Juneau, AK (AP) - One Alaska lawmaker is hoping to make net neutrality a state practice, despite the recent repeal of that sort of regulation at the federal level.
According to the Associated Press, the bill is being introduced by Democratic State Rep. Scott Kawasaki; he says that net neutrality is essential to small businesses in Alaska.
"Net neutrality is more than just a lofty concept, it's a necessity, especially for Alaska's small businesses," he said. "Eliminating net neutrality will make it more difficult for small businesses to compete against large established businesses who can afford to pay for higher speeds and increased access to information."
Without net neutrality, internet providers will be able to speed up, slow down, or even block websites, requiring users to pay a premium to access their favorite sites, Kawasaki said.
Kawasaki said he intends to formally introduce the bill on Tuesday.