On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took matters into his own hands to keep net neutrality in place when he signed an executive order that preserves open internet protections for New Yorkers.
According to AMNewYork.com, “The order prohibits internet service providers, or ISPs, from entering into contracts with the state government unless they agree to policies that mirror the FCC’s former net neutrality rules, including a ban on internet speed throttling and the arbitrary blocking of sites.”
Cuomo was against the FCC’s decision back in December to nullify the nationwide protections. The New York governor called the move a “dangerous ruling,” that “goes against the core values of our democracy.”
“New York will do everything in our power to protect net neutrality and the free exchange of ideas,” Cuomo said in a statement.
Despite what most Americans being against the FCC’s decision, the agency’s chair Ajit Pai claimed that net neutrality held the ISPs back from tech innovations.
Cuomo isn’t the only political leader fighting for net neutrality. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is leading a movement of 22 state prosecutors in a lawsuit against the FCC over the repeal.
Also, on Monday, Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed a similar executive order as the one Cuomo signed on Wednesday.