Montana Gov. Mandates Neutrality in Broadband Contracts

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24 January, 2018

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Several other states, including California and NY, also recently introduced measures to protect net neutrality.

On Nov. 21, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission - better referred to as the FCC - released plans to repeal the Obama Administration's Net Neutrality.

"The use of procurement is a smart strategy because it's not compelling the company to do anything", Lyons told StateScoop.

Obviously this isn't "neutral", which is why some are fighting against it, and the good news is that for those living in Montana, you guys are basically living in the first state to employ its own net neutrality rules.

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Schaake sent the letter to the FCC ahead of the watchdog's planned publication of official rules on net neutrality. Montana will curtail the power of internet service providers (ISPs) by preventing those with a state contract to block or charge more for faster speeds to certain websites. Among those are contracts with CenturyLink, Verizon, AT&T and Comcast, she said.

Telcos that don't comply can still operate in Montana, but will be ineligible to receive any service contracts with government agencies. Under the new rules, states can not create net neutrality laws. "The European Parliament is trying to sway at least one more Republican Senator to vote in favour of the bill", said Schaake. Of course this doesn't force ISPs to treat the data of Montana residents differently, but it is an incentive for them to remain net neutral to preserve government contracting opportunities. Nebraska and MA have also focused their bills on mitigating the ability of broadband providers to interfere with customers' internet services. State regulations are a piecemeal solution, and will no doubt be subject to litigation. And so under the supremacy clause, that takes priority over state efforts. Along with the states - those among them being New York, California, and Washington - different companies are suing the FCC as well.

The executive action only applies to Montana but could quickly trickle down to other states.

A group of 22 attorneys general, including Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania and led by Eric Schneiderman of NY, sued in federal court Wednesday to overturn the FCC decision.

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