For Immediate Release
Mary Boyle (202) 736-5770
Common Cause and 46 Organizations Urge Public Interest-Oriented Leadership at FCC
WASHINGTON - Common Cause and 46 allied organizations today called on President Obama to appoint to the Federal Communications Commission commissioners who will uphold consumer protection in telecommunications, promote a diverse and local media ecosystem, and foster universal connectivity to the open Internet.
“With so much at stake – a free and open Internet, creeping media monopolization and a political system awash in unaccountable, anonymous money – it’s crucial that President Obama appoint public interest champions who are committed to upholding the values he campaigned on,” said Michael Copps, special adviser to Common Cause’s Media and Democracy Reform Initiative and a former decade-long member of the Federal Communications Commission.
Two commissioners, Chairman Julius Genachowski and Robert McDowell, have recently announced their departures from the FCC.
Common Cause and 46 other diverse organizations, including Consumers Union, Free Press and Public Knowledge, signed onto a letter sent Thursday to the White House.
Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest.