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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

For Immediate Release: December 15, 2015

Sen. Anastasia Pittman
Sen. Anastasia Pittman

Sen. Anastasia Pittman attends national legislative conference, serves as Telecom Chair for National Black Caucus of State Legislators meeting

State Senator Anastasia A. Pittman recently attended the 39th annual legislative conference for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. The conference was held December 2-5 in Los Angeles, CA. The event, themed “Leading by Balancing Justice and Opportunities,” was attended by legislators from across the nation and included workshops, committee sessions and networking events. NBCSL was established in 1970 and now includes over 700 African American legislators nationwide, supporting the professional development and growth in state legislatures across the nation.

The Oklahoma City legislator currently serves as the NBCSL Chair of the Telecommunications, Science and Technology, which focuses on matters relating to telecommunication infrastructure access, taxation and rate establishment. The committee also considers science and technology factors that affect disadvantaged communities. The role of the committee is to create policies and programs to promote understanding and encourage participation of African Americans and other minorities in the telecommunications industry.

As part of her leadership responsibilities, Pittman led a conference workshop and presentation at the Los Angeles meeting entitled, “Broadband and our Community: Broadband Adoption is the Key to Economic Development”. She welcomed keynote speaker, Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission and facilitated discussion with panelists David Grain, Founder and Managing Partner of Grain Management, and Antonio Williams, Senior Director of Government & External Affairs of Comcast NBCUniversal.

“I am proud to work in cooperation with my fellow members of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and honored to be part of a group with such strong dedication and commitment to excellence,” said Pittman. “There are many tough issues to tackle and we’re facing those issues head on and with enthusiasm for change.”

In conjunction with her NBCSL appointment by the National President Catherine E. Pugh of Maryland, Pittman also requested two interim studies on the state level earlier this year related to telecommunications with a renewed focus on cable technology and internet gaming in Oklahoma.

“My interest in telecom issues on a state level combined with my national leadership role as an NBCSL committee chair allows me the opportunity make a greater impact on the future of telecommunication legislation,” said Pittman. “In a world of ever-changing technology, we need to examine this process more closely to ensure Oklahoma isn’t losing tax revenue from the cable industry. The state interim study and my service on the telecom committee for the NBCSL provide unique opportunities to strengthen families through educational enrichment and economic development programs. We hope to delve deeper for better answers and utilize that information to determine our best path for the future.”

For more information, contact:
Sen. Pittman: 405-521-5531

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