Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law rules banning ISPs from blocking content, throttling traffic, or accepting payment for prioritization. "States need to act because under the Trump administration, we have seen citizens, including seven million in Washington, stripped of core protections like the open internet".
On February 22, a coalition of 23 state attorneys general challenged the FCC in the DC Circuit, alleging the new order violated U.S. federal law, including the Communications Act of 1934.
"This is not a partisan issue", Republican State Rep. Norma Smith said in a statement. "This is about preserving a fair and free internet so all Washingtonians can participate equally in the 21st century economy".
The law, which will take effect in June, does not allow internet service providers to slow down service to some customers, block lawful sites or organizations or degrade lawful internet traffic.
Inslee's office said Washington is the first state to pass its own law to protect net neutrality. The FCC's new rules are not expected to go into effect until later this spring.
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Opponents of the change in the federal regulations fear that without strong rules, internet service providers will create faster and slower lanes online to extract fees for better service.
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While several states introduced similar measures this year seeking to protect net neutrality, so far only OR and Washington have passed legislation.
Main, who opposed the bill, added, "There should not be a state-by-state patchwork of differing laws and regulations". But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was appointed to the head of the commission by President Donald Trump, succeeded in repealing the policy previous year.
The coalition joins a slew of other tech companies that announced lawsuits against the FCC late last month, including Mozilla, the nonprofit organisation that maintains the Firefox web browser, and the video-sharing website Vimeo.