February 2015

High Tech Must Give Higher Priority to Diversity

February 27, 2015

Tweet This revolution will definitely not be televised. When Intel announced that it would spend $300 million over the next five years to create a workforce that actually looks like America, the coverage of the announcement was scant. Here, we have a real game changer, and the faint praise of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s decision […]

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#MediaImagesMatter: The Cause and Effect of Media Stereotypes on People of Color

February 27, 2015

Tweet The following article is Part 1 of a two-part series. The #BlackLivesMatter and #AllLivesMatter movements have harnessed – in a non-violent, social media kind of way – the nation’s anger at the slayings of unarmed men of color by law enforcement officers. Unfortunately, a lot of the discussion ignores the underlying root of most […]

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FCC DECISION TO RECLASSIFY BROADBAND AS A COMMON CARRIER IS A STEP BACKWARD FOR CONSUMERS

February 26, 2015

Tweet WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 26, 2015):   Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to adopt rules to ostensibly promote and protect an open Internet.  Responding to calls from the Obama Administration, the general public, and some public interest groups, the FCC’s move to reclassify broadband as a common carrier marks a record-breaking turn in the […]

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Tell Congress We Need #NetLawNow!

February 24, 2015

Tweet Bad Choices Can Make Today’s Internet Tomorrow’s Memory.   Here’s what is happening right now to your Internet:  On Thursday, February 26, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the government’s independent agency that oversees the media and telecommunications industries, is about to deliver a groundbreaking decision that will affect your Internet. Consumers need to speak up because the […]

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Time to Pursue Congressional Action to Ensure an Open Internet

February 24, 2015

Tweet This week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote to end one of the most contested telecommunications debates in recent history – the future of the Internet.  Or at least, that is what the FCC thinks.  Already challenged by two Commissioners and members of Congress, the open Internet vote is under scrutiny amidst calls […]

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Why You Should Care About the Digital Divide

February 24, 2015

Tweet The Internet is just a few decades old, but today it is vital to the success of virtually every American. Yet millions of Americans – particularly people of color – are missing out on the many opportunities afforded by broadband (high speed) Internet access. Our struggle began as one for civil and human rights, […]

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DEs Still Can’t Wait: Reform of the Designated Entity Program is the Next Step in Fostering Diversity in Spectrum Ownership

February 24, 2015

Tweet Last week, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), along with the DE Opportunity Coalition, a group comprised of 16 national organizations and individuals, filed joint comments to support increased competition in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) spectrum auction process. The timing for this filing was impeccable as the Commission prepares to launch […]

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MMTC Urges FCC to Avoid Unintended Consequences of Title II Regulation of the Open Internet

February 18, 2015

Tweet The following ex parte letter was filed with the Federal Communications Commission in GN Docket No. 14-28, Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, on February 18, 2015. Dear Chairman Wheeler and Commissioners: The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (“MMTC”) shares in the Commission’s goals to protect and promote an open Internet.  MMTC submits this ex […]

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Transcript: MMTC President and CEO Kim Keenan’s State of Broadband and Social Justice Address

February 13, 2015

Tweet At the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council’s (MMTC’s) 2015 Broadband and Social Justice Summit, MMTC President and CEO Kim Keenan delivered the 2015 State of Broadband and Social Justice Keynote, highlighting MMTC’s work to promote first class digital citizenship and close the digital divide, the role of exorbitant prison payphone rates as a […]

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Closing the Tech Divide: Companies and Communities Both Have Work to Do

February 13, 2015

Tweet Equality is essential.  Equity in the realm of employment, entrepreneurship, and opportunity is imperative.  Yet, institutional employment inequities plague Silicon Valley, where the majority of the workforce and leadership are white and male in spite of the increasing population of qualified minorities and women across the nation. What can we do to abate the […]

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