David Honig co-founded the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) in 1986. MMTC has represented over 70 minority, civil rights and religious national organizations in selected proceedings before the FCC, and it operates the nation’s only full service, minority owned media and telecom brokerage. Mr. Honig is MMTC’s President and Executive Director.
Since 1983, Mr. Honig has also been engaged in the private practice of communications and civil rights law, representing national organizations, broadcasters and broadcast applicants.
Mr. Honig is a member of the bars of the D.C. Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the D.C. Circuit and Second Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has litigated twenty federal appeals in four courts, and participated in over 90 FCC rulemaking proceedings and hundreds of adjudicatory cases.
From 1975 to 1985, Mr. Honig taught communications policy, research and law at the School of Communications, Howard University. Mr. Honig served as an adjunct lecturer at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in 1988, teaching the advanced seminar in International Regulation of Communications. He taught Civil Rights Litigation at the University of Miami School of Law in 1996. Mr. Honig has published numerous journal articles, monographs and empirical research studies on international and domestic communications issues. He is the author of law review articles on group defamation, minority broadcast station ownership, and municipal services discrimination.
Mr. Honig served as a U.S. Delegate to the 1979 World Administrative Radio Conference in Geneva, where he helped write the ITU’s rules governing AM radio. He has chaired working groups of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Radio Broadcasting and Advisory Committee on Broadcast Satellite Service Planning. In 2003, he was named by (then) FCC Chairman Michael Powell to serve on the FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age, on which he serves as Chair of the Constitutional Issues Subcommittee.
Mr. Honig’s current professional and public service work includes service as Special Counsel for Civil Rights for the Florida State Conference of Branches of the NAACP, and as founding General Counsel of the Broadband Opportunity Coalition, an association of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations that promotes universal broadband adoption, literacy and minority business participation.
The National Law Journal has named Mr. Honig one of the thirty most influential communications lawyers. He has received the National Bar Association’s Presidential Award, the National Association of Minorities in Communications’ Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award, the International Black Broadcasters Association’s Visionary Award, and the National Association of Minority Media Executives’ Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr. Honig received a B.A. degree in mathematics from Oberlin College in 1971 and an M.S. Degree in Systems Analysis from the University of Rochester in 1974. He earned his J.D. cum laude in 1983 from Georgetown University Law Center. His hobby is restoring Checker autos (best known as New York cabs.) He has a 20 year-old daughter, Josephine.