[CUWiN] [CUWiN Press Release] 2007 Internation Summit for Community
Wireless Networks -- SAVE THE DATE!
sascha at ucimc.org
Mon Oct 16 20:30:18 CDT 2006
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NETWORK DEVELOPERS AND IMPLEMENTERS, POLICY EXPERTS, AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS
WILL GATHER AT LOYOLA COLLEGE IN COLUMBIA, MARYLAND, MAY 18-20, 2007 TO
EXPLORE THE FUTURE OF BROADBAND.
The Champaign-Urbana Community Wireless Network (CUWiN) and the Center for
Community Informatics (CCI) will host the International Summit for Community
Wireless Networks from May 18-20, 2007 at Loyola College in Columbia, Maryland.
The summit is the largest gathering of wireless network developers, technology
and policy experts, and community organizers working to build universal,
low-cost broadband networks around the world. "We are proud to host an event
that brings together technologists and activists committed to universal access
to informatics," said Marco Figueiredo, CCI Director.
"The International Summit for Community Wireless Networks explores the
opportunities and challenges facing the growing movement to build nonprofit,
open-source, community and municipal broadband networks," said Sascha Meinrath,
co-founder and Executive Director of CUWiN. "This event showcases cutting-edge
technologies and develops political strategies to increase digital inclusion."
Since the first National Summit for Community Wireless Networks in 2004, over
300 Community Internet and municipal broadband projects have sprung up in the
United States alone. The summit will focus on how these networks can better
serve their target populations, the policies needed to support broader
deployment of community wireless systems, and the latest technological and
Presenters at previous summits have included Annie Collins of Fiber for Our
Future, Mark Cooper of the Consumer Federation of America, Harold Feld of Media
Access Project, Robert W. McChesney of Free Press, Matt Rantanen of Tribal
Digital Village, Greg Richardson of Civitium LLC, Paul Smith of the Center for
Neighborhood Technologies, Jim Snider of the New America Foundation, Dana
Spiegel of NYC Wireless, Esme Vos of Muniwireless.com and many other luminaries.
"High-speed broadband access is the electricity of the 21st century, yet many
rural and poorer urban communities are being left off the grid," said Ben Scott,
policy director of Free Press, the DC-based policy think-tank. "The innovators
and organizers at the International Summit for Community Wireless Networks are
blazing the trail to make broadband affordable and available to everyone."
For more information on the summit will soon be available at:
Hope to see you there,
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