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California Passes a Strong New Net Neutrality Law

California Passes a Strong New Net Neutrality Law”

Governor Jerry Brown has yet to indicate if he'll sign it into law, though prominent Democrats like Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi have expressed support for it.

Lawmakers said internet service providers had already indicated to them that they would sue to overturn a net neutrality law. It would bar providers from collecting new fees from apps and sites as a condition of reaching internet users.

And at least three U.S. states, including Washington State, have already signed a law in direct opposition to the FCC in order to stop Internet Service Providers from blocking websites or offering fast lane Internet access to companies willing to pay.

The bill seeks to turn California into the leader of a widening state-led backlash against the FCC, which did not respond to a request for comment. It returns to the Senate, which passed an earlier version and is expected to sign off on changes from the Assembly before the Legislature adjourns on Friday. "With the strongest net neutrality legislation in the country, California now leads the way in guaranteeing access to the internet for all".

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. "We passed the strongest net neutrality standards in the nation".

This is not the first state wide resistance to the FCC's attack on net neutrality, with Washington State passing House Bill 2282 in March, with the rules coming into effect on June 6. Almost three dozen states have introduced bills to replace the defunct regulations, and three states have already approved them. The FCC has declared that states cannot pass their own net neutrality rules, though proponents of the California legislation say that only Congress can tie California's hands.

"This is basic consumer protections, protecting small and midsize businesses, protecting activists and labor unions and anyone else who uses the internet", said Democratic state Sen.

A patchwork of state laws could make compliance more hard for internet providers and lead to a legal challenge focusing on the power of the federal government to preempt state laws.

"The internet must be governed by a single, uniform and consistent national policy framework, not state-by-state piecemeal approaches", Jonathan Spalter, president of USTelecom, said in a statement.

"I am incredibly proud of the work we have done to protect Californians everywhere, who deserve equal and open to access to this modern day necessity", Mr. Wiener said in a statement. Wiener, though, argues that zero-rating hurts competition, and eventually could lead to less consumer choice and higher prices. Find us on Facebook too! He sided with the broadband industry, adding that the net neutrality rules were an example of unlawful government overreach.

Governors of six states have signed executive orders restoring elements of the net neutrality protections rescinded by the, and state legislature in three others have successfully enacted proposals similar to the one being considered in California.

The final bill passage came after the state Assembly voted 61 to 18 to approve the measure Thursday, followed by a 27-to-12 vote Friday by the Senate.

As you would expect, large internet service providers, like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast, oppose the California Net Neutrality law. The rules prevented internet companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet.

The law would be the strictest for internet providers in the United States, and put California at odds with the federal government.



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