January 2014

MMTC Extends Big Thanks to BBSJ Summit Attendees and Supporters!

January 31, 2014

Tweet On behalf of MMTC’s Board of Directors and staff, we would like to thank you for your contribution to the success of our 2014 Broadband & Social Justice Summit, held on January 15-16, 2014, 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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No Broadband Left Behind: Empowering Communities of Color to Excel through Digital Education and STEM

January 31, 2014

Tweet The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council’s 5th Annual Broadband and Social Justice Policy Summit recently convened leaders from the private and public sectors to provide best practices and future trends for bringing Digital Learning and STEM education initiatives into the classroom. Jim Shelton, acting U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary, opened the session with […]

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Former Congressmen Towns and Stearns Urge Lawmakers and Industry to Create First Class Digital Citizenship During Congressional Luncheon at MMTC’s BBSJ Summit

January 31, 2014

Tweet America continues to be plagued by a widening partisan gridlock emanating in and out the chambers of the United States Congress.  Despite the seeming unlikelihood of Congress’ situation improving anytime soon, two former Congressmen believe that things can and will change in their old stomping grounds. During the Congressional Luncheon at MMTC’s Fifth Annual […]

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Craig Silliman: Broadband Plays Integral Role in Healthcare, Energy, and Education

January 31, 2014

Tweet In communications policy debates in Washington, it is all too easy to get caught up in business and technical jargon, only to lose sight of the individuals—the consumers—who are impacted. Verizon Senior Vice President for Public Policy, Craig Silliman, spoke to this during a panel entitled “Broadband: The Backbone of the New Economy” at […]

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MMTC SUPPORTS FCC’S MOVEMENT ON IP TRANSITION, PUBLIC SAFETY, INCENTIVE AUCTIONS, AND PROCESS REFORM

January 30, 2014

Tweet WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 30, 2014):  Today the Federal Communications Commission, under the leadership of Chairman Tom Wheeler, announced four major initiatives deeply impacting underserved consumers:  IP technology transition beta tests, enhanced public safety through text-to-911, DTV spectrum incentive auctions, and FCC process reform.  The urgency of achieving universal broadband access, adoption, and proficiency for […]

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FCC Commissioners Discuss Diversity and Inclusion in the Midst of Change

January 29, 2014

Tweet In the midst of a busy week for communications policy, MMTC’s Fifth Annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit started its second day with a panel of five current or former FCC Commissioners.  Former FCC Commissioners Deborah Taylor Tate and Jonathan Adelstein, President of PCIA, led sitting Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, Ajit Pai, and Michael O’Rielly […]

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FCC Chairs’ Roundtable: A Discussion Focused on the Impact of Diversity and Inclusion

January 29, 2014

Tweet On January 15th and 16th, media, communications, and telecommunications professionals; elected officials; and public and civic leaders gathered to participate in the Minority Media and Telecom Council’s 5th Annual Broadband & Social Justice Summit.  This year’s theme was Bridging the Gap: Infrastructure, Education & Equity in the Digital Economy, featuring a number of plenaries […]

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Black media participation goes up in smoke.

January 29, 2014

Tweet In a bright courtroom on a cold wintery Wednesday in the District, lawyers gathered in before Judge Gladys Kessler to discuss the proposed settlement of Big Tobacco’s violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).  Despite lawyers for the Tobacco Companies expressing expectations of a ‘pat on the back’ for finally reaching […]

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Fernando Laguarda: Closing the Digital Divide Depends on Making Broadband Relevant

January 26, 2014

Tweet “Never ask for permission. Just start a revolution; just do it,” said Time Warner Cable External Affairs Vice President and Policy Counselor, Fernando Laguarda,  paraphrasing civil rights icon Franklin McCain at MMTC’s 2014 Broadband and Social Justice Conference last week.  McCain, who died January 12, made history in 1960 with three other African American […]

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Joan Marsh: Spectrum Auction Diversity is about Market Leaders Setting an Example

January 25, 2014

Tweet Diversity policy in the FCC’s spectrum auctions should focus both on creating opportunities for minority-owned businesses to participate in the auctions themselves, and on the partnerships and commitments larger bidders are able to bring to the table, said Joan Marsh, AT&T’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, in remarks during last week’s Broadband and Social […]

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