Trying to undo the damage caused by the Trump administration, a group of Nebraska lawmakers, led by Senator Adam Morfeld (D-District 46) introduced a bill Friday to restore rules net neutrality rules in his state.
The “Internet Neutrality Act” (LB856) would restore the former federal rules and prohibit broadband internet service providers from “limiting or restricting access to websites, applications, or content.”
“For me, this is an economic development and consumer protection bill. The internet drives the economy now and it’s critical people have open and fair access to the internet,” state Senator Adam Morfeld (D), who introduced the bill, told a local newspaper.
Morfield said that he’s received widespread support for the bill, across the political spectrum. “I was passionate about it, but I was shocked at the support I received from Republicans, from Democrats and Libertarians,” he said.
Nebraska is not the only state to be using state law to fight the deeply unpopular repeal. In Washington state, lawmakers have introduced similar legislation to broadband companies from creating “fast lanes” of Internet access in order to force consumers to pay more.
Meanwhile, in California last week, lawmakers introduced a bill that reinstates the net neutrality rules at several different levels: it would treat internet service providers as public utilities, block companies that are not following net neutrality rules from from using utility poles, and prohibit government agencies from contracting with internet service providers that do not follow those rules.
Additionally, 16 state attorney generals have pledged to sue the FCC to stop the repeal, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.