California Senate Votes to Resurrect Net Neutrality

California Senate Votes to Resurrect Net Neutrality”

However, as the state aims to impose stronger state-level net neutrality regulations following attempts from the FCC's Republican leaders to eliminate federal rules, the bill would also ban zero-rating arrangements that allow internet providers to charge online services for data cap exemptions. Wiener's legislation "is the first state-level bill that would comprehensively secure all of the net neutrality protections that Americans now enjoy", according to Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick. The bill was passed in a vote of 23 to 12, with the 23 yeses being Democrats and the 12 nos going to Republicans.

Democrats in the California State Senate passed net neutrality regulations on Wednesday that are stricter than the Obama-era ones they replaced.

California's Senate passed a different net neutrality bill in January, but it didn't go through the Assembly.

However, the mechanism that the FCC used to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order didn't just remove the net neutrality rules; it stripped the FCC of its own enforcement power, meaning that states may be able to write their own net neutrality legislation.

Should net neutrality be voted down again, it could be disastrous for consumers.

A Comcast spokeswoman said Tuesday the company would have no comment about SB 822, but pointed to Comcast's previous statements that it does not block, slow or discriminate against Internet content. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, in another rebuke to the Trump administration on this issue. It now needs to pass through the state's Assembly and, if successful there, would need to be signed by Gov.

Wiener acknowledged that a lot of work remains to get the bill through the Assembly.

The repeal officially goes into effect on a federal level on June 11.

Everything from the startup businesses to brick-and-mortar companies, and from grassroots activism to telemedicine rely on accessing the web, he said, and all those users could be impacted when internet providers start manipulating speed, access and prices for consumers.

It would put the state attorney general in charge of enforcing these rules at an annual cost of $1.8 million.

The bill, which has been heralded by internet rights advocates, would reinstate rules that are similar to the ones the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal on a national level late past year.

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