A Map of the Net Neutrality Resistance: June, 2018

(source: National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI); click to enlarge)

As the FCC rolls back net neutrality in the U.S., a total of 35 States are actively fighting the decision.

And that doesn’t even count dozens of member of Congress and mayors from major U.S. cities.  But does any of that matter to mega-ISPs like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T?

Just last week, the ACLU noted that ISPs are unlikely to take advantage of the FCC’s new laws right away.  And part of the reason is that they’re betting that people will eventually forget about the issue, especially if they don’t experience a noticeable change in their broadband service.

Plausible theory, though it’s unclear how companies like Comcast will negotiate against net neutrality laws in states like Washington and Oregon.  More powerfully, both California and New York are expected to pass net neutrality laws in a matter of months, making it extremely difficult — if not impossible — for neutrality-unfriendly tactics like throttling, fast lanes, and site blocking to happen nationwide.

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Meanwhile, both Los Angeles and San Francisco have serious initiatives to implement municipal broadband networks in their cities.  San Francisco is further along, with a public-private partnership already in development, while Los Angeles is seriously considering the idea.

Beyond that, a total of 23 attorneys general are actively suing the FCC to protect net neutrality.  Those lawsuits are now being consolidated into a single action, and it’s unclear if ISPs can comfortably move forward with plans like paid prioritization while the legal actions are pending.

(source: National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI); click to enlarge)

Then, there’s the lengthy list of U.S. mayors who have vowed to fight the rollback.

In addition to an exhaustive list of actions by U.S. state legislatures, the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI) has also compiled a huge list of defiant mayors.

