On January 14th NHMC submitted comments to the FCC on why an open and neutral Internet is essential to Latino advancement. Our comments, which can be read here, explained that “[network neutrality] principles are necessary to ensure that all people – especially people of color, who have been traditionally under and misrepresented on mainstream media – enjoy opportunities to share their stories fairly and accurately. The Internet is one of the very few places where Latinos can respond to the vitriolic anti-Latino rhetoric that airs unopposed on some mainstream media outlets.” NHMC also conveyed that “the proposed rules will guarantee that all people with broadband access can pursue educational, occupational, medical and other important prospects, allowing Latinos and other communities of color to exercise their rights to fully participate in this country’s democracy.”
On January 22nd at the Minority Media and Telecommunication Council’s Broadband and Social Justice Summit, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn commended NHMC for our advocacy of open Internet principles, quoting directly from our comments (the Commissioner’s remarks are available at http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-295888A1.pdf). That same day, Jessica Gonzalez partnered with the Media Access Project’s Parul Desai to blog about the importance of network neutrality for communities of color (that piece can be read here).
On April 26th NHMC submitted reply comments to the FCC, underlining the important accomplishments that Latino small business owners and content creators have achieved because of open Internet policies (those comments are available at http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7020438475.
In April the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an opinion in Comcast v. FCC. Comcast v. FCC not only undermines the FCC's authority to implement network neutrality rules, it also calls into question the FCC's ability to enact many portions of its National Broadband Plan that involve consumer protection and expanding affordable broadband access. In response, NHMC signed onto a letter with the Open Internet Coalition, urging the FCC to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service so that it may enact net neutrality rules and carry out its duties under the National Broadband Plan. To learn more about the consequences of Comcast v. FCC, you can read FCC General Counsel Austin Schlick's blog at http://blog.broadband.gov/?entryId=356610. This month FCC Chairman Genachowski released a plan designed to allow the FCC to protect consumers and expand broadband access while minimizing regulatory burdens on broadband providers.
Other organizations representing people of color that are supporting network neutrality include:
NHMC Joins Other Organizations To Urge Congress Not To Use Congressional Review Act To Repeal Net Neutrality Rules
In a letter sent to key members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, NHMC joined other organizations to oppose any attempt to repeal the FCC's Open Internet rules through the Congressional Review Act. Utilizing the Congressional Review Act would not only eliminate the current FCC rules, it would eliminate the FCC’s ability to protect innovation, speech, and commerce on broadband platforms on behalf of the American people. Although NHMC has noted that the Open Internet principles adopted in December are far from perfect, use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal them would be a drastic set back in our fight for true net neutrality.
Click here to read the letter.
NHMC Statement on Network Neutrality Order
Today the FCC enacted "network neutrality" rules, designed with the intent to preserve a level playing field for every internet user. NHMC is pleased that the FCC has moved forward to protect consumers online, however, it is deeply concerned that the rules do not go far enough to protect consumers in a number of areas, especially those that access the internet through their mobile devices.
"As I listened to Commissioner Copps speak this morning, I couldn't agree more with his sentiment that there is much more he would have liked to see in this order. Although I am dissatisfied that this order does not equally protect mobile internet users, I am appreciative that our champions, FCC Commissioners Clyburn and Copps - and their staffs -worked tirelessly to improve what Chairman Genachowski originally presented weeks ago," stated Alex Nogales, NHMC's President and CEO.
"The reason that NHMC feels so strongly that wireless and wireline connections must be treated equally, is because Latinos, African Americans, and low-income Americans access the internet over their cell phones at a higher rate than the rest of the population, and that a large number of people of color use cell phones as their only internet access point," remarked Jessica Gonzalez, NHMC's Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs.
Nogales added, "I want to personally thank Commissioner Clyburn for her strong remarks this morning, making it clear that the FCC will 'stand ready to protect mobile consumers from any actions by providers that are inconsistent with an open internet.' NHMC looks forward to standing with Commissioner Clyburn and the rest of the Commission in careful watch over wireless providers."
NHMC's Alex Nogales Discusses Network Neutrality on Radio Bilingüe
Click here to listen to the on-air interview in Spanish conducted by Chelis López.
