The Assistant Secretary for Communications
and Information

Washington, D.C. 20230

Mr. David Bonner
Sage Colleges
Office of Institutional Studies and Sponsored Programs
45 Ferry Street
Troy, NY 12180

Mr. Bonner:

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Public Utility Law Project (PULP) are co-sponsoring a national conference, Connecting All Americans for the 21st Century: Telecommunications Links in Low Income and Rural America, to be held on February 25-26, 1998, in Washington, DC, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel. The conference will focus on programs and policies designed to improve the level of connectivity to advanced information technology in these communities. Over 500 community leaders, industry representatives, and federal and state policymakers have registered to participate in this important conference.

Connecting All Americans for the 21st Century will feature interactive demonstrations of community networking projects such as yours. We will showcase ten community networking projects on the afternoon of February 25th. Because of your accomplishments and contributions to building the nation's information infrastructure, we would like you to demonstrate your project at this conference.

FCC Chairman William Kennard and FCC Commissioner Gloria Tristani will join us in addressing the conference. Other attendees will include telecommunications policymakers, information technology specialists, and advocates for low-income and rural communities and consumers. These individuals are interested in learning how new technology can help reinvent services and revitalize communities. You have played a part in this revolution, and we would benefit from your insights into how these extraordinary advances can transform the everyday lives of poor and rural Americans.

We have enclosed a conference brochure for your review, as well as a memorandum describing the preferred format of these demonstrations. We hope you can join us for the conference. We will call you in the next several days to confirm your interest and availability, and to discuss the logistics of setting up your demonstration. If you have questions in the interim, please call Trudi Renwick at 800-255-7857 ext. 16.