• State Action on Net Neutrality
  • March 6, 2018 | Author: Tracy P. Marshall
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order prohibiting the state’s government from contracting with Internet service providers (ISP) unless “net neutrality” principles are in place, and Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed a similar executive order. These principles restrict ISPs from blocking, throttling, or prioritizing Internet content, and from requiring end users to pay more for access to specific information or applications. Some other states, including California, Rhode Island, and Washington, have introduced bills to mandate net neutrality. Several lawsuits have also been filed challenging the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, including a suit by attorneys general for 21 states and the District of Columbia.