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Open the Internet – Public Hearing on Net Neutrality

November 13, 2009 Leave a comment

Committee Aims to Review Current Net Neutrality Rules

CITY HALL, NEW YORK – On Friday, November 20, 2009 at 10 a.m. in the Committee Room of City Hall, the New York City Council Committee on Technology in Government will hold a public hearing regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) six principles of Net Neutrality.  This hearing seeks to gain insight into these principles, which the FCC seeks to codify. The November 20 hearing will assess whether the Net Neutrality principles as articulated would effectively obtain the goal of maintaining a free and open Internet.  Also, the hearing serves as an opportunity to examine pending Resolution 712A-2007, which asks the FCC and Congress to set firm Net Neutrality regulations.  You can view the resolution at http://bit.ly/netneutralityreso.

The FCC announced the six principles – made up of four previous rules from 2005 and two new ones articulating regulation around network transparency and nondiscrimination – in late October 2009. The

FCC made a request for public comment on this matter and the Committee on Technology in Government will draw from the hearing’s testimonies to draft a letter that includes citywide input.

We encourage you to distribute this message widely. Furthermore, please suggest witnesses or individuals to whom we should reach out.

You can follow us on www.twitter.com/nycctechcomm and use the hashtag #reso712A.

If you want to attend and/or testify at this hearing, please contact Kunal Malhotra, Legislative and Budget Director, at kmalhotra@council.nyc.gov or Samuel Wong, Legislative Aide on Technology, at samwong.nycc@gmail.com.  Both are reachable at our City Hall Office at (212) 788-6975.

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