First US State Net Neutrality Law Defies FCC’s Net Neutrality Curtailment

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Net Neutrality Curtailment

It is happening. Net neutrality that used to treat all kinds of internet content has left, but there is one US state that is able to defy FCC’s net neutrality curtailment.

The federal agency’s Restore Internet Freedom already took place, and so does the state law passed by Washington.  The state’s assembly endorsed the measure, and Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 2282 on March. The state’s net neutrality law extensively effect on all ISPs.

Under the Washington state law, home and mobile Internet providers are restricted from blocking and throttling lawful Internet traffic. Also, they should not impose fees on online services for prioritization. The state attorney general under Washington’s
Consumer Protection Act will administrate the said guidelines.

According to Democratic state Representative Drew Hansen (Bainbridge Island) who authored the bill, he anticipated that the state law would be endorsed in court. Remember that the FCC is attempting to preempt state net neutrality laws. He further said that the agency has no preemption jurisdiction even if they said so.

“It’s obviously incredible. We passed net neutrality with overwhelming bipartisan support, proving that it’s really not that hard for elected officials to listen to their real bosses: the people. I just wish congress would do the same,” Rep. Drew said.

The Washington law that shields its citizens from the net neutrality curtailment might be the strictest, but not for long. Californian Senate passed tougher net neutrality guidelines last month which include a prohibition on paid data-cap exemptions. Senate Bill 822 still needs the blessings of the State Assembly and Gov. Jerry Brown.

Of course, cable and mobile broadband industries including ISPs are not happy about it. They could file a lawsuit in an effort to hinder it. As of writing, no filing of complaints has been reported yet.

On the other side of the state, Oregon also authorized their own open internet law to defy the Ajit Pai’s net neutrality curtailment. However, it only administers to providers that contract Internet service to the state or local government agencies. It will become effective on January 1, 2019.

To date, there are 29 states that already proposed measures that maintain specific open internet elements restored and at the same time, counter the net neutrality curtailment of Pai’s agency. So far, a dozen states have failed to pass their proposed bills while others are still pending.

Based on the National Conference of State Legislatures, Washington, Vermont, and Oregon have efficiently passed their open internet legislation. On the other hand, Hawaii, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, and Montana governors inked executive orders to protect its people from the FCC’s net neutrality curtailment.

With so many rules, people are already getting confused. There are left and right protests online or offline. It is understandable that the free speech should be enabled and secured from the net neutrality curtailment.

The Decenternet platform keeps and provides the open internet that treats all contents equally. Consumers will not deal with any blocking or throttling of any contents. Most of all, they can access the decentralized and centralized web without any connection slow down because there is no discrimination and favoritism of contents.

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