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DR. KINGS'S DREAM AND THE INTERNET . . . UNITING PEOPLE

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On yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the United States Congressional Ceremony Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Capital Hill.  It was a great event that brought together the Congressional Leadership from both political parties.  The keynote speaker of the event was Dr. King's son, Martin L. King, III
 
His death has profoundly affected not only my community, but the entire global community.  His legacy of non-violence and faith lives on today.
 
I received my invitation to attend this event via the internet, which made me think about how much technology has changed our world and how we view it.  The events from that day 40 years ago are still affecting how we live and think today.  Our booming technological and innovative world has been shaped by that movement and his comment to bring people together.
 
This is the one sure thing the internet does . . . it brings people together.  It evens the playing field.  And that was the goal and the continuing legacy of the Civil Rights Movement.
 
The history of this fight for justice and change can now be studied on the internet.  It means that generations of people from all over the world now have a opportunity to fully understand the scope of what this man and a generation of people, who I called or call, Mama, Daddy, Uncle, Cousin, and Neighbor have accomplished.
 
I wonder how different the world would have been if the internet had been around at the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.  Do you think that all of the innovation and creativity we have achieved would have come to pass without the "Movement"?
 
Even with all of this new innovation, there is still talk of discrimination and barriers.  We know there is a digital divide between the haves and the have-nots.  What is more compelling is that the folks under 40 now see this divide shaped by class and economic status more than race.  How refreshing.
 
Come to think of it, this man, Dr. King helped lead the Birmingham Bus Boycott at 26 years old.  Let's hope that the young people of today and tomorrow continue to lead us to end this digital divide of both race and class in both our nation and the world.
On yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the United States Congressional Ceremony Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Capital Hill.  It was a great event that brought together the Congressional Leadership from both political parties.  The keynote speaker of the event was Dr. King's son, Martin L. King, III
 
His death has profoundly affected not only my community, but the entire global community.  His legacy of non-violence and faith lives on today.
 
I received my invitation to attend this event via the internet, which made me think about how much technology has changed our world and how we view it.  The events from that day 40 years ago are still affecting how we live and think today.  Our booming technological and innovative world has been shaped by that movement and his comment to bring people together.
 
This is the one sure thing the internet does . . . it brings people together.  It evens the playing field.  And that was the goal and the continuing legacy of the Civil Rights Movement.
 
The history of this fight for justice and change can now be studied on the internet.  It means that generations of people from all over the world now have a opportunity to fully understand the scope of what this man and a generation of people, who I called or call, Mama, Daddy, Uncle, Cousin, and Neighbor have accomplished.
 
I wonder how different the world would have been if the internet had been around at the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement.  Do you think that all of the innovation and creativity we have achieved would have come to pass without the "Movement"?
 
Even with all of this new innovation, there is still talk of discrimination and barriers.  We know there is a digital divide between the haves and the have-nots.  What is more compelling is that the folks under 40 now see this divide shaped by class and economic status more than race.  How refreshing.
 
Come to think of it, this man, Dr. King helped lead the Birmingham Bus Boycott at 26 years old.  Let's hope that the young people of today and tomorrow continue to lead us to end this digital divide of both race and class in both our nation and the world.

THE DREAM CONTINUES . . .

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On this day, 40 years ago we lost a Dreamer.  Fortunately for all of us his legacy lives on.



Dr. King (Memphis - April 3, 1968)



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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site


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THE DREAM CONTINUES . . .

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On this day, 40 years ago we lost a Dreamer.  Fortunately for all of us his legacy lives on.



Dr. King (Memphis - April 3, 1968)



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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site


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WIRELESS WORLD

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Seemingly overnight, all of our lives have been changed by the wireless boom.  Voice, data, along with video demand and access are all the rage now.  It has quickly become a need not a want.  The short period of time that this transformation has occurred has been remarkable.

Wireless technology has been absolutely essential to the growth of the use and access within minority communities. The concerns over such issues are major concerns for both our nations' technical and economic growth.

A recent Pew Research Study titled "Seeding The Cloud: What Mobile Access Means for Usage Patterns and Online Content" states that, "Mobile access builds on the cell phone, a device that is easier to use and more affordable than a computer . . . cell phone users are more likely to be found in groups that have generally lagged in internet adoption, such as senior citizens, blacks, and Latinos."  For many folks, their access to the internet is through the cell phone or other wireless devices.

