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January 3, 2019 As we enter 2019, it is important to reflect on the important work that was accomplished last year. With this in mind we will be highlighting stories from Voqal’s FY 2018 Annual Report: Be Nimble in the coming weeks. In our first entry, we take a look at efforts by Voqal grantees

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December 14, 2018 Below is an update on the current spectrum policy landscape from Voqal’s Director of Telecommunications Strategy Mark Colwell. Recently, telecommunications giant Ericsson released its annual Mobility Report examining the state of wireless communications across the globe. The report observes that global mobile traffic jumped 79 percent between 2018 and 2019, demonstrating a

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December 7, 2018 Founded in 2017, Way to Win is a resource and strategy hub seeking a new approach to progressive political funding that wins elections, advances transformative policy and builds lasting power. Earlier this week (December 2 – 4), Voqal grantee Way to Win hosted The Way Forward conference in order to celebrate its

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December 6, 2018 A valued partner of Mobile Citizen (and by extension Voqal), NTEN supports organizations by convening the nonprofit community, offering professional credentials and training and facilitating an open exchange of ideas. Voqal values the opportunities that arise from a vibrant and collaborative nonprofit community. With that idea in mind, here are two excellent

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November 29, 2018 In this month’s entry in Voqal’s grantmaking blog series, Director of Grantmaking Brenda Sears highlights three organizations that are working hard to create a better future for marginalized populations. For many people, the holidays do not bring the joy and happiness advertised in movies, songs and greeting cards. Unfortunately, many people are

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November 14, 2018 Voqal believes telecommunications policy should be focused on ensuring the country’s telecommunications resources and infrastructure contribute to a socially equitable world for all. This goal of equity in telecommunications extends to those who control our nation’s electromagnetic airwaves or “spectrum” – a vital public resource that has been increasingly licensed and concentrated

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November 7, 2018 Common Cause Illinois has an innovative, pragmatic and comprehensive pro-democracy agenda. It leads and defines the democracy reform movement, promoting solutions already succeeding in some communities to shift power to the people. Voqal’s support enabled Common Cause Illinois to build a movement around campaign finance reform that is heavily grounded in equity.

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November 1, 2018 Earlier this week, Voqal had the opportunity to engage with its grantee community in Chicago. On Saturday, Voqal attended a live taping of The Hoodiosie. One of Voqal’s newest grantees in Chicago, The Hoodoisie is a radically-policized, bi-weekly live news show occurring in a different gentrifying neighborhood every month. This week’s episode

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October 18, 2018 Voqal is excited to announce the release of our 2018 Annual Report, Be Nimble. As Education Broadband Service (EBS) license holders, Voqal generally – and our flagship project Mobile Citizen specifically – operates within the telecommunications landscape. EBS is not known to be a particularly fast-moving industry. In fact, it can be a bit

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September 27, 2018 Beginning this month, Voqal will be featuring a monthly blog series by Voqal’s Director of Grantmaking, Brenda Sears, focused on topics that are important to Voqal’s grantmaking team.  When Katy ISD schools removed The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas from their bookshelves, Nyshira Lundy, a 15-year-old freshman, started a petition and

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