WASHINGTON, D.C. Dec. 22nd, 2010 – Earlier this week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules dealing with the issue of “net neutrality.” The following statement should be attributed to the Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP):
The Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP) recognizes and appreciates the FCC’s efforts to develop its proposed Network Neutrality regulations. HTTP and its members are pleased that our concerns have been considered in the further development of the Commission’s regulations.
Many concerns and questions are to be answered in the details of the order – which has yet to be released – particularly regarding the effects of new rules on the growing Hispanic community and other underserved communities that have been on the wrong side of the digital divide for so many years.
“We are hopeful that HTTP and the Hispanic organizations which are HTTP’s members will – with the release of the new regulations – be able to review the order in more detail and thereafter get on to the business of working with the Commission on expanding access, increasing affordability, and maximizing the potential of broadband Internet service. We stand ready to work with our members, the Commission, and the new Congress in the coming months to accomplish the yet to be realized goal of ensuring access to broadband service for all Americans,” said Jason Llorenz, Esq., HTTP Executive Director.
“The product of this work is an Order that is seemingly grounded on conciliation,” said Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. This is an issue with many different viewpoints and we commend the Chairman for crafting a solution with the input of key stakeholders. We are optimistic that these efforts will help underserved communities and emerging small and Hispanic-owned businesses benefit from broadband technology.”
“We look forward to fully understanding how the new rules and the details of the FCC’s order will impact efforts to connect more Latinos to broadband technology, including life-saving telemedicine applications,” said Lillian Rodriguez Lopez, President of the Hispanic Federation and Chair, NHLA. “Making these services more accessible to underserved communities is our joint goal, and the way in which any rules will be judged.”
“HTTP’s members look forward to carefully reviewing the forthcoming Order in the days and weeks to come, and continuing to work with all stakeholders to ensure that the deployment and adoption of affordable broadband and closing the digital divide remain key priorities,” said Gus West, Co-Chair, HTTP.
ABOUT HTTP: The Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP) is a coalition of national Hispanic organizations working to increase awareness of the impact of technology and telecommunications policy on the U.S. Hispanic community. For additional information, visit http://www.httponline.org/.
Xinomara Velaquez Yehuda
The Hispanic Institute