National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance statement on FCC/Internet Freedom court decision

Congressional action “only way to guarantee” online protections for marginalized groups

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, promote visibility, and challenge anti-LGBTQ bias and racism.

In response to yesterday’s federal court decision on the Internet, NQAPIA Executive Director Glenn D. Magpantay issued the following statement:

“The Internet is the LGBT Asian community’s most powerful tool for organizing and educating. Yesterday’s court decision is a reminder to Congress that how we regulate the Internet will impact generations of Americans and should not be based on rules written eighty-five years ago. We need to update Federal law to ensure no internet company can control or dominate our online experience. Only a truly open Internet, with protections against any company acting as a gatekeeper, will protect marginalized groups. The only way to guarantee that is for Congress to take action and write a twenty-first century law for the twenty-first century internet.

“Our current situation, with constantly shifting regulations and endless litigation, is an expensive failure of Federal law to keep up with emerging technology. Only Congress has the power to end this cycle. It should promptly channel existing bipartisan interest into legislative action.”

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