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Maryland Working Families is hosting a forum on Thursday, Sept. 17.

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A local grassroots group is planning a forum to discuss broadband access in Baltimore this week.
Maryland Working Families is set to hold the “Bringing Broadband to Baltimore City” forum on Thursday, Sept. 17. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Baltimore (2640 St. Paul St.).
A flier promoting the event characterizes Baltimore as a “fiber desert.”
“Maryland Working Families is bringing together activists, elected officials, academics experts and other Baltimoreans who want and need access to Broadband,” the flier states.
The event comes at a time when conversation about broadband access is starting to enter the public debate.
Maryland Working Families is currently running a campaign to encourage Verizon to bring its high-speed FiOS service to the city.
Elsewhere, the mayor recently hired tech community leader Jason Hardebeck as the city’s Broadband Coordinator. That move followed a report from a city task force that called for better internet connectivity.

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