CONTACT: Erin Nichols, 210-216-9205
SAN ANTONIO (April 3, 2018) — Following the signing of the “Cities Open Internet Pledge” by Mayor Ron Nirenberg, today, District 8 Councilman Manny Pelaez filed a Council Consideration Request calling on City staff to provide recommendations on how the City can maintain an open internet free of the throttling, blocking or the limiting of content.
Councilman Pelaez chairs the Council’s new Innovation and Technology Committee and views access to high-speed and open internet as a public necessity.
“Cities have come to rely on an open internet in order to thrive,” Councilman Pelaez said. “That includes being able to hunt for jobs, look for housing, and access resources that improve health care and education options. Any ISP that will prioritize Netflix or video game apps over those things I just listed is an ISP with whom we don’t want to do business and which is not good for anybody. Every single business in San Antonio, without exception, is reliant upon a robust internet that is open to everybody.”
The CCR asks city staff provide recommendations on the following:
1. Procurement of applicable internet services from companies that do not block, throttle, or provide paid prioritization of content on sites that cities run to provide critical services and information to their residents.
2. Ensuring an open internet connection with any free or subsidized service we offer to our residents.
3. Avoiding paid prioritization when providing internet service directly to our residents, such as through free public Wi-Fi or municipal broadband.
4. To the extent permitted, requiring clear and accessible notices of filtering, blocking and prioritization policies with enforceable penalties for violations to protect consumers from deceptive practices.
5. Monitoring the practices of internet service providers so consumers and regulators can know when a company is violating open internet principles or commitments.
6. Encouraging consumer use of ISPs, including municipal options, that abide by open internet policies.