Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council

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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 minority advancement in communications.

MMTC and Nine Other Civil Rights Organizations Urge FCC to Pause Set-Top Box Proceeding, Conduct Evidentiary Studies

“The Commission is promoting a model that hands over the hard work of diverse programmers and content creators to companies that will profit from their work without compensating them,” stated MMTC President and CEO Kim Keenan. “The Commission should not place its finger on the scale and pick winners and losers in this proceeding, with diverse content creators and distributors clearly on the losing end. We urge the Commission to pause this proceeding and conduct evidentiary studies on the impact of the set top box proposal on diversity, privacy, and cost to consumers.”

MMTC Press Statement Comcast Set Top Announcement

Today, Comcast announced its new Xfinity TV Partner Program that will allow consumers to access their Comcast cable service without a traditional set-top box thanks to new partnerships with Samsung and Roku to include Comcast Xfinity apps on their devices. The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) lauds Comcast for this innovation and effort to improve viewer experience.

Save the Date – 2016 Access to Capital & Telecom Policy Conference

Save the Date - 2016 Access to Capital & Telecom Policy Conference

9 National Orgs Urge Political Candidates to Engage Minority-Owned Media

We write to appeal to each of you to confirm that minority-owned media will be included as a major component of your advertising plans throughout the 2016 campaign.

MMTC Letter to House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Leaders Expressing Concern on CURB Lifeline Act

The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (“MMTC”) respectfully submits this letter to express our concern about the proposals included in H.R. 4884, Controlling the Unchecked and Reckless Ballooning of the Lifeline Fund Act (“CURB Lifeline Act 2015”).

MMTC and LULAC Press Statement – Multilingual EAS

After nearly eleven years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), on March 31, issued its Multilingual Emergency Alert System (EAS) Order (“EAS Order”) essentially rejecting the “Katrina Petition” filed following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 by the Multicultural Media, Telecommunications, and Internet Council (MMTC), the Independent Spanish Broadcasters Association, and the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ.

MMTC Press Statement|FCC Lifeline Modernization

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced its plans to modernize the Lifeline program subsidy for wireline and wireless service for low-income consumers; the Commission will begin offering broadband support this year and phase in a mobile broadband minimum service standard over the next five years.

MMTC Press Statement MMTC Releases Lifeline White Paper

The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) has released a White Paper titled, “A Lifeline to High-Speed Internet Access: An Economic Analysis of Administration Costs and the Impact on Consumers.”

MMTC White Paper: A Lifeline to High-Speed Internet Access

As the critical issue of Lifeline reform is debated by the Federal Communications Commission, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) is pleased to share our new report, “A Lifeline to High-Speed Internet Access: An Economic Analysis of Administrative Costs and the Impact on Consumers,” prepared by MMTC with distinguished economic analysis from The Brattle Group and Georgetown University’s Center for Business and Public Policy.

Civil Rights Orgs SetTop Box Diversity Concerns

Expanding Consumer’s Video Navigation Choices, MB Docket No. 16-42; Commercial Availability of Navigation Devices, CS Docket No. 97-80; Promoting the Availability of Diverse and Independent Sources of Video Programming, MB Docket No. 16-41

MMTC Urges FCC to Repeal the Main Studio Rule

Today, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) calling for the elimination of the FCC’s Main Studio Rule because it operates as a market entry barrier inhibiting minority ownership.

MMTC Media and Telecom Brokers Offers DTV Incentive Auction Participants a Road to Tax Savings

Next week, the Federal Communications Commission is holding its DTV incentive auction repurpose the nation’s spectrum. While most broadcasters are likely aware of this, few may realize that, whether large or small, they can benefit from auction-related tax savings.

MMTC Welcomes New Board Members Steven C. Roberts and Rodney S. Sampson

The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) has welcomed two new members to its board of directors...

FCC Ruling to Cap Predatory Inmate Calling Rates

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a partial stay that prevents the Federal Communications Commission’s inmate calling caps from going into effect.

Press Statement: Set Top Box Proposal

The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), along with 16 leading national and social justice organizations (“Concerned Organizations,” listed below), recently filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the Commission to consider the unintended consequences of its recent set top box proposal on diverse and independent programmers.

Inmate Calling Services and Foreign Ownership

MMTC Congratulates FCC on Votes to Adopt Rate Caps on Inmate Calling Services and to Relax the Foreign Broadcast Ownership Review Process

MMTC CEO Kim Keenan Testifies before House Telecom Subcommittee

At 9:30 am today, MMTC President and CEO Kim M. Keenan will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, discussing “Broadband in the 21st Century.”