Washington State first to take action on Net Neutrality

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On June 6th of this year, Washington was the first state to take action to protect Net Neutrality. I am proud to have been one of the sponsors of this bill. Many folks have difficulty understanding what this issue is about; take this transportation analogy for example: The taxpayers build a highway. Many people use it. Some use it to make money providing different types of access. Some use it to get to work or to the hospital or to educate their children. Other entities provide on-ramps. Some organizations observe who is on the highway and where they go and sell that information and manipulate it for marketing and other purposes.  The on-ramp providers say they are not responsible for what the sellers are doing. They say “we are not making money selling your data but we don’t want you to prohibit us or interfere.” The sellers are offering the on-ramp providers extra money to manage speed of access. The result will be if you are a big corporation you can buy access while the person getting to school, to the doctor, or to work has to wait. The federal government stopped their effort to regulate in the interest of the public. States like Washington are stepping into the breach. Remember, taxpayers paid for this highway.