Washington’s Governor Signs Net Neutrality Bill




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As the FCC turns control of the internet over to the FTC many states are making moves to save net neutrality. Recently New York State and others signed laws to force any companies who have a contract with the state to honor net neutrality principles.

Washington State is the first to pass a law and have it signed by their governor. On Monday Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed a new net neutrality law that will take effect on June 6, 2018.

The new law bars internet providers from blocking websites or charging more for faster delivery of certain sites. The hope is to keep the internet open and abiding by net neutrality principles. The good news is unlike a rule laws are far harder to change.

About two dozen other states have introduced bills similar to Washington’s bill. There are also net neutrality bills in the Senate and House of Representatives. No dates have been set for a vote in the Senate or House but enough backers have signed up for the senate version to force a vote on the proposed bill.

Source: New York Times

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