Washington State Tells Ajit Pai to Suck It

Gov. Inslee signs nations first state net-neutrality bill

Washington's elected officials are right to challenge the Federal Communications Commission's bad decision to rescind net-neutrality protections. "I'm proud that Washington state is helping lead the way to preserve these net neutrality rules, which ensure a level playing field for consumers and innovators".

Washington is the first state to pass a bill which protects net neutrality.

Washington became the first state to pass its own laws governing Net neutrality, countering the USA government's repeal of national regulations preventing Internet service providers from blocking or throttling content. Under a nonprofit called the Coalition for Internet Openness, the companies said they filed a petition with the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit today requesting the court review the FCC's decision. "It allows a student in Washington to connect to researchers all around the world, or a small business to compete with large businesses in the global marketplace". Taking a more solid legal approach are the governors of New York, New Jersey, Vermont, and Montana, who all have issued executive orders requiring internet service providers contracting with the state to follow the Obama-era net neutrality rules. Supporters are a single vote short in the Senate but have more ground to make up in the House. "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. Washington also has authority to protect residents under its Consumer Protection Act. The dismantling of the nationwide rules, approved by the Federal Communications Commission past year, set off a fierce outcry from consumers and tech companies.

"The fight for net neutrality is the fight for civil liberties and a more vibrant culture", Candace Martin, commercial counsel for Kickstarter.

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The law means that national internet service providers (ISP) may have to have one set of operating policies for Washington and another for the other states in which they operate. Should they do so, we know Attorney General Bob Ferguson will mount a vigorous, unyielding defense in court.

Washington is not the only state making this stance.

That follows more than two dozen lawsuits from USA state attorneys general, not to mention a number of Executive Orders from state governors mandating net neutrality. We are also very proud that OR is about to get a similar (albeit narrower) law.

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