Open Letter to Latino Community Urging Support for Real Network Neutrality

see attached fact sheet). FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has an important decision to make that will impact the future of Latin@ voices for decades to come. Chairman Wheeler can either be the leader that passed landmark rules preventing online discrimination, or the lobbyist-turned-FCC-Chair that gave the Internet away to one of the biggest and most powerful industries in Washington. As a civil rights and Latin@ leader, your voice will help FCC Chairman Wheeler make the right choice and take action on Network neutrality that protects all of our voices online. Real Net Neutrality rules will:

  • Ban ISPs from blocking access to lawful websites on the Internet;
  • Ban ISPs from adopting a paid prioritization system that would create fast lanes for the wealthy and slow lanes for the rest of us;
  • Protect communities of color and low-income individuals who are more likely to use wireless connections to access the Internet, by enforcing these bans equally on wireless devices and fixed broadband connections;
  • Prevent ISP discrimination before it happens, and not after the fact; and
  • Regulate ISPs as utilities by reclassifying broadband as a Title II service, the only sure way that the FCC can sustain legal challenges to its authority.
Many civil rights and racial justice leaders have already raised powerful support for open Internet protections in town hall meetings, news coverage, in-district visits, and more. Rep. Keith Ellison co-authored a letter with Rep. Raul Grijalva to the FCC supporting reclassification, and it was signed by Reps. Barbara Lee, John Lewis, John Conyers, Donna Edwards, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Charlie Rangel, Bobby Scott, Andre Carson, Jose Serrano and Mike Honda. More than three million people have commented to the FCC in support of strong Network Neutrality rules, along with hundreds of non-profit organizations. Please join us in this 21st century struggle for equality, and support real Network Neutrality. E-mail the National Hispanic Media Coalition to join comments to the FCC, at There is so much at stake. Sincerely, National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP) Latino Rebels Librotraficante Movement News Taco Esperanza Peace & Justice Center ALAC: Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center Ruth Livier, actress/writer/digital media pioneer Andrea Quijada, Media Literacy Project Edyael Casaperalta, Center for Rural Strategies amalia deloney, Center for Media Justice Steven Renderos, Center for Media Justice Maria Agui Carter, Iguana Films Alex Rivera, filmmaker Joseph Torres, media activist at Free Press/author Roberto Lovato, writer Iván Román, veteran journalist/communications consultant Vanessa Martinez Bell, writer/digital entrepreneur/blogger at Jim Mendiola, independent filmmaker/film programmer  ]]>

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