July 2013

The Apps Big Bang: The Expanding Universe of App Development; Tips for Tech Entrepreneurs

July 30, 2013

Tweet Earlier this month, the scientific community celebrated the 43rd anniversary of the first walk on the moon.  When you consider that the average smartphone has more processing power than the computer on the lunar module, it’s easy to see how advanced our technology has become.  Along with those advancements come new ways to interact […]

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Closing the Wealth Gap Requires Collaborative Efforts

July 30, 2013

Tweet A systemic and persistent racial wealth gap plagues the nation.  The statistics surrounding the gap, as discussed during a recent “Wealth Gap Roundtable” at MMTC’s 11th Annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference, were chilling, even as experts proposed possible solutions. “It’s stark when you have white families holding wealth on average twenty […]

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Case Studies in Successful Minority Entrepreneurship: A Modern Tutorial for the New Age Entrepreneur

July 30, 2013

Tweet How do you capture the attention of busy entrepreneurs, harried policy professionals, and a group of cynical telecom lawyers to advance diverse entrepreneurship in the modern communications era?  Put together a dynamic panel of successful diverse entrepreneurs. On July 10th, a rapt audience toasted the success of the lively group of entrepreneurs during an […]

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STEM4US! to Hold Broadband, Privacy, and Telecommunications Policy Power Lunch This Week

July 30, 2013

Tweet Tomorrow, July 31, STEM4US! will host a lunchtime discussion on Capitol Hill to explore efforts to spur innovation through increasing access of youth and their parents to broadband and other telecommunications services. Issues to be discussed include: (1) public and private support for a 5 GHz universal free broadband network, (2) lifeline telephone service, […]

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Called to Combat: Broadcasters Called to Become ‘Soldiers Without Swords’ in the Aftermath of the Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Decision

July 24, 2013

Tweet Amidst pundits’ claims of a “post-racial” America, and at a time when voter disenfranchisement efforts reached as far north as Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Shelby County v. Holder has effectively neutered the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and set U.S. voting rights back decades. In Shelby County v. Holder, Chief Justice […]

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MMTC Civil Rights Roundtable Affirms that Racial Inequality Still Plagues the Nation, Thwarts Media and Telecom Ownership Diversity

July 24, 2013

Tweet A roundtable of top experts and civil rights advocates held during MMTC’s recent Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference underscores the continued need for aggressive measures to improve minority participation in the media and telecom industries.  The roundtable, titled “How the Nation’s Civil Rights Organizations Can Win the Restoration of Minority Media and […]

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FCC Reform: Return to the Rule of Law

July 22, 2013

Tweet Congressman Greg Walden should be applauded for doggedly holding a Congressional hearing on the much needed review, reform, and reinventing of FCC procedure and process. He is expected to introduce legislation similar to the FCC Process Reform Act and FCC Consolidated Reporting Act that passed the House of Representatives last year, only to die […]

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Places, Everyone: FCC Commissioners Prepare for Action

July 15, 2013

Tweet In high school, I participated in a stage production where one role was played by different cast members.  Regardless of who filled that role, everyone else had to be ready to play their part.  In some ways, this reminds me of the current Federal Communications Commission. With the departure of Chairman Julius Genachowski and […]

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Lawmakers Lend Their Solutions to Increasing Access to Capital for MWBEs

July 15, 2013

Tweet Access to capital barriers are some of the top reasons preventing America’s business marketplace from mirroring the diversity that exists within the United States. Of the 27 million businesses in the United States, minorities collectively own about 22 percent and women own 28 percent. In the communications and technology industries, the number of Minority […]

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And the Award Goes to… Dazzling Night of Honors with MMTC

July 15, 2013

Tweet Last week, the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council held its 11th Annual Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference, drawing hundreds of participants, both in person and online.  During this year’s awards reception, “Celebrating MMTC’s Success in Advancing Minority Entrepreneurship,” MMTC conferred its first ever Entrepreneur of the Year Award, in addition to its […]

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