California net neutrality bill goes to Gov. Jerry Brown

Net Neutrality

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was a longtime critic of the federal net neutrality rules. 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.

"SB822 sets the standard for other states to follow".

The Federal Communication Commission under former President Barack Obama passed rules prohibiting internet service providers, or ISPs, from throttling speeds, blocking lawful content and engaging in other practices considered to be in violation of the core principles of net neutrality, a concept essentially requiring ISPs to treat all web traffic equally. For example, a company could not give free speedy access to its own streaming service but slow down Netflix. The bipartisan bill passed 61-18 and will now return to the Senate before being sent to Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto.

Brown has not said whether he'll sign the bill, which would likely draw a lawsuit from the industry.

The federal government could sue the state of California over the law, leading to an eventual showdown in the Supreme Court.

Internet service providers say that zero-rating provides value to their customers and should be allowed.

The bill's passage marks the second time in three months that the most populous state has sought to regulate companies on the internet.

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They were joined in that action a week later by a coalition of trade groups representing companies including Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc and Amazon.com Inc. Jerry Brown's office in light of the proposal garnering similar support Thursday by lawmakers in the California Legislature's lower house.

Santiago, who steered the bill through the Assembly, faced a flood of angry calls and online memes when a committee he leads briefly watered down the bill earlier this year.

It is the latest effort in a growing fight against deregulation by the Trump administration.

After passing in the Assembly on Wednesday, SB-826 breezed easily through the Senate yesterday.

While the legislation differs significantly from current FCC rules, it isn't entirely new.

Representatives for the FCC did not immediately comment on Friday's vote. Many fear the "cabelisation of the internet" that would occur under the absence of net neutrality. "They're still paying attention".

"California just took a huge step toward restoring protections that prevent companies like AT&T and Comcast from screwing us all over more than they already do", Evan Greer, the deputy director of Fight for the Future, said in a statement.

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