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Montana becomes first state to implement net neutrality rules post-FCC repeal

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Sauce: http://thehill.com/policy/technology/370133-montana-becomes-first-state-to-implement-net-neutrality-rules-following-fcc

 

As we all know by now, the FCC, led by known industry shill Ajit Pai, voted to repeal net neutrality rules federally last month. In a move going against this decision, Montana governor Steve Bullock has signed an executive order reinstating net neutrality rules within the State of Montana, while also requiring ISPs to be compliant with net neutrality rules if they wish to continue doing business within the state.

 

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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) signed an executive order on Monday requiring internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality principles.

The order makes his state the first to push back on the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to repeal the open internet rules last month.

“There has been a lot of talk around the country about how to respond to the recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission to repeal net neutrality rules, which keep the internet free and open. It’s time to actually do something about it,” Bullock said in a statement.

 

To justify this move, governor Bullock stated that this is a "simple step states can take" and that we can't wait for DC to "come to their senses and reinstate these rules." So, onto what the order says.

 

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The order says that in order to receive a contract with the state government, internet service providers must not engage in blocking or throttling web content or create internet fast lanes. Those practices were all banned under the Obama-era 2015 net neutrality order.

The Republican FCC voted to dismantle those rules in December.

Basically, in order for an ISP to do business in Montana, it must not block or throttle web content or create paid "fast lanes", in attempt to manipulate what an end user can see online. Ah, but wait, there's the ban on states implementing their own rules, which Democrat state legislatures are challenging.

 

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The FCC's repeal includes a ban on states implementing their own net neutrality rules, but Democratic-controlled legislatures around the country are eager to challenge that provision.

Further, Democrats are pushing for legislation in Congress that will overturn the FCC vote, as well as pushing for laws on the state level. This stems from the argument that net neutrality is an essential part of keeping ISPs, like Verizon and Comcast, under check; most Republicans disagree with this argument.

 

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Democrats are fighting back by pushing for legislation in Congress that would wipe out the FCC vote, suing to overturn it and now by implementing laws at the state level. They argue the rules were an important check on the power of companies that control access to the internet, such as Comcast and Verizon.

But most Republicans, including FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, argue the rules were unnecessary and that existing laws are sufficient to preserve an open internet.

 

Governor Bullock says that while the rules will go into effect immediately, there will be a grace period for ISPs to ensure they're compliant. He is also inviting the 49 other state governors to do the same, going as far as promising to personally send a copy of his order to any governor who wants a copy.

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Bullock’s office said the executive order goes into effect immediately, but there will be a six-month grace period for companies to ensure that they’re in compliance.

The governor said on Monday that he is encouraging his counterparts and legislators in other states to follow suit, promising to personally email a copy of his order to any who ask for it.

 

The governor concluded with the following:

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“When the FCC repealed its net neutrality rules, it said consumers should choose,” Bullock said in his statement. “The State of Montana is one of the biggest consumers of internet services in our state. Today we’re making our choice clear: we want net neutrality.”

 

Thoughts? Concerns? Screams of agony? Personally, I'd be glad to see Comcast lose their contract with Montana. Hit 'em right where it hurts, right? Maybe then they'd feel a bit more like actually being a good, reliable, trustworthy ISP. I'd also like to see Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker be first governor to follow in Bullock's steps. It only makes sense for us to do so.

 

Oh, and btw, keep it civil.


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This is going to be like legalizing weed but much worse. I don't think Ajit will be too happy and the federal government will put a stop to it but I like it


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2 minutes ago, Max_Settings said:

I didn't think there were enough people in Montana that have internet for them to care.

Montana's population is just slightly smaller than Rhode Island. If Rhode Island were to suddenly tell Cox, "Hey, you need to comply with this set of rules if you wish to do business here", I think they'd care. That's a million customers (and potential customers) they'd risk losing otherwise.


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1 minute ago, Daring said:

Montana's population is just slightly smaller than Rhode Island. If Rhode Island were to suddenly tell Cox, "Hey, you need to comply with this set of rules if you wish to do business here", I think they'd care. That's a million customers (and potential customers) they'd risk losing otherwise.

Yes, but I know their number of internet users has to be smaller than Rhode Island. 

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Yes, but I know their number of internet users has to be smaller than Rhode Island. 

Perhaps because it's a much bigger state than Rhode Island, and thus not as densely populated :P 

 

But I do know there are some Montanans active on here. So, they definitely are out there.


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F#CK YEAH!!! Let's start classifying internet as a utility since nearly everything is done online these days. Hell, some colleges don't even require physical books, but do require an e-book and workshop access code for higher education. 

