Published: Sun, September 02, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

California on the verge of enacting nation's toughest net neutrality law

California on the verge of enacting nation's toughest net neutrality law

In the latest effort by California lawmakers to drive national policy and rebuff President Donald Trump, lawmakers approved one of the nation's most aggressive efforts to revive regulations repealed past year by the Federal Communications Commission. "SB 822 brings back net neutrality to California and restores the important protections that the FCC voted to eliminate last December".

After SB 822 passed California's state Assembly yesterday, it just needed (re) approval from the Senate before going in front of the governor to be signed into law. Scott Wiener of San Francisco, would prohibit internet providers from blocking or slowing data based on its content or from favoring websites or video streams from companies that pay extra.

Lindsay Chestnut of Baltimore holds a sign that reads "I like My Internet Like I Like my Country Free & Open" as she protests near the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in Washington, Dec. 14, 2017, where the FCC is scheduled to meet and vote on net neutrality.

The state Senate approved the bill over stiff opposition from internet service providers, opening another front in the war between California and President Donald Trump. Jerry Brown's desk for a signature. They were joined in that action a week later by a coalition of trade groups representing companies including Alphabet, Facebook and Amazon.

Internet service providers echoed Pai's language about regulatory measures, calling California's bill "heavy-handed".

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"ISPs have tried hard to gut and kill this bill, pouring money and robocalls into California", said the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

An additional proposal, Senate Bill 460, by Democratic Sen.

More than 20 states are suing the FCC to overturn the agency's decision on net neutrality. Opponents say the federal government should make the rules, not individual states. Kevin de Leon is close to being shelved in the state Assembly. Broadband-industry-backed groups such as CALinnovates and the Congress of California Seniors argued against it.

The bill's passage marks the second time in three months that the most populous state has sought to regulate companies on the internet. In June, the measure appeared to hit a sudden snag when a key Assembly committee voted to strip out its toughest language - provisions that were restored two weeks later amid pressure from activists.

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