Civil Rights Threatened by FCC Chairman Pai’s Proposal to Repeal Net Neutrality
November 21, 2017 — WASHINGTON — This morning, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai circulated a draft order for a full repeal of Net Neutrality, removing key protections that prevent discrimination from Internet Service Providers. The order will be voted on in the FCC’s next meeting on December 14. Malkia Cyril, executive director at the Center for Media Justice, and Steven Renderos, organizing director at the Center for Media Justice have issued the following response:
“A Net Neutrality repeal would remove one of the very few most important first amendment protections communities of color have today, at a time when free speech protections are more important than ever. The right to speak and be heard; the ability to seek opportunity, stay connected, and protest injustice -- these are core civil rights. In a digital age, protecting core civil rights means enforcing, not repealing, Title II Net Neutrality.” - Malkia Cyril, executive director at the Center for Media Justice.
"The Internet affords people of color ownership over our voices in a way that no other media platform does. It gives us the power to fight back against injustices and tell stories ignored by traditional media. Net Neutrality has helped our communities turn hashtags into movements. It’s allowed artists of color to find an audience for their creativity. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to repeal Net Neutrality proves that he cares more about the profit margins of Verizon than he does about the voices of those marginalized." - Steven Renderos, organizing director at the Center for Media Justice.
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