African Americans respond to FCC’s Net Neutrality Ruling

Julius Genachowski via Yahoo!News

The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) released a joint statement responding to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) vote towards keeping the internet open.

“We are pleased that the FCC considered diverse perspectives on this issue and arrived at a thoughtful decision that allows for forward progress of the implementation of the National Broadband Plan.  We look forward to working with the Commission to expand affordable open Internet access to everyone.” Read their full release here.

The vote for net neutrality was split down party lines, with three Democrats voting for, with the remaining two Republicans against.

“Today, for the first time, we are adopting rules to preserve basic Internet values,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said. “For the first time, we’ll have enforceable rules of the road to preserve Internet freedom and openness.”

Opponents decried the decision for promoting unnecessary regulation. “The Internet will be no more open tomorrow than it is today,” said Meredith Attwell Baker, a Republican. Read more opinions from Yahoo News here.

Hustletown readers: Are you satisfied with the FCC vote, or does more need to be done to protect net neutrality? Weigh in with your comments below!

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