Washington governor signs sweeping net neutrality bill

Why Do Net Neutrality Supporters Oppose a Net Neutrality Bill

Washington leaders, keep up the fight to restore net neutrality

Internet companies Etsy, Expa, Kickstarter, Automattic, Foursquare, and Shutterstock - all members of a pro-net neutrality group called Coalition for Internet Openness - filed a lawsuit yesterday directly challenging the FCC's decision to roll back net neutrality. The law comes about three months after the FCC voted to dismantle rules that ensured all traffic on the internet is treated equally and prevented broadband and wireless providers from blocking or slowing online content.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law rules banning ISPs from blocking content, throttling traffic, or accepting payment for prioritization. The repeal will officially end these restrictions by April 23.

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

"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".

"There should not be a state-by-state patchwork of differing laws and regulations", he said in a written statement.

Governors in five states - Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Montana and Vermont - have signed executive orders related to net-neutrality issues, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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. More than half a dozen other states are also considering net neutrality legislation.

Arguments seem to work for both sides in this debate.

Meanwhile, FCC's anti-net neutrality stance is making more tech companies stand up to it and be counted. Furthermore, as WIRED previously pointed out, an argument can be made against the FCC for violating federal laws that prohibit agencies from setting up "arbitrary and capricious" regulations. For example, in 2007, a federal court ruled that the FCC had the authority to block the state of Minnesota from regulating internet phone services like Vonage the same way it regulates traditional landline phone services.

If you're just tuning into this mess, the Republican-dominated FCC just killed the net neutrality rule.

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