Rep. King Opens Net Neutrality Bill File for Utah

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: 
July 12, 2018

Contact:         
Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
(801) 326-1568 | rosschambless@le.utah.gov

Rep. King Opens Net Neutrality Bill File for Utah


SALT LAKE CITY – Representative Brian King has opened a bill file that will require any internet service provider (ISP) who does business with the state of Utah or its subdivisions to adhere to net neutrality principles. 

The Trump Administration’s Federal Communications Commission officially rolled back protections for net neutrality last month.  Net neutrality requires that all data and traffic on the internet should be treated equally and prohibits ISPs from blocking, disparately pricing, or otherwise interfering with internet traffic and content.

“Utahns want basic online fairness and they support open internet principles,” said Representative King. “ISPs should not be able to sell to the highest bidder our basic freedom to access the information we choose to receive.”

Rep. King added, “Given the recent change of position by the FCC to favor powerful ISPs over individual consumers, Utah has to take the lead to support our thriving tech industries and protect access to online information.

Polling shows the overwhelming majority of Americans – including most Republicans – consistently support net neutrality. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, more than half the states have introduced similar legislation in response to the FCC’s rollback of net neutrality. 

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