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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Latino Groups to Deliver Tens of Thousands of Petitions Demanding FCC Secure the Free and Open Internet

Presente.org, National Hispanic Media Coalition Join Broad National Coalition Calling Obama Administration FCC to Protect Net Neutrality

Jan. 30, 2014

Presente.org and the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) join a broad national coalition in collecting tens of thousands of petitions demanding Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler take immediate action to protect the free and open internet. The petitions will be included with the hundreds of thousands of signatures gathered collectively by a wide variety of groups set to be delivered at the nation’s capital Thursday.

“We demand that the Obama Administration stop corporate control of the internet” said Arturo Carmona, Executive Director of Presente.org, which will contribute 16,000 signatures from its members. “Latinos are among the fastest-growing group of internet users. Latinos cannot afford to allow Verizon, AT&T and other telecommunications companies to either slow or block content and services they don’t like or speed up those they like. At a time when communications technology is ubiquitous, Internet freedom is fundamental to basic freedom.”

"Without open internet protections, the biggest phone and cable companies are now free to fundamentally change how the internet works for their customers in order to further pad their already astronomical profits,” said Jessica González, NHMC’s Executive Vice President & General Counsel. “For Latinos and other traditionally disadvantaged Americans who have used the internet to push back against discrimination and to make a living, the consequences of facing yet another gatekeeper are particularly dire. Thankfully, the FCC clearly has the power to restore the open internet and stand up against business practices that would restrict our voices and impede our access to websites we need. I urge the FCC to assert its authority over Internet Service Providers by correcting past mistakes and reclassifying them as 'common carriers."

On the heels of a federal court decision striking down “net neutrality,” the rules securing a free and open Internet, Presente and NHMC join a broad, national coalition including Free Press, ColorOfChange, CREDOAction, the ACLU, Sierra Club and many others calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to nullify the court decision by reclassifying Internet services.

Details of petition delivery action in Washington, D.C. are as follows:

WHO: Presente.org, NHMC, Free Press, ACLU, Sierra Club, Color of Change, and other advocacy organizations.

WHAT: Delivery ofhundreds of thousands of petitions demanding FCC protect the free and open internet.

WHEN: 12:30 p.m. ET. Thursday, January 30, 2014

WHERE: Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554