Net Neutrality Protection Passes Washington House
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
Starting in mid-2022, people in Washington will be able to dial 988 instead of 911 to access different types of services in a mental health crisis. Continue Reading Washington’s New Suicide Prevention Program Aims To Divert Calls From Police, But It’s A Year Out
In Washington, the working partnership between police and crisis mental health workers is being put to the test. The reason is a new police use of force law. Continue Reading Police Say It’s Hands Off For Some Mental Health Cases After Washington’s New Use Of Force Law
Calling it a “moral mandate,” Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed into law a dozen bills that backers hope will improve policing in Washington, reduce the use of deadly force and ensure that when deadly encounters do occur the investigations are thorough and independent. Continue Reading Flanked By Families, Washington Governor Signs A Dozen Police Reform Bills Into Law