RIT Dean Appointed to New York State Broadband Initiative Committee

Committee to push Governor Paterson’s vision of affordable broadband for all New Yorkers

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Jorge Díaz-Herrera, dean of Rochester Institute of Technology’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, has been appointed by New York State Gov. David Paterson to serve on the state’s Broadband Development and Deployment Council.

The newly created council was established in June by the governor’s executive order and is intended to pursue the goal of ensuring universal, affordable, high-speed and high-capacity broadband access for all New Yorkers. Díaz-Herrera will serve on the Digital Literacy & Adoption committee, one of four technical committees that operate as part of the council. Diaz-Herrera’s committee will focus on programs to address affordability, computer ownership and adoption, digital literacy and consumer education.

“I’m honored to have been asked by Gov. Paterson to serve on this committee,” says Díaz-Herrera. “It is important that we ensure affordable and reliable broadband access to each and every New Yorker and I personally know how important this is. Doing so will make New York a better state in which to live, and will bolster our economy in the process.”

Díaz-Herrera, a West Bloomfield resident, is the founding dean of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, a position in which he has served since 2002.