Alliance for Digital Equality Applauds FCC's Passage of Open Internet Order

Dec 21, 2010, 16:14 ET from Alliance for Digital Equality

Organization calls ending the debate over net neutrality a significant achievement on the road toward delivering equal and affordable Internet access to all Americans

ATLANTA, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Shirley Franklin, senior advisor for the Alliance for Digital Equality (ADE) and former mayor of Atlanta, issued the following statement today regarding the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) passage of an Open Internet Order: 

"In passing an Open Internet Order today, the FCC closes the door on a protracted net neutrality debate that has diverted energy and attention from growing jobs and increasing investment – key components to restoring our economy.  We applaud the Commissioners for their hard work on this complex and controversial policy issue and their commitment to ensuring the Internet remains a powerful platform for innovation and job creation without extreme over-regulation. 

"By lifting the cloud of uncertainty, we have a real opportunity to breathe life back into our economy and give hope to the millions of Americans looking for work.  As we embrace this opportunity, we look forward to working closely with the FCC on implementing a key component the National Broadband Plan – making affordable broadband available to 100 percent of Americans."

The Alliance for Digital Equality (ADE) is a non-profit consumer advocacy organization that serves to facilitate and ensure equal access to technology in underserved communities.  The Alliance also serves as a bridge between policymakers and minority individuals in order to help the public understand how legislative and regulatory policies regarding new technologies can impact and empower their daily lives.  For more information on The Alliance for Digital Equality, please visit    

SOURCE Alliance for Digital Equality