Ever since the laws that repealed Net Neutrality were approved by the FCC, the organization has met with a lot of trouble. They started by literally getting sued by many other companies that weren’t happy with the decision. Now, it’s Washington’s turn to join in the bashing.
Washington has become the first state in the nation to enact its own net neutrality rules that impose strict requirements on Internet providers, making it illegal for broadband companies to block or slow down websites.
Signed Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee (D), the new law reflects a growing effort by states to counteract the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to repeal the federal government’s net neutrality rules.
This and a slightly different bill recently passed by Oregon’s legislature, were bound to bring ISPs the headache of a lifetime. The way this will be done is basically with a jumbled mix of state and federal rules that may be looser in some places and tougher in others.
It’s a problem with inconsistency that ISPs and other people involved simply don’t want to deal with. Different state regulations mean that the ISPs can’t manage and work from a single national model.
In addition to banning ISPs from blocking or slowing Web content, the Washington law prohibits them from speeding up apps and services in exchange for money from developers and website owners.
ISPs were one of the most adamant about the FCC repeal of Net Neutrality laws. The main claim they had was that the current ruling was keeping them from upgrading the infraestructure.
After the regulations were rolled back the FCC has met with nothing but backlash from the public and even other government officials. There’s a lot of talk between analysts about a possible court battle in the near future.
There are a lot of loopholes and other aspects left to cover, of course. But the battle for net neutrality is far from over.