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File #: 18-7851    Name: Net Neutrality IT Commission Recommendation
Type: Resolution Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 6/15/2018 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 6/26/2018 Final action:
Title: Information Technology Commission Recommendation on Net Neutrality. [ROLL-CALL VOTE]
Attachments: 1. Attachment 1_Net Neutrality Resolution, 2. Attachment 2 _ IT Commission Net Neutrality, 3. Attachment 3_ Net Neutrality Resolution.pdf, 4. Attachment 4_ Alexandria IT Net Neutrality Presentation.pdf, 5. 18-7851_After Items

City of Alexandria, Virginia

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MEMORANDUM

 

 

DATE:                     JUNE 20, 2018

 

TO:                                          THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

 

FROM:                     MARK B. JINKS, CITY MANAGER   /s/

 

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Information Technology Commission Recommendation on Net Neutrality. [ROLL-CALL VOTE]

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ISSUE: Receipt of Information Technology (IT) Commission recommendation regarding Net Neutrality Resolution for the City of Alexandria to take a position on Net Neutrality in the attached resolution.

 

RECOMMENDATIONThat City Council adopt the attached resolution as recommended by Information Technology Commission supporting the principles of Net Neutrality. 

 

BACKGROUND:  At the April 24, 2018 City Council Legislative meeting, Council asked the City’s IT Commission to review the Net Neutrality Resolution (attached) and offer a recommendation to Council before adopting a resolution. On June 4, 2018, the IT Commission met to discuss the resolution on Net Neutrality. In conclusion, the IT Commission agreed to endorse the principles as articulated in the proposed City Council resolution. Net Neutrality aims to restore data equality online and maintain free and open internet access for all. The Net Neutrality rules prohibited internet services providers from: (1) blocking lawful internet content, (2) from slowing data transmission because of the nature of the content, and (3) from giving speed prioritization to content when paid to do so by companies. Earlier this month the Federal Communications Commission repealed the Net Neutrality rules which had been established in 2015. 

 

FISCAL IMPACT:  No current fiscal impact. Indirect costs associated with ensuring Net Neutrality are possible if there is need to advocate for legislation or defend state and local laws associated with the issue.

 

ATTACHMENTS:

1.                     City of Alexandria Net Neutrality Resolution

2.                     IT Commission Recommendation

3.                     IT Commission Proposed Net Neutrality Resolution

4.                     IT Commission Powerpoint Presentation

 

STAFFLaura Triggs, Deputy City Manager