September 7, 2023
A Statement from Brenda Victoria Castillo, President & CEO of the
National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)
Today, we commend the Senate for their vote which brings an exceptionally accomplished Latina to the Commission. In an era where the evolution of the digital world holds significant influence over our lives, the confirmation of Anna Gomez to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) signals a historic stride towards an inclusive and equitable digital future.
This occasion is momentous as Anna Gomez’s confirmation marks the first time in over two decades that a Latina holds a seat on the FCC. Her appointment symbolizes not just diversity in leadership, but also a shift towards a Commission that genuinely mirrors the diverse population it represents.
Anna Gomez, a proven leader and a passionate advocate for diversity, carries with her an extensive comprehension of telecommunications law and policy. She is not merely a seat at the table—she is the voice for a generation of Latines who yearn for equal representation and equity in the digital landscape. Her presence on the FCC is an emblem of progress, a promise of a future where the voices of all Americans are heard and valued.
We at NHMC are proud to have been steadfast in our support for Anna Gomez’s confirmation. Our tireless advocacy reflects our firm belief that Latinos are the rule, not the exception, and in the importance of a diverse FCC – a belief that Anna Gomez personifies. We stood unwavering and unapologetic in our commitment, and today’s confirmation underscores the fruits of this dedication.
A complete, five-member FCC remains essential to tackle the challenges of the digital age, ensuring the advancement of its key policy objectives without delay. Despite the continued delay in achieving this full roster, the confirmation of Gomez is a critical advancement. Yet, it is equally essential to acknowledge Geoffrey Starks, whose reconfirmation remains pending. Starks’ reappointment to the Commission will further enhance the FCC’s capacity to navigate the digital age’s challenges. His experience and commitment are crucial components that will fortify the Commission’s efficacy and depth in addressing the pressing issues at the crossroads of technology, media, and civil rights.
Today, we celebrate the confirmation of an extraordinarily qualified individual and a shift towards an FCC that genuinely represents the people it serves. With Anna Gomez’s appointment, we edge closer to a transformative era in digital policy, characterized by diversity, inclusivity, and unwavering commitment to the public interest.
Yours in the Movement,
Brenda Victoria Castillo
President & CEO
National Hispanic Media Coalition