• Carlos Gutierrez, Dep. Director & General Counsel

LGBT Tech Files Comments on Restoring Internet Freedom

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

LGBT Tech has submitted initial comments addressing the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) In the Matter of Restoring Internet Freedom.[1] The NPRM seeks public comment on how to preserve the basic principles of net neutrality and in its comments, LGBT Tech reiterates that the FCC needs to establish rules that apply equally to all participants in the broadband space.

The Internet has become an indispensable tool for members of the LGBT community offering connections and communication, and also access to education, health care information, and other vital resources. Over 50% of LGBT individuals use the Internet to meet new people and find others they can relate to. Further, surveys have shown that 81% of youth who identify as LGBT have used their connection to the Internet to search for health information compared to 46% of non-LGBT youth. Strong and fair rules that protect all consumers equally no matter what Internet site they happen to be surfing are essential for all consumers. Expanding access to broadband is crucial for our community and for many others, so we support smart policies that continue the approach that has worked so well for so long.