California Net Neutrality Bill Passes Legislature

California Net Neutrality Bill Passes Legislature

If California Governor Jerry Brown signs net neutrality into law, the state could possibly face a legal fight from the Federal Communications Commission, which has declared that states cannot pass their own net neutrality rules. The bipartisan bill passed 61-18 and will now return to the Senate before being sent to Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto.

The legislation, which was the subject of intense lobbying by the broadband industry, would prevent internet providers from blocking, slowing or favoring certain websites.

In addition, it would prohibit internet providers from collecting fees from apps and sites in order for them to reach users. It would reinstate protections that are similar to those that were rescinded nationally by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a year ago. "But that hiccup means that, although a version of the bill already passed in the California Senate, it's now different enough from that initial version to have to be re-voted on". Not only doubling down but improving on previous measures, the legislation would protect consumers from being charged extra for access to websites and provide consistent speeds and quality for streaming services. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, and Republicans have called for an end to the utility-like oversight of internet service providers. "So when Donald Trump's FCC chose to take a wrecking ball to net neutrality protections, we knew that California had to step in to ensure our residents have access to a free and open internet", he said in a statement Friday.

The bill was proposed by Sen. The development came as lawmakers scrambled to pass bills ahead of a midnight deadline, addressing topics ranging from internet neutrality and smoking at state beaches.

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"The passage of SB 822 in California has huge implications for our fight to restore neutrality nationwide", declared the advocacy group Fight for the Future (FFTF) following Friday's vote. "And they're not going to let their elected officials get away with it if they sell out their constituents by siding with big telecom companies".

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