December 2012

Usage-Based Pricing Plans Are Essential to Bridging the Digital Divide

December 30, 2012

Tweet Can usage-based Internet pricing create a win-win for low income and minority consumers? Since cost is a predominant factor in encouraging broadband adoption, it can.  Internet service providers are turning to usage-based Internet pricing structures to meet the demands of today’s data thirsty consumers.  Usage-based pricing places the burden on the heaviest users to pay […]

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The Color of Voices

December 27, 2012

Tweet In December of 2007, I had the honor of voting for adoption of 13 specific action steps in an FCC Order aimed at improving the dire situation regarding minorities and women as it relates to media-especially top level control and ownership. Commissioner Robert McDowell and I recognized the plethora of sources and resources available […]

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Equal Education, Unequal Pay

December 27, 2012

Tweet Infographics are a powerful new tool that have taken the Web by storm as an effective way to get across important and often alarming information. Learnstuff.com has shared this one with BBSJ. We thank Kayla Evans for the submission. It’s 2012 and close to four years after the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was […]

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Register Now for MMTC’s Fourth Annual Broadband & Social Justice Policy Summit #BBSJ2013

December 23, 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 discuss “Creating Economic Opportunity Through Digital Equality” at its 4th Annual Broadband & Social Justice Summit. WASHINGTON, DC, 12/24/2012 – The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) created the […]

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Privacy Wars: Will Facebook and Instragram Become Online Privacy’s Most Notable Opponents?

December 23, 2012

Tweet Last Tuesday, Instragram got a very rude awakening.  The online photo sharing and social media company used its blog to announce new user policies that would in effect give it and its parent-company, Facebook, Inc., the right to sell users’ uploaded photos without payment or notifications.  Within minutes, the Internet was afire with angry […]

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Support MMTC and BBSJ through Year-End Giving!

December 23, 2012

Tweet As 2012 nears its end and you contemplate your tax and estate situations in light of the “fiscal cliff,” please consider lending support to MMTC and our BBSJ weblog Here’s how you can help us help advance diversity in media and telecom: Register NOW for our January 16-17, 2013 Broadband and Social Justice Summit, […]

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Statement of David Honig, President, MMTC, On Nielsen’s Proposed Acquisition of Arbitron

December 18, 2012

Tweet Nielsen’s acquisition of Arbitron is welcome news for multicultural entrepreneurs, programmers and audiences.  Nielsen has unparalleled expertise in accurately measuring multicultural viewership, demographics, and consumer trends such as audience engagement.  As audio, video and print content transitions to IP, it’s reassuring that the leading audience measurement company has such an outstanding record of accurately […]

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Prison Phone Justice Movement Finds Champions at the FCC and in Hollywood

December 16, 2012

Tweet Building on her public support first announced in September, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has stood up to champion the end of grossly excessive prison phone rates.  At a November 15th rally outside the FCC, Clyburn reiterated her public support for the “Wright Petition,” announcing that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is now circulating a Further […]

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Spectrum Policy Must Continue to Ensure Equality of Opportunity

December 12, 2012

Tweet With Congress holding a hearing on wireless spectrum policy today, it is important to remember how critical mobile wireless services are to providing health, educational and economic opportunities to people of color.  Thanks to its affordability, wireless is the first technology in history for which people of color are the lead adopters.  It is […]

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Can You Hear Us Now? Communications Policy and the Criminal Justice System

December 12, 2012

Tweet Talk about convergence.  Not only has the Internet changed the way Americans consume content, it is also changing the criminal justice system. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world.  According to the 33-country Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the U.S. incarceration rate is 760 prisoners per 100,000 population.  […]

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