REGULANDO LA RED. La Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones (FCC) votará este 21 de Diciembre sobre una propuesta que determinará el futuro del internet “neutro y abierto.” Esta propuesta propone tratar equitativamente todo el tráfico de Internet, podrá permitir a los proveedores de Internet cobrar más a los usuarios de acuerdo al tipo de banda que utilicen. Tampoco está claro si se les garantizará el mismo acceso a los clientes de internet de teléfonos celulares. Este programa es parte de “Conéctate”, una serie especial de radio y en línea diseñada para ayudar a reducir la brecha digital.
Invítados: Alex Nogales, Presidente, Coalición Nacional de Medios de Comunicación Hispanos, Washington, DC; Iván Román, Director Ejecutivo, Asociación Nacional de Periodistas Hispanos, Washington, DC; Steven Renderos, Director, Justicia en Medios, Main Street Project, Minneapolis, MN; Candelario Vásquez, Organizador Comunitario, Proyecto de Educación Mediática, Albuquerque, NM; Dahida Vega, Coordinadora de Programas, Liga de Ciudadanos Latinoamericanos (LULAC), Washington, DC.
Joint Statement on Internet Openness from League of United Latin American Citizens and Latinos for Internet Freedom
Over the past year, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and various groups comprising Latinos for Internet Freedom, whose leadership team includes National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), Presente.org, Center for Media Justice and Free Press, have debated the merits of network neutrality. As the FCC closes in on a final decision on December 21, 2010, members from both organizations issue this joint statement:
“Although we disagree on some of the components of the proposed network neutrality regulations, there is one point on which we are in lock step: the FCC’s network neutrality rules must apply equally to wireline and wireless internet access. Of course we understand that what is ‘reasonable network management’ may be slightly different over different types of connections. Cost is the primary barrier to broadband adoption, and Latinos are turning to their mobile phones as their only onramp to the internet. We are committed to finding ways to lower broadband costs by increasing competition through wireless access and other means. It is therefore essential that the FCC ensures that users of wireless and wireline services are protected by its openness rules.”
Investors to Telecom Companies: Do the Right Thing and Let Shareholders Vote on Open, Free Internet Access for All
NEW YORK – A group of investors – ranging from Mike D of the Beastie Boys to the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica of Atchison, Kansas – has filed proposals with the nation’s largest telecom companies calling for shareholder votes on net neutrality policies that would maintain open access to the Internet on wireless networks.
The latest proposal regarding wireless networks was filed last week (Dec. 10) by shareholders of Comcast Corporation. Similar proposals were filed recently with AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. A separate proposal on open Internet policies has been filed with CenturyLink Inc.
“Net neutrality really is the free speech issue of the 21st century - it affects all Americans and their ability to access the content they want online, especially as more and more people rely on wireless and mobile devices for access to the Internet,” said Michael Connor, Executive Director of Open MIC, a nonprofit organization that seeks to inform corporations’ responsible media management practices, which has worked to organize the shareholder initiative.
“Preserving net neutrality is necessary to insure competition, entrepreneurship, innovation and free expression in the digital economy. That’s why it’s important for shareholders to be heard on this issue,” said Farnum Brown, Chief Investment Strategist for Trillium Asset Management Corporation, an independent investment firm with more than $900 million under management. Brown is also Chair of the Open MIC Board of Directors.
The shareholder proposals call on AT&T, Verizon and Comcast to do the right thing and proactively ensure their wireless networks remain free and provide equal access and non-discriminatory treatment for all content. Unless the companies are successful in blocking the proposals, they are expected to be voted on at the companies’ annual meetings in Spring 2011.
AT&T has already moved at the Securities and Exchange Commission to prevent shareholders from even considering the proposal - making the argument that the issue is too complex for shareholders to understand and that only management is entitled to evaluate the merits of net neutrality.
“These issues are certainly ripe for consideration by investors” said Pat Doherty, Director of Corporate Governance for the New York State Comptroller’s Office, which manages the $130 billion New York State pension funds. “It’s important that shareholders be given an opportunity to be heard on matters such as this that are critical to the financial future of these companies as well as the economic growth of the broader U.S. economy.”
