U.S. Mayors Unite to Protest FCC Rollback of Net Neutrality Regulations
Mayor Pauline Cutter, along with 49 additional Mayors across the country, were signatories to a letter sent this morning to Ajit Pai, the FCC Chairman recently appointed by the Trump administration. Timed to coincide with Net Neutrality Day of Action today, July 12th, these Mayors are joining with the biggest U.S. internet companies to protest the FCC’s proposal to gut net neutrality rules adopted by the FCC under its previous chairman, Tom Wheeler.
To quote Chairman Wheeler regarding his 2014 proposed net neutrality proposal, then under consideration by the FCC:
“If a network operator slowed the speed of service below that which the consumer bought, it would be commercially unreasonable and therefore prohibited. If the network operator blocked access to lawful content, it would violate our no-blocking rule and therefore be doubly prohibited.”
These approved FCC regulations are among the most important provisions that Chairman Pai proposes to eliminate. The City of San Leandro stands firmly with other U.S. cities to advise Chairman Pai that “The FCC must maintain and enforce the Open Internet Order, to ensure the principles of openness, freedom and innovation continue to drive the American economy into the twenty-first century.”
Following is text from the letter signed by 48 Mayors being sent to the Chairman this morning:
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St SW
Washington, DC 20554
July 12, 2017
Dear Chairman Pai:
Our nation’s residents benefit immensely from an open internet, which drives innovation and economic growth across every segment of American society. “Net neutrality” rules recognize the importance of maintaining a level playing field for all internet content – regardless of the creator or owner – to be enjoyed by all users, regardless of their internet provider. For this reason, the U.S. Conference of Mayors has consistently advocated for strong federal actions on this issue across two federal administrations.
This message has been consistent and simple. Be it through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) or through legislative action, the U.S. Conference of Mayors first called in 2014 for nationwide internet protections that enforce the following nondiscrimination principles:
- Commitment to transparency;
- The free flow of information over the internet;
- No blocking of lawful websites;
- No unreasonable discrimination of lawful network traffic; and
- No paid prioritization.
In 2015, the FCC enshrined these same principles of free and open internet service into law, through the reclassification of internet service under Title II of the Communications Act.
On May 18th, the FCC voted to consider full repeal of Title II and net neutrality rules. The FCC’s proposal poses a significant risk of stifling American innovation and harming local economies across the country.
Net neutrality is a pocket book issue for American households. Full repeal would have a particularly negative impact on middle and working class families, while simultaneously restricting access to certain types of online content and services to those who cannot afford to pay more. When internet providers restrict access to certain types of content and services and charge residents for the luxury of accessing information and services online, we are all less free to participate in the modern economy. For these and many other reasons, repealing these crucial protections will prove disruptive for our residents, our families, our small businesses, and countless others including nonprofits, schools, and libraries.
Additionally, technology startups depend on net neutrality to gain fair and competitive access to customers. A repeal of net neutrality rules could see innovative solutions from these startups relegated to the background as entrenched internet providers steer consumers to established solutions that can afford to pay for privileged status. Our cities depend on a thriving startup community to drive innovation and our continued economic growth.
The FCC must maintain and enforce the 2015 Open Internet Order, to ensure the principles of openness, freedom, and innovation continue to drive the American economy into the twenty-first century.
|Edwin M. Lee, Mayor, City and County of San Francisco|
|Bill de Blasio, Mayor, City of New York, New York|
|Martin J. Walsh, Mayor, City of Boston, Massachusetts|
|Muriel Bowser, Mayor, District of Columbia|
|Ed Murray, Mayor, City of Seattle, Washington|
|Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago, Illinois|
|Allison Silberberg, Mayor, City of Alexandria, Virginia|
|Dana Kirkham, Mayor, City of Ammon, Idaho|
|Ben Kessler, Mayor, City of Bexley, Ohio|
|Melvin Kleckner, Town Administrator, Town of Brookline, Massachusetts|
|Deborah Frank Feinen, Mayor, City of Champaign, Illinois|
|Andy Berke, Mayor, City of Chattanooga, Tennessee|
|Mary Casillas Salas, Mayor, City of Chula Vista, California|
|Kim McMillan, Mayor, City of Clarksville, Tennessee|
|John Woods, Mayor, Town of Davidson, North Carolina|
|Lucy Vinis, Mayor, City of Eugene, Oregon|
|Lioneld Jordan, Mayor, City of Fayetteville, Arkansas|
|William McLeod, Mayor, Village of Hoffman Estates, Illinois|
|Archibald L. Gillies, Chairman, Islesboro Board of Selectmen, Town of Islesboro, Maine|
|Peter D’Errico, Chair of Select Board, Town of Leverett, Massachusetts|
|Chris Beutler, Mayor, City of Lincoln, Nebraska|
|Edward J. Kennedy, City of Lowell, Massachusetts|
|Paul Soglin, Mayor, City of Madison, Wisconsin|
|Betsy Hodges, Mayor, City of Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Hans Riemer, Council Vice President, Montgomery County, Maryland|
|Jennifer Gregerson, Mayor, City of Mukilteo, Washington|
|Megan Barry, Mayor, Metropolitan Nashville & Davidson County|
|Jon Mitchell, Mayor, City of New Bedford, Massachusetts|
|David J. Narkewicz, Mayor, City of Northampton, Massachusetts|
|Libby Schaaf, Mayor, City of Oakland, California|
|Greg Stanton, Mayor, City of Phoenix, Arizona|
|Ted Wheeler, Mayor, City of Portland, Oregon|
|Tom Butt, Mayor, City of Richmond, California|
|Ron Nirenberg, Mayor, City of San Antonio, Texas|
|Sam Liccardo, Mayor, City of San Jose, California and Member, Federal Communications Commission Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee|
|Pauline Russo Cutter, Mayor, City of San Leandro, California|
|Zach Friend, Vice Chair, Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, Santa Cruz County, California|
|Ted Winterer, Mayor, City of Santa Monica, California|
|Joanne Dittes Yepsen, Mayor, City of Saratoga Springs, New York|
|Gary R. McCarthy, Mayor, City of Schenectady, New York|
|Patricia Smith, Mayor, City of South Portland, Maine|
|Stephanie Miner, Mayor, City of Syracuse, New York|
|Marilyn Strickland, Mayor, City of Tacoma, Washington|
|Diane Wolfe Marlin, Mayor, City of Urbana, Illinois|
|William D. Sessoms, Mayor, City of Virginia Beach, Virginia|
|John Heilman, Mayor, City of West Hollywood, California|
|Joe Dominick, Mayor, City of Westminster, Maryland|
|Gary Resnick, Mayor, City of Wilton Manors, Florida|
Alex Morcos, Mayor, City of Medina, Washington
Joanne Dittes Yepsen, Mayor; Michelle Madigan, Commissioner of Finance, and City of Saratoga Springs City Council, City of Saratoga Springs, New York
Christine Lundberg, Mayor of Springfield, Oregon
Thank for talking a stand on this issue. A free and open internet is the backbone of the modern economy.
Thank you for you work on this important issue.
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