Bullock orders internet providers to accept net neutrality to win Montana state contracts

Bullock orders internet providers to accept net neutrality to win Montana state contracts


THE FIRST STATE IN THE NATION TO SAFEGUARD INTERNET FREEDOM. GOVERNOR STEVE BULLOCK SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER REQUIRING INTERNET PROVIDERS TO COMMIT TO NET NEUTRALITY PRINCIPLES TO RECEIVE STATE CONTRACTS. BULLOCK MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT THIS MORNING , IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER SCIENCE CLASS AT HELENA HIGH SCHOOL. THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION REPEALED NATIONAL RULES REGULATING NET NEUTRALITY LAST MONTH. BULLOCK SAYS THAT BY JULY, ANY COMPANY THAT GETS AN INTERNET OR DATA CONTRACT FROM THE STATE MUST COMMIT TO NEVER BLOCK OR SLOW DOWN LAWFUL CONTENT OR SERVICES OR GIVE FAVORABLE TREATMENT TO SOME CONTENT IN EXCHANGE FOR PAYMENTS. A NUMBER OF INTERNET PROVIDERS IMMEDIATELY MADE STATEMENTS PROMISING TO CONTINUE FOLLOWING THOSE PRINCIPLES. BULLOCK SAID MONTANANS EXPECT A FREE AND OPEN INTERNET. “WHAT WE’RE ASKING NOW IS TO MAKE SURE THAT, MORE THAN JUST STATEMENTS, THAT THEY WILL COMMIT TO THAT. SO THERE ARE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS OF WHAT THEY WILL NEED TO ADHERE TO, AND ALSO THE INFORMATION THAT THEY’LL HAVE TO GIVE TO ALL MONTANANS WHEN IT COMES TO NET NEUTRALITY.” BULLOCK ALSO URGED LEADERS FROM OTHER STATES TO MAKE THIS SAME TYPE OF COMMITMENT, FOR THE BETTER OF CONSUMERS.

Danny Hutson

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