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CMJ Waxman Letter

CMJ Waxman Letter

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Letter to Representative Waxman on behalf of Media Justice, and community-based groups re: Open Internet and Broadband Reclassification
Letter to Representative Waxman on behalf of Media Justice, and community-based groups re: Open Internet and Broadband Reclassification

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09/07/2012

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Dear Representative Waxman,Our coalition represents 50 out-of-the-beltway community organizations and leaders nationwide working to ensureustice, equity, and democratic rights for small businesses, communities of color, and America’s poor.
America needs to establish clear rules of the road for the protection of broadband—thetelecommunications infrastructure of the twenty-first century.
It is unacceptable, however, for Congress topropose any legislation that is essentially the same as the roundly criticized Google-Verizon plan, and wouldfurther disenfranchise many while creating gross prosperity for a few. Legislation must provide adequate netneutrality protections for wireless broadband, and support full FCC rulemaking authority—thereby ensuring theagency’s ability to prevent unjust and to reform USF, and vigorously advance the Commission's stated goals of ensuring that all rural and low-income households have affordable access to broadband.Congress must not take the unprecedented step of limiting the power of the FCC to craft clear and enforceablerules, which are necessary to prevent anticompetitive and undemocratic abuses by wealthy and powerfultelecommunications providers. Such a limitation on FCC oversight authority would place communities of color,poor communities, rural communities, and small businesses at great risk.
Classifying broadband access as atelecommunications service is the only sure way to protect these various communities, and our organizations can support no less than the full protections our communities need and deserve.
 Internet discrimination, high costs, and digital redlining disproportionately affect the least-served and mostvulnerable populations in the U.S., curtailing broadband adoption for many historically marginalized constituencies.Enforceable and effective rules are necessary to ensure net neutrality, provide broadband subsidies to low-incomeindividuals, protect vulnerable consumers, and close the digital divide. Our communities cannot afford theexpansion or codification of any loopholes that further undermine the openness of the Internet, explicitly prohibitthe FCC from taking any proactive steps to enforce openness principles, or drastically curtail FCC ability toimplement key components of the national broadband plan.The Internet is the most dynamic communications system of our time, and requires an approach to governancethat protects Internet users from corporate abuses. The measure of success must include high standards for equity. Any legislation proposed by Congress must measure up to these standards, not turn the Internet into apiggy bank for big media.
While bi-partisan efforts to set rules of the road were unsuccessful, the FCC still has the power to breakthe deadlock on Net Neutrality. Our organizations ask that you follow through on the words of your office,“The bottom line is that we must protect the open Internet. If Congress can’t act, the FCC must.”Please hear the voices beyond the beltway, and continue to call upon FCC Chairman Genachowksi to actand to reclassify broadband as a Title II communications service.Signed by,Center for Media Justice
 
 
ADDITIONAL SIGNERS
1. Center for Media Justice, Malkia Cyril2. Presente.Org, Laurie Ignacio, FaviannaRodriguez and Roberto Lovato3. Center for Community Change, GarlinGilchrist, II for (for identification purposes)4. Color of Change, James Rucker 5. Pillsbury United Community Waite House,Francisco Segovia6. IDEPSCA, Mobile Voices, Amanda Garces7. Access Humboldt, Sean McLaughlin8. National Latino Farmers and Ranchers,Rudy Arredondo9. Prometheus Radio Project, Brandy Doyle10. Media Alliance, Tracy Rosenberg11. Native Public Media, Loris Taylor 12. Media Justice League, DeAnne Cuellar 13. Reclaim the Media, Jonathan Lawson14. Thousand Kites, Nick Szuberla15. Community Technology Network, KamiGriffiths16. Institute for Local Self-Reliance, ChrisMitchell17. Bernalillo County La Raza Unida, EnriqueCardiel18. Vera Project, David Dawes19. Main Street Project, Steven Renderos20. People’s Production House, Kristofer Rios21. The Praxis Project, Makani Themba-Nixon22. Center for Rural Strategies, Tim Marema23. League of Young Voters, Biko Baker 24. Open Access Connections, Ed Petsche25. Media Mobilizing Project, Todd Wolfson26. Global Action Project, Meghan McDermott27. Pineros y Campesinos Unidos en elNoreste, Erubiel Valladares Carranza II28. La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles, HannahGarcia29. United Taxi Workers Alliance, RonaldBlount30. Colectivo Flatlander, Tomás Aguilar 31. Applied Research Center, Rinku Sen32. New York Community Media Alliance,Juana Ponce de Leon33. Willie C. Velazquez Institute, AntonioGonzalez34. Centro Cultural, Raul ‘Papo’ Fernandez35. High Plains Reader, Raul Gomez36. Twitteros, Matt Reyes37. Southwest Organizing Project38. Radio Pocho, Miguel Vargas39. MN Center for Neighborhood Organizing,Margaret Kaplan40. Peoples Press Project, Duke Schempp41. Esperanza Peace and Justice Center,Graciela Sanchez42. UNITE HERE San Antonio, DannaSchneider 43. People Organized to Win EmploymentRights, Alicia Garza (for identificationpurposes)44. Community Justice Network for Youth,Malachi Garza45. Media Literacy Project, Andrea Quijada46. Community Alliance for Global Justice,Heather Day47. Southwest Workers Union, Genaro LopezRendon48. National Association of HispanicJournalists, Iván Román49. Philadelphia Student Union, NijmieZakkiyyah Dzurinko50. Philadelphia Community Access Media, Antoine Haywood51. Organizing Apprenticeship Project,Salvador Miranda (for identificationpurposes)52. National Radio Project, Khanh Pham53. Alliance of South Asians Taking Action,Jasmin Thana54. UNITY Journalists of Color Inc., OnicaMakwakwa55. Chicago Media Action, Scott Sanders56. Deep Dish TV, Brian Drolet57. Trans Youth Support Network, Ryan LiDahlstrom58. Main Street Alliance, Sam Blair 

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