Montana first state to implement net neutrality following FCC repeal

Montana first state to implement net neutrality following FCC repeal

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) signed an executive order Monday requiring internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality rules, according to the newspaper ‘The Hill.’

The order makes Montana the first state to push back on the Federal Communications Commission’s repealing of the open internet rules in December. In a statement, Bullock called the order a simple step states can take to protect net neutrality.

“We can’t wait for folks in Washington D.C. to come to their senses and reinstate these rules,” Bullock said.

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

The Republican FCC voted to overturn those rules in December.

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.

Bullock said on Monday that he’s encouraging other states to follow his lead, promising to personally email a copy of his order to any other legislators who ask for it.