As one measure of strong shareholder and institutional investor sentiment on net neutrality, the proposal addressing open Internet policies at CenturyLink has been voted on twice in recent years and each time has attracted approximately 30 percent of the shareholder vote in favor. “That level of shareholder support is a clear and notable indication of investor concern about these issues,” said Jonas Kron, Vice President and Deputy Director for Shareholder Advocacy at Trillium Asset Management.
The proposals at AT&T, Verizon and Comcast cite research by the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University which concluded that an open Internet accounts for billions of dollars of economic value for Americans.
The latest filing, with Comcast, comes little more than a week before the Federal Communications Commission is expected to issue new regulations on net neutrality. Initial indications are that the Commission may provide a broad exemption from network neutrality rules for wireless broadband networks – the fastest growing segment of the Internet. Without including wireless networks, there will be a major loophole in any new regulations.
More than 80 Groups Sign Letter to FCC Demanding Real Net Neutrality
More than 80 grassroots organizations, consumer groups, civil rights organizations, innovative businesses, technology experts and public interest advocates filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission on Friday, signaling broad support for strong Network Neutrality rules. The letter highlighted five key areas in which rules proposed by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski must be improved to protect the free and open Internet. The Commission is slated to vote on Net Neutrality on Dec. 21.
The signers include Free Press, New America Foundation, Media Access Project, Reporters without Borders, Daily Kos, Common Cause, Entertainment Consumers Association, Nonprofit Technology Network, ColorofChange.org, Center for Media Justice, National Hispanic Media Coalition and Public Knowledge.
"A tremendously diverse array of organizations and constituencies have come together to tell the FCC that we want real consumer protections and Internet Freedom," said Sascha Meinrath, director of New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative. "This is a make-or-break issue, and the signatories on this letter are unequivocal in their demand that fatal flaws with Chairman Genachowski's draft proposal be fixed immediately."
The letter filed today outlines the key elements of real Net Neutrality apparently missing from the FCC’s proposal, and calls on the Commission to make sure each is included.
Real Net Neutrality, the groups say, must include a ban on paid prioritization, which would allow Internet service providers to speed up their preferred content and services while slowing down the rest; extending protections to wireless networks so mobile broadband providers cannot act as gatekeepers on the mobile Web; no loopholes in key language that would allow providers to exempt themselves from rules; and clear rules for “specialized services” that would prevent a pay-for-play platform that could stifle innovation and threaten the Internet’s level playing field.
“There are several fatal flaws with Chairman Genachowski's reported draft proposal that will harm the open Internet in irreversible ways if they are not addressed by the time the agency votes on a rule,” said Free Press Research Director S. Derek Turner. “If this proposal is adopted as is, the FCC will send a signal to the market that free speech and innovation on the Web require the permission of Comcast and AT&T."
The letter also asserts that rules must be built on a sound legal foundation and calls on the agency to restore its authority over broadband by reclassifying it under Title II of the Communications Act.
“Some proponents of the proposed rules urge us not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” said Tyrone Brown, president of Media Access Project. “But reports on the contents of the item indicate that it is far from good at this point. Those ready to accept the rules ‘as-is’ fail to recognize that incomplete protections founded on unsure legal grounds cannot be characterized as a good start. Open Internet rules and the Commission's ability to implement national broadband policy goals should be based in sound legal authority and provide real protections for free expression and innovation online.”
Click here to view a copy of the letter and a full list of signers.
FCC Must Protect Entrepreneurs from Internet Service Providers’ Unfair Practices
Cable and phone companies have been fighting proposed rules that, if adopted, would protect broadband users from Internet Service Providers’ (ISPs) anti-consumer practices. The proposed rules would give the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the authority to step in if ISPs are unfairly blocking or downgrading some Internet traffic. These rules are needed because many ISPs want to change the way the net has operated by giving preferential treatment to the web sites of companies willing to pay more, while discriminating against others that can’t pay up.
The FCC’s proposed rules would also allow the agency to adopt policies to spur investment in deploying the Internet to rural areas, and help low-income consumers get connected.
The cable and phone companies repeat the same claim many corporations use when attempting to block public interest rules: consumer protections will hurt jobs, and deter investment. But in fact, AT&T and Verizon have cut jobs even in their most profitable years. And some of the greatest economic value of the Internet is generated from companies that use the web, such as small businesses, and e-commerce companies, which need to be protected from unfair ISP practices.
