Separately, 21 states, including Washington and OR, have filed a petition to appeal the FCC's action in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in another attempt to block the repeal of the federal net neutrality rules.
Washington's new law, House Bill 2282, protects those net neutrality rules at the state level, ensuring that internet providers can not advantageously manipulate internet speeds and access to content. "It's allowed the free flow of information and ideas in one of the greatest demonstrations of free speech in our history".
Net neutrality requires internet service providers to treat all online content the same, meaning they can't deliberately speed up or slow down traffic from specific websites to put their own content at advantage over rivals.
Your internet service should be free of slow lanes and corporate favoritism if legislation just signed in Washington state and awaiting the governor's signature in OR works as intended.
Internet service companies have argued consumers won't notice a change, but they also lobbied hard to eliminate net neutrality, arguing that fewer regulations will allow them to create new services.
The repeal, supported by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the major cable and telecom companies and opposed by large and small tech Internet companies, garnered intense public interest.
But: As the Verge notes the FCC actually chose to prohibit states from introducing their own laws like this. "The states have a full right to protect our citizens where the federal government has gone AWOL". State attorneys general have sued to overturn the FCC's new rules.
The bill (PDF) was signed by Democrat Governor Jay Inslee into law on Monday night. And it will prohibit them from favoring certain traffic for the company's own benefit, a practice referred to as paid prioritization. (Oregon is also going in that direction.) But will Washington state's new framework make the Evergreen State an inviting target for lawsuits, given the FCC's attempts to prevent the states from circumventing the Feds? Washington's law will take effect in June.
"We feel very confident in our position", Inslee said.
"This is not a partisan issue", Republican State Rep. Norma Smith said in a statement.