Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) introduced House Bill 277 would make sure all data on the internet is treated equally and protects unrestricted internet access for all users. House Bill 277 will be introduced when the Legislature reconvenes starting on Tuesday, January 16th in Juneau. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Net-Nuetrality-bill.mp3VmJennifer-on-Net-Nuetrality-bill.mp300:00RPd GCI is one of the largest communications providers in this state, and potentially could use a multitiered system that limits lower-cost users from access to fast internet because they don’t pay as much, but GCI pledged not to do that. Rep. Kawasaki: “Net neutrality is more than just a lofty concept, it’s a necessity, especially for Alaska’s small businesses. Eliminating net neutrality will make it more difficult for small businesses to compete against large established businesses who can afford to pay for higher speeds and increased access to information.” GCI Senior Director of Corporate Communications Heather Handyside released the following: “GCI has always been committed to an open internet that gives our customers the freedom to be in charge of their online experience. An open internet means we do not block, prevent or otherwise impair our customers’ freedom to direct their own online activity. This is a commitment we stand by unequivocally. And that will not change.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A state Representative pre-filed legislation requiring broadband internet providers in Alaska to practice net neutrality, despite the recent Federal Communications Commission ruling repealing the federal net neutrality regulations. Without net neutrality, internet service providers may legally speed up websites, slow them down, block them, or even require users to pay more for access to specific websites. A net neutrality requirement in Alaska would prevent providers from making decisions about what kinds of information customers can access.