Indiana Joins Cities In The Open Internet Pledge

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A city in Indiana joins the open internet pledge.

In December 2017, there was a rally invitation in the Indianapolis to uphold net neutrality rules in the Indianapolis even before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was able to vote for the repeal. The protesters disapprove of Pai’s proposal to kill net neutrality. There were a lot of questions that were left unanswered especially those that take care of businesses and how it will affect them.

Ajit Pai, who proposed the net neutrality law repeal, said that the federal government is fully in control of the internet in the country. He is giving big businesses like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast better treatment to those who would give good proposals yet Google, Facebook and Netflix are worried that these companies would be biased in giving better exposure of their own content.

Representatives of Indiana like Senators Joe Donnely and Todd Young expressed their favorable opinions about preserving the open internet. Young even mentioned that bigger number of the population has access to the internet because either residential or wireless broadband service was made available to them and companies invested in improving their infrastructure. While Representative Jackie Walorski considered FCC to have made a good decision of abolishing Obama’s regulation of the broadband services. Of course, not all opinions would be the same. Some think that it can help the market grow if the prices of broadband services will not be the same and that there would be no proper regulation. They say that the problem lies in the federal government control or regulation of net neutrality.

In January of this year, The Democratic state government officials led the bills proposition to express in favor of net neutrality preservation. California, New York, Massachusettes, and Washington are determined to preserve net neutrality principles.

In Indiana, Paul Maxwell talked in three seminars held at South Bend, LaPorte, and Elkhart. He explained that the repeal aimed to balance market share between the traditional ISPs such as AT &T and Comcast and the edge providers like Facebook, Netflix, Amazon, and Google which receives the increasing share in the market. But Maxwell did not see any damage if indeed ISPs will be granted with more privileges.

But just yesterday, to express his support for the free and open internet, South Bend Mayor Buttigieg signed the Cities Open Internet Pledge. The Pledge indicates steps that the cities will do within its will to prevent gatekeepers from throttling, blocking, or limiting government content on the internet.

  1. Acquire legal internet services from companies that don’t ban, control or provide fast lanes at an extra charge for contents on sites. They are essential for residents to be informed of the services in the cities. 
  2. Promote open internet connection to residents with free or subsidized services. 
  3. When extending internet service to residents,  internet providers should not ban, throttle, nor support paid prioritization through free WiFi open to the public or municipal broadband. 
  4. To protect consumer rights, those that will be permitted who will overlook filtering, blocking and prioritization will be enforced with penalties for violations. 
  5.  Track the practices exhibited by internet service providers to ensure that consumers and regulators are protected, and the latter will be aware if a company is engaging in unlawful actions or commitments.
  6. Promote public usage of ISPs that adhere to free and open internet policies including municipal options.

 

With this, approvals from protesters of the FCC votes are expected and more motions from other lawmaking bodies will not be surprising.

 


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