Dallas Startups to be Represented at Net Neutrality Forum at A&M

Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai announced the panelists for the October 21 forum on Internet regulation he is holding in College Station, Texas. Stewart Youngblood, Dallas startup champion, will represent the Dallas Entrepreneur Center on the panel this Tuesday.

“I’m very excited. This is the first panel to be held outside of the DC area, and it’s a really important discussion, especially for our startup community,” said Youngblood.

Commissioner Pai stated in a recent release that he “looks forward to getting outside the Beltway and listening to perspectives on how the FCC’s proposed rules would impact the American people.”

The impact that the FCC’s proposed rules would have on startups is significant. Federal courts have nullified the FCC’s last two attempts to enforce net neutrality.

Net neutrality advocates are calling for a reclassification of broadband providers as telecommunications services under federal communications law, a move broadband providers are adamantly opposed to. Reclassifying the providers would also prevent any kind of paid prioritization, banning then from blocking or slowing down websites.

Treating all web traffic as equal (as opposed to a tiered system, if there were paid prioritizations) would allow for a more globally competitive environment for our startups.

“Without net neutrality,” says Youngblood, “startups are at a disadvantage. We don’t need to make it harder on new companies to get off the ground.”

You can follow along with the discussion and find more information on net neutrality here. The panel will be live-streamed, so check it out!

Have questions or comments? Post them below and join the discussion! We will follow up with a link to official comments from the panel, as well.

Rachel Winstead

Rachel is a freelance writer and works at Soap Hope in downtown Dallas. She hates the term "disrupt," tweets about startups, and appreciates a well-crafted hashtag.