The New America Foundation and Native Public Media are pleased to announce that Native Public Media has a seat on the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee. Traci Morris, Director of Operations for Native Public Media, which partners with New America’s Open Technology Initiative, will represent tribal interests on the Committee.
"We’re delighted to have a member of our team appointed to the FCC's Consumer Advisory Council," stated Sascha Meinrath, Director of the Open Technology Initiative. "The Consumer Advisory Council serves a critically important role at the FCC, helping amplify the voices of many of the least-served communities and constituencies in current policy debates. Appointing Traci to the committee demonstrates the FCC's strong commitment to Native rights."
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski stated, “As the representative of Native Public Media, [Traci] will be a voting member of the CAC, helping us to ensure that all Americans have access to modern communications services.”
Loris Taylor, President and CEO of Native Public Media, noted, “Native Public Media has been at the forefront of advocating for Native American inclusion on communications services. With broadband penetration at less than ten percent in tribal communities compounded by a gaping media and digital divide, the voice of Native Americans at the policy table is urgent when the Commission is in the midst of continuous and evolving legislative and regulatory changes. I am pleased that Traci will be representing Native Public Media on the Consumer Advisory Committee of the FCC.”
“As the only Native representative, I am honored and humbled to be chosen for this committee and look forward to working with other members,” stated Morris.
About Native Public Media
In 2004 Native Public Media (NPM) grew out of the strong commitment of leaders within Native public radio to expand the voice of Native America. The Native Radio Network consists of forty-five (45) radio stations serving Native communities from Alaska to New York State. NPM is wholly dedicated to building and advancing Native access to, ownership of, and participation in media.
Since its inception, NPM has focused on using media (including radio and new media) as a tool for advancing economic development, preserving language and culture, promoting economic development, public safety, health and education, and facilitating community engagement by Native Americans with the issues that affect Tribes and communities.
About the New America Foundation
The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.
New America’s Open Technology Initiative formulates policy and regulatory reforms to support open architectures and open source innovations and facilitates the development and implementation of open technologies and communications networks. For more information, visit http://oti.newamerica.net.