We must protect the entrepreneurs and small businesses that use the Internet – and that are vital to our economic recovery – by ensuring the web remains open to anyone with a good idea, and not controlled by just a few corporate interests.
Click here to read the full fact sheet provided by the Media and Democracy Coalition.
NHMC Represents Latinos for Internet Freedom and Media Action Grassroots Network in Latest Network Neutrality Filing
The organizations comprising Latinos for Internet Freedom and Media Action Grassroots Network urge the Commission to expeditiously codify the six open Internet principles articulated in its initial Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and to apply them across all Internet access platforms, including mobile wireless Internet access. Lower barriers to adoption have facilitated the widespread use of the mobile Internet in communities of color and low-income areas, where many individuals would otherwise go without Internet access altogether. And although wireless Internet access through a mobile device is not currently an adequate substitute for home wireline broadband accessed through a computer, many of our constituents rely exclusively on mobile wireless Internet access as their onramp to the web. Furthermore, in the near future, many unserved rural constituents may be able to connect to the next generation of wireless Internet, finally receiving home broadband Internet service without any wires whatsoever. Thus, the Commission must extend the six open Internet principles to wireless Internet access to avoid unintentionally treating communities of color, people living in rural areas, and the poor as second-class digital citizens.
In addition, the Commission is correct to be cautious that “specialized” services not threaten the open Internet. However, without more information about the nature and scope of these services, the Commission cannot accurately assess them at this time. Further, the Commission needs these details if it is to promulgate functional rules governing these services. Thus, the Commission should move ahead and adopt the six proposed open Internet rules in this proceeding and open a separate proceeding to examine “specialized” services.
Click here to read the full comments.
This week NHMC joined Latinos for Internet Freedom, a collection of organizations dedicated to preserving an open and neutral internet. Latinos for Internet Freedom include:
* La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles
Click here to read the full details.
Net neutrality has become the new digital divide. You remember the divide: When the Internet was new, we worried how Web access would widen the gap between those who could afford it and everyone else.
The consensus was that minority communities could not afford computers or access to the Internet so they would be left behind. We don't talk about the digital divide as much as we used to. Part of the reason is that minorities are using their mobile phone devices to access the Web to find and share news and information.
According to a study done by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, almost two-thirds of African-Americans (64 percent) and Latinos (63 percent) are wireless users of the Internet, and minorities are more likely to own cell phones than are their Anglo counterparts (87 percent of African Americans and Hispanics own cell phones, compared with 80 percent of Anglos).
More and more, Latinos go online with their cell phones because it's affordable.
What does this have to do with Net neutrality? The idea of Net neutrality is as old as the Internet. It means the Internet and the information that flows through it should be available to everyone. No one should have different or better access to the Web.
There are some large corporate Internet providers who feel that because they own the spigot through which we get the Internet, they should have the option to charge more for certain types of content. So faster speeds for video, for instance, would cost more money.
This idea is backed by free market proponents, who say the market will take care of any needed adjustments. But it's an idea that takes the neutrality out of the Net. The Internet would become different for different people, depending on their ability to pay for it.
The Federal Communications Commission has decided it has the legal wherewithal to regulate in favor of a neutral Net. But big business can't see it. Corporate communications giants want to regulate the Web themselves and increase their profit margins in the process.
A problem with that is the idea that business should not have the authority to regulate itself. Another problem is that the leveling effect of the Internet would be lost if access were a matter of income.
There are reports that Google and Verizon have cobbled together a compromise they intend to present to the FCC.
In this plan, regular Internet access would remain untouched, but wireless access would not. So content over smart phones would be subject to special costs. And this would adversely affect those who depend on affordable wireless technology to access the information that flows through the Internet.
Any plan that would charge a premium for certain cell phone Internet content would affect African Americans and Latinos more than any other group of Internet users. It's a bad idea that should never see the light of day.
