Earlier this month, the Center for Rural Strategies, the Center for Media Justice and Free Press convened at Appalshop to address rural broadband internet access in Appalachia. We've blogged about the event before, but wanted to make sure you saw the WMMT Mountain Talk broadcast of highlights from the event. More information and a podcast are available on the Making Connections website — be sure to check it out:
Hosted by Mimi Pickering – On October 12 a group gathered at Appalshop to talk about the importance of accessible, affordable high-speed Internet in Appalachian communities. Residents from across the region came to share their concerns and ideas with special guests Jonathan Adelstein, administrator of the Rural Utilities Service in the US Department of Agriculture, and Mark DeFalco from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The first broadband hearing to be held in rural America, was co-sponsored by the Center for Rural Strategies, the Center for Media Justice, and Free Press, with the local support of Appalshop, the Partnership of African American Churches, and the Central Appalachia Regional Network. This WMMT Mountain Talk highlights excerpts from the presentations and public comments shared at the event.