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Mar 23, 2010 1:56 PM by Letitia Walker

Parish President Joey Durel Goes Back to Washington

Press Release: In the same month that he was asked to speak by the Federal Communications Commission and the Knight Foundation for Lafayette’s “Fiber to the Home” initiative, City-Parish President Joey Durel has been invited back to Washington, DC to discuss broadband at Google’s headquarters in the nation’s capital.

“While cities all over America are talking about the Google Initiative, it is exciting that Lafayette has been invited to participate in this discussion. This is another opportunity to share Lafayette’s story, and I am thrilled that our city is recognized as being a leader in high-speed broadband in America,” offered President Durel.

Along with Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) Director Terry Huval and Lafayette Public Utilities Authority (LPUA) Vice-Chair and Councilman Don Bertrand, he will participate in a summit held by The Paley Center for Media and the Ford Foundation. The purpose of the summit is to “work together in support of new and creative ways to make the Broadband Plan serve the public interest.”

LUS Director Huval issued the following statement about the city’s invitation: "For our community to be specifically invited to be part of these discussions says a lot about how much the nation respects the determination of Lafayette's citizens in their efforts to bring fiber to their homes and businesses. Each time we take part in an event like this, we bring focused attention on ways to make this fiber investment reap even more benefits than ever imagined."

The summit takes place on the heels of the FCC’s release of the National Broadband Plan (www.broadband.gov), and seeks to gather information from entities and communities across the country.

This meeting is part of an ongoing collaboration between the sponsoring organizations, Ford Foundation and the Paley Center, to bring a diverse set of leaders together to explore opportunities provided to Americans through a broadband infrastructure.

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