Flipping The Script On Net Neutrality
I have to admit this one’s brilliant. As reported in Geekwire the Governor of Washington State just signed its own NN law as a counterpunch to the FCC’s recent repeal of Net Neutrality regulations. So basically Washington State is restoring what Washington DC just stripped away. The authority to pass a state-level law is based on Washington State’s right to dictate its own consumer protection laws – which has very well established and protected legal precedence. So there’s a high probability this law will survive any court challenges.
Playing this out a little further, there are another 24 states with their own versions of NN laws in the pipeline which could result in half the country having Net Neutrality protection while the other half doesn’t. If that occurs NN advocates will win by default, since it’s not really feasible for national ISPs like Comcast and AT&T to run different data delivery systems in different states.
Can you feel FCC Commission Ajit Pai’s rage right now? Maybe needs something stronger in that giant coffee cup of his? (sorry – I just can’t resist reposting this pic!)