Although the vast majority of Americans are in favor of net neutrality, political support for net neutrality in the U.S. varies from state to state.
New Jersey, as a state, ranks No. 2 for support of net neutrality with a score of 15.64. As a state, New Jersey introduced 10 bills in the past two years that aim to protect net neutrality.
Comparitech researchers rated every U.S. state on its support for net neutrality. Each state was scored in the following categories: legislation, senator support, attorney general support, town support and mayoral support. The maximum score achievable was 16.
The New Jersey Net Neutrality Act was established in 2018, which prohibits network traffic prioritization. Gov. Phil Murphy also signed an executive order requiring that all future contracts with his administration regarding broadband internet be awarded to ISPs that adhere to net neutrality principles, and 13 out of 14 New Jersey state senators support net neutrality. The state Attorney General also signed the petition against the FCC and Newark and Princeton have petitioned on the side of Mozilla against the FCC.
The data found that the top 17 states with the highest scores in favor of net neutrality all voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, demonstrating how political support is deeply divided along party lines, Comparitech said.