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May 19, 2010

Broadband summit planned for Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — State Sen. Betty Little and Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, New York State chief information officer and director of the Office for Technology, will co-host a broadband summit to talk about closing the North Country digital divide.

The public event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid.

The goal of the program is to provide up-to-date information about existing broadband service, broadband construction projects under way and plans to develop broadband throughout the Adirondacks.

In a statement, Little said everyone recognizes that high-speed Internet connectivity "is a cornerstone of economic growth and that many of our rural communities desperately need it. The goal of the summit is to identify where we are, where we want to go and how we get there. It's about coordinating public and private efforts to speed up development and ensure the fastest, most cost efficient outcome possible."

Mayberry-Stewart is chair of the New York State Broadband Development and Deployment Council, charged to serve as the state's chief advocate for broadband development to promote long-term growth and enhance delivery of broadband services.

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