Washington State Becomes First In US To Pass Legislation Protecting Net Neutrality

Posted by on March 13, 2018 in Government, Policies with 0 Comments

By Amanda Froelich | Truth Theory

Though the Federal government is taking steps to eliminate net neutrality, not all states are playing along. Earlier this week, Washington became the first state in America to pass legislation protecting net neutrality.

In a bipartisan effort, legislators in Washington passed House Bill 2282. Governor Jay Inslee promptly signed it into law. “Washington will be the first state in the nation to preserve the open internet,” said Inslee on Monday.

The bill was approved by the legislature last month and exists to safeguard net neutrality protections. As you may remember, these were repealed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and are scheduled to end by April 23.

What is net neutrality? Essentially, it requires internet service providers to treat all online content the same. Without it, internet service providers can deliberately speed up or slow down the rate at which websites load. This gives certain sites and companies advantages over others.

The FCC’s decision has been hotly criticized in recent months. As MSNreports, “Attorneys general from more than 20 red and blue states filed a lawsuit in January to stop the repeal.” So far, Washington is the only state to pass legislation protecting net neutrality rules.

According to Inslee, the new measure will protect an open internet in Washington. In his own words, the law allows “the free flow of information and ideas in one of the greatest demonstrations of free speech in our history.” HB2282 will go into effect June 6.

What are your thoughts? Please comment below and share this news!

Image Credit1: Copyright: kagenmi / 123RF Stock Photo

Image Credit2: Copyright: denispc / 123RF Stock Photo

About the Author

 Amanda Froelich

I’m an RHN, plant-based chef, freelance writer with 6+ years of experience, Reiki master therapist, world traveler and enthusiast of everything to do with animal rights, sustainability, cannabis and conscious living. I share healthy recipes at Bloom for Life and cannabis-infused treats at My Stoned KitchenRead More stories by Amanda Froelich

Read more great articles at Truth Theory.

Tags: , , , , , ,


If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed Connect on YouTube

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

FAIR USE NOTICE. Many of the stories on this site contain copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making this material available in an effort to advance the understanding of environmental issues, human rights, economic and political democracy, and issues of social justice. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of the copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright Law which contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. If you wish to use such copyrighted material for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use'...you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. And, if you are a copyright owner who wishes to have your content removed, let us know via the "Contact Us" link at the top of the site, and we will promptly remove it.

The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Conscious Life News assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms.

Paid advertising on Conscious Life News may not represent the views and opinions of this website and its contributors. No endorsement of products and services advertised is either expressed or implied.

Send this to friend