Vermont governor directs state to ensure 'net neutrality'

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February 16, 2018 09:56 AM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is working to ensure that all state contracts with internet providers include net neutrality protections.
Scott, a Republican, on Thursday signed an executive order that applies to all state departments, commissions and boards.
Among the requirement of the order is that internet service providers doing business with the state shall not block lawful content, impair internet traffic or give preferential treatment to some internet traffic.
The federal government recently repealed the requirement that prevented internet providers from slowing or blocking customer access to apps and sites, or from favoring their own sites and apps.
Democratic leaders of the Vermont Legislature welcomed Scott's support for net neutrality, but both the House and Senate are considering net neutrality protection proposals with different details.

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