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California Lawmakers Vote for Net Neutrality

California Lawmakers Vote for Net Neutrality

California's legislation "is the only state-level bill that truly restores all the 2015 net neutrality protections", and "sets the standard for other states to follow", van Schewick also wrote.

Some legal experts say the FCC did not have the authority to prohibit state net neutrality laws.

Scott Wiener and is meant to prevent internet service providers (ISP) from changing how they handle traffic based on the websites visited.The bill prohibits ISPs from purposefully blocking legal content, "engaging in third-party paid prioritization" and intentionally concealing information about network management practices, among other things. Also banned is zero-rating, or when ISPs offer free data, but only for the use of specific apps or services, in turn favoring certain companies over others. If Gov. Jerry Brown signs SB328, schools will have about three years to comply.

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), who co-authored the bill, says it's necessary because women are underrepresented on California's corporate boards. Many telecommunication companies want to reserve the right to stratify their business packages.

It is now unclear whether or not the California state governor, Jerry Brown, will approve the bill.

Governor Brown, a Democrat, has not indicated his view on the Bill, but it was widely supported by Democrats in the Legislature and by federal Democratic lawmakers from California like Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader. He said "light-touch" regulation would lead to more innovation, competition and cheaper prices for consumers.

The bill took a hit earlier this year when a state Assembly committee watered the bill down.

Massive political fallout from Trans Mountain court decision
He said he expects the Kinder Morgan sale to be finalized on Friday and called it a good financial decision. As a result, it effectively halts construction of the 1,150-kilometre project indefinitely.

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

California lawmakers just passed Senate Bill 905, which could allow bars in nine California cities to serve alcohol until 4 AM instead of 2 AM.

"Net neutrality is not dead". In January, attorneys general of more than 20 states sued the FCC.

When reached Thursday, spokespeople for AT&T and Comcast referred to a statement released by the California Cable and Telecommunications Association and CTIA: "What the country needs is permanent bipartisan federal legislation that will benefit consumers and ensure consistent rules of the road for all companies and across all websites".

The FCC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"If there's one thing this victory in California shows it's that Internet users are still royally pissed off about the FCC's repeal of net neutrality". "They're still paying attention".

The repeal of the rule was fought by Silicon Valley's top players including Amazon, Facebook, Google and Netflix.


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