Rep. Hansen: Net-Neutrality ruling affirms that “States have a right to protect their consumers.”

OLYMPIA – On Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling which prevents the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from blocking individual states from passing net-neutrality laws. In 2017 the FCC announced it would end national net neutrality protections. Washington then became the first state in the nation to enact state-level net neutrality protections with a bill by Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island), which passed with broad bipartisan support.

“Today’s court decision confirms that the FCC cannot prevent states like Washington from protecting our consumers by enacting our own net neutrality laws,” said Hansen. “Today’s decision should encourage other states to follow Washington’s lead: we were the first in the country to enact state-level legislation to protect net neutrality, and we did it with broad bipartisan support.”

The ruling maintains the FCC acted within the law when it reversed federal net-neutrality protections in 2019. However, it leaves the door open for other states to follow the example set by states like Washington, Oregon, and California to pass net-neutrality protections for their residents.