CUB’s Bryan McDaniel speaks at an April 8, 2018 press conference on to protect net neutrality in Illinois. “Once we pay Internet providers, we should be able to access all content equally,” he said.
As Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai pushes to kill net neutrality at the federal level, more than 30 states are taking action to preserve those internet consumer protections.
The effective date of the repeal was April 23, but the FCC still has to take certain steps to officially kill the rules. In the meantime, net neutrality battles have been brewing at the state level.
In the Illinois House of Representatives, consumer advocates are working for House Bill 4819, the Broadband Procurement and Disclosure Act, which would require Internet providers that do business with the state to commit to honoring net neutrality principles for everyone in Illinois. Also, companies offering Internet in Illinois would have to disclose practices that could violate those principles.
But big Internet providers are spending big bucks at the Capitol to kill these consumer protections.!
“Right now, consumers can access the internet, not as a luxury but as a necessity,” said Rep. Ann Williams, who is spearheading the bill. “When that’s something that you need for every day life, if that’s for access to government services, to go to school or to do work for small business, we think that should be open for everyone.”
Click the map to see what states are doing to preserve net neutrality.