HLAA and 46 Organizations Urge Public Interest-Oriented Leadership at FCC

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HLAA and 46 Organizations Urge Public Interest-Oriented Leadership at FCC

Tue, 04/09/2013

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) signed onto a letter penned by Common Cause and signed by 46 allied organizations calling on President Obama to appoint to the Federal Communications Commission commissioners who will uphold consumer protection in telecommunications, promote a diverse and local media ecosystem, and foster universal connectivity to the open Internet.

Two commissioners, Chairman Julius Genachowski and Robert McDowell, have recently announced their departures from the FCC.

In the Common Cause news release, special adviser to Common Cause’s Media and Democracy Reform Initiative and a former decade-long member of the Federal Communications Commission Michael Copps said:

“With so much at stake – a free and open Internet, creeping media monopolization and a political system awash in unaccountable, anonymous money – it’s crucial that President Obama appoint public interest champions who are committed to upholding the values he campaigned on.”

HLAA and 46 other diverse organizations, including Association of Late Deafened Adults (ALDA), Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TDI), the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) as well as the American Council of the Blind (ACB) and the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) signed onto a letter sent April 4, 2013 to the White House.

Read the full text of the letter and the list of signed organizations.