WASHINGTON — FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn announced the launch of her “Connecting Communities: Bridging the Communications and Opportunities Divide” Tour.

Over the course of the next several months, the Commissioner will visit communities throughout the country, where she will hear first-hand the opportunities and challenges of bringing robust, affordable communications services to all Americans. During the tour, which will be chronicled through Twitter using the hashtag #ConnectingCommunities, Commissioner Clyburn will:

  • Meet with rural and urban communities to hear their perspectives on the benefits and challenges of embracing 21st century communications services.
  • Visit health care facilities using broadband to improve patient care.
  • Meet with startups, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and providers of all sizes.
  • Visit correctional facilities to understand the impact of inmate calling reform.
  • Meet with entities focused on promoting diversity and enhancing opportunities for women and minorities.
  • Tour Tribal lands to examine their unique communications challenges.
  • Visit local 9-1-1 call centers to learn about their efforts to upgrade to Text-to-911 and Next Generation 911.

“I’m excited to embark on this national tour to hear from those seeking to bridge the communications and opportunities divide,” said Clyburn. “This is a unique opportunity to gain new insights and ensure that the FCC hears a wide range of perspectives, including the many voices that often go unheard.”

These visits are a continuation of the “Outside the Beltway” series that Commissioner Clyburn launched last year as part of her efforts to promote digital inclusion. Previous workshops, hearings and visits have included discussions with community organizations, communications providers, students and health care providers in Jackson, Mississippi; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Detroit, Michigan; and Cleveland, Ohio.

Upon the completion of the Connecting Communities Tour, Commissioner Clyburn will deliver a major policy speech this fall where she will share her observations and outline the policies she has advanced during her term to connect communities with robust, affordable communications services.