NLC Statement on FCC Repeal of Net Neutrality Regulations

WASHINGTON — Following a vote today by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to dismantle net neutrality regulations, National League of Cities (NLC) President Mark Stodola, mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, released the following statement: 

“Today, the FCC took action to dismantle net neutrality and broadly preempt state and local authority to regulate broadband. Not only will today’s order harm local broadband choice and preempt local consumer protection authority, it permits internet service providers to engage in anticompetitive behaviors like blocking, throttling and paid prioritization. The FCC has created an environment that will discourage, rather than spur, competition and good citizenship by internet service providers in local markets. We hope that future action on net neutrality will restore and enshrine the ability of cities to protect their residents and promote robust broadband competition in their communities while expanding broadband access in underserved communities.”

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