Washington, DC –
It has been a topic that has caused much frustration with leaders in D.C.; Net Neutrality. In December 2017, lawmakers voted to repeal net neutrality across the country and set their sights on April to place new laws into effect. On Monday, Washington State became the first state to pass a law to protect net neutrality even in the face of federal government regulations.
On Monday, state legislators passed the bi-partisan bill House Bill 2282, signed by Governor Jay Inslee, to safe guard net neutrality. “Washington will be the first state in the nation to preserve the open internet,” Inslee said during the bill signing. He continued on net neutrality, “[it] allowed the free flow of information and ideas in one of the greatest demonstrations of free speech in our history.”
The repeal of net neutrality has led to more than 20 lawsuits from both red and blue states but many anticipate a strong rebuttal to state’s insubordination. Washington’s new law will protect the net neutrality of their state and go into effect this June.
Net neutrality requires all internet providers to treat all content the same. It prohibits the tampering with speed of traffic from specific websites and allows an open internet. Such ruling forces corporations to play fair (or as fair as possible) and prevents the ability for providers to favor their content over others.