November 9, 2011 (Oakland, CA) – The Center for Media Justice applauds President Obama for declaring his intention to safeguard rules set by the Federal Communications Commission to keep our Internet fair and open. Yesterday, the President went on record, stating his intention to veto a Senate resolution (S.J. Res. 6) that, if passed, would repeal the Federal Communications Commission's rules for net neutrality. The resolution, which is currently being debated in the Senate, gives corporations like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon unrestricted power and control over the Internet.
An open Internet is critical to our country’s overall economic growth and to the ability of people – especially communities of color, rural Americans and struggling workers – to access the education and employment opportunities necessary to strengthen the economic well being of our families and communities. Common sense rules that keep our Internet open encourage more competition from Internet providers and ensure that they treat consumers fairly, instead of putting profits before people.
Without these guidelines in place giant conglomerates can limit access and increase prices so high that independent voices and diverse perspectives are blocked out. Members of rural, Native, low income and ethnically diverse communities will have even more challenges starting businesses and sharing content that is relevant to their own communities. Open Internet rules create the opportunity for communities of color to have fair access to this essential tool.
We look forward to working with the Obama Administration and the Federal Communications Commission as they continue efforts to preserve Internet freedom for all Americans. For more information about the Center for Media Justice and our work, please visit www.centerformediajustice.org or call Brandi Collins, Communications and Marketing Manager, at 510-698-3800 x409.
Founded in 2002, the Center for Media Justice is a dynamic progressive communications strategy and media policy tank for grassroots organizations serving communities of color and America’s poor.