States gang up on FCC on net neutrality
California is among the US states that could reintroduce net neutrality following the FCC’s overturning of the Open Internet Order. A bill from Democratic state senator, Scott Wiener, would reinstate net neutrality as law in California along the lines of the Open Internet Order. Washington state has already passed a net neutrality bill, and Oregon has one pending. There are similar initiatives in many states, such as executive orders that require any broadband provider doing business with the state to certify that it won’t block, throttle, or prioritise any content or applications. There are complicated legal issues concerning whether states can block the repeal of net neutrality or introduce their own rules, and conflicting opinions on whether they will succeed. There is a view that such interventions from the states could undermine the FCC, and lead to less federal regulation, and that such challenges are best done in the US Congress. See article by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
- Thursday, 26 April 2018