Late last week, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a ruling about what is commonly referred to as "net neutrality." The concept of net neutrality is to keep all internet access fair and open, so some internet and cable providers cannot pay for better access and offer that to their customers.
The FCC ruled, 3-2, that all internet content must be treated equally, no matter who the service provider is. For a state as tech savvy as Massachusetts, this ruling will benefit both private citizens who rely on their computers and technology companies that do work on the internet each and every day.
While the ruling has been somewhat controversial and will likely head to U.S. federal court to be worked out entirely, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh issues a statement praising the decision of the FCC, which will allow tech businesses to continue to grow and thrive throughout both the city and the entire state.
"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," Mayor Walsh said in his public statement. "The right of cities to build their own broadband networks is an important tool to drive investment in critical 21st century infrastructure."
The mayor continued by talking about how the FCC is progressive in its new broadband policy, and that his administration would continue to work with laws at the local, state and federal levels to continue driving forward the state's digital economy, as well as improving the affordability and accessibility of broadband in the city.
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