Ensuring a Wireless Future

March 8, 2012 at 12:45 am | Posted in fmori, politics | Leave a comment

Last week, the White House issued a report on wireless broadband that should be required reading for anyone concerned about long-term prosperity. It begins noting that “the evidence is clear that the wireless industry is an important source of investment and employment.”

But then it lays down the warning: Without new airwaves to handle our surging wireless needs, this growth is threatened.

Look at the impact: The White House itself estimated two years ago that every dollar invested in wireless deployment can result in as much as $7 to $10 higher GDP.

That’s the crucial backdrop for legislation that President Obama recently signed calling for the first auction of wireless spectrum since 2008. It’s also why these auctions must take place quickly with minimal government regulation.

We don’t want a repeat of the last time the Federal Communications Commission hosted a wireless auction. In 2008, the FCC insisted on imposing onerous conditions on a major portion of the spectrum.

The result was as easy to see as it was depressing. Corporate bidders stayed away and taxpayers lost billions of dollars in lost revenue to the government.

The growth of Americans’ wireless usage in recent years has been stunning. Four years ago, our most popular mobile phone was the Motorola Razr. Today, smartphones dominate and that has spurred huge growth for the US software industry.

Mobile app growth probably won’t revitalize shuttered textile mills or furniture factories, but the U.S. does have a global advantage in areas such as software development. The impact on the software industry is obvious. Beyond that, our wireless growth also sustains jobs in finance, marketing, advertising and many other areas associated with the wireless industry.

However, this opportunity for growth is hampered by an acute spectrum shortage. Our current airwaves are reaching a saturation point. Tens of millions of new smartphone and tablet users stream music, download videos, play games and do all sorts of other great things over the mobile web. Pretty soon, all this data will overwhelm the available wireless spectrum. That’s why Congress and the Administration must move quickly.

They need to agree on a clean set of auctions rules that let all qualified bidders make offers. Further, they need to resist the temptation to place regulations on any auction, as these would only create delay, uncertainty and less revenue for the U.S. Treasury.
We need all the stimulus we can get. Having the federal government move faster on wireless auctions is a good place to start.

Floyd Mori
National Executive Director


Table Tennis champion joins JACL Millennium Club

June 11, 2009 at 8:37 am | Posted in APA News, fmori, JACL | Leave a comment

By JACL Press Office

When Floyd Mori, National Executive Director of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), met David Sakai at a function, Floyd was interested in David’s printing business because the JACL had some printing needs.  Floyd also invited David to join the JACL and provided a membership application.

David, of Bowie, Maryland, and his son in law, Paul Kaup, Senior Account Executive for the company of which David is owner, President, and CEO, came to the JACL office to discuss printing.  At the end of the meeting, David asked for more explanation of the various membership categories of the JACL and promptly joined the JACL Millennium Club.  A third generation Japanese American from Connecticut, David said he has not had a lot of interaction with other Japanese Americans in the past besides relatives and he wanted to get involved with the JACL.

A champion table tennis player who continues to play and compete even in his sixties, David has played table tennis competitively for over forty years.  He won at the 1964 U.S. Open and became the #2 U.S. Junior at the U.S. Open in 1965.  He says he has competed in every U.S. Open and National Table Tennis Championship in the last 36 years, and stated:  “I’ve lost more matches than anyone in history and probably won more matches than anyone as well.”  He was inducted into the U.S.A. Table Tennis Hall of Fame in 2004.

David was Vice-President of a newly formed Players Association and was among a number of players who boycotted and picketed the 1976 Philadelphia U.S. Open tournament.  Their point was to emphasize that there had to be a start at professional players playing for substantial sums of money in order for the sport to grow.  Six months later much more prize money was offered to the players.  David has been Sponsorship Agent for the United States Table Tennis Association (USTTA) and has been the USTTA Coaching Committee Chair.

In 1981 David began working for Moore Business Forms and became an award-winning salesman.  He continued with his table tennis and captained a U.S.A. Men’s Team at the 1982 U.S. Open.  He started his own printing business and became a successful businessman, but he kept up with his table tennis.

David and his wife Donna met through table tennis.  They won the mixed doubles championship at the U.S. Open in 1977.  They eventually married and have stopped playing competitively together. David continues to practice almost everyday to stay in top form and competes in approximately 35 tournaments each year.  Donna was inducted before David into the USA Table Tennis Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, where they also have a home.

DC Direct: The 111th Congress Begins with a Bang

January 23, 2009 at 2:08 am | Posted in fmori | Leave a comment

By Floyd Mori, JACL National Director

January 8, 2009

The atmosphere in Washington, DC is electric with excitement and anticipation for change to occur. The JACL is a very integral part of much of the preliminaries and the main event. I thought you might be interested in some of the things we are doing during this first week of the new Congressional session.

Congress opened for business yesterday, and a lot of the ceremony of swearing in and getting settled for the long run was evident in the Halls of Congress. New and old furniture lined the office buildings, and welcoming parties were going on throughout congressional office buildings. I attended a party that welcomed in the first Vietnamese Congressman, Republican Joseph Cao from New Orleans. Many AAPI leaders were there to greet the new Congressman. It brought back memories of the time when I upset some heavy party supported candidates some 33 years ago in California.

An Ounce of Prevention

December 5, 2008 at 3:44 am | Posted in fmori, Youth | Leave a comment

By Floyd Mori, JACL National Executive Director

Recently I attended a congressional hearing on Youth Crime and Violence. A basic premise was that “prevention” is far more effective and less costly than punishment and suppression. This is the case with most things in life. Child poverty, inferior education, and lack of adequate health care are root causes of youth crime, and yet these are weaknesses in our society that can be prevented. Therefore, the focus of the hearing was to enhance programs that are aimed at prevention in order to have a real impact on the problem. The evidence of life around us collaborates this premise.

If I may draw a parallel, it is my feeling that our community is besieged by the crime of ethnic denial and cultural neglect. The result is poor self image and an absence of self identity. Yet at the same hearing mentioned above, developing a sense of identity was a major element in building self worth and a sense of well being. To me, this is a crime that can be mitigated by more aggressive preventive measures.

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A Long Time Coming!

November 11, 2008 at 12:10 am | Posted in fmori, politics | 8 Comments

By Floyd Mori
JACL National Executive Director

As I watched and listened to the results of the election, my faith and hope in our nation was heightened as I shared the emotion that much of the country felt. We have come one step closer to the time when each of us will look at people as equals. For this, I had a deep feeling of gratitude for this African-American man named Obama, who had many things in common with me, a farm boy from Utah, and countless others who have been teased and ridiculed because of their heritage. He had so calmly and intelligently taken on the daunting task of becoming somebody whom most minorities would feel to be a total impossibility. We have seen a literal miracle in our lifetime and can be proud that this had occurred.

What this election revealed was that Joe the Plumber might just as well be named Jose or Hiroshi. Joe really did not represent the real face of America. The real face of America is not what I tried to emulate as a Japanese American child of World War II, when I was given an Anglo name so that I would fit in better with my Caucasian classmates. Now we can be ourselves with our unique cultural background and our different names. We can be of a color different than the America that Joe seems to reflect. We respect the Joe’s of the nation and their point of view. But at the same time, we will now come to expect that they will begin to respect our point of view and seek to understand why we are who we are. We are a multicultural nation with many different ways to relate with one another and now we will feel freer in doing so.

Minorities need no longer be apologetic for the way they speak, the color of their skin or the religion to which they belong. Let us be proud of who we are and do our part in making this a better America than that which we inherited. We can stand taller and lengthen our stride in working together with others even though we may look different on the outside.

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