PORTLAND, Ore. – Governor Kate Brown signed Oregon’s net neutrality bill into law on Monday morning at Mt. Tabor Middle School.
The bill requires public agencies in Oregon to buy internet service from companies that give equal access to all web traffic.
The bill is in response to the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality. Supporters of the FCC’s decision, including the White House, say the repeal promotes competition and will benefit the economy.
Opponents of the FCC decision, including Gov. Brown and Mt. Tabor students, worry that without net neutrality, internet providers like Comcast will be able to discriminate, block or charge extra for content, as they see fit.
Oregon is also one of almost two dozen states suing the FCC over the net neutrality repeal. That repeal is scheduled to go into effect April 23.