REGISTER NOW for the 8th Annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit!

by mmtcbbsj on February 2, 2017

 MMTC Welcomes New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Current and Former FCC and Congressional Leaders, Industry Experts, Advocacy Leaders & More at the
8th Annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit #BBSJ17


*Click here for a PDF of this press statement.

WASHINGTON, DC, 2/2/2017 – On February 7, 2017, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) will hold its 8th Annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit, “BBSJ 2017: Connecting to America’s Future.” The Summit will convene hundreds of media and telecom industry experts, insiders, and entrepreneurs to highlight the most far-reaching issues affecting minority entrepreneurs and underserved communities.

This yearʼs Summit features remarks from newly-appointed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai in one of his first public appearances since becoming chairman; MMTC’s first ever FinTech Empowerment Forum on how new technology can bridge socio-economic gaps in underserved and low-income communities; discussions on job and apprenticeship opportunities in broadband and infrastructure, including MMTC’s ApprenticeshipUSA Department of Labor contract in conjunction with the National Urban League and Wireless Infrastructure Association; and a town hall discussion on the impact of the Trump Administration on digital and economic equity.

*** A snapshot agenda and list of confirmed speakers are below. ***

We encourage all media and press to take advantage of complimentary Summit registration, and we offer technical capabilities for teams to broadcast our conference live. For information on press registration or any additional questions, please contact MMTC Communications Director Marcella Gadson at

For information on sponsorships, call 202-332-0500.

Important Links

Conference Website –
Digital Program Book
Conference Sponsorship Page
BBSJ Online Magazine
MMTC Website

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About MMTC:

The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet 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 multicultural advancement in communications.

Agenda Snapshot

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
FCC Commissioners’ Breakfast: Moving the Dial Forward FCC 2017

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
You’re Hired: Apprenticeships, Broadband, Infrastructure, and 5G 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Former FCC Chairs’ Roundtable: Social Justice and the FCC 

12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
High Tech Policy and Awards Luncheon

Everett C. Parker Lifetime Achievement Award:
Robert E. Branson, President, Federal Communications Bar Association; Assistant General Counsel, State Government Affairs, Verizon

Champion of Digital Equality Award:
Nicol Turner-Lee, Ph.D., Fellow, Brookings Center for Technology and Innovation

Extraordinary Service Awards:
– League of United Latin American Citizens, Accepted by Brent Wilkes, National Executive Director
– National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, Accepted by James L. Winston, President

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Broadband and Social Justice Town Hall: The New Political Climate and Its Impact on Digital, Financial, and Socio-Economic Disparity in Our Communities: A Call to Action 

3:30 PM – 5:45 PM
FinTech Empowerment Forum: Bridging the Gaps Between Access and Opportunity 

Part I: FinTech Business Models that Promote Access to Opportunity

Part II: Diverse FinTech Founders Circle

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Broadband and Social Justice and FinTech Empowerment Awards Reception: Honoring Diverse Champions in Media, Telecom, and Tech 

Excellence in Financial Services Award:
Accepted by: Karla Ballard Williams and Cid Williams, Co-Founders, YING

Moneywise with Kelvin Boston
Accepted by: Kelvin Boston, Host, PBS-TV’s Moneywise with Kelvin Boson; Founder, Moneywise Digital Solutions

Extraordinary Service Award:
Jorge E. Fiterre, Founder, CONDISTA

Digital Media Pioneer for Social Justice Award:
Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
In recognition of the 90MillionStrong Campaign 

Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award:
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
Accepted by: Rosemary Harold, Partner, and Bryan Tramont, Managing Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer

Confirmed Speakers:

Current and Former FCC Commissioners and Chairs

Hon. Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Hon. Michael Copps, Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
Hon. Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Hon. Ajit Pai, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
Hon. Deborah Taylor Tate, Executive Director, Tennessee Supreme Court Office of the Courts; Former Commissioner, FCC; Vice Chair, MMTC Board of Directors
Hon. Richard Wiley, Former Chairman, Federal Communications Commission; Partner, Wiley Rein 

