December 8, 2017

Mayors and local leaders add their voices to retain net neutrality

Huffington Post - If all goes as planned, the Federal Communications Commission will vote next Thursday to repeal net neutrality rules, giving internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast substantial power over the content they provide and the prices they charge to do so.

The unpopular move, spearheaded by Trump-appointed FCC Chairman (and former Verizon lawyer) Ajit Pai, has already drawn the ire of hundreds of popular websites and millions of consumers.

On Thursday, nearly five dozen U.S. mayors and other local leaders added their outrage to the chorus, making their anger known in a public letter addressed to Pai and his fellow commissioners.

The mayoral group, which includes leaders from the across the political spectrum and from cities big and small, made a strong case for the fundamental importance of an open internet on the local level, saying that everything from economic strength to basic government services are at risk with the repeal.

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