Intel Invests $300 Million to Improve Its Workplace Diversity

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Intel has joined the chorus of corporate giants publicly acknowledging that women and minorities are underrepresented in the tech world. This week, the chip maker said it will invest $300 million to encourage more diversity inside its organization, while announcing concrete goals it hopes to hit by the year 2020.

In the midst of other announcements at this week’s CES trade show in Las Vegas, including a collaboration with Oakley to make new wearables and a tiny hardware module called Curie meant for wearables the size of a button, CEO Brian Krzanich said Intel would use that $300 million to help improve the pipeline for women and minorities, actively support the hiring and retention of diverse candidates, and fund programs that support the positive representation of women and minorities in technology and gaming industries. Continue reading →

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FCC: Creating a “Model City” to test spectrum sharing technologies

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Interesting read written by the Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology.

Today, the FCC’s Office of Engineering & Technology (OET) and the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a Joint Public Notice that seeks input on the establishment of a “Model City” program to test advanced wireless spectrum sharing technologies.

The NTIA and the FCC have encouraged and supported the development of advanced spectrum sharing technologies and techniques. Notably, the Commission recently revised its experimental licensing rules to facilitate development of radio technologies by establishing provisions for program licenses and innovation zones.

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) recommended the creation of an “urban Test City” to “support rapid experimentation” of advanced spectrum sharing technologies. The Joint Public Notice seeks to start the process of transforming this recommendation from an idea to reality. We have chosen to use the term “Model City” to better reflect the idea that systems or networks might be developed that could serve as a model for spectrum sharing techniques that can be deployed elsewhere.

It is too soon to know what a “Model City” might entail and what aspects would fall within the jurisdiction of the NTIA and/or the FCC. For example, the model city could be developed as a public-private partnership and implemented under existing provisions such as the FCC’s experimental licensing program.

What is clear is that there is a high likelihood that both NTIA and FCC will have a role to play, particularly because most of the spectrum is shared between federal and non-federal users. That is why we have initiated this process through a joint notice.

We appreciate that the notice does not lay out specific details of the “Model City” concept. We also recognize that many more questions might have been asked than those in the notice. Our intent is to spark private sector initiative to help turn this rough concept into a more specific plan.

We are excited about the idea of a “Model City.” We encourage all interested parties to review the Joint Public Notice released today and welcome all comments on how best to establish this “Model City” that will be a critical test bed for finding additional ways to meet the growing demand for spectrum. The feedback we receive will be important as we continue to work towards making more spectrum available for commercial use.

Source: FCC

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Minority T.V. Ownership in The U.S. Still Lags

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FCC Corrects Minority Ownership Figure

The FCC has corrected a blog posting by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that had asserted there was “not a single minority-owned TV station in the country.”

Wheeler has pointed to the lack of minority ownership as one of the reasons behind his efforts to tighten media ownership attribution rules, efforts opposed by broadcasters.

An FCC spokesperson said the error was caught Tuesday morning and was being fixed.

At press time, the post had been changed to say “[b]ut when there’s [Sic] few minority-owned TV stations in the country, clearly we must do better.”

In fact, only 3% of all full-power TV stations are owned by all racial minorities combined, according to the FCC’s most recently released figures. But that is still 41 stations, actually up from 31 stations in 2011. Continue reading →

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U.S. Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce Gathers in Utah, Touts Latino Growth

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As reported in NBC News

A tiny fraction of the 54 million Latinos in the U.S. are in Utah, yet U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Javier Palomarez said the state is the perfect place for the Latino business group to hold its annual convention this week.

“We are going into places we have been thought to not heretofore have existed,” said Palomarez, who said his organization has previously taken the conference to cities like Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami, which he described as hotbeds for the Hispanic community and enterprises.

Utah is representative of how the Latino population has spread in recent decades. While just .7 percent of all U.S. Latinos live in Utah, they make up about 13 percent of the state’s population of 2.9 million. In 2010, the state had the 12th largest Hispanic population share, according to Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project. Continue reading →
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MasTec Named Hispanic Business Enterprise Chair for USHCC National Convention

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WASHINGTON, Aug 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX)

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) has announced MasTec, the largest Hispanic-owned construction and engineering company in America, as the Hispanic Business Enterprise (HBE) chair for its upcoming national convention, set to take place September 21-23, 2014 in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The annual convention is a premier event for America’s small business community, convening thousands of Hispanic business owners, corporate executives, elected officials, and representatives from local chambers and business associations throughout the country.

“Each fall, the USHCC selects an HBE chair whose CEO embodies the values that guide our association. Jose Mas not only meets this description, he’s a living example of American entrepreneurship at its finest,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “Jose has long served as a role model for our nation’s 3.2 million Hispanic business owners, and has played a key role in the success of our previous National Conventions, including those in Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago. This year, we aim to make history in Salt Lake City, and that’s why we are honored to have Jose as the 2014 National Convention HBE Chair.”  Continue reading →

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