Washington is the first state to pass its own net neutrality laws

Washington Governor Signs First State Net Neutrality Bill

In order to create level playing field for all content creators and to overrule the control of the internet service provider, Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington signed a bill related that sets the rules for the net neutrality in the USA; thus becoming the first state in the U.S. to have its own net neutrality act.

Although Gov. Inslee said during the signing that Washington is "the first state in the nation to preserve the open internet", it isn't exactly the case, as the Associated Press mentioned. "We know how important this is". In repealing the net neutrality rules, the FCC included a provision in its order forbidding states from filling the void with their own rules. The group is challenging the Federal Communications Commission's move to repeal regulations governing net neutrality, the idea that all internet traffic be treated the same.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed a bill that requires Internet service providers to follow net neutrality rules. Under the regulations, providers are also barred from favouring some sites and apps over others. For example, in 2007, a federal court ruled that the FCC had the authority to block the state of Minnesota from regulating internet phone services like Vonage the same way it regulates traditional landline phone services.

In this latest legal challenge, the tech companies claim they will be directly harmed by the FCC's rules ending net neutrality. They've argued the 2015 rules were too burdensome and held back investments. The repeal, published last week, won't take effect for at least two more months. The difference is that Washington's law will put new requirements on ISPs, and that violations will be enforceable thanks to the state's Consumer Protection Act.

Governors in five states - Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Montana and Vermont - have signed executive orders related to net-neutrality issues, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Plus: There are 25 states total planning similar legislation. That follows more than two dozen lawsuits from US state attorneys general, not to mention a number of Executive Orders from state governors mandating net neutrality.

Senator Scott Wiener introduced the legislation in January, saying net neutrality "was essential to our 21st century democracy".

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