In late July, I had the privilege of representing the FCC at the annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference. NCLR is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.
True to its theme, Rise As One, the 2013 conference’s workshops and presentations emphasized the importance of collaboration among all communities across the nation to find viable solutions to the similar challenges we face.
This year’s conference addressed issues of great interest to the Hispanic community, including: economic development, collaborative fundraising, K-12 education, social media, financial literacy, immigration reform, disaster preparedness, and the importance of obtaining a college degree.
The conference’s Líderes Summit, a national program designed to create opportunities for Latino youth, included workshops on preparing for job interviews, public speaking, and applying for a federal government job.
At the FCC exhibit I provided information on a variety of topics, including: informal complaints, cable television rates, indecency, bill shock, and the September 2015 deadline for low-power TV stations’ (LPTV) transition to an all-digital format.
There was also great interest about the October 15 – 29, 2013 application window for low-power FM radio stations (LPFMs). Consumers seeking more information on the LPFM window, including how to file FCC Form 318, were directed to the User Guide at the Media Bureau's Consolidated Database System (CDBS) at http://licensing.fcc.gov/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/cdbs_ug.htm and/or advised to contact the Audio Division Help Desk at (202) 418‐2662.
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