On May 3, 2017, Carmen Scurato represented NHMC in a panel discussion titled “The Fight for Net Neutrality Begins Again” at the Open Technology Institute in Washington, DC. Congressman Frank Pallone, the Ranking Member of the House and Energy Committee, gave opening remarks that explained political and economic implications of dismantling the Open Internet Order in addition to its impact on our fundamental right to free speech. Congressman Pallone then joined the panel discussion, which also included Sarah Morris, Director, Open Internet Policy at New America’s Open Technology Institute and Julie Stitzel, Senior Manager, Federal Advocacy and Policy at Etsy.
Carmen reminded the audience that the open internet provides a platform for Latinos to express themselves and to tell our own stories. She also expressed concerns that revoking the FCC’s Title II authority would eliminate Lifeline broadband negatively impacting the most disconnected Latinos and other low-income and marginalized communities.