The Voices for Internet Freedom Coalition Urges the Trump FCC to Keep the Net Neutrality Rules

Voices for Internet Freedom, a coalition fighting for the digital rights of communities of color, on Wednesday called on the Federal Communications Commission to preserve its Net Neutrality rules.

The Voices coalition filed comments with the FCC on behalf of 73 racial-justice, digital-rights and media groups. The comments urge the Commission not to kill its 2015 Net Neutrality rules because doing so would disproportionately impact and discriminate against communities of color.

Those rules prevent internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from blocking and throttling online traffic and creating a pay-for-play internet where only a handful of wealthy companies could afford to pay for speedier access to their sites and platforms.  And basing these protections on Title II of the Communications Act ensures the FCC has the legal authority to enforce real Net Neutrality. Federal courts have twice upheld the 2015 rules.

But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai intends to kill Net Neutrality.

In its filing, Voices urged the Commission to protect Net Neutrality because it’s a critical racial-justice issue. It has enabled people of color to speak for themselves online and advocate for the health and well being of their communities.

The Voices coalition is led by Color Of Change, the Center for Media Justice, Free Press and the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

Below is a list of organizations that signed on to the Voices’ reply comments:

National Hispanic Media Coalition

Center for Media Justice

Color Of Change

Free Press

Access Humboldt

Alternate ROOTS


Arts & Democracy

Asamblea de Derechos Civiles

Allied Media Projects


Center for Rural Strategies

Center for Social Inclusion

Chinese Progressive Association

Common Cause

Common Frequency



Dignity and Power Now

Dream Corps

Equality Labs

Families for Freedom

Forward Together

Families Rally for Emancipation and Empowerment

Generation Justice

Global Action Project

Highlander Research Center


Human Pictures

Ignite NC

Iguana Films, LLC

Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA)

Iraq Veterans Against The War

KRSM Radio

Line Break Media

Livier Productions, Inc.


Martinez Street Women's Center

May First/People Link

Media Action Center

Media Alliance

Media Mobilizing Project

MPower Change

Movement Strategy Center

Native Public Media

Neighborhood Leadership and Organizing Program

New Sanctuary Coalition

Open Access Communications

OVEC – Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

Parks and Power

People’s Action


Progressive Technology Project

Prometheus Radio Project

Race Forward

Radio Bilingue

Rebuild the Dream

Somos Un Pueblo Unido

Stop LAPD Spying Coalition

United Church of Christ Office of Communication Inc.

Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

Voices for Racial Justice

Washington Peace Center

WFNU Frogtown Community Radio

The Whitman Institute


Working Films

Working Narratives