It was only in 2015 that the FCC acceded to the millions of activists pressuring it to adopt historic net neutrality rules that keep the internet free and open - allowing people to share and access information of their choosing without interference.More news: Governor: Deal reached to end 9-day teachers' strike
In the wake of the FCC voting 3-2 in favor of dismantling net neutrality rules that were implemented under the Obama administration, several states have drawn up bills to enforce similar regulations at the state level.
Internet service providers are likely to challenge the law in court. Bird stated that, "As more of our economic opportunities such as education, health care, banking, job functions, media viewing and relationships thrive online, the more important it is to preserve consumer choice".
Washington state has stepped up to become the first to fully thumb its nose to the FCC by passing its own Net Neutrality protections.More news: Neymar undergoes successful surgery on injured right foot
A spokesman for CenturyLink said in an email the company bills customers according to speed tiers, noting that customers could upgrade to a higher speed in their tier at no additional cost if the equipment servicing their address is upgraded.
Separately, 21 states, including Washington and OR, have filed a petition to appeal the FCC's action in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in another attempt to block the repeal of the federal net neutrality rules.More news: Egypt, Saudi join hands to face divisive regional interventions
Big telecom companies have said net neutrality rules could undermine investment in broadband and introduce uncertainty about what are acceptable business practices. The companies, Automattic, Etsy, Expa, Kickstarter, Foursquare and Shutterstock, have formed a group called the Coalition for Internet Openness. Net neutrality protects free speech (even speech you don't agree with), something you'd think the folks at the NRA would be able to appreciate. "We've led the world in commercial airlines, we've led the world in software, and today we're leading the world in net neutrality".
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