Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Montana governor signs executive order to keep net neutrality in the state

Montana governor signs executive order to keep net neutrality in the state Montana governor signs executive order to keep net neutrality in the state
Nellie Chapman | 23 January, 2018, 02:13

The executive order circumvents the lengthy processes now facing other recently filed opposition, including a lawsuit filed last week by 22 state attorneys general.

PixabayA user browses the internet with freedom. 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. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's push to undo them inspired both street and online protests in defense of the Obama-era rules. Today we're making our choice clear: "We want net neutrality", Bullock told the class.

Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, signed the order in front of a computer science class at Helena High.

The lawsuits are part of a multi-pronged approach against the net-neutrality repeal.

It is not a zero chance, said one Congressional Democrat, but it is clearly an uphill effort.

Bullock also suggested that other states backing net neutrality could do the same.

"When the FCC repealed its net neutrality rules, it said consumers should choose".

The New York attorney general says the FCC made "arbitrary and capricious" changes to existing policies and was unjustified in departing from the FCC's long-standing policy of defending net neutrality.

The action, the first of its kind by a governor, could face legal challenges.

Legislatures in New York and Rhode Island have already drafted similar bills trying to use government contracts to regulate ISPs, The New York Times pointed out.

His big news was that all the members of the Democratic caucus, which means all the Democrats and Independents Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of ME, had agreed to vote to overturn the FCC decision.

Among those hurdles: The vote will not happen for several months - probably not until late spring or early summer, Markey has conceded.

Democrats need a least two Republican votes to pass a repeal in the Senate.

Montana's Republican U.S. Sen. Furthermore, a veto by President Donald Trump is also likely. The White House has said it supports the FCC's efforts to roll back regulations.

In the petition, the states allege violations of the Administrative Procedure Act's notice-and-comment rulemaking requirements, and claim that the FCC's actions with respect to Net Neutrality were "arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion". "The State of Montana is one of the biggest consumers of internet services in our state", Bullock said in announcing the deal. Of course, if the order does eventually make its way through, other states will likely attempt to duplicate its success.