NHMC Tells FCC Chairman that the Verizon-Google Net Neutrality Proposal Is Not Sufficient to Protect the Open Internet
Today, NHMC joined a large collection of public interest, civil rights and consumer advocacy groups in urging the FCC to continue its efforts to protect an open internet and reassert its authority to regulate broadband internet access under Title II of the Communications Act. The letter directly responds to a joint legislative proposal that Verizon and Google announced earlier this week. That proposal, NHMC and its allies explained in the letter, falls short of protecting the open internet in three main ways: (1) it suggests that the FCC not have authority to oversee broadband internet access; (2) it fails to apply all but one open internet principle to wireless providers; and (3) it creates an exception to the net neutrality principles that is so broad that it may swallow the rule. The letter can be read here.
Destination Casa Blanca: Understanding Net Neutrality
Ray Suarez and guest panelists Jessica Gonzalez, Tyrone Brown and Joe Torres explain the meaning of net neutrality, and why it is significant for Latinos to keep the Internet open.
NHMC Reply Comment before the FCC
The National Hispanic Media Coalition (“NHMC”) respectfully submits this reply to comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC” or “Commission”) draft rules designed to promote and preserve an open Internet. NHMC remains steadfast in its belief that the proposed rules are necessary to ensure that all people – especially people of color, who have been traditionally under and misrepresented on mainstream media – enjoy opportunities to share their stories fairly and accurately and pursue online business and educational opportunities. NHMC rejects the contention that open Internet rules will somehow affect the availability and affordability of broadband for the poor and communities of color, and has therefore signed onto the comments of the Media Justice Commenters to rebut that claim in detail.
Click here to read the full comments.
Media Justice Commenters Reply Comments - In the Matter of Preserving the Open Internet, Broadband Industry Practices
Media Access Project, on behalf of Media Action Grassroots Network, et al. (collectively “Media Justice Commenters”), submits these Reply Comments in response to the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in In the Matter of Preserving the Open Internet, Broadband Industry Practices.
The record in this proceeding demonstrates the need for open Internet rules to encourage and protect political, economic, and social activities. Importantly, for Media Justice Commenters, open Internet protections are critical for empowering disenfranchised communities and critical in driving the adoption of broadband in these communities. In light of the considerable evidence and data regarding the importance and need for the proposed rules, combined with the Commission’s predictive judgment, it is imperative the Commission swiftly act to adopt open Internet provisions. Considering the recent Comcast v. FCC decision, the Commission must quickly retain its jurisdiction over broadband services so that it can adopt the proposed open Internet rules.
Contrary to the claims of some Commenters, the inability to earn extra revenue and recoup costs by charging for enhanced or prioritized service will not broaden the digital divide. Indeed, data in the record indicate that providers have earned considerable revenue over the last decade, allowing providers to invest in infrastructure. Moreover nondiscrimination rules have not hindered telephone company investment in broadband deployment. The reality is that many providers have dragged their feet when it comes to building out in disenfranchised communities. There is no reason to believe that adopting nondiscrimination rules somehow will prevent the deployment of affordable broadband into disenfranchised communities, especially since providers have already failed to invest in those communities.
Additionally, the market itself can not cure the harms associated with discriminating among services, content, applications, or devices. While some claim the broadband market is competitive, the reality for the constituents of Media Justice Commenters is that wireline and/or wireless broadband access is sporadic or nonexistent. For too many, the alleged existence of competition has not resulted in lower prices and more choices. Moreover, competition in and of itself cannot discourage the temptation to earn additional revenues through discrimination, when switching costs - such as early termination fees and valuable time - remain an obstacle for consumers to simply switch providers. Some have argued the Commission should do nothing. However, doing nothing would ignore the evidence in the record for the need and benefits of open Internet rules. Media Justice Commenters believe it is time now for the Commission to act to protect and empower all Internet users.
Click here to read the full comments.
Net Neutrality Is a Must
At a time when opportunities for Latinos and other people to advance in their careers, in their businesses and in every other sphere of activity are disappearing, net neutrality is a must. Over the next few months the Federal Communications Commission will be considering whether to adopt network neutrality rules. The National Hispanic Media Coalition supports codification of these rules because they will ensure that communities of color remain able to use the Internet as a platform to distribute content, innovate freely and participate in civic discourse.
But what does that really mean?
