The new law also comes after governors in a handful of states have signed executive orders forbidding their agencies from doing business with internet service providers that violate open internet principles. Automattic, Kickstarter, Etsy, Foursquare, Shutterstock and Expansion have petitioned the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit as part of a group called the Coalition of Internet Openness. It also requires internet providers to disclose information about their management practices, performance and commercial terms.
Your internet service should be free of slow lanes and corporate favoritism if legislation just signed in Washington state and awaiting the governor's signature in OR works as intended.
Inslee signed the bill Monday, which passed out of both the House and Senate with bipartisan support.
"At the core of our action today is consumer protection", Inslee told The New York Times "States need to act because under the Trump administration, we have seen citizens, including seven million in Washington, stripped of core protections like the open internet". Nevertheless, consumers across the political spectrum were angered by the FCC's vote to repeal the rules, with many expressing concerns that the end of net neutrality could dampen free speech, lead to higher costs for consumers and allow ISPs to decide what services they use on the web.
Washington is not the only state making this stance. That raises the possibility that at least a few of the states might take action, just as Washington did, to restore the policy within their boundaries. To date, there are at least 25 other governors across the country who are looking into their own net neutrality bills. The law will prevent Big Telecom from slowing down internet access, prioritizing certain traffic, or censoring content online.
On February 22, a coalition of 23 state attorneys general challenged the FCC in the DC Circuit, alleging the new order violated USA federal law, including the Communications Act of 1934.
On the other hand, federal law limits state authorities from regulating the internet.
The FCC ruling takes effect in late spring.