It’s a story of two cities, with one side fighting for its internet access, while the other is working to stave off the consequences.
On Monday, two internet service providers (ISPs) from Tulsa and Oklahoma City signed a memorandum of understanding to begin implementing net neutrality rules, the rules that have sparked an outcry in both cities, and have been criticized by some ISPs.
Tulsa’s agreement, which comes as Oklahoma City struggles with a high number of gigabit-per-second internet users, follows a series of protests by internet service users, and the protests have caused the city’s cable and internet providers to block some services.
The city’s agreement will allow ISPs to offer internet access at speeds of up to 1Gbps (gigabits per second), but they will also be required to pay a fee to ISPs to enable this.
However, the agreement also allows the ISPs to make the content available on their own websites.
“This agreement ensures that we will have access to a diverse and fast internet that we can trust to provide the service that we want,” Tulsa Mayor Jim Folsom told reporters.
Oklahoma City, on the other hand, has been pushing for net neutrality for years.
The city is in the midst of a plan to create a citywide “net neutrality” network.
The plan would require all internet providers and their affiliates to allow all content and applications to be delivered over a “neutral” network, in which all content is free from discrimination, including internet providers blocking, throttling or slowing traffic.
This is also the first time that Oklahoma City has signed an agreement with a major ISP.
“OklahomaCity is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, and our goal is to be one of Oklahoma’s largest and fastest-growing city-states,” Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said in a statement.
“Oklahoma is a great place to be, and we’re proud to join Tulsa in working together to ensure that our internet is treated equally to all Americans.”
Oklahoma’s net neutrality legislation was passed by the Oklahoma City City City Council in November and the city is now working to amend it.
The new ordinance requires all internet service companies to offer the same internet service at speeds that are competitive with their competitors.
Oklahomans also have strong opinions on the internet, and this is likely why the internet service provider signed a new memorandum of understand with the city.
Oklahoma City’s mayor is calling for a “level playing field” on the Internet, while Tulsa’s mayor has called for the city to make all internet access accessible to all.
“It’s a great agreement that will help ensure that all people have access at the same speed,” Tulsa City Mayor Jim Fields told reporters on Monday.
“I’m going to be working with our citizens and our ISP to work out some sort of standard that ensures the internet is accessible to everyone.”
Tulsas mayor also said he would work with ISPs to develop a plan for how to allow internet access on their websites, while Oklahoma City mayor Folsam said his city would “take a hard look at what the future holds.”
Oklahoms internet is currently limited to 1 Gbps (megabits) but it has plans to increase the speed to 1.5 Gbps.
The move has sparked protests from internet service user groups, which have said the city should allow the faster speeds, and it has also been criticized for its slow speeds.
Okla City has also had problems with its internet service.
In May, a large number of protesters showed up at the city hall to demand the city open up its internet.
The protests sparked a national conversation about net neutrality.
The protests were eventually dispersed by police, but the controversy continued.