Montana is the beacon of internet freedom in the U.S. after Governor Steve Bullock signed an executive order requiring internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality rules.
Last month, the Federal Communications Commission overturned Obama-era net regulations that restricted ISPs from throttling content from potential rivals. Hypothetically, if Verizon decides it wants to slow down your Netflix stream because it is heavily invested in Hulu, it would be legally allowed to do so.
Montana's law states that any ISP looking to score a contract with the state government can not engage in throttling web content or creating internet fast lanes under the executive order.
"There has been a lot of talk around the country about how to respond to the recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission to repeal net neutrality rules, which keep the internet free and open. It's time to actually do something about it," Bullock said in a statement.
"This is a simple step states can take to preserve and protect net neutrality. We can't wait for folks in Washington D.C. to come to their senses and reinstate these rules."
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