A coalition that includes civil libertarians and online businesses said the Legislature’s final passage on June 12 of a “net neutrality” bill sets Maine ahead of other states in taking a stand for nondiscriminatory access to the Internet.

The resolve, enacted by the House of Representatives on June 11 and Senate on June 12, instructs the Maine public advocate’s office to monitor state and federal activity relating to Internet access. The public advocate must also submit a report to the Legislature’s Utilities and Energy Committee by Feb. 1, 2008.