WISP Industry Adviser Named to FCC Diversity Committee Working Group
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WISP Industry Adviser Named to FCC Diversity Committee Working Group


Washington, DC -- A representative of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association has been appointed to a working group under the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE). 

S. Jenell Trigg, a Member of Lerman Senter PLLC and a longtime adviser to WISPA, was appointed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to serve on the ACDDE Working Group on Digital Empowerment and Inclusion, which that will address new approaches to expanding access to emerging technologies in under-served and under-connected communities. Two other working groups will focus on diversity in broadcasting and in the tech sector. 

The ACDDE’s mission is to provide recommendations to the FCC on 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, including as owners, suppliers, and employees. In addition, the ACDDE will provide recommendations regarding how to ensure that disadvantaged communities are not denied the wide range of opportunities made possible by next-generation networks. 

Ms. Trigg is Chair of Lerman Senter’s Privacy and Data Security Practice. Her career spans positions in the legal field, government, nonprofits, and broadcasting, and she is a recognized authority on small business and minority/women business issues from industry, regulatory, and legislative perspectives. From her 16-plus years on the business side of the communications industry, she understands first-hand the impact of regulation and policy on small and diverse businesses. She also worked with the FCC’s previous Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age from its inception as a subject matter expert and consultant on matters related to Equal Employment Opportunity, the FCC’s Designated Entity program, and Finance and Ownership, including as a member of the Funding Acquisition Task Force. 

Ms. Trigg is also a former Senior Telecom Policy Analyst in the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities, and the former Assistant Chief Counsel for Telecommunications in the Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration, where she directed Advocacy’s involvement in all telecommunications and Internet issues and proceedings before the FCC, other federal and state government agencies, the White House, and Congress. She has worked on digital divide issues for two decades. 

“WISPA congratulates Jenell on her appointment to this important role,” said WISPA Director Jimmy Carr. “She is a trusted adviser to WISPA on a variety of legal and policy issues and a consensus builder who will bring keen insights to the committee’s work.” 

More information on the ACDDE is available at https://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2018/db0323/DA-18-290A1.pdf.


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WISPA is a membership-driven trade association that promotes the development and advancement of the fixed wireless Internet service provider industry. WISPA has over 800 members that support WISPA’s advocacy, education and other collaborative industry initiatives. For more information, visit www.wispa.org.

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