NY decrees net neutrality for web firms with state contracts

New York state will require all internet providers to observe net neutrality or risk losing their eligibility for state contracts.

Posted: Jan 24, 2018 12:57 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state will require all internet providers to observe net neutrality or risk losing their eligibility for state contracts.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo enacted the policy through executive order Wednesday, following a similar move by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday. Several states are considering how to respond after a federal net neutrality policy was repealed by the Federal Communications Commission last month.

New York state legislators had pushed for the new policy as a way to protect consumers by using the state's lucrative information technology contracts as leverage over internet companies.

A group of attorneys general for 21 states and the District of Columbia has sued to block the repeal of the policy, which had banned companies from interfering with web traffic or speeds to favor certain sites or apps.

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