Benton will receive her award this week at MMTC’s 8th Annual Access to Capital and Telecommunications Policy Conference and 13th Annual Hall of Fame Awards.
Black Web Media is the parent company that publishes Black Web 2.0, Politic365 and Young Black Professional Guide, among other properties. Benton has built the media brand from the ground up, with Black Web 2.0 as the leading online publication for African-Americans interested in technology and new media. She is also one of Fast Company Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Technology for 2010 and was named as one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 150.
This year the conference has the distinction of welcoming all five Federal Communications Commission commissioners as speakers. Benton will also make a presentation on Minority Digital Entrepreneurship and present recommendations to the FCC from the New Media Entrepreneurs Conference, an organized Benton founded and currently chairs.
It’s the first time in several years that all the FCC commissioners will be present, officials said.
Past inductees include: Robert Johnson, Lauren Williams, Hon. Benjamin L. Hooks, Dorothy Brunson, and Johnnie L. Cochran.
The conference will focus on the future of broadband including, content, distribution, deployment, distribution platforms and closing the digital divide; how to raise capital with a special focus on media-broadband synergies and new entrant opportunities and how to access procurement opportunities in media, telecom and broadband.
Update: Check out some of the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council Annual Conference, streaming live. Check it out here!