FCC Chairman Visits New Mexico

Media Literacy Project and the Digital Justice Coalition of New Mexico in collaboration with the Center for Media Justice and Free Press are happy to announce that the Chairman of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) will be visiting Albuquerque on Monday, June 30th. We will be hosting Nuestras Voces/Our Voices: A Youth Dialogue with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler at the South Broadway Cultural Center from 6:30pm to 8:00pm that day.

Nuestras Voces/Our Voices will be a space for youth and their families from across New Mexico to have an open conversation with the chairman on a wide range of media justice issues such as telehealth, net neutrality, prison phones, rural broadband access, improved internet in schools and libraries, the lifeline program, and the recent telecommunications mergers.

At a time when New Mexico ranks last among the 50 states in the number of people that can get online at home, last in child well-being and second in population living below the poverty line, it is critical that we share our stories and continue working for media justice in our state.

The event will also include a roundtable discussion with Chairman Wheeler, New Mexico State Senator Jacob Candelaria, New Mexico Compass Editor-in-Chief Marisa Demarco, Autumn Chacon from Quote Unquote, Dale Alverson, Medical Director at UNM's Center for Telehealth and Cybermedicine Research, and Monica Braine from Native America Calling.

The event is free and open to the public. Spanish-language interpretation and sign-language interpretation will also be provided.

Comments and Questions for the Chairman

We will be taking comments and/or questions for the Chairman in the following ways. Please remember that youth voices will be prioritized on the night of the event.

Social Media – Leading up to the event and on the night of the event, you can join in the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #OurVoicesNM and tweeting questions/comments to @medialitproject. We will take some questions from social media the night of the event and will have a live twitter feed up during the event.

Phone Line – We have set up the phone line 505-858-8897 as another way to take questions/comments/testimony from people around the state before the June 30th event. We encourage folks to call in and leave a message. We will pick some of the called-in testimony and questions to play on the night of the event. We will make sure that all the testimony is properly filed with the FCC after the event.

Video Testimony/Questions – We are hoping to show some video testimony/questions from youth across the state during the event. This can be sent in to alanna [at] medialiteracyproject [dot] org. We are also happy to Skype with any youth who would like to share their story with us and wants some extra help in crafting their story. We ask that videos are kept to a minute and a half or less. Video can be a youth talking into the camera and/or include pictures of their community. We are happy to work with any youth who are interested in creating a video by giving them any technical support we can.

Audience Questions – We will take several questions from youth present at the Nuestras Voces/Our Voices event. There will be a sign-up sheet available at the sign-in table outside the main event doors. We will ask that all youth who sign up to speak sit in a marked section of the theatre and keep their comment or question to one and a half minutes or less.

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Media Literacy Project y la Coalición por la Justicia Digital de Nuevo México en colaboración con Center for Media Justice y Free Press estamos felices de anunciar que el Presidente de la Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones (FCC) visitara Albuquerque el lunes 30 de junio. Están invitados a participar en Nuestras Voces/Our Voices: Un Diálogo de Jóvenes con el Presidente del FCC Tom Wheeler cual se llevara a cabo en el Centro Cultural del South Broadway de 6:30pm-8:00pm esa noche.

Nuestras Voces/Our Voices será un espacio para los jóvenes y sus familias a través de todo Nuevo México donde tendrán la oportunidad de tener una conversación abierta con el presidente sobre varios temas como telehealth, la neutralidad de la red, el precio de llamadas en los centros de detención, el acceso al Internet en comunidades rurales, como mejorar el acceso al Internet en nuestras escuelas y bibliotecas, el programa lifeline, y los recientes anuncios de fusión de compañías que proveen servicios de comunicacion.

En un momento donde Nuevo México ocupa el último lugar entre los 50 estados en el número de personas que tienen acceso al Internet en sus hogares, el último en el bienestar de nuestras niños/as  y en el segundo lugar en el número de personas que viven por debajo del nivel de la pobreza, es fundamental que compartimos nuestras historias y continuemos nuestro trabajo por la justicia digital.

El evento también incluirá una plática con el presidente Wheeler, el Senador Estatal Jacob Candelaria, Directora de NM Compass Marisa Demarco, Autumn Chacón del grupo Quote Unquote y otros invitados especiales.

El evento es gratis y abierto al público.  También habrá interpretación en Español.

Comentarios y preguntas para el Presidente

Vamos a tomar comentarios  y/o preguntas para el Presidente del FCC de la manera siguiente. Por favor recuerde que las voces de jóvenes serán nuestra prioridad.

Preguntas/Comentarios por las Redes Sociales - En los días previos al evento y en la noche del evento, jóvenes podrán unirse a la conversación en las redes sociales mediante el hashtag  #NuestrasVocesNM y podrán hacer preguntas/comentarios por Twitter mandándolos a @medialitproject. Tomaremos algunas preguntas de las redes sociales durante el evento y tendremos las actividades de twitter en vivo durante el evento.

Preguntas/Comentarios por Teléfono - Hemos creado una línea telefónica 505-858-8897 para poder tomar preguntas/comentarios/testimonios de jóvenes en todo el estado. Cualquier joven puede llamar a la línea y dejar su mensaje, el día del evento vamos a seleccionar algunos mensajes para compartir durante el evento, los demás vamos a someterlos al FCC.

Preguntas/Comentarios en Video – Queremos mostrar video testimonios o video preguntas de jóvenes que se encuentran afuera de Albuquerque durante el evento. Cualquier video debe ser enviado a alanna [at] medialiteracyproject [dot] org. También estamos disponible para usar Skype con cualquier joven que quiera compartir su testimonio y estamos aquí para ayudar. Pedimos que los vídeos sean un minuto y medio o menos. El video puede ser de un joven hablando directamente a la camera o de fotos de su comunidad. Si necesitan ayuda o no saben cómo crear un video, estamos aquí para ayudar.

Preguntas/Comentarios en Persona - Vamos a tomar varias preguntas durante la noche del evento. Habrá una hoja de inscripción disponible en la mesa de registro si cualquier joven quiere hacer una preguntar o dar un comentario. Le pedimos que todos los jóvenes que se inscriban para hablar se sienten en la sección indicada y por favor mantengan su comentario o pregunta a un minuto y medio o menos.

¿No se puede ir? Acompáñenos en vivo


Points for Wheeler

I served on a Telecommunications Commission at the municipal level in Austin, Tx in the 1990s as the Internet arose.

As a writer who has worked in journalism and in grassroots organizing, I observed a crucial potential for societal evolution in how early literacy becomes adult capability related to this new capacity.

I don't think the FCC takes this future into account. Those most affected by the outcome of common carriage/net neutrality decisions are at the oldest,
In their forties. These must have come from homes with early adopter parents and early adopter school systems.

A new literacy is arising, one characterized by interactivity and collaboration and this is a crucial departure from print.

We are not primarily consumers but citizens. Wheeler and others will probably not recognize the importance of the distinction. But it is the potential for a new literacy combined with citizenship that has to be protected. If Thomas Jefferson had pledged to protect the First Amendment on a case by case basis through person diligence, where would we be? He died 200 years ago.

I hope it can be made clear to Wheeler that the future is best protected by designating the Internet a common carrier under Title II of the 1934 Act. It is the rise of new generations as they master a new literacy that our future as Americans and as the human race, depends on.

The FCC could render the First Amendment to be a quaint relic of a bygone era before networked communications.

Stuart Heady
Albuquerque/Stanwood, Wa