Ralph B. Everett, President and CEO of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, released the following statement on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski’s announcement that he will step down in the coming weeks:
Over the course of his term in office, Chairman Genachowski has worked vigorously and effectively to expand broadband access and adoption in all communities and thereby broaden opportunities for Americans to succeed in the digital economy. In the wake of Joint Center research showing that only 69 percent of African Americans and 59 percent of Hispanics were using the Internet, the Chairman sought to ensure that the National Broadband Plan would address this problem. And since then he has led the way toward ensuring that communities of color will realize the enormous potential that digital communications technologies can mean for health care, education, civic participation and economic empowerment.
Chairman Genachowski fully understands what broadband can do to break down barriers and make America a land of opportunity for all. We appreciate and salute his efforts to make that vision and that promise a reality.
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