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Is Your State Fighting for Net Neutrality? - California On Track Toward Strictest Net Neutrality Protections

by Countable | Updated on 5.31.18

In December, the Federal Communications Commission voted to dismantle net neutrality regulations, allowing internet providers to speed up – or slow down – access to apps and websites.

Almost immediately, states announced plans to halt the FCC’s ruling. In response, AT&T urged Congress to create an "Internet Bill of Rights" to provide clarity – and consistency – for telecommunications companies.

Here is how states are challenging the net neutrality rollback:

California

On May 30, 2018 the California State Senate passed a bill that would impose the strictest set of net neutrality protections in the country.

Senate Bill 822 goes beyond the Obama-era's original net neutrality protections. If passed, the proposed rules would ban data-cap exemptions and bar ISPs from offering sponsored content.

The bill was introduced by state Senator Scott Wiener (D), who tweeted:

Wiener added in a statement:

"When Donald Trump's FCC took a wrecking ball to the Obama-era net neutrality protections, we said we would step in to make sure that California residents would be protected from having their internet access manipulated. We have a lot more work to get this bill through the Assembly, but this is a major win in our fight to re-instate net neutrality in California."

The bill now moves to the State Assembly.


On March 14, 2018, state Senator Scott Wiener (D) introduced a bill that goes beyond the Obama-era's original net neutrality protections. If passed, the bill would ban data cap exemptions. As Wired explained, "For example, AT&T would no longer be allowed to exempt its DirectTV Now video-streaming service from its customers' data caps while counting data consumed by competing services like Sling TV."


On January 29, 2018, the California State Senate approved a bill to uphold net neutrality protections.

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra is also joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

Connecticut

State AG George Jepsen is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

Delaware

State AG Matt Denn is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

Hawaii

State AG Douglas Chin is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

Illinois

State AG Lisa Madigan is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

Iowa

State AG Tom Miller is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

Kentucky

State AG Andy Beshear is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

Maine

State AG Janet Mills is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

Maryland

State AG Brian Frosh is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

Massachusetts

State AG Maura Healey is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

Minnesota

State AG Lori Swanson is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

Mississippi

State AG Jim Hood is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

Montana

On January 22, 2018, Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) signed an executive order that prevents ISPS with state contracts from blocking content or charging more for faster delivery of websites.

Montana Governor Implements Net neutrality Protections

Nebraska

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."

Nebraska First Red State to Craft Net neutrality Law

New Jersey

On February 5, 2018, the Garden State's Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, signed an executive order requiring that "all future [state] contracts for Internet, data, and telecommunications be awarded only to ISPs that adhere to 'net neutrality' principles."

New Mexico

State AG Hector Balderas is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

New York

On January 25, 2017 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) signed an executive order that prevents internet service providers (ISPs) with state contracts from blocking content or charging more for faster delivery of websites.

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is leading the coalition of 22 Democratic state AGs filing suit against the FCC rollback.

North Carolina

State AG Josh Stein is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

Oregon

March 6, 2018: A bill to bring a local version of net neutrality to Oregon has passed the state legislature and is headed to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.

Though some Republicans opposed the bill, several in each chamber joined Democrats in supporting the legislation.


State AG Ellen Rosenblum is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

Pennsylvania

State AG Josh Shapiro is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.


Rhode Island

April 25, 2018: Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo ordered that state agencies can only use internet providers that observe net neutrality rules.

In her executive order, Raimondo said Rhode Islanders “rely on the free exchange of information on the internet including the ability to access the content of their choosing.”


State AG Peter Kilmartin is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

Vermont

State AG T.J. Donovan is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

Virginia

State AG Mark Herring is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

Washington

On March 5, 2018, Washington became the first state to approve its own net neutrality rules.

"We know that when D.C. fails to act, Washington state has to do so,” Gov. Jay Inslee said before signing the bill that lawmakers passed with bipartisan support. “We know how important this is.”


On February 28, 2018, the Washington state legislature passed what's being called "the country's toughest net neutrality legislation."

The bill applies to all ISPs, not just those with state contracts.

“It’s swift bipartisan action to protect net neutrality, which is terrific,” the bill’s main sponsor, Democratic representative Drew Hansen, told Fast Company.


State AG Bob Ferguson is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

District of Columbia

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine is joining 21 other Democratic state AGs in suing the FCC over its attempt to repeal net neutrality.

What do you think?

Do you want your state to implement net neutrality protections? Or should states respect the federal mandate? Hit Take Action and let your reps know, then comment below.

