On June 22, Mayors from around the country gathered at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 82nd Annual Meeting. Members of the Standing Committee on Transportation and Communications voted to combine Resolution #115 “Net Neutrality” and #114 “Preserving a Free and Open Internet.”
Resolution #115 was of particular interest to community broadband advocates because it called on the FCC to preempt state laws erecting barriers to local authority.
The final product, officially approved by the USCM, retained the language supporting Chairman Wheeler’s intention to help smooth the road for publicly owned networks:
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the US Conference of Mayors recommends that the FCC preempt state barriers to municipal broadband service as a significant limitation to competition in the provision of Internet access.
Resolution #115 was introduced by Mayor Paul Slogin of Madison, Wisconsin.