Net Neutrality’s Fate
Net Neutrality has been covered time and time again here at Don’t Hate The Geek and elsewhere on the internet. John Oliver has done a fantastic job to keep the public informed as well. But despite the support for Net Neutrality, and all of the Americans who spoke out against repealing it, it was repealed. In a 3-2 vote, the current dumbass head of the FCC, Ajit Pai got his way and was able to repeal the act. From his statements, he either doesn’t understand it or doesn’t care, I assume both. So with the act’s final days approaching in April, many people have worried there was nothing we could. That is until today.
A Knight in Shining Armor
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee gets it. He understands the importance of a free and open internet. Governor Inslee signed “House Bill 2282” into law on the morning of March 7. So what is “House Bill 2282”? It is a comprehensive Net Neutrality bill for the State of Washington. Essentially it is an FU to the FCC and actually goes even further to become the truest Net Neutrality bill ever written.
This is Just the Beginning
While Washington State and Governor Inslee (my new hero), is the first to fire back at the FCC by enacting their own laws, it is doubtful they will be the last. Many other states, including California, are considering similar bills and hopefully, this is just the beginning. The fact is, this is not a partisan issue, this is not left or right. This affects all Americans equally. We need to stand up and make our voices heard, call your state representative and make sure they are working to ensure your state has a bill like this. We need to let the internet stay free and open.