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MMTC tries Reverse Psychology on the FCC

The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council took a novel approach to trying to get the FCC to act on its promise to do something to make its equal employment opportunity rules more effective: it asked the agency to suspend the rules altogether. This unexpected request is not what you would anticipate from an organizaiton that counts […]

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A Tiered Data Plan CAN Close the Digital Divide

Now here is a concept and model that seems to be fair and may work. Economists Robe rt Shapiro and Kevin Hassetts released a white paper this week, “A New Analysis of Broadband Adoption Rates” which surmises that tiered broadband data prices may actually assist broadband adoption for lower income consumers. The fact remains that 5 to 20 […]

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Clyburn to the Rescue: Commissioner Proposes to Allocate Spectrum to More NCE, Low Power FM & AM

Finally, some movement on an issue that is not related to Network Neutrality: Spectrum Allocation.  The excellent news out of the FCC recently is that Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has announced that she will push for two non widely used channels on the broadcast spectrum, analog television channels 5 and 6, to be reallocated and used […]

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Minority Investors Could Win Big by Funding Broadband in Emerging Domestic Markets

As a follow up to my previous post about Emerging Domestic Markets, I thought I’d take a look at examples of minority investors and groups that focus in particular in investing in these markets. As is well known, wealth creation is essential to improving the lives of people of diverse ethnicities in the United States. […]

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Investing in Broadband in Emerging Domestic Markets is Key to Economic Recovery

Limited capital is among, if not, the number one reason minority and women-owned start ups fail. Rather than running away from business owners in this market, investors should be running to them especially if they consider the fact that these businesses are part of emerging domestic markets which studies conclude are key to the economy’s […]

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Public Interest Groups putting the The “Bully” in the Bully Pulpit

Harold Ford, the Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Conference, recently responded to Free Press’ attack on him and other members of Congress who dared use their God-given brains to challenge Network Neutrality. In his reply, Ford expresses dismay and distress at being the target of a campaign which culminated in a HuffPost piece from Free […]

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Dingell’s Challenge to the FCC: Show Me the Proof On the Third Way

The Ranking Minority Member of the House Energy and Commerce Representative John Dingell has written a 4-page letter to FCC Chairman Genachowski challenging the basis and authority for the “third approach” to regulating the Internet announced by the Chairman this month.  In the letter, Dingell asks the Chairman to reply to a series of questions […]

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The Abuse of the “AstroTurf” Misnomer -This isn’t LA gang warfare, it’s Net Neutrality Warfare

I would like to take this time to call a truce. What I am realizing after digesting some of the responses to posts and articles from net neutrality advocates is that they have been quite successful – successful at cultivating a class of misinformed followers. Beginning with the apocalyptic claims that the Internet needs saving. […]

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On Net Neutrality: The FCC’s Credibility Problem

The government and the FCC have a serious credibility problem on its hands in the Network Neutrality debate. The Hill newspaper broke a story this week about the ethics violation of the White House Technology adviser who also happens to be a former Google executive. U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer Andrew McLaughlin, Google’s former head […]

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