Statement on Net Neutrality

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 2/27/2018

Preview

Shortly after the start of the 9 a.m. meeting, the Board will consider a resolution in support of net neutrality. The concept is described as the idea, principle, or requirement that internet service providers should or must treat all internet data the same regardless of its kind, source, or destination. The Director of the Marin County Free Library and MARINet requested a Board resolution in support of net neutrality following a December 2017 vote by the Federal Communications Commission to repeal all protections in its 2015 Open Internet Order. The Board's draft resolution cites potential web traffic slowdowns or complete blocking of some sites, which could result in additional costs by the library system to internet service providers. Many people in Marin, especially low-income residents and families, rely on computers at the local library branches to stay connected.

Review

The Board adopted the resolution. See the video of this agenda item.

Need more info? See the staff report about net neutrality.

Contact: Susannah Clark, aide to Supervisor Connolly

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