In an official rebuke of the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to repeal net neutrality on the federal level, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the nation’s first state law to protect the policy.
The new law, which goes into effect in June, into effect by June 6, prohibits Internet service providers from blocking legal content and slowing down a website’s speed unless the content provider pays a higher service price.
It also requires ISP’s to publicly disclose “accurate information regarding the network management practices, performance characteristics and commercial terms of its broadband internet access services.”
The law essentially reproduces the FCC’s net neutrality policy that went into effect in 2015. But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was appointed to the head of the commission by President Donald Trump, succeeded in repealing the policy last year.