SALEM, Ore. — A bill aimed at keeping net neutrality on life support in Oregon will become a law with Governor Brown's signature on Monday, April 9. Governor Brown intends to sign the bill at Mount Tabor Middle School in Portland, according to a statement from her office.
House Bill 4155 requires that public entities (such as any government agency) exclusively contract with internet service providers (ISPs) who maintain the standards of net neutrality.
"The internet has democratized knowledge and is an invaluable tool for education. It’s so important that it remains open and accessible for everyone," said Governor Brown. "In Oregon, we want to make sure that access to the internet is a level playing field, instead of exacerbating economic disparity."
Net neutrality was officially adopted by the Obama-era Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2015, before Trump-appointed FCC comissioners revoked the standards in December of 2017. Prior to 2015, net neutrality was something of an unofficial state-of-being for internet service.
Under net neutrality, activities such as paid priorization, content blocking, or discriminating between different types of content were all prohibited. HB 4155 aims to encourage ISPs to adhere to those (no longer binding) standards, in order to secure contracts with government agencies in Oregon.
Below you can find a Tweet from FCC Chair Ajit Pai on the eve of net neutrality's repeal.
Today, I’m proposing to repeal the heavy-handed Internet regulations imposed by the Obama Administration and to return to the light-touch framework under which the Internet developed and thrived before 2015. In @WSJopinion: https://t.co/uDIiKr6YHF
— Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) November 21, 2017