Washington Becomes First State To Sign Net Neutrality Bill Into Law

Net Neutrality's Death Official In April (Cue Lawsuits)

Tech companies pile on lawsuits against the FCC over the repeal of net neutrality

Backstory: Late past year, the Federal Communications Commission voted to reverse Obama-era rules that sought to democratize the Internet.

He said that because the internet is an interstate service, only Congress can pass legislation "that gives all consumers and internet services providers the clarity and consistency needed for a free and open internet".

Gov. Jay Inslee, Federal Communications Commission has signed on a bill of protecting the open internet in Washington, after three months of state leader promised for safeguard over net-neutrality rules.

The bill reads, "A person engaged in the provision of broadband Internet access service in Washington state...may not: Block lawful content, applications, services or nonharmful devices, subject to network management; impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic; engage in paid prioritization".

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed a bill that requires Internet service providers to follow net neutrality rules.

"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". "It's allowed the free flow of information and ideas in one of the greatest demonstrations of free speech in our history". Internet service providers said they weren't necessary, and could restrict the expansion of faster internet into underserved areas.

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That has predictably triggered a massive protest, one that now includes some of the largest internet companies in the world. "Washington lawmakers are helping make sure that remains true".

Last month, the FCC officially published its repeal of the rules, which started a 60-day clock.

Meanwhile, FCC's anti-net neutrality stance is making more tech companies stand up to it and be counted.

Six tech companies have also joined the fight, signing a petition on Monday in a U.S. Court of Appeals to overturn the FCC's decision.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, along with attorneys general from 21 other states and the District of Columbia, reportedly plan to sue over the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules. That raises the possibility that at least a few of the states might take action, just as Washington did, to restore the policy within their boundaries.

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