"We know that when D.C. fails to act, Washington state has to do so", Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said before signing the measure, the Associated Press reported.
Indeed we do. Keep up this important fight.
The law, signed on Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, is the most sweeping state action so far against new federal rules that strip away regulations on how high-speed internet providers handle digital data.
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. It also bans the throttling of certain Internet traffic-something providers have in the past done with Internet voice services-along with paid prioritization. In December, Republican commissioners successfully overturned those rules, voting to replace them with a looser set of requirements that ISPs disclose any blocking or prioritization of their own content.
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.
But Hansen believes that the FCC relinquished its authority over net neutrality rules by rescinding them nationally. The F.C.C. said it got rid of the rules because they restrained broadband providers like Verizon and Comcast from experimenting with new business models and investing in new technologies. With federal authorities moving in the opposite direction, do states have any leeway to implement their own rules? Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are part of an effort to force a Senate vote on whether to override the FCC's net-neutrality reversal, which took effect on February 22. But Washington became the first to put the practice into law in what was a bipartisan decision in the state legislature.
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.
All of this didn't go well with proponents of net neutrality who argue that the repeal with open the floodgates for throttling competing services, prioritize pay-for-play streamers, and other general shenanigans that will make the Internet a less equal place to be in for smaller guys. These include Vermont, Montana, New York, and New Jersey. During a ceremony for the bill signing, he called the legislation a "free speech bill".