Geek of the Week
S. Jenell Trigg
S. Jenell Trigg is a partner at Lerman Senter, PLLC, where she chairs its Intellectual Property, New Media, and Technology Practice Group. In this role, Trigg specializes in privacy and data security issues, intellectual property concerns, and government regulation of the Internet and new technologies. She has previously served as assistant chief counsel for telecommunications for the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy; senior telecommunications policy analyst for the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities; and law clerk for former FCC Commissioners Rachelle Chong and Susan Ness. In addition, she has served as a subject matter expert for the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity for the Digital Age. Trigg is a member of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council’s Advisory Board and a founding member of its “Best Minds” policy committee. In 2012, she received MMTC’s Extraordinary Service Award and the United Church of Christ’s Donald H. McGannon Award for her dedication to advancing women and minority ownership in telecommunications and the media.
People’s Hero of the Week
Hon. Deborah Taylor Tate
Deborah Taylor Tate is a former FCC Commissioner who served on the Commission from 2005 to 2009. During her tenure, she was a stalwart supporter of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council and its mission to promote and preserve civil rights in the mass media and telecom industries; she now serves as vice chair on its board of directors. Commissioner Tate also serves as special envoy for the ITU Child Online Protection Initiative, which is dedicated to creating a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies; co-chair of the Healthy MEdia Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing together media leaders and subject related experts to create a blueprint of recommendations for promoting positive media images for women and girls; and senior fellow of the Free State Foundation. Commissioner Tate has received many awards and accolades for her years of service; most recently, she received the “Women of Achievement” award during Kappa Delta’s Biennial National Convention.
Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Week
Antonio Guernica is the founder and CEO of Guernica Marketing, a marketing firm that uses multi-platform vehicles such as social media and mobile apps to help connect its clients to Hispanic markets. A broadcast management and communications veteran, Guernica has previously served as Vice President and General Manager of the Entravision station cluster, where he directed the daily operation of three broadcast stations and the development of digital initiatives, and President of Los Cerezos Broadcasting Company, where he led the team that brought Spanish television to Washington, D.C. Guernica spoke at the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council’s Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference last week during its 50 Years of Successful Entrepreneurship panel.
Digital Divider of the Week
In the wake of a terrible tragedy that left a teenager who was armed with only a pack of Skittles dead, the Internet has been ablaze with people on both sides expressing their opinions on the incident. While we love and appreciate the Internet for its role as an open forum for freedom of expression, it has recently been used as a platform to turn the Trayvon Martin case even uglier than it already had been. The Internet has widely been used to show support for the slain teen, including White House petitions calling for justice – but others have posted photos of themselves “Trayvoning,” lying on the ground wearing a hooded sweater, with a bag of Skittles and can of iced tea in their hands, as if slain, in mockery of Trayvon Martin’s death. While this is similar to the recent meme of taking pictures while “planking” in unexpected places, this particular meme is far from innocent and crosses many lines – beyond offensive and disrespectful to the deceased and his family, it is sinister and depraved. As Martin’s killer walks free, many on the Internet celebrate by publicly mocking the death of an unarmed teen.
Career of the Week
Job Title: Broadband Technician
Job Description: Broadband technicians that work in the central office or switching hubs typically perform the most complex work, directing and routing broadband information to its destination. Instillation technicians work on-site helping customers, performing basic installations, disconnects, and service changes for residential customers’ cable, Internet, and telephone services; and performing basic troubleshooting and repair for services from tap to consumers’ electronic devices (TV, Modem, etc.).
Average Salary: $43K to $64K per year
Where these jobs are: Anywhere in the nation that has broadband service.
Education: Generally a high school diploma or equivalent, but as the field becomes more competitive, a two- or four-year degree in electronics gives candidates an advantage.