NY lawmakers introduce net neutrality bill

Jan 23, 2018

Credit Assembly member Patricia Fahy/Twitter

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York State could adopt its own version of net neutrality under legislation announced by state lawmakers.

The bill would require internet providers doing business with the state or its municipalities to certify that they don't interfere with web traffic or speed to favor certain sites or customers. Supporters say the state can protect consumers by using its lucrative IT contracts as leverage

Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, of Albany, and Sen. David Carlucci, of Clarkstown, detailed their proposal on Tuesday.

Several states are now looking at creating net neutrality rules after a federal policy was repealed in Washington. A group of attorneys general for 21 states and the District of Columbia has sued to block the repeal. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is leading the lawsuit.