This Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Commission regarding how to empower disadvantaged communities and accelerate the entry of small businesses, including those owned by women and minorities into the media, digital news and information, and audio and video programming industries. The Committee also provides recommendations to the Commission on how to ensure that disadvantaged communities are not denied the wide range of opportunities made possible by next-generation networks.
The meeting agenda featured a report from each of the three ACDDE Working Groups. The Digital Empowerment and Inclusion Working Group reported on its assessment of access, adoption, and use of broadband and new technologies by under-resourced communities, as well as on the supplier diversity workshop for small, female- and minority-owned entrepreneurs it held this summer. The Diversity in Tech Working Group reported on its examination of issues pertaining to hiring, promotion, and retention of women and minorities in tech industries and provided an update on research to develop a "best practices" guide for employers in the tech sector. The Broadcast Diversity and Development Working Group provided an update on its ongoing initiatives to examine diversity and inclusion in broadcast employment, management and supplier procurement.