Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) Calls Congress to Action Over Proposed FCC Internet Regulations

WASHINGTON, July 20 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Today a group of 18 civil rights organizations submitted a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Commerce Committees expressing their disappointment with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowskis proposal to regulate the Internet. These organizations are extremely troubled by the potential implications that the FCCs recent adoption of a Notice of Inquiry on broadband classification will have. As a result, the signers are calling on Congress to clarify the Commissions authority over the Internet with narrow, targeted legislation.

Classifying the Internet as a Title II service distracts from, and may ultimately undermine the pursuit of a National Broadband Plan, which would provide broadband access to every American. This will disproportionately impact those who are already lacking broadband access and will serve to increase the digital divide in America.

At a time when too many Americans lack access to the opportunities enabled by broadband, policies that expand broadband access must be a priority. Additional direction from Congress will provide clarity so investment, innovation and job creation in the broadband market can be maintained. The letters signers were encouraged by a June 18 letter from the AFL-CIO, NAACP, LULAC and other leading labor, environmental and civil rights organizations to Congressional leaders which called for congressional intervention.

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1 comment:

Jorge Bauermeister said...

As a former Commissioner from the Puerto Rico Telecommunications Regulatory Board I agree 100% with the decision taken by organizations like LCLAA, NAACP, LULAC and others. I have posted as story on my blog that explains how moving forward on net-neutrality will in fact adversely affect the Latino Community. I applaud your valiant efforts to make the FCC focus on the ultimate goal which is universal broadband access independent of the color of your skin. Feel free to review my blog:

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