More than half of the states in the U.S. are considering following Washington’s lead by legally trying to protect net neutrality.
In a rebuke of the federal government, governor Jay Inslee signed the law Monday that prohibits any internet service provider like a Comcast or CenturyLink from slowing down a website’s speed, because they pay a lower service price. In other words, all websites large and small are treated equally.
“The fight for net neutrality is the fight for free speech on the internet, because if your speech cost more to produce than my speech, how is that fair? Then that's not free speech,” said University of Washington Information School Dean Anind Dey.
But those against net neutrality say it’s bad for business, because there isn’t an incentive to innovate.
A few months ago the Federal Communications Commission removed net neutrality protections put in place during the Obama administration.