Thank you Commissioner Clyburn!

Earlier this morning, members of the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee honored Commissioner Clyburn with a resolution recognizing her achievements during her time as Acting Chair.  The resolution was presented to her as a framed certificate.

Drafted by the “Universal Service Working Group,”–which includes MAG-Net members and allies Center for Media Justice, Media Literacy Project, Benton Foundation and National Consumer Law Center—the resolution reads as follows:

Resolution of Commendation FCC Consumer Advisory Committee

Whereas Commissioner Mignon Clyburn took the occasion of her 6-month tenure as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission to work with Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai to:

Remove the barrier that exorbitant telephone rates posed for many families of the incarcerated to maintain contact with their loved ones, and thus, help reduce the rate of recidivism[1]

Address privacy concerns regarding mobile devices by clarifying consumer rights under existing laws that require providers to safeguard personal information[2]

Uphold the necessity to continue the Lifeline  program of the Universal Service Fund in the face of relentless attacks, stating that “Without this program, approximately millions of low-income families would have to choose between feeding their children or going without a dial tone that potentially could save their lives, and put them on a better economic path.”[3]

Revitalize the E-rate program of the Universal Service Fund by ensuring that schools and libraries have the infrastructure and capacity to meet 21st century educational needs[4], and,

Take important next steps in the FCC’s examination of broadcast diversity issues by undertaking the first study of the Hispanic television market, including programming and viewing patterns, and by initiating a field test of the research design model created for the Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs[5],

Therefore, the Consumer Advisory Committee of the Federal Communications Commission hereby commends and thanks Commissioner Clyburn for her exemplary leadership on behalf of all consumers, especially those in greatest need.

Adopted: December 16, 2013

Following the presentation of the resolution, members of the CAC expressed their personal thanks and appreciation to Commissioner Clyburn.  Among the strongest comments where those on behalf of organizations working directly communities of color, low income families and the disability community.

The Center for Media Justice and MAG-Net have long supported Commissioner Clyburn and her strong commitment to the communities we represent.  As we close out 2013, and recognize Commissioner Clyburn on her leadership, we invite you to join us in sending your thanks, using the hashtag and handle: @FCC #thankyouClyburn

 

About the Author

amalia deloney

amalia coordinates the media policy initiatives of the Center for Media Justice and the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net). She has over 15 years of experience in community and cultural organizing, with a specific interest in human rights, cultural rights and traditional knowledge. Born in Guatemala, she worked for many years at the Main Street Project–in her hometown of Minneapolis. While there, she co-directed a nationally recognized four-state rural Latino capacity buliding initiative called The Raíces Project. Nationally, amalia is a board member of the Indigenous Women’s Network, and the Latino Public Radio Consortium. amalia earned her B.A. in Urban Studies and History from Macalester College and her J.D. with a focus on Social Justice from Hamline University School of Law – as a result, she has huge student loans, which she likes to complain about.