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio — New York, NY
  • Mayor Steve Adler — Austin, TX
  • Mayor Ted Wheeler — Portland, OR
  • Mayor Ron Nirenberg — San Antonio, TX
  • Mayor Sly James — Kansas City, MO
  • Mayor Mark Farrell — San Francisco, CA
  • Mayor Catherine E. Pugh — Baltimore, MD
  • County Board of Supervisors Chair Zach Friend — Santa Cruz County, CA
  • Mayor Barney Seney — Putnam, CT
  • Mayor Paul Soglin — Madison, WI
  • Mayor Sam Liccardo — San Jose, CA
  • Mayor Jacob Frey — Minneapolis, MN
  • Mayor Ethan Strimling — Portland, ME
  • Mayor Don Boeder — Gaylord, MN
  • Mayor Tom Feldkamp — Bow Mar, CO
  • Mayor Pauline Cutter — San Leandro, CA
  • Mayor Lucy Vinis — Eugene, OR
  • Mayor Lisa Swain — Fair Lawn, NJ
  • Mayor Laura Keegan — Edgewater, CO
  • Mayor Michael Tubbs — Stockton, CA
  • Mayor Steve Schewel — Durham, NC
  • Mayor Ras Baraka — Newark, NJ
  • Mayor Steve Fulop — Jersey City, NJ
  • Mayor Andrew Ginther — Columbus, OH
  • Mayor Kim McMillan — Clarksville, TN
  • Mayor David Terrazas — Santa Cruz, CA
  • Mayor Frank Ortis — Pembroke Pines, FL
  • Mayor Lowell Hurst — Watsonville, CA
  • Mayor Shari Cantor — West Hartford, CT
  • Mayor Rick Davis — City of Tonawanda, NY
  • Mayor Sal Panto Jr — Easton, PA
  • Mayor Alex Morse — Holyoke, MA
  • Mayor Michelle Distler — Shawnee, KS
  • Mayor G. David Gillock — North Ridgeville, OH
  • Mayor Michael M Vargas — Perris, CA
  • Mayor Lyda Krewson — Saint Louis, MO
  • Mayor Bob Scott — Sioux City, IA
  • Mayor David Martin — Stamford, CT
  • Mayor Walt Maddox — Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Mayor Paul Heroux — Attleboro, MA
  • Mayor Jean (John) Mordo — Los Altos, CA
  • Mayor Debra S. Lewis — Ashland, WI
  • Mayor Heidi Harmon — San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Mayor Miro Weinberger — Burlington, VT
  • Mayor Zachary Vruwink — Wisconsin Rapids, WI
  • Mayor Kim Driscoll — Salem, MA
  • Mayor Trish Herrera Spence — Alamada, CA
  • Mayor Marc McGovern — Cambridge, MA
  • Mayor David M. DelVecchio — Lambertville, NJ
  • Mayor Adrian O. Mapp — Plainfield, NJ
  • Mayor Patrick Wojahn — College Park, MD
  • Mayor Francis M. Womack III — North Brunswick, NJ
  • Mayor Tom Butt — Richmond, CA
  • Mayor Dominic Persampiere — Oviedo, FL
  • Mayor Dan Horrigan — Akron, OH
  • Mayor Charles Lamb — Edmond, OK
  • Mayor Catherine Blakespear — Encinitas, CA
  • Mayor Peter d’Errico — Leverett, MA
  • Mayor Heilman — West Hollywood, CA
  • Mayor Lydia E. Lavelle — Carrboro, NC
  • Mayor Lovely Warren — Rochester, NY
  • Mayor Robert D. Parisi — West Orange, NJ
  • Mayor Michael P. Summers — Lakewood, OH
  • Mayor Debbie Brinkman — Littleton, CO
  • Mayor James Brainard — Carmel, IN
  • Mayor Svante Myrick — Ithaca, NY
  • Mayor Pam Hemminger — Chapel Hill NC
  • Mayor Jake Spano — St. Louis Park, MN
  • Mayor Ken Kreutzer — Brighton, CO
  • Mayor Suzette Cavadas — Union, NJ
  • Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez — Moreno Valley, CA
  • Mayor Gail Johnson — Oswego, IL
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg — South Bend, IN
  • Mayor Robert Donchez — Bethlehem, PA
  • Mayor Chris Koos — Normal, IL
  • Mayor Bob Kelly — Great Falls, MT
  • Mayor David H. Bieter — Boise, ID
  • Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla — Hoboken, NJ
  • Mayor Tim Mahoney — Fargo, ND
  • Mayor Rich Tran — Milpitas, CA
  • Mayor Randy Rhoads — Lee’s Summit, MO
  • Mayor Michael J. Venezia — Bloomfield, NJ
  • Mayor Denny Doyle — Beaverton, OR
  • Mayor Emmett V. Jordan — Greenbelt, MD
  • Mayor Nikuyah Walker — Charlottesville, VA
  • Mayor Deirdre Waterman — Pontiac, MI
  • Mayor Karen Weston — Dover, NH
  • Mayor Milissa Holland — Palm Coast, FL
  • Mayor Levar Stoney — Richmond, VA
  • Mayor David J. Narkewicz — Northampton, MA
  • Mayor Chuck Bennett — Salem, OR
  • Mayor Nora Slawik — Maplewood, MN
  • Mayor David O. Earling — Edmonds, WA
  • Mayor Arlene R. Schwartz — Margate, Florida
  • Mayor Tim Keller — Albuquerque, NM
  • Mayor Liz Lempert — Princeton, NJ
  • Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu — Bristol, CT
  • Mayor Mark Meadows — East Lansing, MI
  • Mayor Randall L. Woodfin — Birmingham, AL
  • Mayor Mike Vandersteen — Sheboygan, WI
  • William A. Kawecki — Morgantown, WV
  • Mayor Brenda Gunter — San Angelo, TX
  • Mayor Robert Garcia — Long Beach, CA
  • Mayor Ted Winterer — Santa Monica, CA
  • Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan — Braintree, MA
  • Mayor Shelley Brophy — Nacogdoches, TX
  • Mayor Paula Zelenko — Burton, MI
  • Mayor Bobby Kilgore — Monroe, NC
  • Mayor Tim Willson — Brooklyn Center, MN

Back in Washington D.C., the Senate has successfully passed a resolution to overturn the FCC’s rollback.

But efforts to do the same in the House could be moot, especially given that the June 11th deadline has passed.  Still, pro-neutrality defenders are hoping to force a vote, if only to complicate re-election efforts for pro-neutrality representatives.

 


 


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