Asian-American Groups At Odds Over Net Neutrality Debate

Article Source: NBC News
Original Post Date: August 6, 2014


Despite agreement on the importance of the internet for the Asian-American community, some Asian-American civil rights groups now find themselves at odds over which sideto support in the net neutrality debate.

The National Minority Organizations—a coalition of 42 Asian American, African American, and Hispanic groups—raised eyebrows recently by submitting comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against net neutrality, and in favor of deregulating Internet Service Providers.

The coalition argues that they favor a free and open internet, and that “The only disagreement before the [Federal Communications] Commission is on the means to achieve this goal.”

As part of their argument, the coalition emphasized the impact of ISP investment, saying net neutrality would have a “stifling” effect.