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Denouncing 'FCC's Dangerous Ruling,' Cuomo Signs Order to Protect Net Neutrality in New York


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Denouncing 'FCC's Dangerous Ruling,' Cuomo Signs Order to Protect Net Neutrality in New York

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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Edit News Denouncing 'FCC's Dangerous Ruling,' Cuomo Signs Order to Protect Net Neutrality in New York

"With this executive order, we reaffirm our commitment to freedom and democracy and help ensure that the internet remains free and open to all."

The Federal Communications Commission's move to roll back net neutrality has led to nationwide protests. (Photo: Maria Merkulova/Free Press/Flickr/cc)

In response to a recent move by the Republican-controlled FCC to roll back net neutrality, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order on Wednesday to make New York the second state this week to ensure the consumer protections.

Paired with action taken by Montana on Monday, the orders to preserve net neutrality are being celebrated by free speech and consumer protection advocates, who have mounted a national movement against the FCC ruling, which critics warn enables internet service providers (ISPs) to choose to slow down or block access to certain content.

Governors in NY and MT just signed executive orders for #NetNeutrality. State level legislation is popping up all over the place. Tell your Governor and State Legislators to defend the open Internet! https://t.co/SCT45RZghr

— Fight for the Future (@fightfortheftr) January 24, 2018

Cuomo's executive order (pdf) unequivocally states that in order to receive a state contract, ISPs cannot "block, throttle, or prioritize internet content or applications or require that end users pay different or higher rates to access specific types of content or applications." Similar to the order signed by Montana's Democratic governor, Steve Bullock, the Cuomo order attempts to work around a preemption in the FCC repeal that aims to prevent states from enacting their own net neutrality rules.

"The FCC's dangerous ruling goes against the core values of our democracy, and New York will do everything in our power to protect net neutrality and the free exchange of ideas," Cuomo vowed in a statement. "With this executive order, we reaffirm our commitment to freedom and democracy and help ensure that the internet remains free and open to all."

Cuomo's order declares, "the internet is an essential service that should be available to all New Yorkers," and "the free exchange of information, including the ability to access the content of their choosing secured with net neutrality protections is expected and relied upon by all New Yorkers."

It also chastizes the FCC for opting "to do away with free and open internet protections in order to satisfy corporate interests that are not aligned with those of New Yorkers," and outlines ways the internet is often utilized by businesses, students, educational institutions, state employees, and residents who are accessing government services or seeking to stay in touch with friends and family.

While Cuomo's order attempts to maintain net neutrality protections for residents of his state, New York's elected officials are also involved in efforts to fight the FCC at the federal level. Last week, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced he is leading a coalition of attorneys general from 21 states and D.C. who have filed a lawsuit to challenge the FCC ruling.

While welcoming all efforts to thwart the FCC, open internet advocates continue to argue the best path to ensure net neutrality protections is to nullify the agency's rule changes, which Congress can do by passing a Congressional Review Act resolution.

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Kudos when it’s deserved, as it is here.


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Glad to see New York is resisting. Even a red state, Montana, is resisting this one. We need net neutrality, we Congress to deal with monopolies like Facebook and Google, and we need people to put down their e-readers and go back to reading books printed on paper where the reader’s privacy is not compromised. Actually people do seem to be moving in that direction which is something actually positive in this crazy digital age where privacy to many seems to no longer matter.


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Fascism rises out of failed democracies where elites mouth the feel-your-pain language of liberalism while selling out the public. This was true in 1917 Russia, in Weimar Germany and in the former Yugoslavia.


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From rt.com today, an article today about the US promoting internet freedom in Cuba. “Promoting freedom of speech”?

[https://www.rt.com/usa/416896-cuba-us-internet-task-force/]

Every day, every day, I am so amazed. Am I just wising up or is the world getting weirder every day?


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Hands off to Governor Cuomo and Montana’s Governor and Sneiderman and those 19 States Attorney Generals who I hope can slap Mr. Ajit Pai back down to size-
If we only had enough people with balls in the Congress none of this would be necessary…You can bet that ATT, Verizon and Comcast have oiled their stinking little pockets quite liberally- Don’t you just love maggot whores that infest our Government?