Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Gov. Inslee signs nations first state net-neutrality bill

Gov. Inslee signs nations first state net-neutrality bill

"We won't let the Trump-led FCC dismantle our right to a free and open internet, and we won't let them create a system where internet providers can favour websites and services based on who pays more money".

"At the core of our action today is consumer protection", Inslee told The New York Times.

California is also considering its own state law to preserve net neutrality.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs a bill in Olympia, Wash., that makes Washington the first state to set up its own net-neutrality requirements in response to the Federal Communications Commission's recent repeal of Obama-era rules. Companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter supported the 2015 rules.

Your internet service should be free of slow lanes and corporate favoritism if legislation just signed in Washington state and awaiting the governor's signature in OR works as intended.

Chairman Aji Pai argued that it would lead to greater investment in broadband infrastructure because service providers would have new avenues to make money.

Washington has become the first state to pass a law that protects net neutrality, preventing internet service providers (ISPs) from slowing down or blocking online content. Democrat Governor Jay Inslee signed the bill (House Bill 2282) this morning, which prohibits ISPs from blocking legal content, apps, and services.

The Oregon Legislature last week passed a more narrowly drafted measure to require companies doing business with state and local government to adhere to net neutrality.
Telecom companies say a patchwork of state laws would be untenable for interstate internet traffic. The FCC reversed these net neutrality rules earlier this year. Internet providers will also be required to disclose information about their management practices, performance and commercial terms.

At least 20 other states are considering similar legislation.

Cantwell said repeal is a longshot, but the effort is important to educate colleagues in Congress and the public "about how devastating this can be to the economy".

But Hansen believes that the FCC relinquished its authority over net neutrality rules by rescinding them nationally.

Ron Main, executive director of the Broadband Communications Association of Washington, which opposed the bill, said the cable companies his group represents have already pledged not to block legal content or engage in paid prioritization.

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