INTERNATIONAL - California lawmakers pass toughest net neutrality law

Terry Joseph
September 2, 2018

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

California is poised to pass legislation countering the Trump administration's repeal of Obama-era net neutrality protections after the state Senate advanced a bill Friday prohibiting internet service providers from engaging in business practices including throttling connection speeds and extrajudicially blocking websites. It still needs to be signed by California Governor Jerry Brown before it's put into law, but it's been supported by a number of state Democrats, as well as survived strong opposition from ISPs like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon.

The Post notes that the bill's goal is to make California the leader of the increasing backlash from states toward the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Legislators clashed on the Assembly floor a day earlier over whether the state should step in to fill a role some said was best left to the federal government. Jerry Brown's desk for a signature.

Wiener said he hopes California's potential new rules could be emulated on a national level.

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"The premise fundamentally of net neutrality is that we as individuals get to decide where we go on the internet as opposed to be told by internet service providers", said Sen. Consumer groups, however, argued that the rules were vital to protect users at a time when internet providers are focused on buying up media companies and establishing Facebook-like businesses that mine user data for advertising purposes.

More than 20 states are suing the FCC to overturn the agency's decision on net neutrality.

It passed the Assembly 46-20 August 28 and first passed the Senate in January. Many fear the "cabelisation of the internet" that would occur under the absence of net neutrality. 1906 by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin (D), won a final vote of 48-14 in the Assembly Aug. 30 to accept Senate amendments. "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. Brown hasn't taken a position on the bills.

The state Senate on Friday sent a broad proposal to Gov.

"New York has already committed to follow what California does", Ernesto Falcon, legislative counsel for internet advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation, said Thursday. They call it a bailout of Pacific Gas & Electric company.

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