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Letter on Wireless & Net Neutrality

Letter on Wireless & Net Neutrality

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 December 14, 2010Chairman Julius GenachowskiCommissioner Michael J. CoppsCommissioner Robert M. McDowellCommissioner Mignon ClyburnCommissioner Meredith Attwell Baker Federal Communications Commission445 12th Street S.W.Washington, DC 20554
Re: Preserving the Open Internet, GN Docket No. 09-191; Broadband IndustryPractices, WC Docket No. 07-52; Framework for Broadband Internet Service,GN Docket No. 10-127
Dear Chairman Genachowski and Commissioners:Only a month and a half ago, you discussed the importance of wireless broadbandInternet access for communities of color during a speech at the Rainbow PUSH CoalitionTelecommunications Symposium in Washington, D.C.You stated: “Of course, when we talk about broadband, we’re increasingly talking aboutwireless. In fact, mobile devices are now the primary pathway to the Internet for minorityAmericans.”As you acknowledged in your speech, wireless Internet access is critical for communitiesof color to get online. In fact, the percentage of Latinos and African-Americans accessingthe Internet through their wireless devices is greater than the percentage of whites, and agrowing number of people of color access the internet
 solely
through wireless devices.(
See
the attached comments from Latinos for Internet Freedom and the Media ActionGrassroots Network).Communities of color will be disproportionately harmed if the Commission passes openInternet protections that do not apply to wireless, particularly when many predict that thenext generation of wireless networks will connect users to the Internet at speeds faster than the offerings of many wireline ISPs. In addition, wireless broadband access is also acentral element to increasing competition, a key goal of the National Broadband Plan.Even the League of United Latin American Citizens, which we disagree with on keycomponents of Network Neutrality, agrees that whatever rule is passed should applyequally to wireless and wireline networks. (
See
the attached December 13, 2010, JointStatement from Latinos for Internet Freedom and the League of United Latin AmericanCitizens).

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