This crafty tactic may let states get around the FCC on net neutrality

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State governments are becoming pivotal players in the battle over net neutrality. Gov Phil Murphy (D-NJ) this week became one of the latest to adopta new strategy, signing an executive order that effectively forces Internet service providers (ISPs) that do business with the state to abide by strong net neutrality rules. Rather than directly regulating the broadband industry, the executive order imposes procurement obligations on state agencies. Under the order, state officials contracting with ISPs for service may only do so if the providers agree not to block or slow websites, or to offer websites faster delivery to consumers in exchange for an extra fee. As a large consumer of Internet service, said Gov Murphy, the state may be able to pressure ISPs into granting New Jersey residents the same equal-access protections afforded to the government.


This crafty tactic may let states get around the FCC on net neutrality