Rallying Crowd to Save the Internet

Cheryl spoke at a Save The Internet Rally on behalf of her client, the United Church of Christ, OC Inc., demonstrating her ability to rally a crowd.

Next Steps in Promoting the Values of the IP Transition

IP transition imageCheryl spoke in March in a Capitol Hill Briefing on the Values of the IP Transition sponsored by Public Knowledge discussing the values which are important to maintain through the IP transition. She emphasized the importance of technology enabling everyone in our society to be able to achieve based on their own intelligence, willingness to work hard and succeed, highlighting ways in which people’s race, ethnicity or income currently impact their use of technology.  She noted a number of ways her client, the United Church of Christ’s media justice ministry, has advocated for policies to ensure the IP transition does not harm the least vulnerable in our nation.

Cheryl brought not only a thoughtful understanding of the intersection of technology and social justice values, but also her economic knowledge to how telecommunications competition must be tied with universal service in order to ensure all people in the U.S. receive service.  Check out the video below. Cheryl’s remarks appear at 11:20, 26:47, 46:12, 55:59 and 1:02:31.


Speaking eloquently in support of justice

Cheryl_prisonphoneworkshopCheryl appeared at a Federal Communications Commission workshop in July on behalf of the United Church of Christ to advocate for just and reasonable rates for inmate calling services.  She was able to combine the moral authority of her client the United Church of Christ, OC Inc. and her communications policy expertise to lay bare the injustice of predatory prison phone rates.  For more about her work on this issue, see the description of her work on prison phones under success storiesVideo of the workshop is available.  Cheryl’s presentation begins at 26:00.

Bringing Broadband Adoption to the Nation’s Underserved Populations

broadband-breakfastCheryl spoke on the Broadband Breakfast panel entitled: Bringing Broadband Adoption to the Nation’s Underserved Populations. Cheryl described the challenges with the current federal policy efforts to encourage high speed Internet broadband adoption by low-income communities.  She praised philanthropic efforts of the corporate sector, but explained they are no substitute for comprehensive federal policy.  

You can view the highlights (Cheryl appears at 5:44) or the full video (Cheryl’s key points appear at 33:00 and 57:00) (July 12, 2012).

Panel description:  The FCC’s National Broadband Plan identified three areas that need to be addressed to getting all Americans online: the cost of broadband, basic digital literacy skills and the relevance of content available over broadband transmission. All three were featured in the discussion at Tuesday’s event.  Learn more about the regular Broadband Breakfast Club series.

Mr. Radio Goes to Washington: Teaming up to Pass the Local Community Radio Act

Cheryl makes presentation on panelCheryl described her role in the broad collaborative ten-year effort to pass the Local Community Radio Act, and offered advice to media activists who would like to succeed in Congress.  National Conference on Media Reform, Boston, MA (April 2011.)  Cheryl’s power point presentation.  Cheryl’s presentation begins at 41:30 in the video.