Washington State Tells Ajit Pai to Suck It

Why Do Net Neutrality Supporters Oppose a Net Neutrality Bill

Last December, the Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind open Internet rules passed during the Obama administration. But what is it? The law comes about three months after the FCC voted to dismantle rules that ensured all traffic on the internet is treated equally and prevented broadband and wireless providers from blocking or slowing online content.

CenturyLink, the area's main internet provider, said it is meeting timelines and requirements set by the Federal Communications Commission.

But: As the Verge notes the FCC actually chose to prohibit states from introducing their own laws like this. The regulations also prohibited providers from favoring some sites and apps over others.

"All Washingtonians should enjoy equal and unfettered access to the educational, social and economic power of the internet", Inslee said. "The states have a full right to protect our citizens where the federal government has gone AWOL".

CNET reports that the bill was signed into law yesterday. State attorneys general have sued to overturn the FCC's new rules. For consumer protection advocates and other net neutrality supporters, the bill's passage represents a move toward preserving a "free and open Internet".

At the same time, Superior residents are paying the same monthly rate as residents of La Crosse for slower internet service, said Tylor Elm, city councilman and co-owner of the computer fix shop DiscoverPC.net.

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"The fight for net neutrality is the fight for civil liberties, and a more vibrant culture", said Candace Martin, commercial counsel for Kickstarter.

The governors of Montana, New York, New Jersey, Hawaii, and Vermont have signed executive orders banning state agencies from doing business with broadband providers that don't promise to uphold the principles of net neutrality.

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

Meanwhile, large telecommunications companies like Verizon (NYSE: VZ), Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), and AT&T (NYSE: T), which have argued they should have the ability to manage traffic on the networks they operate, are likely to oppose the Washington law.

A spokesman for CenturyLink said in an email the company bills customers according to speed tiers, noting that customers could upgrade to a higher speed in their tier at no additional cost if the equipment servicing their address is upgraded.

Washington is one of them, and it just became the first state to pass its own net neutrality law.

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