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LULAC CEO Brent Wilkes Selected to Serve on the Federal Communications Commission Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE)

August 7, 2017

Washington, DC – Brent Wilkes, chief executive officer for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), has been selected to serve on the Federal Communications Commission Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE). The ACDDE was established by Chairman Ajit Pai to provide guidance to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on how to ensure disadvantaged communities have access to next-generation network technologies and related opportunities. In addition, the committee will also help to accelerate the entry of small businesses and minority-owned businesses into media, digital news, audio and video programming industries.

“I am honored to serve on the ACDDE and look forward to working with the FCC to ensure that Latinos and other underrepresented communities have access to next generation telecommunications and media opportunities," said LULAC CEO Brent Wilkes. "Advancements in technology and media are revolutionizing how we learn, live and work, making it absolutely essential that all families have access to affordable broadband Internet connections and next generation digital services which are the gateway to educational and workplace opportunities as well as health care, shopping, banking, media, entertainment and many other necessities of life. I look forward to engaging in meaningful dialogue on how to help ensure that our communities and small businesses are not just technology and content consumers, but also the creators of new technologies and media that are powering forward the digital age.”

The ACDDE was established to function for two years and Wilkes will serve as a member of the committee for the full term. The first meeting of ACDDE will be held at the FCC in the fall of 2017.

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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.

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