New Jersey state assembly passes three net neutrality bills
New Jersey’s state assembly passed three net neutrality bills. The bill A2131 would direct the state’s Board of Public Utilities to prohibit Internet service providers (ISP) from installing broadband telecommunications infrastructure on certain poles or underground facilities unless they adhere to net neutrality. The bill A2132 would prohibit awarding public contracts to ISPs, unless they adhere to the principle of net neutrality. Finally, the bill A2139 requires cable television companies to commit to net neutrality as a condition of municipal consent or system-wide franchises. Now, the bills will go to the state senate and if they are passed, they would have to be signed by Governor Phil Murphy. Murphy is in favor of net neutrality, he already signed a net neutrality executive order in 2018, and probably will sign new bills as well.