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: www.ustream.tv/channel/nuestras-voces-our-voices. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by at 5 p.m. June 27. For more information, contact Alanna Offield at 505.828.3312 or go to medialiteracyproject.org.