Washington becomes 1st state to approve net-neutrality rules

State progressives are seeing a flood of their legislative priorities reach Gov. Jay Inslee. David Ryder  Getty Images

State progressives are seeing a flood of their legislative priorities reach Gov. Jay Inslee. David Ryder Getty Images

Under the new law signed by Gov. Jay Inslee this week, internet providers in Washington can not throttle internet speeds or restrict access to legal content. The Obama-era FCC rules were created to prevent internet service providers, such as Comcast or AT&T, from controlling what people view on the internet. The regulations also prohibited providers from favoring some sites and apps over others.

The state legislature passed the new law on Saturday 3 March, which means that no licensed therapists can practise any attempt to change a minor's sexual orientation.

Washington is one of more than 20 states to introduce legislation seeking to ban the devices after the October 1 attack in Nevada - the deadliest in modern US history.

In July 2019, it will become illegal to own or possess a bump stock in the state. It's unclear when Oregon's measure would be signed into law.

As student loan debt throughout the country continues to climb, Washington state lawmakers are looking to establish more protections from predatory loans for college students.

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California, Massachusetts, and New Jersey have already banned bump stocks. Washington's law will take effect in June.

The law will prohibit companies that offer internet services from blocking legal content, applications, services or non-harmful devices.

"The repeal of net neutrality would turn internet service providers into gatekeepers - allowing them to put profits over consumers while controlling what we see, what we do, and what we say online", New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement at the time. The measure also sought to filter appeals for denials of public records requests through the committees in the House and the Senate, rather than a court.

He said that because the internet is an interstate service, only Congress can pass legislation "that gives all consumers and internet services providers the clarity and consistency needed for a free and open internet".

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