This bill will prevent internet service providers that work with public bodies, such as state and local governments and school districts, from creating “paid prioritization” for preferred services. Now it just needs the governor’s signature.
“In Oregon, we want to make sure that access to the internet is a level playing field, instead of exacerbating economic disparity,” Brown said in a written statement.
About two dozen other states have introduced similar bills, and there are also net neutrality bills in the Senate and House of Representatives. No dates have been set for a vote in the Senate or House, but enough backers have signed the Senate version to force a vote on the proposed bill.
Oregon will join Washington State, which is the first state to pass a law and have it signed by their governor. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed a net neutrality law that will take effect on June 6, 2018.
Other states, such as New York, have had executive orders signed to require similar rules as the Oregon House bill.
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