Jun 13, 2018

Washington state reinstates net neutrality law following FCC repeal

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Photo: Fotoholica Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

When the Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality on Monday, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee did not waste any time reinstating the nationally-repealed rules that same day for the people of Washington.

The big picture: The attempts by individual state governments for net neutrality rules to return isn’t new. But since the FCC's repeal went in to effect on Monday, Washington state’s law, which was signed back in March, is the first to pass and be implemented.

The details: The state law does not allow telecommunications providers to block legal content, slow down traffic and favor certain sites for company’s benefit.

  • It will also require internet providers to “disclose certain service information about network management practices, performance and terms to their consumers.”

Washington isn't alone in similar efforts. Governors of several states like New York, Vermont and Montana have issued executive orders to protect net neutrality for ISPs back in January.

  • Since the beginning of the year, more than 20 states have sued the FCC for issuing the repeal.
  • In December, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka committed to keep the city-owned fiber network net neutral.

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Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.

New York Times says Tom Cotton op-ed did not meet standards

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A New York Times spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that the paper will be changing its editorial board processes after a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for President Trump to "send in the troops" in order to quell violent protests, failed to meet its standards.

Why it matters: The shift comes after Times employees began a coordinated movement on social media on Wednesday and Thursday that argued that publishing the op-ed put black staff in danger. Cotton wrote that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act in order to deploy the U.S. military against rioters that have overwhelmed police forces in cities across the country.