New York Governor Latest to Act On Net Neutrality
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed an executive order that would enforce new neutrality rules in the state. Similar to an order signed by the governor of Montana, Cuomo’s order would mandate that any internet service provider doing business with the state to adhere to certain principles of net neutrality. Specifically, New York State’s net neutrality rules would prevent ISPs from blocking or throttling content and/or web sites. Nor could ISPs prioritize applications or content, or force consumers to pay higher rates to access specific content or apps. “The internet is an essential service that should be available to all New Yorkers,” said Cuomo. “The free exchange of information, including the ability to access the content of their choosing secured by net neutrality protections, is expected and relied upon by all New Yorkers.” Cuomo’s executive order would prevent the state from doing business with any internet provider, wired or wireless, that does not adhere to the rules. Cuomo tasked New York’s Department of Public Service to evaluate and eventually enact such rules.
NJ Governor Phil Murphy Latest to Mandate Net Neutrality
New Jersey has joined Montana and New York in requiring that internet service providers adhere to net neutrality principles. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy this week signed Executive Order No.
Montana Governor Seeks to Make Net Neutrality Compulsory
Montana Governor Steve Bullock today signed an executive order that would force internet service providers to comply with several basic tenets of net neutrality. Specifically, Bullock said any ISP that has a contract with the state government cannot block web sites or create for-pay fast lanes that would impact its other customers.
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.
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.