The Pew study also notes that the pattern of use is more profound than how the internet is accessed. They study finds that "for use of non-voice data applications on handhelds, Hispanics and African Americans lead the way relative to white Americans. Half of African Americans and 56% of English-speaking Latinos with cell phones, on a typical day, do at least one of 10 non-voice data applications such as taking pictures, accessing the internet for news, playing music, or texting. By contrast, 38% of whites do these kinds of activities on a wireless handheld device on the average day."

It seems very clear that the potential growth for wireless companies in these markets will impact their business decisions.  If they fail to address or reach out to these communities and potential new customers, they will suffer.  There is also great potential to address the issues on how to make the internet and all of this new technology readily available to everyone.

Wireless technology has the potential to even the technology gap.  This is what's so exciting about the possibilities of this new wireless world.  As in the past, we believe that what brings us together will be something that we can see and feel.

So it is very ironic that the thing that may tie us all together is a technology that is not visible or tangible.  Just think about it, there is a real chance that wireless technology will bring together not only our nation, but our world together.




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WIRELESS WORLD

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MobilePhones_Oct 2009.jpg

Seemingly overnight, all of our lives have been changed by the wireless boom.  Voice, data, along with video demand and access are all the rage now.  It has quickly become a need not a want.  The short period of time that this transformation has occurred has been remarkable.

Wireless technology has been absolutely essential to the growth of the use and access within minority communities. The concerns over such issues are major concerns for both our nations' technical and economic growth.

A recent Pew Research Study titled "Seeding The Cloud: What Mobile Access Means for Usage Patterns and Online Content" states that, "Mobile access builds on the cell phone, a device that is easier to use and more affordable than a computer . . . cell phone users are more likely to be found in groups that have generally lagged in internet adoption, such as senior citizens, blacks, and Latinos."  For many folks, their access to the internet is through the cell phone or other wireless devices.

The Pew study also notes that the pattern of use is more profound than how the internet is accessed. They study finds that "for use of non-voice data applications on handhelds, Hispanics and African Americans lead the way relative to white Americans. Half of African Americans and 56% of English-speaking Latinos with cell phones, on a typical day, do at least one of 10 non-voice data applications such as taking pictures, accessing the internet for news, playing music, or texting. By contrast, 38% of whites do these kinds of activities on a wireless handheld device on the average day."

It seems very clear that the potential growth for wireless companies in these markets will impact their business decisions.  If they fail to address or reach out to these communities and potential new customers, they will suffer.  There is also great potential to address the issues on how to make the internet and all of this new technology readily available to everyone.

Wireless technology has the potential to even the technology gap.  This is what's so exciting about the possibilities of this new wireless world.  As in the past, we believe that what brings us together will be something that we can see and feel.

So it is very ironic that the thing that may tie us all together is a technology that is not visible or tangible.  Just think about it, there is a real chance that wireless technology will bring together not only our nation, but our world together.




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AFRICAN - AMERICANS AND THE INTERNET

A little more than a year ago, one of America's most respected research organizations found that African-Americans had signed up for high-speed Internet service at rates that almost tripled from the previous two years.  The report by the Pew Research Center was profiled in news articles all across the country about African-Americans and the Internet.


The Pew study found that Home high-speed Internet usage among African-Americans is now roughly equivalent to the rate for whites in 2006.  There has been great change, but there is still much work to be done.


In our community, there is a dedicated effort to make sure our folks are not left out of the technology universe.  Folks are now very aware of the importance of being wired to the internet.  They realize it is necessary both economically and socially.  For instance, the majority of black-owned businesses, according to our latest U.S. Census figures are ran out of the homes of these business owners.  Their success or their failures can easily be based on the availability of high-speed internet connection.  As we move into the future and more African-Americans sign on for high-speed connections, it will almost inevitably mean more business opportunities for these forward thinking entrepreneurs. 


On the educational front, it also mandatory that the young people in our community have access to and are afforded every opportunity to succeed in our fast moving and expanding technical world.  Their future success is linked to the viability and growth of not only their community, but our nation as a whole.


The high-speed connections have also opened up a world of opportunities for families such as telecommuting, enjoying sports and other streamed entertainment, distance education, and video chatting with friends across the country. 


