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Free Press to Kick Off National Town Hall Series in L.A.

WASHINGTON - -- a public-private sector initiative to connect every American to a fast, open and affordable Internet -- will hold its first town hall meeting on Dec. 6 in Los Angeles. This event is the first of a nationwide series designed to build popular support for making universal Internet access a top priority for the new administration and Congress.

WHAT: Town Hall Meeting
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. PT
WHERE: The Radisson at the University of Southern California, 3540 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, Calif.

High-speed Internet, or "broadband," is becoming a crucial public necessity -- with unprecedented social, economic and educational potential. Technology plays a key role in solving many of the problems we face as a nation. But America's growing digital divide -- both domestically and internationally -- has cost the United States its claim to global Internet leadership. The social and economic consequences of America's failure to remain competitive are severe, and the need to address the problem is urgent.

"The Internet is transforming our democracy and economy," said Josh Silver, executive director of Free Press, the organizer of "Yet nearly half of American homes are still not connected to broadband. Closing this digital divide must be a national priority. With its diverse citizenry, creative community and unique relationship to the information economy, Los Angeles is the perfect place to light the fire for Internet for everyone."

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