Net neutrality and consumer protection

A bill was introduced this week to protect consumers in response to the 2017 Federal Communications Commission reversal of net neutrality. Net neutrality requires that internet service providers enable access to all content and applications regardless of source, and without favoring or blocking particular websites.

The proposal requires companies doing business in the state or selling services as a vendor of the state of Minnesota to comply with common sense net neutrality principles. The bill would also boost and enforce general consumer protection laws to fight back against fraud, discrimination, and anti-competitive behavior by the dominant internet and telecommunications companies. (SF 2880)