HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gov. David Ige signed an executive order Monday that requires all state agencies to obtain their internet-related services from providers who agree to abide by net neutrality principles.
In December the Federal Communications Commission voted to end net neutrality rules, a decision that is currently being challenged.
Net neutrality was aimed at prohibiting internet service providers from prioritizing specific users or content for monetary gain.
Without net neutrality, major internet service providers can slow data speeds on competing company websites, or filter and block content that they find unfavorable, critics say.
"An open internet is critically important to our people and our economy, connecting us to the rest of the world, increasing our commerce, fostering innovation, and adding to our economic growth," said Ige in a news release. "I have worked with my cabinet members, members of the House and other stakeholders to protect the integrity of this critical resource."
His executive order takes effect immediately.