Obama and New Mexico Support True Net Neutrality
Albuquerque, NM, November 10, 2014: President Obama has issued a statement calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to support true net neutrality by reclassifying the internet as Title II. Over the past few months millions of people from across the country have written to the FCC urging them for reclassification, and thousands of them are from New Mexico.
Andrea Quijada, executive director of Media Literacy Project (MLP) says, "Obama is clearly listening to the people across the country, and to all of us in New Mexico. New Mexicans have always fought for our resources—just as we have struggled for our land and water, we have been fighting for the reclassification of the internet, too. For us, achieving true net neutrality is a path to our digital sovereignty."
The FCC's Open Internet Order, passed in Dec. 2010, states that ISPs (Internet Service Providers) cannot block lawful content, applications, or services even if they compete with applications or services provided by the ISP. The FCC rules also state that ISPs can't discriminate in how quickly we see websites and content, even if the website is in competition with them or a company that advertises with them. Verizon sued the FCC in 2013 to overturn these rules. In January 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., overturned the FCC Open Internet Order and sided with Verizon, saying that the FCC does not have the ability to regulate an open internet. The new FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, proposed new open internet rules earlier this year which would allow ISPs to charge companies more money for better service.
"This 'fast lane' idea functions as a form of discrimination," says Alanna Offield, campaign coordinator of MLP. "Small and rural businesses who cannot afford to pay the fees to have their content load quickly will be stuck in the slow lane. President Obama clearly understands the critical role the internet plays in our professional and personal lives. Now we need the FCC to do the right thing."
About Media Literacy Project:
Media Literacy Project (MLP), a non-profit organization based in Albuquerque, is a nationally recognized leader in media literacy resources and education that transforms everyday people into critical media consumers and engaged media justice advocates. MLP offers a comprehensive, social-justice approach to media literacy, addressing its three components: access, analysis, and creation. Since 1993, MLP has worked with schools and community organizations locally, nationally and internationally to deliver dynamic media literacy trainings and curricula, as well as to support media justice campaigns.
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