2016, at 1 p.m. EDT at the Gewirz Building, Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001. Over 20 panelists from across the country, including Loris Taylor, President and CEO of Native Public Media, will discuss some of the most challenging issues facing the communications sector to date. Topics of the policy forum will include

  • Bridging the Affordability Gap
  • What is 5G?
  • Combating Inequality in the Communications Sector
  • Health Care: An Unfinished Chapter of the National Broadband Plan
  • The Future of Viewpoint Diversity

The discussion will be streamed live at https://www.fcc.gov/live.

You can read the press release at https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-338868A1.pdf.

For more information about the forum, visit https://www.fcc.gov/news-events/events/2016/10/commissioner-clyburn%E2%80%99s-solutions2020-policy-forum.

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