December 2011

So: What’s Next for T-Mobile?

December 29, 2011

Tweet The Obama Administration, in keeping with its pledge to vacate the “let it ride” attitude of the Bush Administration toward antitrust, successfully scared off AT&T’s attempt to acquire T-Mobile USA from its parent, Deutsche Telekom AG.  AT&T announced last week that it was withdrawing its bid for America’s fourth largest wireless carrier. Both the […]

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State Action Can Make Lifeline Telephone Assistance Stronger, More Effective

December 27, 2011

Tweet Have you ever thought about life without a phone? For most Americans—the 96 percent who have telephone service—it’s a crazy notion. They are unaware of the handicap of doing without. For families who can’t afford a phone, however, the handicap is real. They are isolated from each other in times of need, vulnerable when […]

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MMTC Chair Henry Rivera Celebrates 25 Years of Service

December 25, 2011

Tweet At its 25th birthday celebration, the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) honored Chairman Henry Rivera and his quarter century of service to the organization. MMTC might not exist without him. And if it did, it certainly wouldn’t be the same. As one of the original founders, the Honorable Henry Rivera was certainly due […]

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MMTC Commends FCC for Addressing Media Ownership Diversity

December 23, 2011

Tweet The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) commends the Federal Communications Commission for addressing diversity of ownership among broadcast licensees. In yesterday’s media ownership rulemaking notice, the Commission specifically seeks comment on an Incubation Plan, proposed by MMTC and supported by 29 national organizations. Under the plan, if a radio broadcaster incubates a new […]

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FCC Says ‘Measuring Broadband America’ Report’s Success is Improving Broadband Access

December 23, 2011

Tweet Last week Joel Gurin, Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the FCC, recapped the success of the “Measuring Broadband America” report in an FCC blog post. Gurin’s post begins with him touting the FCC’s recent successes, including its push to fight bill shock.  From there, he moves on to the FCC’s […]

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The New Digital Divide: Skills, Literacy, and the Creative Process

December 21, 2011

Tweet Access to the Internet through a broadband connection remains an issue in America, as studies have shown. But now the digital divide is being reinterpreted as less about getting to the Web and more about how we use it. With the expansion of wireless broadband and the quick adoption of smartphones and other wireless […]

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MMTC Celebrates 25 Years!

December 18, 2011

Tweet Dear Friends: I hope this note finds you well on this, MMTC’s 25th Birthday – December 18, 2011. On December 17, 1986, the FCC, with no notice, announced a suspension of two of its (then) three minority broadcast ownership policies. The vote was unanimous, which was even more of a wake-up call for those […]

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Top Techie Holiday Gift Ideas

December 18, 2011

Tweet If you’re anything like me, you dread the holiday season.  No, it’s not because of those awful fruit cakes that you will inevitably receive or the chore of detangling Christmas lights.  It’s because of the mental torture that one goes through when trying to think of the perfect gift to give a loved one. […]

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Movie Industry, Minorities Speak on Online Piracy

December 16, 2011

Tweet The debate over legislation to prevent online piracy continues to divide the nation. But, major interest groups like the Motion Picture Association of America express their support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) currently pending in the U.S. House of Representatives, and its sister bill, the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity […]

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Misunderstanding Race and the Digital Divide

December 16, 2011

Tweet “One of the surest signs of the Philistine is his reverence for the superior tastes of those who put him down.” -Pauline Kael What is to blame for digital age inequality?  The digital divide behind door number one?  Or the digital divide behind door number two?  These seem like silly questions.  That’s because they […]

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