Jacqueline Clary

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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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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BBSJ Holiday Edition: Gig.U Gives a Gift that Gives Back

November 27, 2013

Tweet The countdown is on.  While the ovens heat up and the turkeys start to brown, retailers prepare for one of the biggest promotional events of the year.  Extended Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals rake in the revenue for online and brick-and-mortar stores.  Instead of joining the rest of the salmon swimming upstream, consider […]

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Broadband: More Than a Network; It’s a Platform

September 3, 2013

Tweet Broadband is a recognized platform that enables users to access and build upon opportunities contained in the network.  On the national stage, recognizing the potential presented by the medium, broadband is also becoming a valuable commodity for any political platform. The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council has long believed that broadband access, adoption, and […]

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MMTC President David Honig Examines Diversity Agenda at the FCC: Time to ‘Afflict the Comfortable; Comfort the Afflicted’

August 5, 2013

Tweet During MMTC’s 11th Annual Access to Capital Conference, a team of respected journalists challenged MMTC President David Honig on the most effective means to create an MWBE (minority- and women-owned business enterprise) agenda for the FCC. The need for a specific MWBE agenda is illuminated by the steady decline in minority ownership of broadcasting, […]

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Case Studies in Successful Minority Entrepreneurship: A Modern Tutorial for the New Age Entrepreneur

July 30, 2013

Tweet How do you capture the attention of busy entrepreneurs, harried policy professionals, and a group of cynical telecom lawyers to advance diverse entrepreneurship in the modern communications era?  Put together a dynamic panel of successful diverse entrepreneurs. On July 10th, a rapt audience toasted the success of the lively group of entrepreneurs during an […]

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Civil Rights in Communications – A Movement Still in Motion

April 21, 2013

Tweet A common question civil rights practitioners receive is: “Why?”  In an era where a Supreme Court Justice is comfortable talking about the continuation of the Voting Rights Act as a “perpetuation of racial entitlement” and mainstream America is eager to chalk up racial discrimination as a relic belonging to our misguided ancestors, it’s no […]

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The IP Transition: Not Your Mother’s Rotary Phone

March 13, 2013

Tweet A typewriter is to a laptop as copper telecom lines are to IP enabled telecom systems.  Right now, we are in an age where we are upgrading from one outdated system to a newer, faster, sleeker one.  This IP transition, the future of the telecom world as we know it, can be boiled down […]

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Incentive Auction Advocates Urge the FCC to Reexamine Diversity in the Digital Age

February 11, 2013

Tweet The greatest civil rights challenge of modern times is achieving universal broadband access, adoption, and informed use.  Civil rights groups are as heavily invested in the outcome of the shift in resources that will result from the voluntary spectrum incentive auction as broadcasters and wireless providers. Why? Simply put, wireless service is making great […]

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FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Speaks on Media Ownership at Senate Confirmation Hearing

December 5, 2012

Tweet A spacious corner room in the Russell Senate Office Building was brimming with government and industry observers who gathered to support FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn during Tuesday’s Senate Hearing on her reappointment nomination. In a prepared statement, the Commissioner illustrated the vital role the FCC has in an ever-changing digital marketplace: “One-sixth of […]

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