Washington's new law may not hold up in court, if challenged by broadband providers.When the FCC voted to repeal the net neutrality rules, it also voted to block states from passing their own versions of the regulations. He added that states have full right to protect their citizens. He further added taking swipe at president Trump for allegedly favoring corporates, "a clear case of the Trump administration favoring powerful corporate interests over the interests of millions of Washingtonians and Americans". In the meantime, states like Oregon, New Jersey and NY have attempted to come up with their own solutions to keep net neutrality alive.
By June 6, Internet service providers will not be able to "advantageously manipulate internet speeds and access to content".
Separately, 21 states, including Washington and OR, have filed a petition to appeal the FCC's action in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in another attempt to block the repeal of the federal net neutrality rules. State attorneys general have sued to overturn the FCC's new rules. Members of Congress have also made noises about reimposing federal net neutrality rules, but their efforts are not moving very fast. "Yet somehow, as if by magic, that same statute gives them the authority to preempt state attempts to regulate standards of conduct on the internet".
Although a handful of states have taken executive action to address concerns about the FCC's action, Washington is the first state to pass a law requiring the rules to be followed within its boundaries.
Meanwhile, large telecommunications companies like Verizon (NYSE: VZ), Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), and AT&T (NYSE: T), which have argued they should have the ability to manage traffic on the networks they operate, are likely to oppose the Washington law.
After last week's court decision, it seemed that there isn't much to be done about net neutrality, until Monday's move by the Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee.
"This is not a partisan issue", said Norma Smith, a Republican who co-sponsored the bill.