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LDF Statement on FCC Vote to Dismantle Net Neutrality Rules

The Federal Communications Commission voted today, to dismantle Net neutrality rules. NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill released the following statement:

“I am incredibly disappointed that the FCC has chosen to reverse the net neutrality rules implemented during the last Administration. These rules were critical to ensuring equal access to information for all Americans, uninhibited by powerful internet companies deciding who has access to what information and at what price.  A functioning democracy relies on an educated public with unfiltered access to information about voting rights, public policy, education, news, and more. This is even more critical for underserved communities, who are likely to use the internet to apply for jobs, improve their educations, and to access government services.  While disappointed, I stand ready to push forward with my colleagues in urging Congress to step up and make these rules statutory so that they are not subject to the whims of political change.”

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Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.