New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo took an affirmative step to counter the FCC's vote in December to end net neutrality. Voicing his outrage in an announcement from his office, the Governor indicated that he signed an Executive Order to "protect and strengthen net neutrality in New York". The Executive Order prohibits New York State’s government from entering into a contract for internet service with an ISP that does not agree to follow net neutrality principles.
The Governor firmly believes that a free and open internet is crucial to the strength of US democracy, indicating that everyone who pays for the internet should be assured to have equal access to the whole internet. If not for the step he has taken, the Governor feels that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will be unimpeded and uninhibited to create “fast and slow lanes” on the internet, motivated by their own financial stakes in content over content they do not profit from.
The Executive Order is intended to reaffirm New York's commitment to freedom and democracy and ensure that the internet remains free and open to all, according to the statement.