Washington becomes first state to set up its own net-neutrality rules

Washington becomes first state to set up its own net-neutrality rules

"We know that when D.C. fails to act, Washington state has to do so", Gov. Jay Inslee said before signing the measure, the Associated Press reported.

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.

Washington state lawmakers and other supporters surround Gov. Jay Inslee at a net neutrality bill signing ceremony in Olympia Monday.

At least 20 other states are considering similar legislation.

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The new law, which goes into effect in June, into effect by June 6, prohibits Internet service providers from blocking legal content and slowing down a website's speed unless the content provider pays a higher service price.

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.

Provisions of the law could be prosecuted under the state's Consumer Protection Act. State attorneys general have sued to overturn the FCC's new rules.

ISPs have said they don't and won't block or throttle, but generally want the freedom to experiment with paid prioritization business models, though they have signaled that doesn't mean creating fast and slow "lanes". He believes the state can withstand any legal challenge to the new law.

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Because the FCC prohibited state laws from contradicting its decision, opponents of the Washington law have said it would lead to lawsuits.

The final draft of the rules takes place on April 23, which will be the day the repeal takes effect.

The Oregon Legislature last week passed a more narrowly drafted measure to require companies doing business with state and local government to adhere to net neutrality.
Telecom companies say a patchwork of state laws would be untenable for interstate internet traffic.

The decision to keep net neutrality rules in the state - a move which 25 other states, including California, Illinois, and NY, are also considering - presents a rather curious conundrum.

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As of last month, legislators in 26 states have introduced 59 bills in support of Net-neutrality rules.

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