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Sending a Message to the Federal Communications Commission

January 30, 2015 3:49 PM

I was pleased to be one of more than 38 Mayors and elected officials signing on to a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in support of community choice for Internet infrastructure. As you may recall, President Obama recently came out against some current laws that restrict the ability of communities to pursue high-speed Internet. I support him in those efforts as it can make an incredible difference in our community. When we speak of the 'digital divide', this is a way to shrink and eliminate that divide. We need to bring high speed internet to all neighborhoods, not just to those who can afford it.

The FCC has a unique opportunity to recognize the principle of local choice. There is no one-size-fits-all approach for next-generation Internet and all communities should be able to choose the pathway that works best for them.

The letter to the FCC calls upon the agency to recognize that there are a variety of models open to communities to achieve high-speed Internet. Some cities choose to build and administer their own municipally-owned networks, others develop public-private partnerships, while still others achieve their goals through agreements with private providers. The principle of local autonomy does not favor any one of these models, but rather protects the ability of communities to maintain as many options as possible.

You can look a the letter here.

Stay tuned, the FCC is expected to rule in the coming weeks.

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