NY lawmaker introduces bill to protect net neutrality in the state

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A New York lawmaker announced legislation to help protect net neutrality in the state.

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy (D-109th District)’s legislation would establish a process for internet service providers (ISPs) to certify that they will follow net neutrality principles. In order for ISPs to get certification, it will use the federally-mandated reporting requirements on net neutrality.

The bill would require New York State agencies, public authorities and municipalities only contract with ISPs that follow net neutrality principles. Fahy says this will use New York’s buying power as a large consumer of internet services to encourage ISPs to abide by net neutrality rules.

“The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s ruling was an attack not just on the open internet, but on individuals, innovators and small businesses,” Fahy said. “We need to send a strong message: if your business treats New Yorkers unfairly, New York will not do business with you.”

Last week, the FCC voted along party lines to repeal net neutrality by a 3-2 vote. Net neutrality is the principle that all web traffic must be treated equally.

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