I joined several distinguished Mayors from all over the country for the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Dallas this past weekend. I am proud to say that our resolution reinforcing net neutrality passed unanimously. Net Neutrality is the standard that all internet traffic be treated equally, regardless of user or data usage. This principle prevents large Internet Service Providers from providing faster loading speeds to those willing to pay the highest price for them. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said it well:
"An open Internet is the backbone of a market-driven democracy in the 21st Century. I applaud Mayors Edwin Lee, Paul Soglin, Michael Nutter, Eric Garcetti, Jonathan Rothschild, and Edward Murray for adopting a resolution to preserve a free and open Internet as outlined in the FCC's original Open Internet Order. Universal and affordable broadband access, and the free flow of information, is one critical area where we as mayors must focus in an effort to promote equality and close the opportunity gap. We simply cannot afford to allow large Internet Service Providers, which control large segments of the broadband market, like AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon to reserve the fastest loading speeds for those who can pay for it. I wholeheartedly support this resolution and thank my colleagues for their leadership on this critical issue."
I appreciated the calls from many members of the Madison community encouraging my support of this resolution protecting net neutrality, and I look forward to working on this issue in the future.
Check out the links below to read more about the net neutrality effort.