by mmtcbbsj on February 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 24, 2014):  The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) will release a White Paper titled “Digital Déjà Vu: A Road Map for Promoting Minority Ownership in the Wireless Industry” on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  Co-authored by S. Jenell Trigg, Esq., Partner, Lerman Senter, and Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt, Esq., Managing Partner at the Ghatt Law Group, the paper details both historical and existing policy obstacles that have hampered the inclusion of minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) as wireless spectrum licensees and ultimately as facilities-based spectrum owners.  The paper presents nine policy recommendations aimed at enhancing increased minority participation and representation in the upcoming spectrum auctions with the highest priorities focused on reform to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Designated Entity Program, increased bidding credits, and inclusion of MWBEs in secondary market transactions.

With incentive and planned spectrum auctions projected to generate billions in revenue in the near future and MWBE ownership in the media and telecommunications industries at its lowest in decades, the White Paper appeals to the FCC and Congress to focus on minority spectrum ownership as a means to encourage competition and innovation in the wireless industry while spurring new economic development opportunities in underserved markets.

Date and Time: February 25, 2014, 10:00 am – 11:00 am EST

Location:         The Bloomberg Room – 13th Floor, The National Press Club, 529 14th St, NW, Washington, DC

Who:               David Honig, President, MMTC

                                   S. Jenell Trigg, Partner, Lerman Senter

Jeneba Ghatt, Managing Partner, The Ghatt Law Group

Melanie Campbell, President a CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP); Convener, Black Women’s
Roundtable Public Policy Network

                                  Chanelle Hardy, SVP, Policy and Executive Director, National Urban League Policy Institute

                                 Bishop Steve Smith, Executive Director, Public Policy Institute, Government Relations and Telecommunications Project,
Rainbow PUSH Coalition

The Honorable Cliff Stearns (R-FL; retired)

The Honorable Ed Towns (D-NY; retired)

                                 Brent Wilkes, National Executive Director, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

                                 James Winston, Executive Director and General Counsel, NABOB; Partner, Rubin, Winston, Diercks, Harris & Cooke, LLP

RSVP to:         Marcella Gadson, m gadson [at] mmtconline [dot] org

Embargoed copies of the White Paper will be distributed on February 24, 2014, to confirmed press.

About MMTC:

The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and civil rights in the mass media, telecommunications and broadband industries, and closing the digital divide. MMTC is generally recognized as the nation’s leading advocate for minority advancement in communications.

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