Today, Mayor Ed Murray joined mayors of Boston, New York and San Francisco in sending a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, encouraging him to keep the internet open. The letter articulates net neutrality rules and recognizes the importance of maintaining a level playing field for all internet content to be enjoyed by all users, regardless of their internet provider. This letter is part of the Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality.
“Individuals should be free to access the Internet without discriminatory practices applied to services and websites,” said Mayor Murray. “I encourage everyone to speak up and let the FCC know these rules should be kept in place. This is about equity and the ability for everyone to access the internet.”
- Read the letter sent to the FCC from U.S. Mayors
- Read the blog post from City of Seattle CTO, Michael Mattmiller
In February 2015, the FCC ruled in favor of net neutrality by reclassifying broadband as a common carrier under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. Those rules went into effect in June of 2015. Now, the FCC is taking comment from the public until August 16, 2017 on a possible repeal of net neutrality.
“The fight for strong net neutrality protections is important for the internet to remain a space for creativity, innovation and free speech,” said City of Seattle Chief Technology Officer Michael Mattmiller. “Seattle joins a long list of cities and organizations that are championing a stand against a potential heavy-handed approach to Internet rules by the FCC.”
The FCC has already received nearly 5 million comments from the public. The City of Seattle encourages residents to comment, call or email the FCC and tell them to keep net neutrality.
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To learn more about the City of Seattle’s Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality, visit www.seattle.gov/netneutrality.