TOPIC A Expanding Broadband Access for Underserved Communities
TOPIC B Ensuring Consumer Protection Against False Advertising
DELEGATION SIZE Single
- Timothy Lu (he/him)
- Daniela Santillan-Enriquez (she/her)
“The most powerful tool we have as a society is communication. Without it, we are nothing.”
– Lee Iacocca
Bird noise, blue checkmarks, chat bubbles and more are things that we have come to commonly associate with communication. The rise of technology in our present day has allowed us to refine the boundaries of communication; expanding the scopes of communication into new forms such as the internet and social media. With such a wide array of structures being born within communication, someone must ensure the safety and development of it. Therefore, it’s the job of the Federal Communications Commission (or FCC) to regulate, promote consumer satisfaction, as well as expand broadband access for underserved communities.
Topic A: Expanding Broadband Access for Underserved Communities
While many consider these aspects of communication to be integral to their lives, there exist many communities that are yet to experience what the internet (and social media) has to offer. This is crucial, as that means that a portion of our population is widely un-communicated. As well as lacking the access to resources that might provide a positive impact to education, professional development, and more. Access to communication is almost a necessity as it is a privilege; therefore, it is the job of this committee to ensure the rapid development (and maintenance) of broadband access across the nation. Finally, we must ensure that these communities are able to make proper use of the new infrastructures built.
Topic B: Ensuring Consumer Protection Against False Advertising
The spread of false advertising has had a twofold negative impact on the general public – not only does false advertising harm the consumer through financial loss, frustration, and even potential harm, but businesses alike suffer the loss of credibility, legal ramifications, and damaged reputations. Taken to the extreme, the loss of trust in the free market leads to a damaged economy due to a lack of trust from consumers. Thus, we must keep false advertising under control. This committee will discuss the role that the FCC needs to play in the control of false advertising as it relates to telecommunications.