Net Neutrality Protection Passes Washington House

File photo of the Washington House chamber. CREDIT: CACOPHONY / WIKIMEDIA

Listen

Washington lawmakers vowed to protect net neutrality after the Federal Communications Commission rolled back the Obama-era regulations. Now that effort is making progress.

Net neutrality protections passed the state House of Representatives Friday with wide bipartisan support—the measure passed the House by a vote of 93 to 5.

The bill would bar internet service providers in the state from prioritizing certain websites or blocking and throttling others.

“Net neutrality has worked very well to protect a free and open internet,” said Rep. Drew Hansen, the bill’s primary sponsor. “We are going to keep those protections in place in Washington state even after they go away at the national level. Net neutrality is important to everyone, our constituents, small business owners, teachers, entrepreneurs, all of us. There’s a reason it’s a bipartisan issue.”

The bill now heads to the Senate. If enacted into law, it could mean a legal battle between the FCC and the state. The federal repeal of net neutrality specifically preempts state attempts to set their own rules.

Copyright 2018 Northwest News Network

Related Stories:

File photo. Former Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley rejected plea deals that would have allowed him to avoid a second trial -- and conviction on multiple felony counts. CREDIT: AUSTIN JENKINS

Convicted Former Washington State Auditor Rejected Plea Deals Before Second Trial

Former Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley rejected a pair of plea offers from federal prosecutors that would have allowed him to avoid a second trial and his ultimate conviction on multiple felony counts related to his past business practices. Continue Reading Convicted Former Washington State Auditor Rejected Plea Deals Before Second Trial

Read More »
Brian (who asked us not to use his last name) holds a piece of artwork that his daughter made. He says she's struggled with mental illness since college and needs a safe, stable placement in the community. CREDIT: AUSTIN JENKINS

At Western State Hospital, A Waitlist To Get In And A Waitlist To Get Out

On any given day, nearly half the civil, or non-criminal, patients at Western State are ready to be discharged, but there’s nowhere to send them. That means they take up beds that patients in crisis, like Brian’s daughter, may desperately need. In other words, there’s a waitlist to get into Western State because there’s a waitlist to get out. Continue Reading At Western State Hospital, A Waitlist To Get In And A Waitlist To Get Out

Read More »