Washington became the first state in the country to prohibit internet providers from blocking content or creating "fast lanes" for service.
Gov. Jay Inslee signed the bill on Monday, two months after the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) announced it would repeal Obama-era restrictions on paid “fast lanes."
Of all the issues to defy the Trump administration on, net neutrality might as well be the easiest sell. Big tech corporations, including Amazon, revolted when the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality in December, and a poll taken around the same time found that 83 percent of voters oppose the FCC’s plans. Pretty much everyone who isn’t CenturyLink or FCC chair Ajit Pai believes in an open internet.
Basically, it’s a political slam dunk.
"Any day the State of Washington protects something that Trump tries to take away is like winning the Super Bowl,” Inslee said during a phone interview.
The FCC’s order prohibits state and local governments from passing their own net neutrality laws. But Washington’s new law says the state can restrict internet service providers from creating paid fast lanes through its Consumer Protection Authority. Inslee said he is confident that Washington’s net neutrality law will stand.
Inslee said on the phone he is confident Washington’s law will stand. Attorney General Bob Ferguson has already sued the FCC over its decision.
While Washington was the first to pass a net neutrality bill, several other states have introduced similar legislation.