ITC Steering Committee Continues Work on Broadband

Nation Cities Weekly
June 29, 2009

by Julia Pulidindi
NLC’s Information Technology and Communications (ITC) Steering Committee met this month in Nashville, Tenn., to address the policy agenda set at its March meeting in Washington, D.C.

Led by chair Steve Peterson, councilmember, Bloomington, Minn., and hosted by Nashville Councilmember Vivian Wilhoite, the committee addressed several issues surrounding the need for a better technological infrastructure.

In April, NLC, along with its national partners, submitted comments in response to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utility Service joint request for information to facilitate their distribution of the broadband money in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The committee also heard from the executive director of Connected Tennessee, a division of Connected Nation Inc., on the role of cities in advancing broadband access. Connected Tennessee is an organization that develops and implements effective strategies for technology deployment, use and literacy in Tennessee. It aims to increase the availability and use of technology to impact business, community and economic development, healthcare, education and governance.

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