Monday, 19 March, 2018

Nation's Toughest Net Neutrality Law Signed by Washington Governor

Why Do Net Neutrality Supporters Oppose a Net Neutrality Bill Washington leaders, keep up the fight to restore net neutrality
Cary Erickson | 09 March, 2018, 03:11

Washington's law will take effect June 6, two months after the FCC's new rules are slated to go into effect.

Washington representatives in the state Legislature and Congress are showing great leadership in their work to restore net-neutrality protections.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed House Bill 2282 into law yesterday, which will protect the state's residents from the Federal Communication Commission's decision to repeal net neutrality a year ago.

Inslee said in a statement during the ceremony of signing bill that, "Today we make history: Washington will be the first state in the nation to preserve the open internet". It allows a student in Washington to connect with researchers all around the worldâ€ٹâ€"â€ٹor a small business to compete in the global marketplace". The FCC's Open Internet Order reclassified broadband providers as telecoms; imposed transparency rules; and, among other changes, barred these providers from blocking online content, throttling speeds or setting up Internet fast lanes and charging fees for their use, what's known as "paid prioritization".

The debate over net neutrality is reshaping the Internet and raising big-picture questions about modern life. Washington is one of them, and it just became the first state to pass its own net neutrality law. Democratic lawmakers, consumer groups and other supporters of the Obama-era rules are also pushing for a Congressional Review Act measure to reinstate the old rules. "We know how important this is".

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Last month, the Oregon House of Representatives passed a bill requiring state and local government to acquire only broadband access from companies complying with Net-neutrality standards.

A bipartisan majority of the Washington Legislature approved state standards for internet service providers such as Comcast, Verizon and CenturyLink.

Other states, including OR, are taking a different approach - requiring that internet companies that do business with state OR local governments abide by the principles of net neutrality.

As far as the internet world is concerned, the intellectual property rights and net neutrality have been dominating the headlines for quite some time.

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. We are also very proud that OR is about to get a similar (albeit narrower) law.

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