<![CDATA[Lifeline has suffered a “spate of unsubstantiated and outdated attacks” in Senate hearings initiated after the release of the May 2017 Lifeline GAO Report. On September 13, 2017, NHMC joined a letter from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with more than 30 advocacy organizations urging Senators to protect the Lifeline program. The letter expressed that Lifeline “allows our nation’s most vulnerable and chronically underserved communities to obtain broadband Internet and telephone service that would otherwise be unaffordable. Cost is the primary barrier to broadband adoption and Lifeline is the only national program dedicated to helping low-income families bridge that gap.” In the 2016 Lifeline Modernization Order, the FCC expanded the Lifeline program to include stand-alone broadband service. In the digital age, it is clear that “[b]roadband is rapidly replacing voice service as the basic communications tool for our era.” Due to the critical nature of broadband, the letter explains why the FCC “should defend and implement the modernization adopted last year and act quickly to add stability, predictability, and competition to the program,” something that the current FCC Chairman has failed to do since his tenure began earlier this year. To read the letter click here. Signatories to the letter include: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Access Humboldt Advocates for Basic Legal Equality American Civil Liberties Union American Library Association Appalshop Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC Benton Foundation Center for Media Justice Center for Rural Strategies Common Cause Common Sense Kids Action Communications Workers of America Free Press Action Fund The Greenlining Institute Hollaback! Institute for Local Self-Reliance KRSM Radio Media Alliance Media Mobilizing Project NAACP National Consumer Law Center, on behalf of its low-income clients National Digital Inclusion Alliance National Guestworker Alliance National Hispanic Media Coalition Native Public Media OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates Open Access Connections Open Technology Institute OpenMedia OVEC-Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition The People’s Press Project Public Knowledge United Church of Christ, OC Inc. Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center Working Narratives]]>
National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a woman-led 501(c)(3) non-profit civil and human rights organization that was founded to eliminate hate, discrimination, and racism toward the Latino communities.
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