Montana enacts net neutrality, provides template for other states to follow

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The first state governor to take net neutrality into the state's hands signed an executive order to protect internet freedom on Monday.

Following the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of the so-called net neutrality regulations, state Democrats are seeking to revive the Obama-era plan on a statewide level. "We can't wait for folks in Washington, D.C., to come to their senses and reinstate these rules".

"Back in the mid-2000s, Minnesota tried to regulate [Voice-over Internet Protocol] as telephone services pursuant to state law to regulate interstate telephone calls", Lyons said. Senate Democrats are now scrambling in search of one more vote to pass legislation that aims to overturn the FCC's decision. Whether other governors actually follow suit will depend on how much authority they have, notes Falcon, as some governors must work with their state legislatures or their public utilities commissions before they can implement such policies.

"Our citizens rely on free and open internet", Bullock said, telling students at Helena High School that protection of rights requires "constant vigilance". From Nov. 21 to December 14, 2017, the general public took the streets and the internet, protesting through major cities, ranting on every form of social media and, most importantly, calling their representatives to try and stop them from voting in favor of repealing the act.

Montana's government will most likely be sued over this, of course, and an executive order isn't flawless.

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According to commentators this action, which is the first of its kind by a governor, could face legal challenges. Companies like Verizon - which has contracts with the government of Montana - are barred from blocking access to some websites and charging more for faster delivery of others.

"We simply can not have 50 different regulations governing our internet", said Sally Aman, US Telecom's senior vice president for public affairs.

As reported by Ars Technica, Gravwell security researcher Leah Figueroa and her team analyzed the more than 22 million comments submitted to the FCC to figure out which were real and which were not.

It's not yet clear whether any part of the FCC's recent decision - including the provisions that prevent states from creating their own rules - will hold up in court.

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