 

Too bad Florida is too busy taxing solar panels rather than giving incentives for them... 


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To justify this move, governor Bullock stated that this is a "simple step states can take" and that we can't wait for DC to "come to their senses and reinstate these rules." So, onto what the order says.

That's odd for a red state like Montana. I wonder if blue states would follow in the name of "state's rights".


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That's odd for a red state like Montana. I wonder if blue states would follow in the name of "state's rights".

It is odd for a generally Republican state but Steve Bullock is a Democrat so it does make sense for him to pass this kind of legislation

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2 minutes ago, hey_yo_ said:

That's odd for a red state like Montana. I wonder if blue states would follow in the name of "state's rights".

It's true that Montana is a red state, but Bullock is a Democrat, as is the senior US senator from Montana, Jon Tester.


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It's true that Montana is a red state, but Bullock is a Democrat, as is the senior US senator from Montana, Jon Tester.

Does it mean it's not going to happen to Massachusetts despite being a blue state but having a Republican governor?


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3 minutes ago, hey_yo_ said:

Does it mean it's not going to happen to Massachusetts despite being a blue state but having a Republican governor?

Yes, our governor is very blue for a Republican.


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Does it mean it's not going to happen to Massachusetts despite being a blue state but having a Republican governor?

It depends. Being R or D doesn't mean that you're strictly so. 


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It depends. Being R or D doesn't mean that you're strictly so. 

Baker tends to lean more towards policies you'd expect from a Democrat than a Republican.


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15 minutes ago, ARikozuM said:

F#CK YEAH!!! Let's get start classifying internet as a utility since nearly everything is done online these days. Hell, some colleges don't even require physical books these days, but do require an e-book and workshop access code for higher education. 

 

Too bad Florida is too busy taxing solar panels rather than giving incentives for them... 

The GROCERY STORE I shop at was hiring NIGHTTIME STOCKING STAFF an the flyers on the walls only had an web address and QR code for actually making an application.  So yeah, increasingly so, the most basic forms of employment can't be applied for without internet access.  So so many, and more and more every day, the internet is utterly critical the most basic needs of a functional life.

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The GROCERY STORE I shop at was hiring NIGHTTIME STOCKING STAFF an the flyers on the walls only had an web address and QR code for actually making an application.  So yeah, increasingly so, the most basic forms of employment can't be applied for without internet access.  So so many, and more and more every day, the internet is utterly critical the most basic needs of a functional life.

Same at most Publix groceries, higher positions in hospitals (aside from walking to HR), and mail is going paperless. 


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3 minutes ago, AshleyAshes said:

The GROCERY STORE I shop at was hiring NIGHTTIME STOCKING STAFF an the flyers on the walls only had an web address and QR code for actually making an application.  So yeah, increasingly so, the most basic forms of employment can't be applied for without internet access.  So so many, and more and more every day, the internet is utterly critical the most basic needs of a functional life.

More and more stores are shifting job applications to the internet down here in the States as well. It basically is an essential part of the modern life.


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Wonder if California will follow suit. It's about as blue as a state can be.


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4 minutes ago, Zodiark1593 said:

Wonder if California will follow suit. It's about as blue as a state can be.

we are, and I just got fiber from AT&t with my city talking about extending its lines to everyone and giving homeowners access. (right now is only business but the loop is 255 strand capable of multi terabyte per second, so the city can spare some) 

but as a reminder try and not start political flame wars. 


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6 minutes ago, GDRRiley said:

we are, and I just got fiber from AT&t with my city talking about extending its lines to everyone and giving homeowners access. (right now is only business but the loop is 255 strand capable of multi terabyte per second, so the city can spare some) 

but as a reminder try and not start political flame wars. 

I've no intention of participating in a political flame war myself. Perhaps the closest I might get is dropping a match and running away really fast, so as to survey the chaos from a safe distance. :P


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Yeah guys, remember the Community Standards. Put your political flamethrowers aside.

 

I know this is a politically-charged topic, but still. Remember the human. The Vulpix too.


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41 minutes ago, Daring said:

I know this is a politically-charged topic, but still. Remember the human. The Vulpix too.

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1 minute ago, ARikozuM said:

Alolan Dugtrio for President! 

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Just look at that PCMR hair!

 

You're thinking of Mega Ampharos.


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I do get why the FCC made the point of telling states not to implement their own rules, so as to avoid a bunch of different regulations depending on which state was being operated in.  Having said that, I'm all for states deciding this matter individually.  If Montana wants to make a go of it, be my guest.

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