FCC Commissioner to visit Marietta on Tuesday at Connectivity Summit

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - The Appalachian Ohio-West Virginia Connectivity Summit is scheduled for Tuesday, July 18, at two locations in Marietta.

The Summit has two parts: a workshop and a town-hall meeting.

The workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Washington State Community College, while the town hall will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Marietta High School

Business and community leaders will be addressing internet and cell-service issues in their communities.

The highly anticipated portion of the summit is when FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn listens to plans from community leaders and those affected by connectivity challenges.

West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says, “We had Commissioner Pai who's chair of the FCC to two rural counties in West Virginia, this week, to demonstrate one county that has been able to deploy broadband, and the next county over that’s had some difficulties. He could see the contrast, see the economic development potentials. I think its great Commissioner Clyburn is coming to Marietta. I think it’s important for commissioners to see where the gaps are, and try to find creative ideas to close those gaps.”

For more information on either the summit or town hall, go to www.ruralassembly.org/broadband-marietta, or call 740-274-1146.

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