Mar 6, 201807:40 PMBlog
Washington passes net neutrality law
Washington is now the first state to enact its own law to protect net neutrality.
On Monday, March 5, Governor Jay Inslee signed House Bill 2282, which ensures that internet providers cannot manipulate internet speeds or access to online content to their advantage.
“We’ve seen the power of an open internet,” Inslee said during the bill signing ceremony. “It allows a student in Washington to connect with researchers all around the world — or a small business to compete in the global marketplace. It’s allowed the free flow of information and ideas in one of the greatest demonstrations of free speech in our history.”
The new law will make it illegal for internet companies in Washington to slow down or impair internet service based on the content their customers use. It will also prohibit providers from blocking any legal content and from engaging in paid prioritization.
House Bill 2282 was drafted as a response to the FCC reversing net neutrality rules that were put in place in 2015.