California Sends FCC-Defying Net Neutrality Law To Governor's Desk

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Supporters of the legislation believe that if the California bill becomes law, other states may follow suit and pass their own net neutrality bills.

For months, net neutrality proponents have advocated for the bill's passage-the bill would bar internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking, speeding up, or slowing down internet traffic-and have called it a "gold standard" bill for states looking to pass laws in light of the FCC's decision a year ago. In June, Gov. Brown signed into law a sweeping new privacy law.

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, where a signature from the governor will restore tight internet regulations to the nation's most important market.

Other parties who recently have filed legal briefs against the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules include tech industry groups such as the Computer & Communications Industry Association, which on Monday urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review and throw out the FCC's December decision.

For example, AT&T zero-rates the DirecTV Now streaming service for its cellular customers, meaning consumers can watch programming on a mobile phone without it counting against their data caps.

The Bill would become California's second major internet law passed in the last few months.

The California legislation includes numerous FCC's old rules, but goes even further. It gave California internet users the ability to know what information a company like Facebook or Google was collecting, and how it was being used and shared with third parties. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called net neutrality laws "micromanaging" of the internet, reported NBC back in November.

"President Trump didn't ruin the internet".

SB 822 passed 61 to 18 in the state Assembly on Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times. Through their trade group, USTelecom, broadband providers lobbied against the Bill, warning that the rules on their management of traffic would stifle innovation and hinder business models. They are sponsored by Common Sense Kids Action and have support from the Consumer Federation of America, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, among others.

Without strong rules, say companies such as Eventbrite and Vimeo, internet providers could engage in anticompetitive behavior that harms smaller online companies, reducing consumer choices. "This historic Assembly vote is a testament to the power of the internet". Opponents of net neutrality have long said they favor less regulation.

The repeal came as a great win for internet providers.

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