Mayors Get Involved in FCC Net Neutrality Vote Debate

Approximately sixty mayors signed a letter opposing the repeal of net neutrality regulations in anticipation of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote on Thursday. They fear that the repeal could lead to digital inequality, putting low-income users at risk of getting left behind because they cannot afford the premium Internet speed and availability packages. The repeal can give unfair advantages to telecom companies that are the primary ISPs in communities (like Comcast), leaving little or no flexibility for choosing a provider. The mayors worry that community startups would not be able to compete with large telecom companies that provide premium services. The mayors explicitly state that “the Commission’s proposal seeks to compound its prioritization of the broadband industry above all others, and above local communities, by broadly preempting state and local government ability to respond to the unique challenges faced in our communities.”

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