LULAC Response Regarding the Federal Communications Commission Vote on Net Neutrality
February 26, 2015
Washington, D.C.—Today, Brent Wilkes, LULAC National Executive Director, issued the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission vote on net neutrality:
“Today’s FCC decision to reclassify broadband as a public utility will not help low income, Latino and other minority communities in their quest to get online nor will it prevent ISPs from charging consumers for faster speeds. Our hope is that now that the FCC has issued their ruling on Network Neutrality, the agency’s focus can return to imperative of eliminating the digital divide among minority and other disadvantage populations. They can start by expanding the Lifeline program to cover broadband adoption and requiring profitable edge providers who are the primary beneficiaries of today’s ruling to help fund the expansion. “
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.