“Our principles of openness and fairness, or net neutrality, allow small business owner and individual users to access the internet without interference from broadband service providers,” Chaudhuri said at a net neutrality roundtable he hosted Monday.
The U.S. Senate voted narrowly last week to keep the Obama-era rules, and some states are fighting the repeal.
Governors in six states have signed executive orders requiring internet providers who sign government contracts to ad to net neutrality principles, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Legislators in 29 states have introduced net neutrality bills, the NCSL says.
The FCC’s net neutrality repeal included rules that block the states from setting up their own regulations.
Courts may end up deciding whether Washington, and perhaps other states, can impose their own net neutrality laws.