Have YOU Registered? Just TWO Days Away – MMTC’s Broadband and Social Justice Summit!

by mmtcbbsj on January 14, 2013

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, 1/14/2013 – The 4th Annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit is just two days away, and registration is still open! Some of our can’t-miss panels include remarks from industry experts and government representatives from The White House, Congress, and the FCC.  A full list and description of all Summit panels is available here.

Wednesday, January 16

  • Broadband: The Backbone of The New Economy
    • Industry leaders will discuss how telecom and broadband regulatory reform can advance jobs and economic opportunity, how the FCC can best react to market trends, and how the FCC should examine its rules to enable diversity and innovation while reducing barriers to entry. Speakers include Dean C. Garfield, president and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council, and Bret Perkins, Vice President of External and Government Affairs with Comcast.
  • Congressional Luncheon: Designing Telecom and Internet Policy for the Digital Age
    • Current and former members of Congress with telecom industry oversight responsibility will discuss whether new legislation is needed to drive technological change, jobs creation, innovation, and economic opportunity. Delegate Donna M. Christensen (D-U.S.V.I.), Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Former Congressmen Clifford Stearns (R-FL) and Edolphus Towns (D-NY) will lead the discussion, with a keynote address by telecom entrepreneur David J. Grain.
  • How to Generate Diverse Participation in the Telecom and Internet Spaces
    • Industry and government leaders will discuss how to overcome political,procedural, and practical obstacles to telecom and broadband regulatory reform; the massive changes that have occurred in the telecommunications industry since the passage of the 1996 Communications Act; and how industry, legislators, and regulators could draft new legislation to ensure diversity and innovation in the information era.  The panel will feature FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell and NABOB Executive Director and General Counsel James Winston, among others.  NAACP General Counsel Kim Keenan will preside.

Thursday, January 16

  • 21st Century Vision for Universal Broadband Adoption
    • The FCC Chairman’s office will provide a top-level viewpoint on what is needed to realize the vision of universal broadband adoption and informed use, and suggests concrete initiatives on which stakeholders can work together to achieve common goals.  Speakers include Blair Levin, Telecommunications Policy Strategist Communications and Society Fellow with The Aspen Institute, and John Horrigan, Ph.D, Vice President and Director of the Media and Technology Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.  Deborah Lathen, Former Chief of the FCC Cable Services Bureau, will preside.

  • Obama Administration at the Mid-Point
    • Top broadband and telecom officials will share the latest developments in broadband, telecom, and Internet policy from the Obama Administration.  Panelists include White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Telecommunications Thomas C. Power and NTIA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information Policy and Deputy Administrator Anna M. Gomez.   Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC, Partner and MMTC Board Member Francisco Montero will preside.

Bonus Event at the Newseum Immediately Following the Summit

  • National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Hall of Fame Awards Induction and Ball
    • NABJ will pay homage to legendary black journalists who have made outstanding contributions to the industry, inducting six journalists into its Hall of Fame. BBSJ Summit attendees receive discounted tickets to the event.

Registration and sponsorship details can be found on the BBSJ Registration Page.

MMTC Broadband & Social Justice Policy Summit 2013
WHEN: January 16 – 17, 2013
WHERE: The Westin Georgetown Hotel | 2350 M Street Washington, DC 20036
TIME: Doors open at 8:00 AM January 16

Important Links
REGISTER: Conference Registration http://mmtconline.org/bbsj-summit/register/

BBSJ Blog http://broadbandandsocialjustice.org

MMTC Website http://www.mmtconline.org

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MMTC is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to promote and preserve media diversity and equal opportunity in the mass media, telecommunications, and broadband industries.

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