Washington becomes first state to pass law protecting net neutrality

Washington becomes first state to pass net neutrality law after FCC repeal

As it now stands, net neutrality makes sure that internet providers can't block or limit access to content by offering paid workarounds.

Washington has become the first state in the U.S.to pass legislation mandating net neutrality after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in December to end the rule.

Inslee said he's confident the states are within their rights to regulate internet service even though the FCC says no. It allows a student in Washington to connect with researchers all around the world - or a small business to compete in the global marketplace.

It was only in 2015 that the FCC acceded to the millions of activists pressuring it to adopt historic net neutrality rules that keep the internet free and open - allowing people to share and access information of their choosing without interference.

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It is in direct opposition to the Federal Communications Commission regulator, which has moved to roll back net neutrality. Bird stated that, "As more of our economic opportunities such as education, health care, banking, job functions, media viewing and relationships thrive online, the more important it is to preserve consumer choice". One, the NRA appears oblivious to the fact that net neutrality rules would have helped it as well, since the entire point is to ensure the internet is a level playing field for all competitors and voices.

The FCC also plans to have performance measures in place by June in order to gauge the quality of service being offered by providers, and those who don't meet the FCC's guidelines for building out broadband will have to return the funding. Those efforts are following both legislative and judicial paths. Supporters are a single vote short in the Senate but have more ground to make up in the House.

"The fight for net neutrality is the fight for civil liberties, and a more vibrant culture", said Candace Martin, Kickstarter's commercial counsel, in a statement. The companies join 23 state attorneys general as also a number of public interest groups who have also sued the FCC over the repeal of net neutrality. Here to help are six major technology companies that are taking the FCC to court. That raises the possibility that at least a few of the states might take action, just as Washington did, to restore the policy within their boundaries.

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