The de Blasio administration is asking congressional leaders to go laws to revive internet neutrality protections, saying the rule’s repeal will deal a blow to town’s small companies.
The Federal Communications Fee voted final week to overturn laws that barred web service suppliers from blocking or slowing net site visitors.
“Small companies want to have the ability to hook up with clients on-line to be able to compete in at present’s financial system,” metropolis Small Enterprise Companies Commissioner Gregg Bishop and chief know-how officer Miguel Gamino wrote in a letter to the heads of the Home and Senate small enterprise and commerce committees.
Web neutrality backers worry that with out the rule, web corporations will demand cash from corporations to make their web sites function quicker or favor their very own company companions.
Chambers of commerce in Harlem, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens additionally signed on to the letter, as did the NY Tech Alliance, Civic Corridor and Tech:NYC.
Congress has the ability to overturn the web neutrality choice by means of laws.
“Clear, enforceable guidelines present a stage enjoying area for entrepreneurs, small companies and main firms alike. As over 98% of companies in New York Metropolis are small companies, we’re notably involved in regards to the disproportionate impression the shortage of internet neutrality guidelines can have on this very important a part of the financial system,” the group wrote.
“The identical challenge holds true for know-how startups in New York Metropolis,” the letter added, saying with out the foundations, web suppliers may “favor content material and web site visitors created both by corporations they’re affiliated with or which have paid the very best worth for entry. This might unfairly tip the scales in favor of corporations with extra sources.”