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First, the Federal Communications Commission did the right thing recently. I know, after years of approving media mergers that have drastically increased corporate influence in our lives, they came down and ruled to protect the internet from that same creeping influence. They ruled that the internet was a utility and that internet carriers must treat all content equally. So if you get internet from Comcast, they can’t slow down your Netflix just because they are competing with them.
When it originally looked like the FCC would side with big business, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene co-sponsored the legislation to keep broadband providers from discriminating against various content.“I support the FCC’s efforts to protect a free and open Internet,” DelBene said. “This proposal prevents blocking, throttling and paid prioritization, which are positive, bipartisan goals.”
Meanwhile, City Councilman Jack Weiss provided some more context on his decision not to seek reelection.
Every time I hear of an elected official stepping down from office they say how much of an honor it has been. This cliché term does not ring as true as when it actually happens to you. It has not just been a sincere honor for me, it has provided me with a reverence and respect for how our local government works and the commitment we collectively have for the best interests of our citizens and businesses.
He cites his accomplishments as passing Rental Safety Ordinance, opposing the “poorly designed Port of Bellingham waterfront master plan” and passing two resolutions “endorsing the reduction of fossil fuel use, especially from Alberta tar sands.” As many people mentioned on my original article, Weiss’ strong voice for oversight will definitely be missed.
Meanwhile, in the news of the weird, a maraschino cherry plant in Brooklyn was raided for pumping red syrup into the nearby water ways . . . and they instead discovered a giant marijuana grow and several high-end vehicles. Just a friendly reminder, as weird as Whatcom politics gets, other states have us beat cold.
More legislative news this weekend. Stay tuned!