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Cities Net Neutrality Fight Spearheaded by NYC

Cities Net Neutrality Fight Spearheaded by NYC
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (Dreamstime)

By    |   Wednesday, 14 March 2018 06:48 AM

A net neutrality fight by cities, spearheaded by New York City, has more than a dozen mayors signing a pledge to preserve rules that require internet service providers to treat all online traffic the same.

New York City Mayor de Blasio appeared at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas to announce the coalition of mayors pledging to support "net neutrality," the New York Daily News reported.

Obama-era network neutrality rules were an effort to prevent internet providers from treating transmitted content differently, such as charging for higher speeds or slowing down, or even blocking, the transfer of other information.

Those measures were struck down in December by the FCC which said the net neutrality rules "imposed substantial costs on the entire Internet ecosystem" and removing the rules on broadband providers will "protect consumers at far less cost to investment than the prior rigid and wide-ranging utility rules."


De Blasio said he and other mayors believe, though, that "corporate greed" was the reason for striking down net neutrality rules.

"To help even the playing field, New York City is going to hit companies in the only place they seem to feel it: their bottom line," de Blasio said. "When the federal government fails to protect consumers, cities must band together to take action. New York City is leading the charge by establishing the Cities Open Internet Pledge."
 

The pledge promises that the signed cities will use internet service that do not interfere with online traffic, ensure an "open" internet, protect customers from deceptive practices, monitor internet companies that are providing services and encourage customers to use providers that abide by open internet rules.

Other mayors who have signed on to the pledge, according to de Blasio's statement include:

Steve Adler, of Austin; Ted Wheeler, of Portland, Oregon; Mark Farrell, of San Francisco; Jacob Frey, of Minneapolis; Sly James, of Kansas City, Missouri; Sam Liccardo, of San Jose, California; Ron Nirenberg, of San Antonio; Catherine Pugh, of Baltimore, Barney Seney, Putnum, Connecticut; and Paul Soglin, of Madison, Wisconsin. Zach Friend, chair of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors in California, also signed.

On the effort's website, MayorsForNetNeutrality.org, four other mayors were listed as signing on, including Ethan Strimling, of Portland, Maine; Steve Schewel, Durham, North Carolina; Don Boeder, of Gaylord, Minnesota; and Tom Feldkamp, of Bow Mar, Colorado.

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