California close to enacting nation's strongest net neutrality law

Andrew Cummings
September 3, 2018

To date, 6 states have filed executive orders and 4 states (including California, assuming the governor signs it) have approved laws based on Net Neutrality.

If the California Governor Jerry Brown passes the bill, it would prohibit internet service providers such as AT&T and Comcast from tampering with web traffic to California broadband customers, and make certain that consumers can not be charged extra for streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu.

The FCC did not reply to a request for comment. On Friday, the state Senate tallied enough votes to pass the legislation.

California's Senate already approved an earlier version of the bill in May.


"If there's one thing this victory in California shows it's that Internet users are still royally pissed off about the FCC's repeal of net neutrality".

Federal net neutrality rules have been challenged in lawsuits several times over the past decade and the issue could eventually wind up before the Supreme Court.

"Net neutrality is not dead". "However, the legislation includes extreme provisions rejected by the Obama FCC in 2015 and could threaten the innovation and investment that are the backbone of California's economy". Almost three dozen states have introduced bills to replace the defunct regulations, and three states have already approved them.

The state's legislature on Friday passed a law that would re-institute net neutrality protections the FCC did away with in December.


The bill recently gained support from groups representing firefighters, who are angry at Verizon for throttling Santa Clara County Fire's "unlimited data" while it was fighting the state's largest-ever wildfire.

The bill's author, Sen.

While ISP has definite influence over federal senators, they do not hold the power to fight each and every state to repeal the law. Brown has except the discontinue of September to ponder on the invoice, and he's anticipated to be intensely lobbied by telecommunications companies and particular person groups. In Nebraska, LR 453 would have allowed for an interim study to examine the impact of net neutrality, though this failed. AT&T, which pushed hard against the California bill through its local lobbyists, has called for a national "Internet Bill of Rights" that would cover internet providers and online platforms alike, such as Google and Facebook. "So when Donald Trump's FCC chose to take a wrecking ball to net neutrality protections, we knew that California had to step in to ensure our residents have access to a free and open internet". Supporters of net neutrality rules have been fighting the FCC's ruling on multiple fronts. Wiener, though, argues that zero-rating hurts competition, and eventually could lead to less consumer choice and higher prices. It is sure to set up a fight between broadband providers, which say strict rules would increase their costs, and consumer groups, which seek to ensure that all traffic on the internet is treated equally.

Last month they asked the USA court of Appeal to reject the Trump administration's efforts (the FCC is controlled by its Republican chairman Ajit Pai - appointed by President Trump) to pre-empt states from imposing their own rules guaranteeing an open internet. He sided with the broadband industry, adding that the net neutrality rules were an example of unlawful government overreach.


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