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UCC Media Justice Update

Open Internet Goals

The United Church of Christ's media justice ministry, OC Inc., released the following statement in reaction to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Wheeler's statement yesterday, indicating how he plans to move forward on Open Internet:

Everything about Open Internet policy seems to be a compromise in this politically polarized and legally challenging environment. At the same time, the Commission's decisions in this matter will impact the right to communicate, which is fundamental to a series of questions that impact all aspects of social justice.
 
Can all people speak with their own, God-given, voices regardless of their incomes or race? Will government actors be able to ensure all children and families have access to broadband in their homes and schools? Will our ability to speak and participate in civic discourse depend on whether we reach the internet via a smartphone or a computer? Can all speech be heard, regardless of its commercial popularity?
 
We will judge the Commission's ultimate action on whether the communication rights of all people are protected.

The United Church of Christ is a faith community rooted in justice.  Established in 1959 as part of the civil rights movement, UCC’s Office of Communication, Inc. works to replace the media we have with the media we need to create a just society.

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