Community Involvement in Using and Improving Broadband Services

One of the wonderful paradoxes in life is that the very technology that connects us also gives us freedom. Whether it is the ability to work all over the world from Maui, or to organize the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia and Egypt. We can not take this connectivity or freedom for granted. Learn about free speech and connectivity issues facing us in our communities at a Webex conversation with Maui’s public access media organization’s CEO, Jay April. Today, July 5th from 11:30-1:30 Hawaii Time.

How Can Communities Improve Their Connectivity

Featuring Jay April who is the CEO of Akaku, Maui’s public access media organization. Jay was involved in the first public access television program in the 1970’s in Connecticut and also produced some of the first environmental programing for CNN. He came to Maui in the early 90’s to run Synchromics Studios at the Maui Tech Park and has been involved with Akaku for over the last 10 years. He has also stayed connected with the network of individuals and organizations involved with advocating for the public’s access to media.

Why is it that Hawaii has some of the worst and most expensive Internet connectivity in the US, and the U.S way behind many other nations? How can we change this? Join in the discussion and learn both about national trends and what is going on in Hawaii.

Learn about Akaku’s grant with the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, one of President Obama’s Recovery Act Investments. Find out how you can get involved.

Instructions for Participating via Webex below.

Those attending face-to-face at the Don Malcolm Conference room are invited to bring pot luck.

You are also invited to bring laptops. However we will limit mic use to a speakerphone set up in the conference room.

Meeting information

Topic: Conversation with Jay April on “Communities and Improving Broadband”

Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Time: 11:30 am, Hawaii Time (Honolulu, GMT-10:00)

Meeting Number: 578 181 709

Meeting Password: aloha

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Audio conference information

Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-408-792-6300

Access code:578 181 709

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