April 2013

The Important Role a Woman Can Play in Leading the FCC

April 30, 2013

Tweet As President Obama continues to appoint new leadership positions within his cabinet, a replacement for FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has yet to be named. A recent convening by the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) heralded the importance of women leadership at the FCC, and among those in attendance were some of the top […]

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Disconnected During Terror

April 29, 2013

Tweet “I need to tell them that I’m okay!”  A phrase that was likely uttered numerous times in the midst of the recent chaos in Boston.  Thousands of people were glued to their screens mid-morning on April 15th in the wake of the news that the Boston Marathon had been bombed.  Then, even more troubling […]

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April 23, 2013

Tweet Washington, D.C. (April 23, 2013):  Fifty national organizations sent a letter to the White House today urging the Obama Administration to seriously consider women- and minority-related issues when filling the newly vacant Chair and Commissioner positions on the Federal Communications Commission. The representation of women and minorities in media and telecom ownership, procurement, and […]

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Letter to White House: Nominate FCC Leaders Who Prioritize Women and Minority Issues

April 23, 2013

Tweet April 23, 2013 President Barack H. Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC  20500 Dear Mr. President: The imminent departures of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioner Robert McDowell present your administration with an opportunity to nominate candidates who will assign the highest priority to racial and ethnic […]

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Digital Literacy Programs: Helping People Know Better and Do Better

April 22, 2013

Tweet Digital literacy is the ability to locate, organize, understand, evaluate, and create information using digital technology.  According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), lack of this vital skill is one of the top three reasons Americans don’t use PCs and the Internet, with 46 percent of non-users responding that they lack the necessary skills. […]

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Civil Rights in Communications – A Movement Still in Motion

April 21, 2013

Tweet A common question civil rights practitioners receive is: “Why?”  In an era where a Supreme Court Justice is comfortable talking about the continuation of the Voting Rights Act as a “perpetuation of racial entitlement” and mainstream America is eager to chalk up racial discrimination as a relic belonging to our misguided ancestors, it’s no […]

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The Best 10 Ironies About The ‘Obama Phone’

April 19, 2013

Tweet This article by Harold Feld originally appeared on The Wet Machine, a group blog on telecom policy, software, science, technology, and writing. There is so much about the “Obama Phone” nonsense that tickles my funny bone in odd places. It’s not just that everything conservatives say about it is factually wrong. It also proves […]

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MMTC Celebrates Past and Present Women Leaders of FCC at First-of-Its-Kind Luncheon

April 15, 2013

Tweet On a bright, summer-like Wednesday afternoon in April, in a cozy room at the National Council of Negro Women Headquarters, MMTC hosted its first luncheon to honor more than 60 past and present women leaders of the Federal Communications Commission. Nearly 120 women and men convened in the venue decorated with busts and portraits […]

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‘Broadband tax’ will stifle investment in TN

April 14, 2013

Tweet When we see a utility pole, most of us don’t give it much thought. However, those big pine poles are an essential part of our sophisticated communications network and, increasingly, our broadband infrastructure. Poles carry the necessary fiber-optic cables that allow us to connect to vital information and services as well as our loved […]

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IP Transition Requires Smart, Fact-Based Strategy to Boost Broadband Opportunity

April 11, 2013

Tweet Our nation’s communications networks are currently undergoing a dramatic transformation.   It’s called the IP transition (for Internet Protocol), and this modernization effort will speed the availability of 21st century digital services and applications for all Americans.  Access to reliable and ultra-fast networks will enable consumers and businesses to seamlessly connect computers, smartphones, tablets, GPS […]

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