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Subject: Upcoming Broadband Advisory Committee Meeting
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 18:51:41 -0400
From: "Malhotra, Kunal"

Evening,

I wanted to let you know about an upcoming event that might be of
interest.

CITY HALL - On Wednesday, July 30th at 11:00am there will be a briefing
from the Mayor's Office and Diamond Consultants for the Broadband
Advisory Committee regarding the Bloomberg Administration's plans for
bridging the digital divide in New York City.

The Broadband Advisory Committee was established in 2005 with the
passage of Introduction 625-A creating a joint public broadband
commission to advise the Mayor and the City Council of New York on how
the resources of City government can be used to stimulate the private
market so that residents and businesses of New York City have more
options in terms of high-speed Internet access. The goal of the
committee is to educate the general public about broadband and the
newest communication technologies, and to give New York City residents
the opportunity to comment on how the digital divide in New York City
can be closed. To support these efforts the Broadband Advisory
Committee has held public Broadband Hearings in the Bronx, Brooklyn,
Manhattan, and Queens. The Committee will hold its fifth and final
hearing in Staten Island this fall.

Diamond Consultants was hired by the New York City Economic Development
Corporation to determine the breadth of the digital divide in New York
City and develop programs and initiatives to provide greater digital
inclusion for all residents. Chris O'Brien, a Partner in Diamond's
Public Sector practice, will be detailing Diamond's findings and its
recommendations for the City's next steps.

The meeting will take place in the Committee of the Whole Room, City
Hall, New York, NY on Wednesday, July 30th at 11:00 am. This is a public
meeting and all are welcome to attend. For further information please
contact Kunal Malhotra, Director of Legislation & Budget, 212-788-6975
or Kunal.Malhotra@council.nyc.gov

Kunal Malhotra

Director of Legislation & Budget

Office of Council Member Gale A. Brewer

250 Broadway, Room 1744

New York, NY 10007

Kunal.Malhotra@council.nyc.gov

Office: (212) 788-6975

Cell: (347) 461-4329