Cuomo signs executive order protecting net neutrality

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JANUARY 24, 2018

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order today to protect and strengthen net neutrality in New York, in light of the FCC's recent ruling.

“I firmly believe that a free and open internet is crucial to the strength of our democracy,” Gov. Cuomo said.

The executive order will prohibit New York State’s government from entering into a contract for internet service with an internet service provider that does not agree to follow net neutrality principles. Service providers receiving or renewing a contract after March 1st in New York will be required to sign an agreement to adhere to the rules of net neutrality.

In December, the FCC rescinded the net neutrality regulations, which barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing web traffic. 

Full text of the executive order [ here ]