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Nebraska First Red State to Craft Net Neutrality Law

by Countable | 1.11.18

What’s the story?

Nebraska has joined California, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington in introducing legislation to uphold net neutrality rules.

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission voted to dismantle net neutrality regulations, allowing internet service providers (ISPs) to speed up – or slow down – access to apps and websites.

Why does it matter?

The 3-2 FCC vote was along party lines, with the committee’s three Republican members voting to dismantle net neutrality protections.

Nebraska is the first reliably red state to buck the GOP-led decision. The "Internet Neutrality Act," introduced by Democratic Sen. Adam Morfeld, would restore net neutrality rules at the state level, banning ISPs from “limiting or restricting access to web sites, applications, or content.”

Morfeld told the Lincoln Journal Star that the bill has support from across the political spectrum.

"I knew I was passionate about it, but I was shocked at the support I received from Republicans, from Democrats and Libertarians."

What do you think?

Do you want your state reps to introduce similar legislation? Or should they respect the federal mandate? Hit Take Action and let them know, then comment below.

—Josh Herman

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(Photo Credit: Backbone Campaign via Flickr)

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  • Donna
    01/11/2018
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    If the Congress of the US did their job, individual state laws would not be required. They could have stopped the vote in December, especially amid all the questions regarding the comment period, but chose to ignore the will of their constituents and let the FCC do whatever it wanted. In this case, what they wanted was to support big business over consumers, again. When is Colorado going to join in and support their residents over the greedy, corrupt, monopolistic ISPs and give us back our Net Neutrality protections?

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  • BeStrong
    01/11/2018
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    Net Neutrality is not a partisan issue. The Congress has not acted on behalf of the People but on behalf of lobbyists interests. Raise your voice. #NetNeutrality #Vote2018 #Vote2020

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  • Leo
    01/11/2018
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    Since the federal government has dropped the ball on net neutrality, it’s up to the states to step in.

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  • John
    01/11/2018
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    If the Fascist GOP/45 regime refuses to listen to the citizens then the citizens should urge the States to listen. Oh, and then, vote the GOP into oblivion!

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  • PaxAmericana
    01/11/2018
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    This is Yellow Journalism at its finest. Red State introduces net neutrality legislation? What they failed to mention was that it was introduced by a Democrat and likely won’t pass. Nothing to see here. *****

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  • Norma
    01/12/2018
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    Net Neutrality must remain...or we will welcome tyranny.

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  • Lori
    01/12/2018
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    California, Massachusetts, New York, Washington and Nebraska have all introduced legislation to uphold net neutrality rules because they recognize that it is in the best interests of their citizens. Censorship of free speech and the access to it are un-American, in the image of places like North Korea. That corporations would be doing it, with the permission of the overly business-friendly GOP (especially after the high jacking of the public comment process by fake identities) is reassuring to no one. The result would be a stifling of new business startups who would not be able to compete giants like Amazon for access to potential customers. Small business is the engine that drives the US economy. The repeal of net neutrality rules is therefore bad for the economy. The return of it should not require a state-by-state effort. We need congress to step up for the American people and establish net neutrality in federal law.

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  • Dara
    01/12/2018
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    Yeah! Go states!

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  • Anne
    01/13/2018
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    Net Neutrality is important to us all. If the federal (GOP) government won’t do the right thing we need to look to the states to support and protect the America people! Way to go, Nebraska!!!

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  • S
    01/11/2018
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    Go states!!! States would do a better job of running the country.

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    01/11/2018
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    Interesting. I agree that Net Neutrality is not a partisan issue. I would like to point out that nearly 100% of every Liberal agenda item is not partisan as Liberals fight for ALL people equally and believe that All people are created equal. If we all believed that all people are equal, we may not have the partisan issues, the unethical, inhumane or moral issues.

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  • Truly
    01/11/2018
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    Here’s a solution: stop voting for crooks and lock up the ones taking bribes to vote against the people’s interests.

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  • PaxAmericana
    01/12/2018
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    Firstly, whether you support net neutrality or not, please understand that getting rid of it will NOT destroy the internet. It’s only 18 months old, and the World Wide Web worked just fine before it. Secondly, if the Democratic truly represent “everyone” then that should include those that don’t subscribe to their beliefs. Sadly, the prevailing mantra is that everyone is equal and should have a voice, unless you are: Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Pro-Guns, Pro-Business, Pro-Small Government, Pro-Military, Pro-Free Market, or Pro-Security. Double think from the LEFT, and hypocrisy at its finest. The total suppression of all ideals contrary to yours: that is the mark of fascism.

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  • Johnny
    01/12/2018
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    This is a complete win for lobbyists and their pawns in Congress.

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  • Imnot
    01/15/2018
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    I wish my state did this net neutrality is vital to a successful future for millions

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  • Pam
    01/11/2018
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    Ending Net Neutrality was highly unpopular and voters will not forget that the GOP controlled FCC voted to eliminate it. We are hoping that either the states will ban together or that congress will pass a bill to keep Net Neutrality safe. We are keeping score and watching how our politicians are voting on this and other issues and will remind voters come election time.

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  • Shari
    01/12/2018
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    442,778. Net neutrality is an important part of a free society. If utilities are allowed to pick and choose sites, slow down or throttle, charge more for some sites then our content is being managed and filtered to what the company wants us to see or priced out of reach of some families. As elected MoC you are obligated to work for your constituents not your donors. Even though you received $442,778 in contributions from the industry PACs Senator Toomey you need to vote for your constituents.

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  • GatewayJohn
    01/12/2018
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    Go Cornhuskers

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  • Ann
    01/15/2018
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    If you Texas congressmen truly believe in states’ rights, please encourage reinstatement of net neutrality laws for Texas.

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  • Jeanne
    01/11/2018
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    To quote Leo: “Since the federal government has dropped the ball on net neutrality, it’s up to the states to step in.”

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