January Deadline to comment on FCC Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn’s #Solutions2020 Call to Action
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Flagstaff, AZ – January 10, 2017- Mignon L. Clyburn, Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), released a draft of the #Solutions2020 Call to Action Plan on December 19, 2016. The plan identified six actionable items that would address digital divides by delivering robust connectivity within four years. The deadline to submit comments, suggestions, and feedback on the plan is January 11, 2017. The final report will be released in early 2017.
“Commissioner Clyburn’s continued support for increased media ownership among Native Americans and people of color is critical. Tribal communities continue to have a need for multiple means of communication including radio,” Loris Taylor, President and CEO of Native Public Media, previously stated.
The plan includes a call to action for the following areas: 1) Ensuring Affordable Communication, 2) Empowering Communities, 3) 5G and Beyond for All Americans, 4) Enhancing Consumer Protections, 5) Broadband as a Driver of Improved Health Service, and 6) Promoting a More Diverse Media Landscape. Comments, suggestions or feedback can be submitted to email@example.com. To view the document, visit: http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2016/db1219/DOC-342689A1.pdf.
Native Public Media is a national organization devoted to encouraging healthy, independent and engaged tribal communities through media access, control and ownership. Currently 58 Native owned and operated radio stations and a handful of television stations and projects serve Indian Country.
For a fifth consecutive year, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has been awarded as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Since launching in 1999, APTN has become a pillar for indigenous media, leading by example with its commitment to professional and educational development, to new parents with the establishment of parental leave, and to programming created by and for indigenous people.
“APTN is extremely proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers,” says Jean La Rose, APTN’s Chief Executive Officer. “Thanks to the hard work and commitment of our people, the network’s successes are only achieved through the outstanding efforts of all employees.”
APTN is to Canada’s first national public network for indigenous people. APTN is available in approximately 11 million Canadian households and commercial establishments. For more information, visit www.aptn.ca or read more on the network’s recognition here.
The annual Information Technology Summit hosted by the Navajo Nation Department of Information Technology will be held at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque on November 14-17, 2016. The summit is expected to draw presentations and attendance from varied stakeholders seeking cyber solutions and technology instruction. Loris Taylor, President and CEO of Native Public Media, will provide a session on radio licensing and ownership November 15, 2016.
“I am honored to be invited by the Navajo Nation to present on the importance of media access, control, and ownership. Judging by what is happening at Standing Rock in terms of media coverage, or the lack of it by mainstream media, this conversation is timely. Currently Native media and independent media are the primary providers of news from Standing Rock on a consistent basis regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline. We also need to talk about technology based abuses levied against the water protectors where media overlaps with technology,” stated Taylor.
The four-day summit will provide technology education sessions to address broadband technology opportunities and challenges across Indian County with specific attention to the technology needs of tribal offices in the fields of health, social services, judicial, communications, telecommunications, higher education, and more. For additional information, visit http://www.nnits.navajo-nsn.gov.