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File #: 171059    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 11/30/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 12/7/2017
Title: Urging the President of the United States and Members of the United States Congress, and all relevant federal offices to continue to protect net neutrality and open Internet access.
Sponsors: Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Squilla
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 17105900.pdf, 2. Signature17105900.pdf
Title
Urging the President of the United States and Members of the United States Congress, and all relevant federal offices to continue to protect net neutrality and open Internet access.

Body
WHEREAS, High-speed Internet access service, referred to generically as "broadband advanced communication services," including both wired and wireless technologies, is essential in the 21st century for economic competitiveness and quality of life; and

WHEREAS, The City of Philadelphia relies on broadband services to communicate with constituents, enable City residents to interact with City services, permit voters to monitor and communicate with elected City leaders and appointed officials; and

WHEREAS, Broadband infrastructure is vital to the operation and management of other critical infrastructures, including energy generation systems, the power grid, water supply systems, smart cities, the Internet of Things, public safety and emergency response systems, medical facilities, educational institutions, and libraries; and

WHEREAS, Studies confirm that open Internet policies lead to increases in market-driven broadband deployment through the virtuous cycle: open Internet spurs innovation by users and online service providers, which increases the demand for broadband capacity, thus spurring more broadband infrastructure deployment, which in turn promotes additional innovation by users and service providers; and

WHEREAS, The provision and maintenance of equitable access to technology, broadband Internet access services, digital content, and classroom management tools are necessary for all students, teachers, and school administrators in Philadelphia, in order to provide equal educational resources to all students at all education levels; and

WHEREAS, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted open Internet rules on February 26, 2015, to protect free expression and innovation on the Internet and to promote investment in the nation's broadband networ...

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