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07/13/2011

GLAAD changes course on AT&T merger, net neutrality; still confusing those who don't know what the hell net neutrality is

by Jeremy Hooper

You might have followed that whole dustup that ultimately led to the resignation of GLAAD's Exec. Director. Well now here's the cleanup crew:

GLAADORGANIZATION AFFIRMS STRONG SUPPORT FOR NET NEUTRALITY TO FCC

July 13, 2011, New York, NY – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today submitted a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to withdraw its support for the pending AT&T merger with T-Mobile and to return the organization to a neutral position with respect to the deal. GLAAD also submitted to the FCC, in the same letter, a statement strongly supporting the tenets of net neutrality. Today's letter was filed by Mike Thompson, GLAAD's Acting President following extensive discussion among GLAAD leadership and supporters.

"A rigorous review process considered GLAAD's unique mission and concluded that while AT&T has a strong record of support for the LGBT community, the explanation used to support this particular merger was not sufficiently consistent with GLAAD's work to advocate for positive and culture-changing LGBT stories and images in the media," said Thompson.
FULL RELASE: GLAAD RETURNS TO NEUTRAL STANCE ON AT&T/T-MOBILE MERGER [GLAAD]

Personally, I hope this is the beginning of a whole new focus at GLAAD. The in-place crew now knows, without a doubt, that the community is watching and holding this mega-organization accountable. I know from my own personal dealings that there is both a realization and commitment to dealing with not only this, but some of the many frustrations that have been building up over the past few months and years. I sincerely hope this leads to positive growth.

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*What the hell net neutrality is:

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