San Jose mayor quits FCC committee on local internet, claiming Big Telecom runs the panel

FCC broadband deployment panel

Last year, the new-look Federal Communications Commission under Trump-appointed chairman Ajit Pai founded an advisory committee to examine the deployment of high-speed internet access. The Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee was supposed to bring together ISPs, technology companies, and local communities to work out how to get everyone online cheaply. But according to San Jose's mayor, who quit the committee yesterday, things haven't worked out as planned.

Mayor Sam Liccardo alleges that industry interests have taken over the committee, running roughshod over municipal interests. "“It has become abundantly clear that despite the good intentions of several participants, the industry-heavy makeup of BDAC [Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee] will simply relegate the body to being a vehicle for advancing the interests of the telecommunications industry over those of the public,” Liccardo said in a resignation letter that didn't pull any punches.

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San Jose mayor quits FCC committee on local internet, claiming Big Telecom runs the panel originally appeared on BGR.com on Fri, 26 Jan 2018 at 23:14:13 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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