CAMBRIDGE - On Monday, March
2nd the Mary McClellan Foundation hosted a conference for local
community members to discuss the future in telecommunications. Joyce
Davis, executive director of the Foundation said, "Mary
McClellan Hospital is taking the lead in this area and has already
been accepted into the Adirondack Area Network, a Frame Relay Cloud
that will bring video conferencing, telemedicine and interactive
distance learning to the local area." The feature speaker was
David Bonner, Ph.D., the Director of Information Technology
Initiatives for the Sage Colleges and is one of the two principles
who developed the Adirondack Area Network. A native of the area, he
was honored in Washington , D.C. the week of Feb 23rd as the
innovator of a network that has been selected by the Federal
Government as the solution for telecommunications in rural America.
Dr. Bonner explained the Network in simplistic terms and endorsed
the hospital's proposed plan to submit a proposal to the
Telecommunications Information Infrastructure Assistance Program
through the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC.
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the meeting were representatives from area schools, libraries,
members of the Board of Directors, Medical staff, representatives
from Public Health Nursing, Nursing Homes and businesses in the
community. Davis said, "A telecommunications grant was
submitted on March 12, 1998, accompanied by letters of support from
local schools, libraries, the Dept. of Pub. Health, Albany Med. Ctr.
and The Sage Colleges - the innovators and supporters of the
Adirondack Area Network and from all politicians, both state and
federal who represent our area."
The Eagle Wednesday, March 18,