Women of Color and the Technological Frontier

1:00 pm EDT
Online Only

Commissioner Geoffrey Starks virtually hosted this joint webinar with NTIA’s Minority Broadband Initiative. The event was open to the public via live feed from the FCC’s web page at and on the FCC’s YouTube channel.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the ways broadband can empower communities and it has also exposed the social and economic inequities associated with broadband adoption. It is clear—now more than ever—that research and analysis about households that remain unconnected will support continuing efforts of closing the digital divide. For Women’s History Month, the Office of FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks and NTIA’s Minority Broadband Initiative hosted this joint webinar featuring women of color who are thought leaders in broadband research. During this event, panelists discussed how the digital divide impacts marginalized communities and how research strategies can lead to policy solutions that address existing disparities in broadband access and adoption.

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


1:00 PM — Remarks from FCC Commissioner Starks

1:05 PM — Remarks from Evelyn Remaley
Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information

1:10 PM — Remarks and Introductions from Dr. Francine Alkisswani
Minority Broadband Initiative, NTIA

1:15 PM — Panel Discussion
Discussion Moderated by Dr. Francine Alkisswani

  • Dr. Traci Morris, Executive Director, American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI) at Arizona State University
  • Dr. Fallon Wilson, Vice President of Policy, Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC)
  • Dr. Blanca Gordo, Visiting Scholar, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI) at University of California, Berkeley

1:50 PM — Rapporteur Comments by Dr. Alisa Valentin
Special Advisor to FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks

1:55 PM — Closing Remarks from Dr. Francine Alkisswani

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