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


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.

For Better or For Worse

November 6, 2008 at 3:05 pm | Posted in Ford Fellow, politics | Leave a comment

800px-wedding_ringsHistory was made Tuesday night when Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States. Whether this represents breaking racial boundaries set by individuals long gone from this earth or if it represents forward movement toward a stronger nation and future, the 2008 Election is one to be remembered.

Despite the positive change in the presidency, some things changed for the worse.

As I scanned the online edition of the Chicago Tribune as part of my morning ritual, I came across the headline “California bans same-sex marriage.” I felt sick. I could only imagine long-time same-sex partners who were happy to be married feeling worse than me.

I remember back in May when same-sex marriage was legalized – all the hype and hope that surrounded the historic event. And now, those same couples who were legally married must face the possibility of having those unions revoked.

What I don’t understand is how something that so many individuals view as sacred can be given and taken away so easily. Some logic and arguments just do not make sense. For example, you have individuals saying that if Prop 8 was not passed, children will learn about gay marriage in school and turn gay. So is that the same if children learn about Asian American issues, they will turn into Asian Americans? Or if children learn about the atrocities committed by the United States, they will also commit their own? OK maybe the last one was a stretch.

Point being: I don’t believe that people who are gay have a choice in who they love.

If given the choice between being able to enjoy the sanctity of marriage and acceptance by your peers, and being condemned by every religious leader under the sun and hiding your love for another, you would choose to be condemned? You would rather spend your life with someone of the “right” gender and hide your true feelings?

If marriage is so sacred, why is the divorce rate so high in the United States? I am deeply saddened and disgusted that our country would rather pass out marriage certificates to individuals who don’t even see themselves with their partners forever than to individuals who have fought battle after battle to be together. Can we honestly say that Britney Spears and her 24-hour marriage to some guy, whose name we have all forgotten, deserved a marriage certificate but a union between George Takei and his long-time partner Brad Altman doesn’t? Please, give me a break.

The importance of rejecting Proposition 8 does not lie in Bible verses or come from the mouths of religious leaders: it stems from the fact that in a country where so much emphasis is placed on the meaning of marriage and the joining of two individuals for life, it is hard to fathom that you will never have that opportunity because of the gender of the one you love.

As someone told me recently, love doesn’t need to make sense. Who are we, as individuals, to say, at the end of the day, who can or can’t do something?

Here we go…

November 4, 2008 at 8:47 pm | Posted in Masaoka Fellow, politics | 2 Comments

We are only hours away from making history, and our voice still counts.

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APAs, sleeping giants?

November 1, 2008 at 3:25 pm | Posted in Masaoka Fellow, politics | Leave a comment

Countdown to history: 3 days

On Tuesday, November 4, Americans will elect a new commander in chief to lead a nation with some big problems: a suffering economy, an inefficient health care system, a war, the list can go on and on (especially when compared to other industrialized nations).

Americans have a tough choice to make, but what about the Asian Pacific American community? For such a large, fast growing population, how will this group affect the election?

The National Asian American Survey (NAAS) released data supporting what the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and other Asian Pacific American (APA) organizations have always known: APAs are a powerful component of the American electorate. They are “sleeping giants” in terms of their population size, their purchasing powers and their opinions.

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