January 2012

MMTC Presents Two New Digital Awards at Third Annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit

January 31, 2012

Tweet The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council confers awards at its conferences every year to recognize and celebrate leading communications practitioners, advocates, and scholars.  Thanks to tireless efforts by an increasing number of notable advocates across the country, the list of worthy recipients keeps growing.  This year, MMTC created two new awards to recognize advocates […]

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Blair Levin: U.S. is ‘Off Course’ on Spectrum Goals

January 29, 2012

Tweet Blair Levin, Aspen Institute Senior Fellow, delivered the following remarks at MMTC’s 3rd annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit. David asked me to address this question; will the spectrum goals of the National Broadband Plan be achieved? The answer is no. Thank you. While I just said that as a joke, I am quite […]

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MMTC President David Honig Delivers State of Social Justice in Media, Telecom, and Broadband

January 26, 2012

Tweet On Day 1 of the 2012 Broadband and Social Justice Summit, David Honig delivered the following remarks: Welcome to the third annual MMTC Broadband and Social Justice Summit. I would like to open the Summit by saying that this is an extraordinary time to be in media and telecom policy. Our industries are in […]

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‘Red Tails’ Release Spurred an Online Word of Mouth Movement, But Other Films Still Virtually Ignored

January 25, 2012

Tweet During its opening weekend, Red Tails debuted at number two and raked in more than $19 million at the box office.   Traditional advertising and marketing efforts may have played a role in luring moviegoers to watch the George Lucas-produced film depicting the triumphs and tribulations of the Tuskegee Airmen, but the consumer-created digital online […]

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Third Annual Broadband & Social Justice Policy Summit Opens TOMORROW Watch LIVE – #BBSJ2012

January 25, 2012

Tweet Washington, DC’s Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) will convene some of the nation’s most noted leaders on broadband policy, telecommunications, and social justice to “Bridge The Digital Divide” at its 3rd Annual Broadband & Social Justice Summit. WHEN: January 26 – 27, 2012 WHERE: The Westin Georgetown Hotel | 2350 M Street Washington, […]

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Rainbow PUSH Founder and President Rev. Jesse Jackson Asks FCC to Reform Lifeline/Link Up Program

January 24, 2012

Tweet In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Rev. Jesse Jackson made several suggestions to the FCC on reforming its Lifeline and Link Up programs and closing the broadband gap. The full text of Rev. Jackson’s letter follows: Dear Chairman Genachowski: The Rainbow PUSH Coalition and I, personally, have been active in the discussions […]

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‘Don’t Go to the Ghetto?’ Some Consider New Application a Digital Divider

January 22, 2012

Tweet BBSJ has frequently acknowledged that features of our digital society, including technologies, can be enablers or “dividers.”  Their application can produce significant change by creating opportunities or yielding devastating and pernicious results. Such thoughts seem to be shared by those who are questioning Microsoft’s new “Pedestrian Route Production” application patent.  Many are calling it […]

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Everett C. Parker, Telecommunications Pioneer, Turns 99

January 19, 2012

Tweet This week, Dr. Everett C. Parker, who in 1955 founded the modern media reform movement as the founding Director of the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ, celebrated his 99th birthday. Dr. Parker has lived through every era our nation has endured in the last century, including the Great Depression, the […]

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George Lucas Hopes ‘Red Tails’ Will Change Hollywood’s Attitude Toward Minority Content

January 18, 2012

Tweet Red Tails, an under-told story about the successful and impactful contributions of African Americans in predominately Caucasian institutions, is slated for release Jan. 20 in movie theaters across the country. And hopefully, more producers with the capital to finance major movies will recognize the value of including minority content on the silver screen. What […]

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January 15, 2012

Tweet In this Statement commemorating the Martin Luther King Holiday, MMTC calls upon Congress to channel the civil rights spirit of the 1964-1968 Congress and “act rapidly and comprehensively to adopt spectrum auctions.  By doing so, Congress will deliver the nation a civil rights victory of profound magnitude, at a time when the nation badly […]

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