Washington Becomes First State to Approve Its Own Net-Neutrality Rules

Mar 5, 2018  •  Post A Comment

“Washington became the first state Monday to set up its own net-neutrality requirements after U.S. regulators repealed Obama-era rules that banned internet providers from blocking content or interfering with online traffic,” the Associated Press reports.

“The FCC voted in December to gut U.S. rules that meant to prevent broadband companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet,” the story says, adding, “The regulations also prohibited providers from favoring some sites and apps over others.”

The AP story continues, “Because the FCC prohibited state laws from contradicting its decision, opponents of the Washington law have said it would lead to lawsuits. [Washington state governor Jay] Inslee said he was confident of its legality, saying ‘the states have a full right to protect their citizens.’”

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  1. Nice going Washington State.

  2. I applaud the governor for. his grandstanding. Gov Inslee knows this will be overturned but he’s playing to his constituents. If we have 50 different state regulations it could be a nightmare for people traveling to, or through, different states. It could also be a nightmare for the broadband companies. And how can it be enforced on the edges of states. Cell phone waves can travel over 4-5 miles, perhaps even more. How can the broadband companies regulate their signal to only be picked up by people within a certain state when an adjoining state has a different law. But I applaud the governor for. his grandstanding. Maybe the FCC will reconsider their ruling. Or maybe not. Time will tell.

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