Washington governor signs first state law to protect net neutrality

Washington governor signs first state law to protect net neutrality

Washington Governor Jay Inslee [official bio] signed [press release] a bill [materials] on Monday to protect net neutrality, making Washington the first state to pass such a bill. The bill received bipartisan support in Washington’s legistlature.

The law reinstates the 2015 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [government website] rules protecting net neutrality, which the FCC repealed [JURIST report] the rules in December.

By June 6, Internet service providers will not be able to “advantageously manipulate internet speeds and access to content.” Providers are also required to disclose certain information to customers.

“The open Internet lives on for Washingtonians,” Inslee said [Twitter].

However, Washington’s new law likely conflicts [NYT report] with the FCC, which will likely lead to a lawsuit. The agency previously said that states could not create their own net neutrality laws.

On Friday, the Oregon senate passed [JURIST report] its own net neutrality bill. The governors of Montana and New Jersey [JURIST reports] have issued executive orders requiring adherence to net neutrality principles within their states, although without explicit legislative support.