Washinton is all set to enforce its own version of net neutrality. FCC today, has voted to dismantle rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies the power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences.
It will take weeks for the repeal to go into effect, so consumers will not see any of the potential changes right away. But the political and legal fight started immediately
Even before FCC went to vote, Washington’s governor Jay Inslee said his state will follow net neutrality and will penalize ISP’s that restrict access, block content or charge varying rates to different customers.
“There are some things worth fighting for. This is a free-speech issue as well as a business development issue.” — he said.
“My position is and has been that the FCC vote (on net neutrality) is just wrong,”
“I mean, literally no one other than the giant cable companies thinks it is a great idea to let the giant cable companies decide what content you see on the Internet, how fast it is downloaded and how much you pay for it,” said Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island.)
“I believe what is at stake and what is dangerous if these rules are rolled back is a consolidation of power,” added Rep. Norma Smith, (R-Clinton). “That will not benefit freedom, will not benefit fairness and will not benefit the future.” — he added.
State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said, “It’s an issue that we’re very focused on, that my team is analyzing and we’ll let you know what we decide at some point if and when the new rules come out.”
The Internet Association – the political lobbying organization that represents big tech firms such as Google and Facebook based said it is considering to take legal action against FCC.
Tech companies like Facebook , Amazon , Netflix slammed FCC’s stand and says this will kill internet in coming years.
“We’re disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity & civic engagement. This is the beginning of a longer legal battle. Netflix stands w/ innovators, large & small, to oppose this misguided FCC order.” – Netflix Tweeted.
Werner Vogels, Amazon’s Chief Technology Officer said – “I am extremely disappointed in the FCC decision to remove the #NetNeutrality protections,”
“We’ll continue to work with our peers, partners and customers to find ways to ensure an open and fair internet that can continue to drive massive innovation.”– he added.
Inslee said the state will enforce consumer protection actions against ISPs that fail to keep net neutrality in its border.
“The state could refuse to contract with those that aren’t net neutral, or could ask the Utilities and Transportation Commission to deny them access to utility poles and work with public utility districts to provide internet service in areas they serve,” he said.