October 2014

MMTC Files Ex Parte Letter with FCC on Open Internet, Designated Entities, E-Rate, and More

October 31, 2014

Tweet Yesterday, the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council filed the following ex parte letter with the Federal Communications Commission reporting on meetings MMTC had had that week to discuss the Commission’s dockets on Preserving the Open Internet, Broadband Industry Practices, the Tell City Waiver Decision, Designated Entities, the E-Rate Program, and Inmate Calling Services.

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MMTC SELLS WDTW (AM) TO FIRST HISPANIC BROADCASTER SERVING ENTIRE DETROIT MARKET

October 30, 2014

Tweet WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 30, 2014):  The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) yesterday closed on the sale of Detroit radio station WDTW (AM) to Hispanic entrepreneur Pedro Zamora, making him the first full market Hispanic broadcaster serving all of Detroit and its suburbs. Other radio station transactions MMTC closed this year include KFXN (AM) […]

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NTIA Report Sheds Light on the Persistent Digital Divide

October 30, 2014

Tweet According to a report issued this month by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), broadband is almost fully deployed in the U.S. Specifically, the report found that “when combined with advances in mobile Internet connectivity, some form of broadband, whether fixed or mobile is now available to 99 percent of the U.S. population.” […]

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The FCC from Hurricanes to Pandemic: Ensuring Communications Sector is at the Table

October 29, 2014

Tweet This article was originally published in The Free State Foundation. On September 18, 2008, I was very proud to provide opening remarks at the first Summit on Pandemic Preparedness. It wasn’t held at the CDC, it was held at the FCC with a huge cross-section of first responders, communications entities, and healthcare professionals. I […]

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NTIA’s Digital Nation Report Shows Rapid Adoption of Mobile Internet Use

October 24, 2014

Tweet NTIA released the following statement on October 16, 2014, announcing the findings in its “Exploring the Digital Nation: Embracing the Mobile Internet” report. WASHINGTON – A report released today by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) found that Americans are rapidly embracing mobile Internet devices such as smart phones and […]

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Experts Agree: Majority of the Media is Missing Something on Net Neutrality

October 22, 2014

Tweet     Last week, the Society of Professional Journalists hosted a discussion on “Why Media Should Care about Net Neutrality,” co-sponsored by Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A panel of experts discussed the importance of net neutrality to journalists, how accurately media have covered the issue, and whether the issue is related to […]

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Civil Rights Movement Knocks on the Door of the FCC

October 22, 2014

Tweet The following article originally appeared in The Hill. In the decades-long struggle for civil rights, the movement has focused on different Washington institutions, from Congress to the White House to the Supreme Court.  This summer, part of the battle moved to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The critical question now facing the FCC is […]

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History Made at Economic Summit for Women

October 22, 2014

Tweet This article originally appeared in The Tennessean. If politics makes strange bedfellows, then Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and I must be a very odd couple. One black, one white; one Republican, one Democrat. Yet, we forged a unique, bipartisan and loyal friendship in today’s often vitriolic political atmosphere. In fact, our first collaboration […]

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Creating Pathways to Higher Education and Career Service Part II: The Racial STEM Gap

October 22, 2014

Tweet This month, MMTC Research Director DeVan Hankerson spoke at the National Action Network on “Creating Pathways to Higher Education and Career Service.” With other panelists, DeVan discussed inequality in broadband access in schools and how technology is changing career options, education, and skills preparation for students. We present her remarks in a two-part series […]

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MMTC APPLAUDS FCC ACTIONS TO REFORM THE HIGH COST OF INMATE CALLING

October 17, 2014

Tweet WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 17, 2014):  The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) applauds today’s FCC decision to expand upon its reforms of the high cost of phone calls for incarcerated individuals. Last year, MMTC, along with other consumer and civil rights organizations, endorsed the 2003 Wright Petition seeking FCC action to proscribe excessive inmate […]

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