Washington becomes first state to pass law protecting net neutrality

Washington becomes first state to pass net neutrality law after FCC repeal

Greg Nash

The new rules forbid internet companies from creating slow lanes, blocking legal apps or charging to prioritize certain traffic.

The law essentially reproduces the FCC's net neutrality policy that went into effect in 2015.

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 know that when D.C. fails to act, Washington state has to do so", according to Gov. Inslee, who steps in on a long and proud tradition of states defying D.C. on various undertakings they don't agree with. Nevertheless, consumers across the political spectrum were angered by the FCC's vote to repeal the rules, with many expressing concerns that the end of net neutrality could dampen free speech, lead to higher costs for consumers and allow ISPs to decide what services they use on the web.

The law, which will take effect in June, does not allow internet service providers to slow down service to some customers, block lawful sites or organizations or degrade lawful internet traffic. But Washington is the first state to pass rules that ban network discrimination.

"Internet service providers can not be allowed to substitute their money-motivated judgment on how you spend your time online", said Sarah Bird, CEO of Seattle-based search engine optimization company Moz.

As far as the internet world is concerned, the intellectual property rights and net neutrality have been dominating the headlines for quite some time. "Washington lawmakers are helping make sure that remains true". While Republicans can probably block a vote in the House, they now cannot in the Senate.

Washington's elected officials are right to challenge the Federal Communications Commission's bad decision to rescind net-neutrality protections.

In the latest suit, the plaintiffs argue that the Administrative Procedure Act bars federal agencies from "arbitrary and capricious" changes to existing policy and rules. Attorneys general in almost two dozen states, joined by public interest groups and internet companies, have sued to overturn the repeal.

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