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(Washington, D.C.) – Early next month, U.S. Senator Patty Murray will chair a conference in Spokane, Washington, aimed at helping small and rural communities take advantage of new telecommunications technologies. The Getting Connected Summit is expected to draw approximately 400 people from throughout Washington state.

"The technology revolution is reshaping our economy at breathtaking speed," Senator Murray said. "Right now, too many communities in our state are shut out of this new economy and the education and health care services technology allows."

Getting Connected will take place June 1-2 at the Spokane Center, 334 West Spokane Boulevard. Through a series of panels and speakers, the conference will focus on the telecommunications needs of small and rural communities, helping those communities gain access to providers, discussing the future of the Internet, and highlighting the applications of this new and constantly-changing technology.

In addition to Senator Murray, participants will include Governor Gary Locke, other public officials and utility representatives, executives from telecommunications service providers, and business leaders from Microsoft, Network Commerce Inc.,, Unisys, and other technology companies.