New York State will follow Montana in prohibiting state agencies from buying internet service from companies that don’t agree to follow net neutrality requirements. Cuomo Signs Executive Order
David Royse | LedeTree
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order that made New York the second state to require internet service providers to promise not to favor any particular internet content over other content if they want contracts with state government.
Net neutrality means treating all legal internet content the same, which is to say that New York internet service providers, if they want state business, must not block, slow down or otherwise impair or degrade any legal internet traffic on the basis of content.
The move follows the Federal Communications Commission’s vote in December that repealed similar requirements for all telecom companies nationwide. Several state lawmakers in various states have since introduced legislation that would require so-called “net neutrality”in the states – but no state has yet passed any such legislation. Its unclear, and likely would be the subject of a court challenge, as to whether states can implement their own net neutrality rules in the wake of the federal decision to drop the rules.
“The FCC’s dangerous ruling goes against the core values of our democracy, and New York will do everything in our power to protect net neutrality and the free exchange of ideas,” Cuomo said in a press release. “With this executive order, we reaffirm our commitment to freedom and democracy and help ensure that the internet remains free and open to all.”
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed a similar order on Monday.