Home » Uncategorized » HTTP’s statement on the U.S. Senate vote to restore the FCC’s net-neutrality rules

Today the U.S. Senate voted to restore the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Net Neutrality rules of 2015, through a process called the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP) is not in favor of the use of the CRA process because it does not allow for a full and open debate. It is important that all stakeholders’ voices are heard and accounted for, especially those in the Latino community. It has been HTTP’s continuing stance that Title II is not the right mechanism to regulate our ever-evolving online ecosystem and using this process does not provide the best, most comprehensive solution for an open Internet.

HTTP has and always will support a free and open Internet that is accessible to all Americans and provides economic, intellectual, and many other opportunities to everyone in the U.S., particularly Latinos who remain on the wrong side of the digital divide.

While members of Congress spend their time focusing on a measure that most likely will not pass due to the presidential veto power, the issue being neglected is privacy. Now more than ever it is critical that Congress provide a foundation and framework for national, strongly pro-consumer, comprehensive privacy measures that apply to the entire Internet ecosystem.

Any work to establish net neutrality or privacy regulations must be truly bipartisan because it is counterproductive to simply do a back and forth every time there is a change in the White House. In order to guarantee consistent and uninterrupted protections, Congress must work together to craft a solution that allows the Internet to be free and open while protecting consumers’ privacy. Only then can the Internet be used to its fullest potential.

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