Sunday, January 14, 2007

Statewide meeting on Strickland "Broadband Ohio" program

ONE Ohio will hold a statewide briefing and consultation on Governor Ted Strickland's "Broadband Ohio" program on Friday, February 2 at the State Library in Columbus.

The Broadband Ohio policy statement includes our new Governor's commitments to:
... bring the next generation internet to every one of Ohio’s 88 counties, connecting schools, colleges, and government while at the same time helping private enterprise or public-private partnerships in communities to offer competitively priced local services in areas that are currently underserved...
... take steps to close Ohio’s digital divide by supporting community efforts to bring the benefits of broadband and technology training to low and moderate income Ohioans.
The Ohio Community Computing Network and our partners in the Ohio Digital Divide Working Group have launched an effort called "ONE Ohio (On the Net Everywhere in Ohio)" to support these commitments. We're holding local ONE Ohio meetings with interested leaders and activists in communities throughout the state, to share information about broadband and digital divide issues and to discuss potential local intiatives to promote digital access and inclusion.

Our first statewide ONE Ohio gathering is a chance to meet many of these people -- from big cities as well as small towns, from all regions of the state, and from a variety of groups and constituencies -- who share the same vision of an Ohio that's fully and fairly connected to the Net.

It's also a chance to talk with the "Broadband Ohio" transition coordinator and other Administration officials about plans to implement the Governor's commitments... and how we can help in our own communities.

The gathering will begin at 10 am and should end by 2 pm. Directions to the State Library building are here. There's plenty of free parking.

We'll provide a (working) lunch. There's no charge, but we'd appreciate an RSVP by Monday, January 29 at the latest. You can email Bill Callahan at Digital Vision or Sunny Chen at the OCCN office .

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