Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council

Brownout: The Impact of the FCC’s Spectrum Auctions on Minority Ownership and Other Policies on Diverse Ownership

Description: The nation is facing a spectrum shortage as consumer demand for data and bandwidth threatens to eclipse the available supply. The Federal Communications Commission has several legislative tools available to increase competition and ensure that spectrum licenses are disseminated in a diverse manner, including set-asides and bidding credits for small, minority, and women-owned businesses; however, these tools have at times been deployed in a manner that made it more difficult for these businesses to participate in spectrum auctions. Panelists discuss how the Commission should address competition and spectrum aggregation in light of these issues.

Moderator: Francisco Montero, Partner, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth PLC; Member, MMTC Board of Directors

Panelists: Ari Q. Fitzgerald, Partner, Hogan Lovells; Secretary, MMTC Board of Directors

Anita P. Stephens Graham, Co-founder and Managing Director, Graham Communications, Inc.

Ravi Kapur, Founder and CEO, Diya TV

Frank Washington, CEO, CrossingsTV

Thursday, July 14, 2016 View the photo gallery of the session here .