Washington Enacts New Law on Net Neutrality Against FCC Decision

Washington Enacts New Law on Net Neutrality Against FCC Decision

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.

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.

Washington state has a new law to protect net neutrality at a time when the feds are getting rid of it.

The FCC's rules prohibit ISPs from blocking legal content, throttling traffic or prioritizing content on their broadband networks.

Residents of Washington State are getting so-called net neutrality rules back, with the nation's first state law that prevents internet service providers from blocking and slowing down content online.

Provisions of the law could be prosecuted under the state's Consumer Protection Act. But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was appointed to the head of the commission by President Donald Trump, succeeded in repealing the policy previous year. Consumer advocates, joined by major technology companies, are challenging the legality of the FCC's action.

Big telecom companies have said net neutrality rules could undermine investment in broadband and introduce uncertainty about what are acceptable business practices.

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The FCC's decision is also being challenged in court by Washington and 21 other states.

ISPs including AT&T and Comcast have said they won't block or throttle legal websites with the relaxed rules but left open the possibility of charging more for some content.

Some states are passing their own laws.

Because the FCC prohibited state laws from contradicting its decision, opponents of the Washington law have said it would lead to lawsuits.

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

Net neutrality supporters in Congress are trying to overturn the new law through legislation. I am pleased that Longhorns have continued to contact me in support of net neutrality and hope to continue hearing from them on other federal issues.

The Washington bill enjoyed bipartisan support in the state legislature, with dozens of Republican lawmakers voting in favor of the new rules last month.

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