Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

More tech companies join fight against net neutrality repeal

More tech companies join fight against net neutrality repeal

"That is a very concrete way that people can show the FCC that we truly believe in a free and open internet", Hansen said.

This makes Washington State the first one to defy the FCC's net neutrality repeal crusade, in open contradiction with the White House administration's efforts.

It should come as no surprise that a progressive, technologically-savvy state, Washington, is setting up its own net-neutrality rules.

Plus: There are 25 states total planning similar legislation.

New rules mean internet service providers won't be able to slow or block content in the state-but federal laws might yet trump them.

It is in direct opposition to the Federal Communications Commission regulator, which has moved to roll back net neutrality.

In an official rebuke of the Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal net neutrality on the federal level, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the nation's first state law to protect the policy.

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The repeal, supported by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the major cable and telecom companies and opposed by large and small tech Internet companies, garnered intense public interest. Democratic lawmakers, consumer groups and other supporters of the Obama-era rules are also pushing for a Congressional Review Act measure to reinstate the old rules.

The new state law comes into effect from June 6, and would ensure internet service providers do not create a fast lane for X website and block the content of Y website.

But: As the Verge notes the FCC actually made a decision to prohibit states from introducing their own laws like this.

Inslee said he was confident of its legality, saying "the states have a full right to protect their citizens". During a ceremony for the bill signing, he called the legislation a "free speech bill".

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 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.

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

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