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Montana requires internet neutrality for state contracts

In this Nov. 15, 2016 file photo, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, left, and the governor's budget director, Dan Villa, outline Bullock's proposed budget for July 2017 through June 2019 on Nov. 15, 2016, in Helena, Mont. (Matt Volz / Associated Press)
In this Nov. 15, 2016 file photo, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, left, and the governor's budget director, Dan Villa, outline Bullock's proposed budget for July 2017 through June 2019 on Nov. 15, 2016, in Helena, Mont. (Matt Volz / Associated Press)
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BILLINGS, Mont. – Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has signed an order prohibiting telecommunications companies receiving state contracts from interfering with internet traffic and favoring their own sites and apps.

Monday’s action by the Democratic governor comes after the Federal Communications Commission last month repealed so-called net-neutrality rules that govern broadband providers.

The order says after July 1, to receive a state contract companies must not unreasonably interfere with internet users’ ability to receive the access the content of their choice.

Bullocks office says he’s the first governor in the nation to take such a step. He invited other governor and lawmakers across the United States to duplicate his order.

More than 20 state attorneys general have joined a lawsuit challenging the FCC repeal, which is expected to go into effect this spring.

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