For Immediate Release: January 15, 2021
Color Of Change Supports FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks for FCC Chair
NATIONWIDE — As President-elect Biden continues to fill his Cabinet and consider appointments to federal agencies, Color Of Change announced today the organization’s support for Federal Communications Commissioner Geoffrey Starks for FCC Chair. The following statement can be attributed to Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson:
“Given his track record of advocating on behalf of Black communities, Color Of Change highly recommends Commissioner Geoffrey Starks as the strongest candidate to be appointed Chair of the FCC. Starks has demonstrated and recently reaffirmed his commitment to digital equity through Net Neutrality and Title II, broadband expansion via the Lifeline program, and expanding the FCC’s E-rate program to ensure children have the access they need for online learning. The pandemic has underscored the reality that internet access is a clear equity issue — failing to meet this fact with policy will leave Black people behind.
The Biden-Harris Administration must ensure that regulatory agencies like the FCC are steered by people who reflect the communities most impacted by the policy decisions they dictate. Black communities and other marginalized groups rely on a fair and racially just internet — free of interference from telecom giants — to be heard in our democracy by the most powerful forces and reach the marketplace of jobs, commerce, and ideas. It is crucial that the next FCC Chair fights to ensure free phone calls to people who are incarcerated, diversify ownership within the entire media landscape, and expand opportunities for Black leaders within the communications regulatory sphere. As FCC Chair, Starks will be the leader we need to restore essential protections for millions of Black Americans who rely on digital spaces for information and commerce. ”
About Color Of Change:
Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force, 7 million people have taken action with Color Of Change this year. We move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more humane and less hostile world for Black people in America. Visit www.colorofchange.org.