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Cities Launch Plan to Protect Net Neutrality

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is leading a new coalition of 12 cities in a pledge to protect net neutrality—and shame companies who won’t.
Mayors Bill de Blasio, Steven Adler, and Ted Wheeler say net neutrality has become fundamental to the future of democracy.
Mayors Bill de Blasio, Steven Adler, and Ted Wheeler say net neutrality has become fundamental to the future of democracy.Sara-Michele Lazarus

More than a dozen cities have pledged to use their authority to protect net neutrality, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday.

Speaking to a panel at South by Southwest (SXSW) moderated by CityLab, de Blasio said cities are committing not to contract with internet service providers that do not honor net neutrality principles, as part of an “open internet pledge.”