Who Controls the Internet?

The internet is a revolutionary force in our lives because it operates democratically.  All users are treated equally, and access to all legal content is guaranteed to everyone with a connection. Control over such an important public resource needs to be democratic, accountable, and responsive. Local utilities are controlled by our local elected representatives, allowing us to guard against some of the worst abuses of giant telecoms.

Here are just a few examples of why we need local accountability.


Net Neutrality

If we weren't living in Washington State, your Internet Service Provider could block your access to this website and we would have no legal recourse.

The Federal Communications Commission gave giant telecoms a huge gift by repealing all Net Neutrality protections. Without those protections, your ISP can block which sites you view, or throttle the connection speeds of the sites that don't pay them kickbacks.

A public utility would be controlled by Seattle's democratically-elected representatives, not a profit-driven CEO.

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Your Data Shouldn't Be Capped

There is no technical reason to restrict the way you use the internet. Comcast has already admitted their reason to institute monthly caps on your internet access is to increase their profits.

More insidious, by allowing services owned by Comcast to avoid their self-imposed caps, your ISP gives their own services a competitive advantage over newer start ups.

The next big internet start up is being invented right here in Seattle, and there's nothing preventing your ISP from discriminating against it in order to quash true competition.

 


Lower Prices, Honest Billing

On day one Seattle's public internet utility will be more affordable than the competition. And unlike your current ISP, your rates won't secretly rise month after month.

<Explain segue>Seattle City Light has a proven track record of providing the most environmentally friendly electricity in the nation, at prices lower than the private companies in the region.

Your monthly internet bill will be set at the cost of service, with no profit margin. Before rates can be raised, a local  committees made up of your neighbors would have to approve it.

When was the last time you got to vote on whether or not your internet bill increased?

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Selling your private Data to Advertisers

No Selling your Private Browsing Data to Advertisers, etc.

 

All photos generously donated by Alex Garland Photography

Safeguarding your data from the Federal Government

AT&T and the Patriot Act? Sanctuary City Sanctuary Internet.

Examples of private companies sharing data with ICE.