So what caused the dramatic turn-around?  One answer is the growing competition among wireless, telephone and cable providers has forced prices down and spurred new deployment into historically under served areas.  Just look at the cost of DSL prices today. They are as low as $15 per month in many areas.  Back in 1999, the same service cost $60 per month or more.


For many African-American families, this cost savings is literally the difference between being a part of the 21st century - with all its economic potential - and being left on the sidelines. 


Another answer: The concern that African American community not be left behind on issues of technology.  There is a very real commitment from every section of the community to do even more.  There is a need, and folks are working hard to make sure those needs are being met.  Our young people deserve nothing less.


So much is going in the right direction.  The inevitable question has to be:  How can we keep this progress going?  First, the competition that brought down prices and spurred deployment must continue.  Nothing should be allowed to interfere with this, especially if it causes prices to rise. 


Second, Congress should strongly oppose efforts by some online companies to pass Net neutrality regulation.  Net neutrality is a legal loophole that will allow huge corporations such as Google and Amazon to avoid paying the full cost of their Internet access.  But if that happens, then the prices rise for everyone else.  This will directly place African-Americans' hard won online success at risk.


Everyone would agree that the Internet should always be free and open, and everyone who uses it should be able to surf the net to get anything they want. 


For the African-American community, the issues are real and straight forward.  The entire community is fully committed to pushing forward with the progress that has been made.  The internet has made education and economic possibilities limitless, and the long term benefits to both the African American community and our nation are too great for any of us to ignore or not support.



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AFRICAN - AMERICANS AND THE INTERNET

A little more than a year ago, one of America's most respected research organizations found that African-Americans had signed up for high-speed Internet service at rates that almost tripled from the previous two years.  The report by the Pew Research Center was profiled in news articles all across the country about African-Americans and the Internet.


The Pew study found that Home high-speed Internet usage among African-Americans is now roughly equivalent to the rate for whites in 2006.  There has been great change, but there is still much work to be done.


In our community, there is a dedicated effort to make sure our folks are not left out of the technology universe.  Folks are now very aware of the importance of being wired to the internet.  They realize it is necessary both economically and socially.  For instance, the majority of black-owned businesses, according to our latest U.S. Census figures are ran out of the homes of these business owners.  Their success or their failures can easily be based on the availability of high-speed internet connection.  As we move into the future and more African-Americans sign on for high-speed connections, it will almost inevitably mean more business opportunities for these forward thinking entrepreneurs. 


On the educational front, it also mandatory that the young people in our community have access to and are afforded every opportunity to succeed in our fast moving and expanding technical world.  Their future success is linked to the viability and growth of not only their community, but our nation as a whole.


The high-speed connections have also opened up a world of opportunities for families such as telecommuting, enjoying sports and other streamed entertainment, distance education, and video chatting with friends across the country. 


So what caused the dramatic turn-around?  One answer is the growing competition among wireless, telephone and cable providers has forced prices down and spurred new deployment into historically under served areas.  Just look at the cost of DSL prices today. They are as low as $15 per month in many areas.  Back in 1999, the same service cost $60 per month or more.


For many African-American families, this cost savings is literally the difference between being a part of the 21st century - with all its economic potential - and being left on the sidelines. 


Another answer: The concern that African American community not be left behind on issues of technology.  There is a very real commitment from every section of the community to do even more.  There is a need, and folks are working hard to make sure those needs are being met.  Our young people deserve nothing less.


So much is going in the right direction.  The inevitable question has to be:  How can we keep this progress going?  First, the competition that brought down prices and spurred deployment must continue.  Nothing should be allowed to interfere with this, especially if it causes prices to rise. 


Second, Congress should strongly oppose efforts by some online companies to pass Net neutrality regulation.  Net neutrality is a legal loophole that will allow huge corporations such as Google and Amazon to avoid paying the full cost of their Internet access.  But if that happens, then the prices rise for everyone else.  This will directly place African-Americans' hard won online success at risk.


Everyone would agree that the Internet should always be free and open, and everyone who uses it should be able to surf the net to get anything they want. 


For the African-American community, the issues are real and straight forward.  The entire community is fully committed to pushing forward with the progress that has been made.  The internet has made education and economic possibilities limitless, and the long term benefits to both the African American community and our nation are too great for any of us to ignore or not support.



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