February 2013

MMTC Urges FCC to Delay Vote in Diversity Proceeding to Assess Impact on Minorities and Women

February 25, 2013

Tweet February 25, 2013 Hon. Julius Genachowski, Chairman Hon. Robert McDowell, Commissioner Hon. Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner Hon. Ajit Pai, Commissioner Hon. Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street S.W. Washington, DC  20554 Dear Chairman Genachowski and Commissioners: RE:      MB Docket No. 09-182 (2010 Quadrennial Review) MB Docket No. 07-294 (Diversity Proceeding) The […]

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Gaining the Digital World and Keeping Their Soul: How Minority Entrepreneurs Can Stimulate Broadband Adoption, Part I

February 24, 2013

Tweet Content is a key driving force behind broadband adoption.  Last year, Pew reported that almost half of those without broadband service at home didn’t believe anything on the Internet was relevant to their daily lives.  This proves that, even in the digital age, content – delivered via desktop or mobile device – is still […]

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Divergence: Which Path Will We Choose on the Road to Universal Broadband Adoption? Part I

February 24, 2013

Tweet As we delve into President Obama’s second term, the question persists: How do we get closer to universal broadband adoption?  Over the years, the Obama administration and the Federal Communications Commission have turned to government programs and public/private partnerships, such as the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), which boasts $40 billion in planned investments, […]

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Please Join the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council as We Celebrate Women’s History Month

February 24, 2013

Tweet Please be our guest as MMTC celebrates Women’s History Month at a special luncheon on March 6, 2013, from 12 noon to 2pm at National Council of Negro Women, 633 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004.  Doors open from 11:30am to 12:15pm for networking. The theme for the luncheon: FCC Women Leaders Past and […]

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A Deeper Look at the FCC from the Points of View of Its Former Leaders

February 18, 2013

Tweet The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council has long worked – and sometimes been at odds – with the Federal Communications Commission in MMTC’s efforts to ensure equal opportunity and civil rights in the mass media and telecommunications industries. To address FCC issues, MMTC recently invited four former FCC chairmen to an “FCC Chairs’ Roundtable” […]

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Reforming the FCC’s Processes for Digital Age Effectiveness and Efficiency

February 14, 2013

Tweet On January 17, 2013, at the Minority Media and Telecom Council’s annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit in Washington, DC, I had the honor of moderating a panel with two FCC Commissioners, Mignon L. Clyburn and Ajit Pai. While the panel centered on issues regarding minorities and women in both broadcasting and newer platforms, […]

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MMTC Thanks 2013 Broadband and Social Justice Summit Participants

February 13, 2013

Tweet Dear BBSJ 2013 Participants, On behalf of MMTC’s Board of Directors and staff, we would like to thank you for participating in our 2013 Broadband & Social Justice Summit, held on January 16-17, 2013, here in Washington, DC.  Whether you participated in person or via our live webcast, your support helps to fulfill MMTC’s […]

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Incentive Auction Advocates Urge the FCC to Reexamine Diversity in the Digital Age

February 11, 2013

Tweet The greatest civil rights challenge of modern times is achieving universal broadband access, adoption, and informed use.  Civil rights groups are as heavily invested in the outcome of the shift in resources that will result from the voluntary spectrum incentive auction as broadcasters and wireless providers. Why? Simply put, wireless service is making great […]

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Are New Rules Needed for a New Communications Industry?

February 10, 2013

Tweet Minorities and women are continuing to experience significant challenges in the media and telecommunications industry.  Dwindling diversity and the growing use of new technologies, among other issues, are prodding many to consider whether new rules and policies are needed to respond to them. In broadcast media, for example, minorities and women own low numbers […]

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All Hands on Deck: Closing the Gap Between Broadband Adoption and Availability Requires Collective Effort

February 7, 2013

Tweet In the United States, the total dollar figure invested to deploy broadband is telling of its increasing importance to the economy:  Telecom and cable TV companies invested over $97.7 billion between 2004 and 2010.  Last year, AT&T announced plans to invest an additional $14 billion to upgrade existing broadband networks and to support future […]

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