Los Angeles is home to an entertainment industry that employs hundreds of thousands of Angelinos to help create the music, movies, and shows we love. From composers to carpenters and caterers, the entertainment industry is a major job creator in our community. These jobs are why we must ensure that the industry thrives and is fairly compensated for the entertainment it produces, even amid a pandemic. Among her top priorities in intellectual property is maintaining a free and open internet. Congressmember Bass believes that given how essential the internet is to our daily lives, we should ensure that access to it is impartial, and reject restrictions on traffic to the online marketplace.
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“I would like to recognize the time and effort of my colleagues and the staff on getting to this point and I would especially like to thank the authors of these bills. I have concerns with the bills that were passed out of committee this week. I am encouraged by the conversations that we had during this week’s committee vote but I want to be clear that I voted to move the bills out of committee with the understanding that the sponsors will respond to concerns raised before and during the committee vote.
“A dictatorship cannot flourish when knowledge is common and abundant.
"The Trump administration and Chairman Pai's plan to dismantle net neutrality regulations continues an insidious alliance with big businesses to spite consumers. Tiered deals to access the internet will perpetuate a preventative division of knowledge, especially against low income communities, which enables people like Trump to come to power.
“The purpose of the meeting, which I think we made very clear, was to answer his question about what our community has to lose,” Rep. Bass said after the meeting. “It’s his budget, it’s his policy, it’s his rhetoric; all of these factors demonstrate what we stand to lose and in some cases, what we’ve already begun to lose in the first fifty days of his administration.”
During the meeting, the CBC Members will provide the President with short- and long-term solutions he can act on during his presidency to advance the African-American community in the United States.
“During the President’s campaign, he asked our community what we have to lose,” Rep. Bass said. “I think the Caucus is looking forward to answering this question and presenting options for the President to explore and hopefully implement.”