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. 9, which says that any ISP wishing to do business with the state government must abide by rules that maintain a free and open internet. Internet providers that don't refrain from blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization will not be able to contract with the state government. Murphy's Executive Order follows the FCC's decision last year to repeal existing net neutrality rules that specifically prevent broadband companies from certain behaviors. "We may not agree with everything we see online, but that does not give us a justifiable reason to block the free, uninterrupted, and indiscriminate flow of information," said Murphy. “It certainly doesn’t give certain companies or individuals a right to pay their way to the front of the line. While New Jersey cannot unilaterally regulate net neutrality back into law or cement it as a state regulation, we can exercise our power as a consumer to make our preferences known." The Executive Order will go into effect July 1, 2018.
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.
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 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.