OCA CEO Ken Lee hands out free Digital TV antennas to low-income residents in San Francisco’s Chinatown
As our country continues to digitize and create modern communications networks, it is pivotal that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders shape the policies and regulations that create the framework for that innovation. OCA believes that all Americans should have equitable access to modern communications networks, including mobile phones and broadband. Despite the data that says AAPIs are some of the earliest adopters of technology and have one of the highest rates of internet usage, we know that many within our communities still lack access to the internet. This lack of access can seriously impact educational attainment, income, and language ability.
In addition to access to modern communications networks, our communications laws must also promote the safety of AAPI families in times of an emergency. For that reason, OCA is committed to ensuring that our emergency alert system has multilingual alerts so that Limited English Proficient individuals and families know what to do during natural disasters and other crises.
Additionally, as we continue to talk about AAPI representation in media, OCA believes that we must have regulations that promote diverse media ownership and minority programmers. In order to have our representation on screen, we must ensure that our policies reduce barriers for AAPIs to create content and promote diverse narratives.