Washington becomes first state with net neutrality law


Six major tech companies, joining the legal battle over net neutrality, announced plans today to sue the US Federal Communications Commission.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs into law a bill that protects net neutrality on the state level. The new law will also require that ISPs are transparent about management and performance of their network.

However, Washintgon's new law could prompt a legal fight with the FCC because the agency's net neutrality repeal contains a provision that prohibits states from implementing their own laws on the matter. "It's allowed the free flow of information and ideas in one of the greatest demonstrations of free speech in our history".

In his statement, Inslee said that consumer protection is "at the core of our action today".

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

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As he has done frequently over the past year, Inslee took aim at President Donald Trump's administration, saying the decision by the Federal Communications Commission was "a clear case of the Trump administration favoring powerful corporate interests over the interests of millions of Washingtonians and Americans". It's unclear when Oregon's measure would be signed into law.

A bipartisan majority of the Washington Legislature approved state standards for internet service providers such as Comcast, Verizon and CenturyLink. 23 attorneys general have also filed a challenge to the repeal, and the Senate is working on a resolution that might undo the FCC's vote as well.

Several governors have signed executive orders to restore net neutrality policies in their states. It will prohibit them from impairing?-?or throttling?-?internet traffic based on the content internet users consume, or the apps, services and devices they use.

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.

The Washington State law, which goes into effect June 6, bars internet service providers from blocking websites or charging more for faster delivery of certain sites in a way that benefits the broadband company and partner websites.