An Act Regarding Net Neutrality and Internet Policy
Sec. 1. 5 MRSA §1541-B is enacted to read:
§ 1541-B. Net neutrality
Nothing in this section limits the authority of the State Controller under any other provision of law to limit or prohibit a state agency or instrumentality of the State from committing state funds.
Upon receipt of information or complaint from any person that an Internet service provider may be failing to meet the requirements of an agreement made under this section, the Attorney General may undertake an investigation and take any action the Attorney General determines appropriate, including, but not limited to, action pursuant to section 192.
This bill prohibits a state agency or instrumentality from committing state funds in a manner that the agency or instrumentality knows would result in a direct payment to an Internet service provider unless the Internet service provider agrees in writing to conform to the requirements of the Federal Communications Commission order, FCC 15-24, adopted on February 26, 2015, known as the Open Internet Order.