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PTI Joins Call for Local Commitment
to Broadband Strategies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2005


PTI ENDORSES THE COMMUNITY TELESTRUCTURE INITIATIVE

PTI Joins with CTI and Challenges Communities to Accept New Responsibility as Key Players in Broadband Deployment

Washington, DC- March 22 Ė PTI has endorsed the Community Telestructure Initiative launched last week to develop strategies and implement policies that will spur the deployment of local broadband infrastructure. The Initiative asks communities to take formal responsibility for creating a local connectivity strategy, as they have with other infrastructure elements such as water, power and transportation. PTI is a premiere endorser of the Community Telestructure Initiative (CTI) along with TechNet, the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) and AeA.

"Historically, telecom services were capital intensive and remotely regulated. However with todayís advances in technology we need to provide the leadership to promote greater and more affordable broadband deployment at the local level," said PTIís executive director Dr. Alan R. Shark. "Itís our hope that through the efforts of CTI and its supporting organizations we will be able to stimulate the kind of widespread action needed that will enable local communities to more aggressively pursue broadband objectives."

"The initiative is not intended to endorse a specific technology or business model for optimizing connectivity. Rather, its purpose is to underscore that local communities have a new responsibility to themselves and their fellow citizens to assure their community has the highest levels of broadband capability and access," said Don Means, founder and principal of Digital Village Associates and facilitator of the CTI.

Hundreds of communities are creating bold plans and undertaking innovative projects to extend and enhance their local broadband infrastructures. By leveraging public assets and natural market forces, these communities are behaving like distinct local telecom/datacom markets. Because no two communities have the same combination of social, economic and telecom infrastructure development, the goals of CTI are further underscored. The CTI declaration at www.telestructure.com also acts as a "concept hub" that will link key players to issues, policies, resources and news that impact broadband deployment and local telecom infrastructure.

About PTI
Public Technology Institute is a national non-profit technology research and development membership organization created in 1971, based in Washington, D.C. Many of the most innovative and technology savvy cities and counties across the nation are members of PTI. PTIís mission is to help bring the benefits of technology to local and state governments. Through research, task forces, focus groups, pilot projects and other initiatives, PTI works with industry partners to keep pace with advances in technology and forge innovative solutions to the challenges faced by local governments.

About the Community Telestructure Initiative (CTI)
CTI is a broad collaboration of public and private interests who pledge to work jointly and independently to encourage local communities to take responsibility for the design and development of strategies to foster broadband deployment. The CTI declaration can be found at www.telestructure.com.

 
 
Facilitator: Digital Village Associates  
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