California approves net neutrality bill considered the strongest in the country

Muriel Hammond
September 2, 2018

When the FCC voted to do away with Obama-era net neutrality protections, it also instituted a rule that states could not enact their own versions of those protections.

Jerry Brown will decide whether California should have the nation's strongest protections for net neutrality rules meant to ensure a level playing field on the internet after the measure cleared the final legislative hurdle on Friday. In June, it became the first state to pass internet privacy legislation, giving consumer more control over their personal data.

The 58-17 vote Thursday was surprisingly lopsided after the Assembly was seen as a potential barrier to the bill's passage.

"We all know why we're here". "We support an open internet, but this bill move us no closer to that".

The Assembly's vote followed months of intense lobbying from internet companies, which warned that it would lead to higher costs. He has not taken a public position on net neutrality. ArsTechnica reports that the group has in fact "consistently fought against both federal and state-level net neutrality rules". "The sunset date for this bill will allow us to study its implementation and make recommendations for future ways to incorporate blockchain into California law", the senator said. They say it's unrealistic to expect them to comply with internet rules that vary across the country.

Brown has not said whether he will sign the legislation.

If signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, is likely to face a legal challenge.

"When Donald Trump's F.C.C. made a decision 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", State Senator Scott Wiener, a Democrat and one of the bill's authors, said in a statement.

After Pai was appointed by President Donald Trump a year ago to head the FCC, one of his first acts was a plan to roll back the Obama-era regulations. "President Trump didn't change the internet", said Melissa Melendez, a Republican from Lake Elsinore in Southern California.

This bill will make net neutrality the law in California, preventing ISPs and wireless carriers from offering content providers a "fast lane" that they can pay to use.

Telecommunications industry groups including the California Cable and Telecommunications Association and the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association opposed the legislation. The stronger provisions were later restored.

SB 822's key provisions include banning internet service providers from discriminating for or against certain types of online traffic and prohibiting abusive "zero rating".

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