Net Neutrality Finds Support With L.A. City Council Members

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Two Los Angeles City Council members introduced a resolution today calling on their colleagues to oppose the Federal Communications Commission's proposed actions to eliminate net neutrality.

``The internet is a resource organized on the principles of openness, fairness, and freedom. It is an essential resource that fuels the creative engine of our city's economy and preserves our right to communicate freely,'' Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez said.

``Abandoning net neutrality would be an abandonment of the principles on which this country was founded.''

The FCC is expected to vote Dec. 14 on a plan that would dismantle regulations put in place by the Obama administration that requires all internet traffic be treated by service providers equally.

The rules prohibit providers from charging websites different fees that could create a ``fast'' or ``slow'' lane of traffic that critics say would harm small startups that cannot afford larger fees. Critics also say doing away with net neutrality would allow providers to censor content, prioritize its own content or block the content of a competitor.

``We need to find ways to make the internet more affordable and accessible to Angelenos. What the FCC and the Trump administration are proposing to do is a huge step backwards and only serves the stockholders of major communication companies,'' Councilman Bob Blumenfield said

``The reality is that there are kids in Los Angeles and across the country who have limited access to the internet and we owe it to them to bridge the digital divide.''

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who is leading the effort to wipe away net neutrality, has said the rules are unnecessary regulation that can stifle innovation.

``For almost 20 years, the internet thrived under the light-touch regulatory approach established by President Clinton and a Republican Congress,'' Pai said in a statement last week.

``This bipartisan framework led the private sector to invest $1.5 trillion building communications networks throughout the United States. And it gave us an internet economy that become the envy of the world.''

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