On Tuesday, June 14th, the United States Court of Appeals ruled that the Federal Communications Commission has wide power to regulate the internet – and to define it as a utility for consumers nationwide. Read below for Media Mobilizing Project’s statement on the historic decision.
“Today, the court fully affirmed the Federal Communications Commission’s power to regulate the internet for consumers, not for Comcast. For many years, millions of people have battled for our right to speak and be heard without interference from the huge corporations that profit from our need to communicate. Now the court has proven that the FCC can and must protect our voices, and protect the internet as a human right.
Here in Philadelphia, the poorest big city in America, with thousands of people offline because of poverty, we are celebrating this massive victory for net neutrality – a principle that plays a big part in the FCC expanding affordable internet nationwide through the Lifeline program. And we will continue to fight to protect and expand our ability to build movements for justice on the essential platform of the internet – here in Philly, in this country, and around the world.”
– Hannah Sassaman, Policy Director, Media Mobilizing Project