The Future of Work: Black-Owned Businesses and the Digital Divide

2:00 pm EST

The continued fight for social justice and the COVID-19 pandemic has brought us an unparalleled opportunity to focus our efforts on the fundamental values of fairness and equity as we rebuild our economy and workforce for the future. This unprecedented crisis has also demonstrated that economic opportunity and access to affordable, reliable broadband are inextricably tied. The policies necessary to bridge the digital divide must center the most marginalized, including Black-owned businesses and Black workers who have been disproportionately impacted by the economic crisis.

This panel discussion, hosted virtually by FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, convened leaders from the African American Mayors Association, the Black Economic Alliance, the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, and U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. The event was live streamed via WebEx.

For additional information about this event, please contact Alisa Valentin from the Office of FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks at (202) 418-2500 or Alisa.Valentin@fcc.gov.


  • Kim Tignor – Executive Director of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice

Confirmed Panelists

  • Ron Busby – President/CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.
  • Charles Phillips – Co-Founder & Co-Chair of the Black Economic Alliance
  • Stephanie Sykes – Founding Executive Director and General Counsel of the African American Mayors Association

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