In order to create a level playing field for all content creators and to overrule the control of the internet service provider, Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington signed a bill that sets the rules for the net neutrality in the US; thus becoming the first state in the US to have its own net neutrality act.
As far as the internet world is concerned, the intellectual property rights and net neutrality have been dominating the headlines for quite some time. Most of the countries have laws for intellectual properties in place but, internet providers across the world were lobbying for not having any law over net neutrality.
Net Neutrality, in principle, means internet users should have freedom over which content one should view or not. Internet Service Providers should not affect the flow of the content favoring one against blocking another.
Washington State residents are getting net neutrality rules back, with the first state law in the U.S. that prevents internet service providers from blocking and slowing down content online https://t.co/WUEHXxu7O1
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 6, 2018
However, not only service providers but also social media websites are believed to have been altering their algorithm to favor one against another.
“We know that when D.C. fails to act, Washington state has to do so,” Gov. Jay Inslee quipped before signing the bill that received bipartisan support. “We know how important this is.” He further added taking swipe at president Trump for allegedly favoring corporates, “a clear case of the Trump administration favoring powerful corporate interests over the interests of millions of Washingtonians and Americans.”
The political battle lines were drawn over Federal Communications Commission repealing the regulations over ISPs on how they should manage digital data. There have been debates and deliberations ever since the FCC dismantled the Obama-regime rules last year.
The new state law comes into effect from June 6 and will ensure internet service providers do not create a fast lane for X website and block the content of Y website. Neither, ISPs can make more money from Z website for viewership access.
It is interesting to see in coming months if Trump administration develops positive views on net neutrality or continues to favor corporates. In the meantime, for ordinary people, this political tussle may not be as fruitful as it appears to be.