Montana Becomes the First State to Implement Net Neutrality

Montana’s Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday signed an executive order requiring all internet service providers with state contracts to commit to net neutrality, the principle that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally.

That makes Montana the first state to successfully push back against last month’s ruling of the Republican-led FCC, which essentially dismantled the rules adopted under the Obama administration in 2015. The rules had barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing down access to the internet or charging companies a fee to reach customers faster than competitors. Consumer advocates, internet companies like Facebook and Google, and nonprofits, including the New York Public Library, say an open internet is essential to free speech and innovation.

The full story by Michelle Meyers may be found in the C|Net web site at: http://cnet.co/2n3kppi.

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