Adam Polaski

Equality California Withdraws Anti-Net Neutrality Letter

Filed By Adam Polaski | June 22, 2011 8:00 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: AT&T, Equality California, FCC filings, GLAAD, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Troup Coronado

EQCA.gifEquality California, another progressive organization that submitted a letter to the Federal Communications Commission in 2009 opposing net neutrality, has withdrawn its letter. The organization's withdrawal of the letter, authorized today by Jim Carroll, Equality California's interim executive director, joins similar withdrawals from GLAAD and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force.

The initial letter, filed with the FCC on Oct. 12, 2009 by Geoff Kors, the organization's former executive director, subtly stated opposition to net neutrality, the principle that would prohibit Internet service providers from arbitrarily restricting access to certain networks, websites, or types of content. In the same way that GLAAD's anti-net neutrality letter reads, at first glance, to be in favor of the principle, Equality California's Oct. 2009 urged the FCC "not to rush [the] consideration of whether new network neutrality rules are warranted and to make an effort to reach out to the many stakeholders affected, including the LGBT community, before proposing any new regulations."

Today's letter withdrawing the previous statement reads:

On October 12, 2009, Equality California submitted a letter to the Commission urging the preservation of an "open and accessible Internet" and requesting an effort to reach out to the LGBT community. It has come to our attention that the phrase "open and accessible Internet" can be taken to indicate opposition to net neutrality, which was neither our intention nor our organization's position. We fully support the principles of net neutrality. Accordingly, we request that you withdraw our letter of October 12, 2009.

Troup Coronado, the former AT&T lobbyist at the center of the current GLAAD corporate controversy, sits on the board of Equality California. Coronado was responsible for garnering support from LGBT organizations for the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, and there's a good chance that he influenced Equality California's Oct. 12 letter to the FCC, which would ultimately benefit AT&T, a fierce net neutrality opponent.

Earlier today, Phil Reese of The Washington Blade wrote about Coronado's previous work with the ultra-conservative, anti-gay Heritage Foundation.

In addition to continuing to sit on the board of Equality California, Coronado continues to sit on the board of GLAAD.

Catch up on the controversy with previous coverage from The Bilerico Project:

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I feel sorry for the poor guy who's in charge of EqCa now. Has Korrs made a statement yet on why he signed the letter?

Kors wasn't available for comment, as he's traveling, according to Metro Weekly.