New York state regulators have ruled that a new version of a popular folding chair is not subject to the federal government’s rules of net neutrality.
The state’s Democratic-controlled State Assembly passed the new chair on Monday.
The chair is one of a number of popular items that have been proposed or sold by companies to circumvent the rules of the Federal Communications Commission.
The chair will be available in about 50 cities and states across the country, including New York, California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington state.
The new chair is also available at Amazon and eBay.
The commission has yet to make a final decision on whether to approve the chair.
Last year, the FCC voted 5-4 to allow Internet service providers to offer cheaper or faster data plans than they offer traditional telephone services, but the agency later dropped that provision.
The agency said it would reexamine the rules after it releases a report in 2019 that is expected to recommend more sweeping changes.
“The new chair will not significantly impact the amount of time it takes to upload, download, or otherwise download, but it will still have a major impact on how much time it took for consumers to use Internet services in the first place,” the FCC said in a statement.
Internet providers have also sought to dodge the FCC’s net neutrality rules by using a loophole in a 2009 court order to sell “fast lanes” to Internet service companies that are allowed to offer faster services to consumers.
Those companies can offer faster data services to customers who pay a monthly fee.
Supporters of the new folding chair, which sells for $50, say it is a simple way for the company to speed up internet speeds for people who have limited or no money to pay for high-speed internet.
“It’s a simple and elegant solution to a problem,” David Pate, a lobbyist for the New York State Assembly, said in an interview.