Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

New Jersey enacts its own net neutrality regulations

New Jersey enacts its own net neutrality regulations

Messages left with internet service providers and the state's telecommunications association haven't been returned.

Schneiderman said allowing providers to decide what people can and cannot view online "would be a disaster" for consumers, businesses, and everyone who cares about a free and open internet.

The FCC made the move despite popular support for net neutrality.

House lawmakers also asked the Governor to issue an immediate Executive Order protecting net neutrality in Hawaii and provided suggested language from recent orders coming out of Montana and NY.

Murphy said deliberations with ISPs have begun and "many, if not all, have said they would adhere [to net neutrality] as a matter of honor".

The executive order will require all ISPs who wish to do business with New Jersey to follow net neutrality principles.

Jessica Gonzalez, CEO of Incharged, a Newark-based operator of cell phone-charging stations, also spoke at the governor's press conference.

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Net neutrality supporters have said that the rules, which in 2015 were adopted during the President Barack Obama administration, are needed to ensure companies providing internet do not abuse their power as internet gatekeepers.

"Net neutrality helps and protects tech companies like mine".

Add New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy to the list of those mandating network neutrality rules for government broadband contracts. Proponents of net neutrality argue it is necessary to maintain a fair marketplace for internet businesses.

Calling an open and free internet vital to state government services and virtually every aspect of daily life in New Jersey, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said that New Jersey is joining a multi-state lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission seeking to block the FCC's rollback of net neutrality.

Murphy's order means that New Jersey joins NY and Montana in banning ISPs that do not follow net neutrality guidelines, which call for all data on the internet to be treated the same and that companies should not charge more for or block information from certain providers.

When the FCC revoked the rules last December, the agency also prohibited states from creating or enforcing their own state-specific net neutrality regulations.

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