Washington State First to Approve Its Own Net Neutrality Rules
The State of Washington on Monday approved its own set of laws regulating net neutrality after the FCC voted in December to scrap such laws at the federal level. The law bans internet providers from throttling and/or blocking content, and also mandates that they make public their network management policies. Companies that violate the rules would be at the mercy of the state's Consumer Protection bureau. "We know that when D.C. fails to act, Washington state has to do so," said Washington Governor Jay Inslee. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's Republican-led FCC voted to abolish the Obama-era net neutrality rules in what was seen as a victory for broadband and wireless companies. The FCC's new rules go into effect April 23, while Washington State's rules will become law in June. The FCC has prohibited states from contradicting its decision, but that hasn't stopped a half dozen governors from signing decrees that will prevent their state governments from doing business with companies that don't adhere to the principles of net neutrality. The FCC itself is under legal attack from the attorneys general of 21 states, as well as private organizations. Litigation will likely decide the eventual outcome of net neutrality.
Net Neutrality Rules Officially Expire Today
American consumers are no longer protected by the net neutrality regulations put in place in 2015 by the Obama administration. The rules were voted down by the Republican-led FCC in December 2017 and effectively evaporate today.
22 Attorneys General Sue to Block FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today, along with the attorneys general of 20 other states and the District of Columbia, filed a petition to block the FCC's attempt to repeal net neutrality. The FCC voted in December to scrap Obama-era rules that prohibit internet service providers from prioritizing some web sites and services over others.
Net Neutrality Repeal Goes Into Effect April 23
The FCC today published its "Restoring Internet Freedom" rules governing net neutrality in the Federal Register. Per the filing, the agency will repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules effective April 23.
US Ninth Circuit to Hear Challenges to FCC Net Neutrality Order
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court, based in San Francisco, will hear legal challenges to the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of Obama-era net neutrality regulations.