Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council

Infrastructure, Supplier Diversity, and Jobs of the Future

Infrastructure, Supplier Diversity, and the Jobs of the Future: The Economic Impact of Broadband Infrastructure Investment under the Trump Administration
Telecommunications companies collectively spend over $40 billion per year to upgrade and roll out new infrastructure to support the increasing need for an ever-expanding international information highway. Not all of these capital expenses are supported by corporate investments. In some instances, government is encouraging infrastructure initiatives by companies through grant funding such as the Connect America Fund for reaching underrepresented populations, and competitive awards for nationwide public safety interoperability initiatives such as FirstNet. More broadly, the Trump Administration will soon present its national infrastructure plan to Congress, and broadband is expected to be an important part of it.
This panel focuses on ways diverse companies can participate in each of these areas to help drive economic growth, foster business expansion, and increase workforce opportunities.
Dr. Ronald Johnson, President, Solutions4Change, LLC; Director and Treasurer, MMTC Board of Directors – #DrRonaldJohnson @FairfaxEDA @MMTConline
Special Remarks:
Frank Freeman, Chief Administrative Officer, FirstNet – #FrankFreeman @FirstNetGov
Michael Dennis, CEO, Big Green Group – #MichaelDennis #BigGreenGroup 
Roslyn Layton, Visiting Fellow, Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy, American Enterprise Institute – @RoslynLayton
Spencer Overton, President, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies – @SpencerOverton @JointCenter
Sanford Williams, Director, Office of Communications Business Opportunities (OCBO), Federal Communications Commission – #SanfordWilliams @FCC


Thursday, July 20, 2017  View the photo gallery of the session here .