Governor Bullock signed an executive order that added abiding to net neutrality as one of the requirements of receiving state contracts. Consumer advocates, internet companies like Facebook and Google, and nonprofits, including the New York Public Library, say an open internet is essential to free speech and innovation. "Together, we can save the open internet, and serve the internet-users we represent", reads the MEPs' letter to the US Congress.
The Internet & Television Association hosted a meeting two weeks ago among ISP members of Broadband for America to discuss the Congressional Review Act measure to rollback the FCC's rescinding of its 2015 net neutrality rules.
The EU and United States have, at times, clashed over net neutrality, but Schaake said the FCC's recent decision is a major setback.
In any event, some observers also say that the type of order signed by Bullock may withstand a legal test, even if judges reject a broader challenge to the FCC's net neutrality order. "We can't wait for folks in Washington DC to come to their senses and reinstate these rules".
Last week, a group of 21 US state attorneys general and the District of Columbia, filed legal papers to challenge the FCC's decision to do away with net neutrality while Democrats said they needed just one more vote in the Senate to repeal the FCC ruling.
The governor said on Monday that he is encouraging his counterparts and legislators in other states to follow suit, promising to personally email a copy of his order to any who ask for it. They can block and throttle traffic all they want - they just won't get government business if they do.
The executive order attempts to extend the net neutrality protections to residents and private businesses in Montana.
"When the FCC repealed its net neutrality rules, it said consumers should choose", Bullock said in his statement.
"The Internet is on a mission to save net neutrality, and lawmakers that stand in our way will regret it", Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, said last week.
Telcos that don't comply can still operate in Montana, but will be ineligible to receive any service contracts with government agencies.
The executive order notably sets the terms on which the State of Montana will be making purchases and makes a preference for a free and open internet clear.
Charter, CenturyLink, Verizon and AT&T are among the broadband providers with government contracts in the state, so the order would have far-reaching implications.