Sen. Jacob Candelaria to Join FCC Chairman and Youth at Net Neutrality, Tech Policy Roundtable

Sen. Jacob Candelaria


Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Bernalillo will join Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler and local youth for a roundtable discussion on net neutrality, the recent telecommunications mergers and other related technology issues affecting New Mexicans. The panel is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday at the South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway Blvd. SE, in Albuquerque.

The event titled, “Nuestras Voces/Our Voices: A Youth Dialogue with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler,” is hosted by the Media Literacy Project and Digital Justice Coalition of New Mexico. New Mexico Compass Editor-in-Chief Marisa Demarco and Autumn Chacon from Quote Unquote will also be joining Candelaria and Wheeler.

Since joining the senate, Sen. Candelaria has emerged as a state leader on tech policy. “I am honored to be a part of an event that focuses on the importance of technology and the role it plays in society,” he said.

Candelaria co-sponsored Senate Bill 159 which invests $50 million over the next five years to increase broadband connectivity for rural and Native American schools. “I sponsored this bill because I believe that connecting our kids to the newest advancements in technology is critical to providing every child an infrastructure of opportunity,” said Candelaria, who also is currently leading a legislatively created task force charged with developing legislation to expand broadband connectivity for all New Mexicans.

The event is open to the public and will also be broadcast live on: Questions to the panel can also be sent via Twitter, using hashtag  #OurVoicesNM and tag @medialitproject. For phone-in questions, call 505.858.8897. To leave questions/testimonies via video, email to by at 5 p.m. June 27. For more information, contact Alanna Offield at 505.828.3312 or go to


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