Washington Government Approved First Net-Neutrality Regulation

Washington Government Approved First Net-Neutrality Regulation

Washington Government Approved First Net-Neutrality Regulation

Separately, 21 states, including Washington and OR, have filed a petition to appeal the FCC's action in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in another attempt to block the repeal of the federal net neutrality rules. The Washington Post piece is fair-minded, to be sure, but it's worth noting that nothing can truly be known on this score until FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's repeal of net neutrality rules goes into effect.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that effectively means the Obama-era net neutrality rules seemingly favored by much of the public will remain in force in the state.

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. For consumer protection advocates and other net neutrality supporters, the bill's passage represents a move toward preserving a "free and open 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".

Internet providers in Washington are required to disclose information about network management practices, pe performance, and commercial terms.

The law bans broadband providers offering service in the state from blocking or throttling legal content, or from offering fast-lane access to companies willing to pay extra.

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More: Net neutrality: The FCC voted to end it. The dismantling of the nationwide rules, approved by the Federal Communications Commission previous year, set off a fierce outcry from consumers and tech companies.

"This is not a partisan issue", Republican State Rep. Norma Smith said in a statement. It will take effect in 90 days, or whenever the FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom order takes effect.

The decision to keep net neutrality rules in the state - a move which 25 other states, including California, Illinois, and NY, are also considering - presents a rather curious conundrum. "Without it, the free and equal exchange of ideas is at risk".

Indeed we do. Keep up this important fight.

Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, filed a suit federal court in Washington, D.C., last month challenging the FCC's new rules. We are also very proud that OR is about to get a similar (albeit narrower) law.

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