In an official rebuke of the Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal net neutrality on the federal level, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the nation's first state law to protect the policy. Under the 2015 rules, no internet service provider (ISP) could discriminate against any online content to favor another, for example, by throttling or speeding up traffic.
Providers are also required to disclose information about their performance and network management practices. In December, the FCC reversed these net neutrality rules and last month published its new order in the Federal Register.
In December, the FCC voted to ruin the US rules of preventing broadband companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from getting more control on what people search and watch on the internet. "It allows a student in Washington to connect to researchers all around the world, or a small business to compete with large businesses in the global marketplace". "We've seen the power of an open internet", Inslee said during the bill signing ceremony.
Today Washington state became the first state in the U.S.to sign a bill to protect an open internet.
And multiple governors, including in NY and Montana, have signed executive actions that prohibit internet service providers with state contracts from blocking or slowing data on their lines.
Backstory: Late previous year, the Federal Communications Commission voted to reverse Obama-era rules that sought to democratize the Internet.
That follows more than two dozen lawsuits from USA state attorneys general, not to mention a number of Executive Orders from state governors mandating net neutrality. Internet service providers had also lobbied the Legislature not to pass the bill, arguing consumer protections could be enforced by a separate national agency, the Federal Trade Commission.
The bill garnered bipartisan support in the state legislature, passing 95-5 in the House and 35-14 in the Senate. We are also very proud that OR is about to get a similar (albeit narrower) law.
Main, who opposed the bill, added, "There should not be a state-by-state patchwork of differing laws and regulations".