More Tech Companies Join The Fight To Bring Back Net Neutrality Rules

Washington leaders, keep up the fight to restore net neutrality

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

In order to create level playing field for all content creators and to overrule the control of the internet service provider, Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington signed a bill related that sets the rules for the net neutrality in the U.S.; thus becoming the first state in the USA to have its own net neutrality act.

"We feel very confident in our position", Inslee said.

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.

The new law, which goes into effect in June, into effect by June 6, prohibits Internet service providers from blocking legal content and slowing down a website's speed unless the content provider pays a higher service price. The repeal will officially end these restrictions by April 23.

"Today we make history: Washington will be the first state in the nation to preserve the open internet", Inslee said during today's bill signing ceremony. OR actually passed a similar state legislation protecting net neutrality earlier in 2018. In fact six major tech companies have announced that they will be joining the fight against the FCC in order prevent the repeal from going into effect. Both houses of Oregon's legislature have passed a bill that, like the executive orders, bans state agencies from doing business with broadband providers that don't follow net neutrality. He believes the state can withstand any legal challenge to the new law.

As a longtime advocate for a free and open internet for all, I have consistently supported net neutrality, which provides a level playing field for small businesses and entrepreneurs to compete, while simultaneously protecting consumers from exorbitant fees for faster service.

People demonstrated in December at FCC headquarters in Washington, DC, against the proposed repeal of net neutrality. The repeal was further greased by a court decision last week that allowed the Federal Trade Commission to regulate carriers just like regular ISPs.

Marc Martin, a former FCC staffer who is chair of law firm Perkins Coie's communications practice, says the law on pre-emption is unsettled.



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