A free and open internet, protected by strong net neutrality rules, is a place where people of color can tell their own stories without a gatekeeper standing in the way. For Latinos, who are consistently underrepresented and misrepresented in traditional media outlets, having the unfettered ability to express themselves online, reach new business markets, organize across geographic boundaries, and transform public opinion is critical.
Current threats by the Federal Communications Commission to dismantle net neutrality protections won in the 2015 Open Internet Order, would open the door for corporations to limit opportunities for Latinos to work, learn, and stay connected. Net neutrality is the only policy preventing companies from blocking or slowing internet content, which could lead to discrimination against individuals or groups and create a separate, faster internet for those who are able to afford it.
For years, NHMC has been the only progressive advocacy organization that submits comments with in-depth legal analysis to the FCC on behalf of Latinos on net neutrality. The organization joins in mass demonstrations of support for net neutrality and has requested the disclosure of consumer complaints submitted to the FCC to make the critical value of open internet protections public. NHMC is an outspoken member of the Voices for Internet Freedom group, to raise awareness of the impact that an open internet has in the lives of Latinos.