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Washington becomes first state with net neutrality law

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed the bipartisan bill Monday afternoon.

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure making Washington the first state to set up its own net neutrality requirements in response to the Federal Communications Commission's recent repeal of Obama-era rules.

Inslee signed bill Monday after it passed out of both the House and Senate with bipartisan support.

The new law prohibits internet providers from blocking content or impairing traffic. It also requires internet providers to disclose information about their management practices, performance and commercial terms. Violations would be enforceable under the state's Consumer Protection Act. The FCC's new rules are not expected to go into effect until later this spring. Washington's measure will take effect mid-June.

The FCC voted in December to gut federal rules that meant to prevent broadband companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet.

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