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Statement of Mayor Walsh on Today's FCC Decision

February 26, 2015

Mayor's Office

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Mayor's Office

"We are pleased that the FCC has voted to preserve an open internet and the right to build community broadband networks. Strong rules supporting an open internet protect broadband consumers and preserve a level playing field for our innovative technology businesses. The right of cities to build their own broadband networks is an important tool to drive investment in critical 21st century infrastructure. The City of Boston supports the FCC's progressive approach to broadband policy. We will continue to work at the local, state, and federal levels to drive our digital economy forward, and improve the speed, affordability, and accessibility of broadband in Boston."

Since September, the City of Boston has filed several comments and letters with the FCC encouraging the preservation of an open internet, the protection of local choice, the expansion of the E-Rate program, and an enhanced definition of broadband speed. The City continues to expand its Wicked Free WiFi program and support the Tech Goes Home initiative to improve digital equity.