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Tech Times: U.S. mayors urge FCC to maintain net neutrality, no to fast lanes

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:35 -- Eva Prkachin

Could this be the future of locally-owned Internet services?

Article by Nicole Arce for Tech Times

U.S. mayors led by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee adopted a resolution in support of net neutrality and called on White House and Congress to urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to exercise its power in preventing Internet service providers from giving preferential treatment to affluent websites.

Mayors Lee, Ed Murray of Seattle, Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles and Jonathan Rothschild of Tucson introduced the resolution at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Dallas Monday and were happy to find that the resolution was passed on a unanimous vote.

The resolution (pdf), which calls for the prevention of "blocking of lawful websites" and "unreasonable discrimination of lawful network traffic," is in support of the reclassification of broadband Internet services as telecommunications instead of information services to give the FCC the power to regulate ISPs. However, it stopped short of saying that ISPs should be classified as utilities, which will subject them to even more stringent regulation, as called for by net neutrality watchdog groups.

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