Three cheers for the Wash. Legislature & Governor Inslee
State Net Neutrality
March 06, 2018
CLICK TO ENLARGE. Washington Governor Jay Inslee signs that bad boy into law.
(REGIONAL) – If you’re the church goin’ kind you can get on your knees today and thank the good Lord that at least one state in this country isn’t owned and ruled by the current crop of out of control, far right wing corporately owned extremists of the type that that are running (and running amok in) Washington, DC these days.
You know which ones those are. Donald Trump and his Republican controlled Congress. The ones that signed over control of the Internet not long ago to huge media corporations by killing net neutrality.
Of all the bone-headed moves these characters are responsible for since Trump took office, this one ranks up there with one of the worst decisions anyone with a lick of common sense could have made.
In 2015, the FCC created rules against blocking legal content, “throttling traffic and using paid prioritization for some traffic” on the Internet but the bought-and-paid-for morons at the GOP controlled FCC reversed these net neutrality rules earlier this year – after years of intense pressure by huge media companies that stand to reap billions of dollars off that decision without making one cent of extra investment in technology.
It was a naked grab for power and the Trump boys caved in (naturally) to the big media outfits who, like the NRA, shower those sneering little well fed snots with money.
Not that the Democrats are brilliant mind you. Most of those clods are dumb as stale donuts – after all, they lost to one of the worst Presidential candidates in history by running one of the worst candidates (Hillary Clinton) at the worst possible time for such an unqualified, divisive, corporatist shill.
But every once in a wile, the basic commons sense and decency of the Democrats does at least shine through and this is one of those times.
Ergo, three months after our state’s somewhat more enlightened leaders vowed to safeguard net neutrality, Governor Jay “Jumpin Jack Flash” Inslee has signed a bill to protect an open internet in our state with his signature on paper.
With his signature, Washington becomes the first state in the nation to pass a law to protect net neutrality.
Washington’s new law, House Bill 2282, protects those net neutrality rules at the state level, ensuring that internet providers cannot advantageously manipulate internet speeds and access to content.
“Today we make history: Washington will be the first state in the nation to preserve the open internet,” Inslee said during today’s bill signing ceremony. “We’ve seen the power of an open internet. It allows a student in Washington to connect with researchers all around the world — or a small business to compete in the global marketplace. It’s allowed the free flow of information and ideas in one of the greatest demonstrations of free speech in our history.”
Amen brother Jay. You go girl (er, guy).
The law prohibits stink-bag King Cong sized media outfits that offer internet services from blocking legal content, applications, services or “nonharmful devices.”
It will prohibit stink-baggers from impairing — or throttling — internet traffic based on the content internet users consume, or the apps, services and devices they use and it will also prohibit them from favoring certain traffic for the company’s own benefit, a practice referred to as “paid prioritization.”
Stink-baggers have been drooling for years at the prospect of getting that into law.
The new law will also require internet provider companies to disclose certain service information about network management practices, performance and terms to their consumers.
And the amazing thing is this: all this law does is what net neutrality was designed to do in the first place – create a fair playing field in the industry, allowing new businesses to get off the ground without the potential threat of unfair practices by established companies.
So now you know what Trump & the GOP vampires in Washington, DC are all about. They do not want nor have they ever wanted an equal playing field in any aspect of American life.
Just look at who created the sophisticated, democracy-killing political gerrymandering movement, voter suppression laws and who passed a scam “tax cut” package that is nothing short of a huge giveaway to the rich and big corporations at the expense of the working class.
It will take years after the current crop of foul smelling, blood-sucking bums in DC are thrown out, to fix the carnage they’ve wrought in such a short period of time.