For Immediate Release November 10, 2014
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NHMC Commends President Obama for Standing with Millions of Consumers for Strong Network Neutrality Rules
President Recognizes That Internet Access Is a Necessity, Urges FCC to Reclassify Internet Service Providers as UtilitiesWASHINGTON – Today, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) applauded President Obama for standing with millions of consumers in support of strong network neutrality rules and “reclassification.” In a statement and accompanying video, the President laid out a path to protect consumers on the Internet. NHMC wholeheartedly supports the President’s plan, and urges the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to use it as a starting point as it attempts to craft new rules. In his statement, the President encouraged the FCC to adopt rules to prevent Internet service providers (cable and telephone companies that provide access to the Internet) from blocking and throttling Internet traffic and to ban paid prioritization, a practice that would create Internet fast lanes for the wealthy and slow lanes for the vast majority of consumers. In addition, the President urged the FCC to protect all consumers from these practices, regardless of whether they access the Internet through mobile devices or home broadband connections. Finally, the President recognized that the Internet has become a basic necessity that is, like electricity or telephone service, a utility – and urged the FCC to regulate it as such under “reclassification,” a legal approach whereby the FCC would regulate Internet service providers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.