Published: Tue, October 02, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Trump sues California over net neutrality

Trump sues California over net neutrality

Three states - Oregon, Washington and Vermont - passed their own net neutrality bills ahead of California, though none of them were as strict.

The law was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday. The suit was filed on Sunday with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Ajit Pai, the Trump-appointed head of the FCC who was responsible for the repeal of these federal-level laws in June, reaffirmed the preemption of federal law against state regulation. Attorney Jeff Sessions said in a statement, "under the Constitution, states do not regulate interstate commerce-the federal government does".

The US justice department has sued the state of California, just hours after the state's governor, Jerry Brown, signed legislation to restore internet protections known as net neutrality. The bill is meant to protect consumers and undo the laws enacted a year ago by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Advocates of net neutrality hope California's law will push Congress to enact national rules or encourage other states to create their own.

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According to The New York Times, California's is one of the strongest net neutrality laws in the nation and could set a new standard for other states to follow. California is one of the first states to truly provoke the FCC.

The net-neutrality rule forbids all internet providers, such as cable and telephone companies, from prioritizing their own content by slowing down or speeding up certain websites and charging more for certain services. "As the Trump Administration continues to unravel numerous critical health care protections and services for women, legislation such as this is urgently needed to make sure that Californians are able to access the full range of reproductive care regardless of where they may live".

Supporters of Net Neutrality, Toyah and Lance Brown Eyes, protest the FCC's decision to repeal the program in Los Angeles, California, November 28, 2017.

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, the Santa Barbara Democrat who authored the bill, says having more women on boards will make companies more successful because they are better at teamwork and multitasking compared to their male counterparts. He complained that the California regulation would hurt consumers, arguing for instance, that it disallows many free-data plans allowing consumers to stream content exempt from data limits.

Jonathan Spalter, who heads USTelecom, an industry trade group, said California's law will not "help advance the promise and potential of California's innovation DNA". Look for them to try to challenge this new law in court before it takes effect later this year.

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