New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order today vowing to protect and strengthen net neutrality rules, despite the FCC’s recent decision to roll back regulations.
Why it matters: New York joins Montana as the only two states to require ISPs to abide by net neutrality rules. But that doesn’t mean the executive orders will stand, as the FCC’s proposal included a provision that blocks state and city governments from independently maintaining regulations, according to The Verge.
After the FCC began its assault on net neutrality earlier this year, several cities and states began looking into ways to protect consumers on their own. Unfortunately, the FCC has decided that it won’t allow that to happen: So to sum up: states can’t pass anything covered in the 2015 net neutrality order, they can’t pass anything the FCC mentioned but didn’t pass in this new order, and they can’t pass anything that would at all make life more difficult for ISPs. That seems to include the stricter privacy rules that Congress voted to throw out earlier this year.