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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

New York Broadband: New York State Council for Universal Broadband Issues First Report

05/06/09 New York State Chief Information Officer via StimulatingBroadband.com Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, New York State Chief Information Officer, Director of the Office for Technology and Chair of the New York State Council for Universal Broadband announced today the release of the first New York State Universal Broadband Annual Report prepared by the Council.

The Report (download .PDF) covers the activities of Council during calendar year 2008.

In support of the mandate of Governor David A. Paterson for greater transparency and accountability, the Council for Universal Broadband released the first Annual Report highlighting the accomplishments of the Council in its first full year of operations. The report highlights efforts to ensure every New Yorker has access to affordable, high speed broadband.

"Broadband telecommunications is critical to urban and rural communities to improve the economic competitiveness of New York State. Our accomplishments reflect the important work put forth by our public and private partners to advance Governor David A. Paterson's vision of affordable broadband access for all New Yorkers," said Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, New York State Chief Information Officer and Director of the Office for Technology.

"I want to thank our many Council members who helped to launch our state's broadband initiative and achieve our first years' results. Together, we can improve broadband infrastructure and increase digital literacy throughout New York State."

"Over the past year, the Digital Literacy Action Team developed a set of statewide Digital Literacy Standards which were approved by the Broadband Council. We hope to have the Governor, Board of Regents and Legislature endorse these standards for statewide use," said Michael Borges, Executive Director, NY Library Association and Chair of the Digital Literacy Action Team of the Council.

"In 2008, the Government Initiatives Action Team began exploring how existing state assets could be deployed to expand broadband service to our communities. Also they began to examine the current broadband infrastructure investment policies of departments, agencies and authorities to see if current best practices can be extended to others," said Edward Reinfurt, Executive Director New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation and Chair of the Government Initiatives Action Team of the Council.

Focusing on Governor David A. Paterson's vision, the Council for Universal Broadband is committed to ensuring every New Yorker has access to affordable high speed broadband services. StimulatingBroadband.com

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