October 2011

Lifeline/LinkUp Programs Can Help Strengthen Our Communities

October 31, 2011

Tweet “Throughout American history many of our social gains and much of our progress toward democracy were made possible by the active intervention of the federal government. “ – Harold Washington, Former Mayor of Chicago For many African Americans, communication has provided a bridge to personal, political, and economic empowerment. Numerous leaders who have fought […]

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Protect IP Act: Minorities Who Produce It, Should Get Paid For It

October 28, 2011

Tweet Debate has recently centered on the Protect IP Act of 2011, whose fate currently lies in the Senate. While hardly sensationalistic for the headline of the day, the bill has far-reaching impact if passed: it establishes a system for blocking the domain names of non-U.S. based sites that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has […]

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Who Falls Behind When Homework Goes Online?

October 26, 2011

Tweet “Do your homework,” my mom used to say, and she meant it. My parents insisted that school assignments were a priority for my brothers, sister and me. In our house, homework was serious business. It is serious business for students today, too. Though studies have shown that American schoolchildren in the past have done […]

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MMTC COMMENDS 4A’S ON NON-DISCRIMINATION MEDIA VENDOR POLICY

October 26, 2011

Tweet MMTC released the following press statement on October 25. The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) commends the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) for today’s announcement that it has adopted a non-discrimination media vendor policy and complaint review process. This historic achievement will directly combat the invidious “No Urban” and “No Spanish Dictates” […]

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The Universal Service Fund: A Tug of War over Reform and What It Means for Us Today

October 24, 2011

Tweet This article concludes our series on USF Reform. It will continue to discuss the ideas and problems discussed during MMTC’s September 12, 2011 policy meeting. The Universal Service Fund is supposed to balance the burdens that it puts on the customers who fund it with the benefits that it grants to the people that […]

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Chicago-Land Expands Broadband

October 21, 2011

Tweet Some say Chicago is the center of the political universe ever since its adopted native son moved into the White House. But it’s also the place where urban broadband for the underserved is coming alive. The Windy City took another step closer to universal broadband access for its citizens when it announced recently that […]

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Trinity Broadcasting Donates LPTV Stations

October 19, 2011

Tweet MMTC Secures Ownership and Training Opportunities for Minorities and Women Washington, D.C. (October 18, 2011): The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) announces the completion of deals to market and to secure owners for 89 of 147 LPTV stations donated to MMTC by Trinity Broadcasting in 2010. MMTC has secured FCC approval for a […]

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MMTC Commends FCC for Work with Broadband Adoption in Letter to Chairman Genachowski

October 18, 2011

Tweet October 17, 2011 Hon. Julius Genachowski Chairman Federal Communications Commission 445 12th St. S.W. Washington, DC 20010 Dear Chairman Genachowski, The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council wishes to commend you and the Commission for your continued efforts to extend broadband to everyone in the nation and close the digital divide. Achieving universal broadband access, […]

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The Universal Service Fund: A Tug of War over Reform and What It Means for Us Today

October 17, 2011

Tweet Part II – There is a Major Need to Revamp the High Cost Fund This article continues our series on USF Reform. It will continue to discuss the ideas and problems discussed during MMTC’s September policy meeting. What if I told you of a government program where your company could apply for a government […]

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To Break Barriers, Know Your ABCs and Ps and Qs

October 14, 2011

Tweet During the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual legislative conference, Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee convened a panel discussion on diversity in the technology sector, “African Americans: Joining the Leading Edge of the High Tech Boom.” This first-ever CBC convening of tech entrepreneurs and thought leaders was designed to identify strategies to open up “a […]

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