The state’s governor, Steve Bullock, signed an executive ordering Monday that effectively reinstates net neutrality principles dismantled by the Federal Communications Commission( FCC) in December. Montana will abridge the power of internet service providers( ISPs) by preventing those with a state contract to block or accusation more for faster velocities to certain websites.
“There has been a lot of talk around the country about how to respond to the recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission to repeal net neutrality rules, which keep the internet free and open. It’s time to actually do something about it, ” Bullock said in a statement.” This is a simple step governments can take to preserve and protect net neutrality. We can’t wait for folks in Washington , D.C ., to come to their appreciations and reinstate these rules.”
Net neutrality is a principle upholding that all content on the internet should be treated equally by internet service providers. It avoids ISPs from throttling or blocking websites, committing an unjust advantage to larger companies that can afford to pay them off. Last month, the Republican-controlled FCC repealed Obama-era net neutrality rules in a 3:2 election. Senate Democrat are now clambering in search of one more poll to pass legislation that aims to overturn the FCC’s decision.
Montana’s executive order will go into effect immediately, though there is a six-month grace period for major broadband companies who comprise a license in the state–Charter, CenturyLink, AT& T, and Verizon–to ensure they’re following the rules. Starting July 1, those companies will need to operate in Montana as though net neutrality statutes were never repealed.
The order could face considerable opponent. Trade groups consisting of smaller broadband providers are already holding suits, the New York Times reports.
“Following patchwork of legislation or regulation is costly and attains it even harder to invest in networks, ” Matt Polka, chairman of the American Cable Association, told the Times .
The executive action is only applicable to Montana but could promptly percolate down to other states. Bullock said he would render a personal facsimile of his orderings to anyone who asks for it and posted a “template” of the Montana order on Twitter.
“This is simple plug and play for other the countries to do as well, ” Bullock said.
— Steve Bullock (@ GovernorBullock) January 22, 2018