—Josh Herman

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  • RadicalModerate
    02/01/2018
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    We have the right to an open internet, and while we’re addressing these issues let’s look at public broadband. Gasp, public? Yes, like the interstate highway system. Can you imagine driving across America on toll roads owned by huge corporations? It would take a month and cost a fortune in tolls.

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  • Dave
    02/01/2018
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    Every state in the union should be fighting the FCC on net neutrality, by putting it in their state constitution, that or voting out every representatives and trump out of office. It only your democracy at stake. This is what dictators do to control people, is limit and control information.. People will say this is what help Russia /Trump, which is not true, what help Trump is no one wanted the truth and wanted the snake oil fake news opinion from the extreme right and Russia. You would think by now people would wise up, if it is too good to be true, it is not true. Sort of like the state of the union. Trump hate for people in general will show up in corporate America work place.

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  • Rick
    02/01/2018
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    Over the last couple of decades, the internet has evolved from something only a select few nerds, schools, government groups, and businesses could access to something that we all rely on for a large portion of our daily lives as well as the quick, easy exchange of ideas. The idea that corporations with mainly the bottom line on their minds could be in control of something like that is sickening to me. I applaud the efforts of the States. This is the will of the people at work.

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  • David
    02/01/2018
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    Net neutrality is needed. Without it you restrict access to information and data. Allowing a few companies to have the throttle on information is the same as having governmental controls on news stories. Control by the few and the elite is why we fought a revolutionary war.

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  • katzale
    01/31/2018
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    Come on Colorado! We should be leading the country in this issue! Additionally, I Know that my students wrote you letters about keeping net neutrality and just reminding you that they will be voting soon enough.

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  • Kyle
    02/01/2018
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    Please please please help us keep this incredibly important resource open to all Americans.

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  • Jb
    02/01/2018
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    PROUD to be a Californian! Proud of all the states joining this lawsuit!! Why do republicans claim they want LESS government until it works for their good? Our government is meant to help and protect us (and not just from terrorist attacks). Removing net neutrality only protects the corporations and leaves the citizen hanging out to dry in a sand storm. Buh-bye, AT&T!

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  • Joanne
    01/31/2018
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    I am grateful New York is working to keep Net Neutrality. I wish all states and all senators would do the same. This should be a bipartisan deal. Net Neutrality is what the people want. Each state making their own rules for carriers is a good thing. This makes it hard for them and now they want the repeal of Net Neutrality changed.

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  • Chickie
    02/01/2018
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    Please Senator Robert Casey, (D-PA), please fight to bring Net Neutrality to Pennsylvania! Senator Toomey won’t fight for his constituents, as he represents the Koch’s! I know that you listen to the PA voices.

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  • Brian
    02/01/2018
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    Represent your constituents and fight for net neutrality not your party or we will vote in someone who will

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  • Janet
    02/02/2018
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    I support net neutrality. Please continue to fight the Trump administration on this issue.

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  • Paul
    02/01/2018
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    The state of Florida needs to get behind the other states that are trying to save the internet from corporate takeover. Join them in the lawsuit TODAY!

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  • Amber
    02/02/2018
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    I will absolutely vote for whomever supports Net neutrality.

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  • Liam
    02/01/2018
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    I trust in my reps and AG Healey to protect our fundamental right to a free internet. Our Commonwealth stands opposed to the FCC ruling and rightfully so!

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    02/01/2018
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    Look at how much this is costing the Taxpayers. First the Republicans spent millions in meetings and corresponding and consulting to scheme up this corrupt legislation. Now, the states are spending billions of taxpayers hard-working, underpaid dollars to fight this unethical legislation. Then if it remains as law, taxpayers, the citizens will be paying more personally for Internet service or suffer, and they will get hit again at their place of employment as an employee, then they will get hit again, as a consumer when they purchase services at a entity that is driven by the Net, and has been negatively impacted, because they cannot afford to compete with huge corporations whom, are receiving huge discounts to suck up the majority of the bandwidth and whom are also paying zero taxes, because of their corrupt tax deals they made with Republicans.

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  • Donna
    02/01/2018
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    Fight to protect us from being beaten by the interests of the 1%ers/ BIG BUSINESS.

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  • Charles
    02/01/2018
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    My state is not and should not. Internet was fine before net neutrality it’s still working fine now. I mean, your reading this aren’t you?

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  • Abbi
    03/05/2018
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    NH must be among the states suing the FCC or enacting our own net neutrality laws.

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  • Mark
    02/06/2018
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    I sure noticed a slowdown in downloading, soon after the decision was made...Money talks. And the public doesn’t matter to the government elites. 🖕

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  • MicaelSerna
    03/14/2018
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    I'm glad California is in support of The Net Neutrality rulings and will further enact it.

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