For one, it means that the company from which you purchase your Internet access, generally your telephone, cable or satellite company, will not be allowed to prevent you from sending messages and other lawful content over the Internet. Nor will that company be able to prevent you from accessing online services and applications, like YouTube or Facebook or WebMD. Companies will not be allowed to degrade or slow your access to any lawful web-site. The rules will also require the companies to explain in simple terms the limitations of their services.
So what does this mean for the Latino community and other communities of color?
Many Latinos do not have regular access to “broadband,” also known as high speed Internet, but those that do are benefitting from the Internet in myriad ways. It is a tool for small business owners to effectively reach customers with only a computer and an Internet connection. It is a forum in which content creators can showcase their work without seeking permission from the customary content gatekeepers, such as movie studios, cable and television networks and music labels. It is a venue for journalists, who are facing greater unemployment due to media consolidation, to enhance democratic discourse and access new revenue streams through blogging and other online reporting. It is opening new doors to educational, occupational, medical and other opportunities. It is allowing laborers and vendors to discover the going-rate for their services and products, empowering them to seek just compensation and be competitive in the marketplace. It is providing English-language training to non-English speakers and enabling immigrants to learn about U.S. culture.
In this day and age, access to everything the Internet provides is not just a luxury, but rather a necessity. Those without open Internet access cannot survive and succeed because they are foreclosed from financial aid and job applications, online learning experiences, information about health and transportation, research for homework assignments, and countless other important opportunities.
A Pew report examining over 34,000 news stories from mainstream media outlets found that there was “little coverage directly about the lives of Hispanics and their experience in the U.S.” And much of that “little coverage” demonizes or otherwise misrepresents the Latino community. Although this is not entirely surprising given that Latinos have been largely shut out from mainstream media by high barriers to entry, it is harmful and reprehensible that mainstream news is so divorced from the realities of our evolving society. But with broadband access, Latinos and others who have been traditionally under and misrepresented on mainstream media enjoy opportunities to share our stories fairly and accurately. Indeed, the Internet is one of the very few places where we can respond to the vitriolic anti-Latino rhetoric that airs unopposed on some mainstream media outlets. The network neutrality rules ensure that this power remains in the hands of the people, and not in big companies.
In today’s world, unrestricted Internet access can play an instrumental role in enabling people to pursue their dreams through online education and vocational training. As families struggle to make ends meet, the power and value of broadband Internet access is not always readily apparent, but preserving an open and neutral Internet will continue to allow for innovations that will spur adoption by those that realize how broadband can be useful in their lives. However, if providers of broadband Internet access service are permitted to block or degrade access to certain online content, services and applications, much of the Internet’s value will be lost for Latinos and others communities who cannot afford to pay extra for special access. Thus, for us all, network neutrality is a must.
NHMC's comments in response to the FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
NHMC respectfully urges the Commission to affirm its tentative conclusion to codify the six principles articulated in the NPRM. These principles are necessary to ensure that all people – especially people of color, who have been traditionally under and misrepresented on mainstream media – enjoy opportunities to share their stories fairly and accurately. The Internet is one of the very few places where Latinos can respond to the vitriolic anti-Latino rhetoric that airs unopposed on some mainstream media outlets. Unlike traditional media, the Internet is a forum where individuals can disseminate content and participate in civic discourse with relatively low barriers to entry. In addition, open and neutral broadband access is necessary to survive in today’s society. If ISPs are permitted to block or degrade access to certain content, applications and services, the immense opportunities that broadband access provides will be lost. Moreover, because many Latinos and other people of color rely exclusively on wireless devices for broadband access, NHMC urges the Commission to apply the six principles across all broadband platforms at the earliest possible occasion.
Implementing these rules could only help those on the wrong side of the digital divide. Some have expressed fear that codification of open Internet principles could unintentionally stifle broadband deployment and adoption in unserved and underserved communities. As an organization focused primarily on expanding media access for Latinos and other people of color, NHMC wholeheartedly agrees that any rule that suppresses universal broadband is undesireable. At the same time, NHMC supports the proposed rules as there is concrete evidence only of their benefits, and none of their supposed burdens. Indeed, data suggests that open Internet principles are likely to spur investment in broadband deployment and can advance adoption.
Click here to read the full comments.