This Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Commission regarding how to empower disadvantaged communities and accelerate the entry of small businesses, including those owned by women and minorities into the media, digital news and information, and audio and video programming industries. The Committee also provides recommendations to the Commission on how to ensure that disadvantaged communities are not denied the wide range of opportunities made possible by next-generation networks.
This meeting featured a report from each of the ACDDE Working Groups. The Broadcast Diversity and Development Working Group presented a report on its examination of issues pertaining to increasing broadcast ownership opportunities for small businesses, including those owned by women and minorities. The Digital Empowerment and Inclusion Working Group reported on its assessment of access, adoption, and use of broadband and new technologies by under-resourced communities. The Diversity in Tech Working Group reported on its progress in examining issues pertaining to hiring, promotion and retention of women and minorities in tech industries.