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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

April 28, 1999
Rosemary Kimball (202) 418-0500


William E. Kennard, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), was honored last night by the members of the Congressional Black Caucus for creating more opportunities for all Americans. The award was presented at a reception held at the City Club in Washington, DC, following the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre performance.

The award was presented by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson who said, "It is my pleasure to give Chairman William Kennard this award on behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus. Since he was named chairman of the FCC, Mr. Kennard has worked hard to promote and expand opportunities in telecommunications and technology for all Americans, particularly African-Americans. As a member of the House Science Committee, I am very appreciative of his efforts to wire and prepare our nation's schools and libraries for Internet usage."

Rep. James E. Clyburn, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, said, "As we prepare for the 21st century and further advances in telecommunications, I can think of no individual who could better represent the interests of the underserved and the unserved in our communities. Bill Kennard has worked to ensure that all Americans have access to the information highway and the Congressional Black Caucus looks forward to working closely with him to continue those efforts."

In accepting the award, Chairman Kennard noted that, just as Judith Jamison, the artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, has provided opportunities for scores of talented dancers who otherwise might not have had the chance to succeed in the dance world, he intended to make sure that all Americans can take advantage of the opportunities available from the booming technology of the Information Age. "In establishing the Broadband Task Force, advocating connecting schools and libraries to the Internet, reaching out to the disabled community, promoting Micro Radio and protecting consumers from cramming and slamming, we can go a long way toward ensuring that the burgeoning digital revolution will not become a digital divide," he said.

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