Current and Former Members of Congress

Hon. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Member, United States House of Representatives
Hon. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Member, U.S. House of Representatives
Hon. A. Donald McEachin (D-VA), Member, United States House of Representatives
Hon. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Member, United States House of Representatives (Invited)
Hon. Clifford “Cliff” Stearns, Member Emeritus, U.S. House of Representatives (R-FL)
Hon. Edolphus “Ed” Towns, Member Emeritus, U.S. House of Representatives (D-NY) 

Industry Executives and Representatives

Robert Branson, President, Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA); Assistant General Counsel, State Government Affairs, Verizon
Michael Dennis, President, The Big Green Group
Jorge E. Fiterre, Founder, CONDISTA
Venessa Harrison, President, AT&T North Carolina
Diane Griffin Holland, Vice President of Law and Policy, United States Telecom Association
Ronald Johnson, Chairman and CEO, Solutions4Change LLC; Treasurer, MMTC Board of Directors
Perry A. Sook, Chairman, President, and CEO, Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

FinTech Industry Founders and Executives

Marla Blow, Partner, Fenway Summer LLC; CEO, FS Card Inc.
Yvette S. Butler, President and CEO, Capital One Investing
Wole Coaxum, Founder and CEO, Mobility Capital Finance, Inc. (MoCaFi)
Jotaka Eaddy, Head of Government Affairs, LendUp
Jerry Nemorin, Founder and CEO, LendStreet
Angel Rich, Founder and CEO, The Wealth Roundtable
Nicole Sanchez, Founder and CEO, eCreditHero
Cid Williams, Co-Founder, YING
Karla Ballard Williams, Co-Founder and CEO, YING 

Current and Former Government Representatives

Joycelyn James, Tech & Innovation Sector, Government of the District of Columbia, Executive Office of the Mayor, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development; Former Senior Counsel and Cathy Hughes Fellow, MMTC
Hon. Julia Johnson, Chair, Board of Directors, MMTC; President, NetCommunications, Inc.; Former Chair, Florida Public Service Commission
Deborah Lathen, President, Lathen Consulting LLC; Former Chief, Cable Services Bureau, FCC
Nicholas A. Perkins, Access to Capital Team, Business Development Specialist, Office of Business Development, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), U.S. Department of Commerce
Elroy Sailor, Member, Trump Transition Team; Co-Founder, JC Watts Companies; Founder, Insight America

Nonprofit and Civil Rights Leaders

Debra Berlyn, Consumer Policy Solutions, President; Executive Director, Project to Get Older Adults onLine (Project GOAL)
David Honig, President Emeritus and Senior Advisor, MMTC
Kim M. Keenan, President and CEO, MMTC
Rosa Mendoza, Executive Director, Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP)
Hon. Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League; Former Mayor, City of New Orleans
Spencer Overton, President and CEO, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Hilary Shelton, Director, Washington Bureau, NAACP
Brent Wilkes, National Executive Director, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
James L. Winston, President, National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB)
Chris Wood, Executive Director and Co-Founder, LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute

Media Owners and Personalities

Kelvin Boston, Host, PBS-TV’s Moneywise with Kelvin Boston; Founder, Moneywise Digital Solutions
Monique Pressley, Principal, The Pressley Firm PLLC; Radio Host, Breathe Through It with Monique Pressley
Kristal High Taylor, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Politic365

Industry Leaders, Academics, and Experts

Ari Q. Fitzgerald, Partner, Hogan Lovells; Secretary, MMTC Board of Directors
Maurita Coley Flippin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, MMTC
Rosemary Harold, Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
Kevin Kornegay, Ph.D., Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Morgan State University
Erwin Krasnow, Partner, Garvey Schubert Barer; Vice Chair, MMTC Board of Directors
Rev. William H. Lamar, IV, Pastor, Metropolitan AME Church, Washington, DC
Allison May, Counsel, Davis Wright Tremaine
Francisco Montero, Partner, Fletcher Heald & Hildreth; Member, Board of Directors, MMTC
Rikin Thakker, Ph.D, Vice President, Telecommunications and Spectrum Policy, MMTC
Bryan Tramont, Managing Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
Nicol Turner-Lee, Ph.D., Fellow, Brookings Center for Technology and Innovation

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