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Mayors pledge to refuse business from vendors opposed to net neutrality rules

March 12, 2018


Mayors of New York City, Austin, and Portland announced a new commitment Sunday to only work with vendors that honor net neutrality principles.

“We will not do business with any vendor that does not honor net neutrality,” Bill de Blasio, New York City’s mayor, said Sunday on a panel at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive in Austin. “We need to name and shame any company that doesn’t honor net neutrality.”

During the panel discussion, de Blasio announced — a website where residents can encourage their own mayors sign up in support of net neutrality principles like those enforced by federal regulators during the Obama administration. As of publication time, 11 city mayors have signed on as “net neutrality cities.” Santa Cruz County, California, has also signed on in support.

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