Montana has become the first state to enact its own net neutrality rules, and is urging other states to follow.
Governor Steve Bullock signed an executive order mandating internet service providers in the state adhere to 2015 net neutrality rules.
FILE – In this Sept. 7, 2017 file photo, Montana Governor Steve Bullock speaks before a U.S. Senate committee Capitol Hill in Washington. The Democrat signed an executive order Monday prohibiting telecommunications companies from receiving state contracts if they interfere with internet traffic or favor higher-paying sites or apps. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File )
The mandate states that in order for new ISP’s to be granted state contracts they must agree not to throttle any service.
The FCC has not commented on whether legal action would be taken against Montana as 20 states and D.C. have sued to block the repeal.
The governor’s office says the executive order goes into effect immediately, with a six month grace period allotted to ensure ISP’s servicing in Montana are in compliance.