Can New Jersey Make Net Neutrality the Law for the Garden State?

An Assembly panel on Monday moved a package of legislation designed to ensure New Jerseyans continue to get all internet content without discrimination or extra charges.

Net neutrality — the idea that all content transmitted over the internet should be treated equally without imposing different charges on specific users, applications, or content — has been a hot topic this past year. In December, the Federal Communications Commission, with the support of President Donald Trump, voted to end the practice. The decision, which is expected to take effect in six weeks, is now tied up in the courts. But many states have been implementing their own legislation in order to keep net neutrality in place.

The New Jersey Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee has issued three measures to require internet service providers operating in the state to continue the practice. It did so after listening to pleas that net neutrality is vital for the enjoyment of citizens, the transaction of business, the conduct of government work, and the continuation of free speech and democracy.

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