Alliance for Digital Equality Summit Reaches Over 1 Million with White House Participation

Oct 14, 2010, 10:00 ET from Alliance for Digital Equality

Summit highlights include computer donations made to Eastern and Western Carolina organizations

ATLANTA, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Alliance for Digital Equality's (ADE) announced today that they reached over one million viewers through the Digital Empowerment Summit held last Friday in Charlotte, NC with White House participation.  ADE attributes this high viewership to a combination of social media use, local and national broadcast media including radio interviews, television appearances and newspaper coverage, as well as the live national webcast that captured viewers from 18 states.

"At ADE we take our mission very seriously to help communities like Charlotte to understand the impact of broadband in their lives and on the local economy. We couldn't be more pleased by the phenomenal response in Charlotte and in other communities across the country," said Cynthia Miller, ADE Marketing Officer.  "We are very happy that the Charlotte Summit was such a great success and look forward to building on this success as we move to new markets."

The Charlotte Digital Empowerment Summit was the first of its kind in North Carolina.  ADE has hosted a number of Digital Empower Summits throughout the country in an effort to educate Americans about the benefits of new broadband technologies and be a voice of underserved communities to raise awareness of the importance of new technologies regardless of socioeconomic status.

During the Summit, ADE donated a large number of computers to several nonprofit organizations spanning from Eastern to Western Carolina.  The presentations were made live via webcast and through video links to both Elizabeth State and Western Carolina Universities.  ADE's donation will enable these nonprofit groups to fully participate in the growing global, digital economy.

"As broadband technologies continue to advance, the price of digital exclusion grows greater every day for those who do not have access," said ADE Senior Advisor, Shirley Franklin. "We will continue to reach out to underserved and un-served communities through our summits in addition to other ADE programs to ensure that this great tool can be fully utilized.  We maintain that regulation is not the solution, and would instead hinder the art of the possible, and we remain hopeful that Congress will move forward to provide guidance on bridging the digital divide by implementing the principles of the National Broadband Plan."

Highlights of the Charlotte Summit can be viewed at

About The Alliance for Digital Equality:  The Alliance for Digital Equality (ADE), headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer advocacy organization that serves to facilitate and ensure equal access to technology in underserved communities. The ADE also serves as a bridge between policymakers and minority individuals in order to help the public understand how legislative and regulatory policies regarding new technologies can impact and empower their daily lives.

SOURCE Alliance for Digital Equality