Washington, D.C. (December 21, 2010) – The Organization of Chinese Americans, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, commends the Federal Communications Commission for moving forward with an Open Internet framework. Based on our initial understanding of the Order voted on today, OCA is pleased that this regulatory path appears to reflect the Commission’s commitment to finding a solution that takes into account the diverse array of public filings collected during its proceeding.
“As an organization that has previously voiced the need for an Open Internet framework that spurs broadband access and adoption by minority communities, OCA feels that the FCC has listened to our concerns and has acted with best intent,” said George Wu, Executive Director of OCA, “OCA anticipates the Order will enable the Commission to focus its attention to issues affecting Asian Pacific Americans, such as bridging the digital divide and facilitating minority investment and innovation.”
It is OCA’s hope that the passage of these rules will also allow for increased economic and job growth, as well as provide educational and civic engagement opportunities for all Americans. OCA looks forward to continuing to collaborate with the Commission as it works to solve other important policy areas that affect underserved communities. In a recent meeting with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Wu, and other Asian Pacific American leaders encouraged the FCC to address issues such as data collection, APA outreach, the Universal Service Fund, and monitoring hate speech.
OCA Statement on Comcast/NBCU Agreement with Asian American Organizations
Last week, Comcast and NBC Universal (NBCU) reached a momentous agreement with the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition, which includes OCA, Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), East West Players (EWP), Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA).
The 16-page agreement outlines the investment and commitment by Comcast and NBCU to expand the presence of Asian Americans in the media and in five major areas within their corporation: corporate governance; employment/workforce recruitment and retention; procurement; programming; and philanthropy and community investments.
“OCA is pleased to extend our partnership with Comcast and other Asian American organizations to ensure our communities have equitable access to the media,” said George Wu, Executive Director of OCA. “With this agreement, OCA believes many more Asian Americans will get the coantent they want, be able to develop and distribute their original content and be part of the leadership pipeline in the industry.”
Comcast has already launched Cinema Asian America, a new On-Demand programming that features diverse Asian American content. Curated by Chi-hui Yang, former Director and Programmer of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Cinema Asian America will combine award-winning movies featured on the film festival circuit along with classics, shorts, and feature-length works. Comcast is also dedicated to increasing viewing choices for Asian American viewers, featuring more Asian Americans on the screen and in its workforce, and will invest at least $1 million over three years to build a larger pipeline for Asian American-themed programming, OCA would like to thank the leaders of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus for their commitment and support for increasing media diversity. We look forward to working further with Comcast, NBCU, and members of the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition on this issue.