<![CDATA[Ahead of tomorrow's House Energy and Commerce legislative hearing on seven different communications bills, NHMC today expressed opposition to anti-consumer legislation by signing onto two letters to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Among other bills, the House committee tomorrow will discuss H.R. 4884, the “Controlling the Unchecked and Reckless Ballooning of Lifeline Act of 2016" and H.R. 2666, the "No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act." Both bills would severely harm consumers by placing restraints on the Federal Communications Commission to enact recently-passed Lifeline and Open Internet reform. In a letter written by member organizations of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NHMC urged Congress to oppose H.R. 4884, which would a $1.5 billion hard cap on the Lifeline program and would remove support for voice-only mobile services in two years. NHMC recently applauded the FCC for modernizing Lifeline to include support for broadband Internet and to include minimum service standards. This proposed legislation, however, could limit modernization by preventing eligible participants from program enrollment. Likewise, NHMC joined over 40 other groups in opposing H.R. 2666, which would block the FCC from fulfilling its consumer protection responsibilities. Through overly broad definitions, the bill would strip away the Commission’s authority to review charges and unreasonable business practices. The FCC would be left unable to enforce merger conditions or its recent Open Internet rules. ]]>
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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