California Lawmakers Pass Net Neutrality Bill

Sunday, 02 Sep, 2018

Governor Jerry Brown, also a Democrat, has not yet said if he would sign the bill into law. Governor Brown has not yet indicated whether or not he will sign the bill.

When it was repealed, it opened the door for internet service providers to block content, slow data transmission, and create "fast lanes" for consumers who pay premiums.

A patchwork of state laws could make compliance more hard for internet providers and lead to a legal challenge focusing on the power of the federal government to preempt state laws. The law would apply to both home and mobile connections reports The Verge. Zero rating is when ISPs exempt certain types of online traffic from counting against customers' data caps.

"Fundamentally, net neutrality is that we as individuals get to decide where to go on the internet as opposed to being told", he said. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco).

California would become the fourth state to pass its own net neutrality protections, but the largest and most consequential. 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. 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.

Nancy Pelosi spoke at an event to undo the repeal of net-neutrality.

Utility workers would get protections for their jobs, salaries, benefits and pensions as part of a measure allowing California power companies to raise electric bills to cover the cost of lawsuits from last year's deadly wildfires.

"Broadband providers strongly support net neutrality, but SB 822 undercuts California's long history as a vibrant catalyst for innovation and technology", Jonathan Spalter, the president and CEO of industry group USTelecom, said in a statement.

Stanford Center for Internet and Society director Barbara van Schewick said in a statement that "SB 822 sets the standard for other states to follow".

It passed the Assembly 46-20 August 28 and first passed the Senate in January. The Senate is expected to pass it today, the last day of the legislative session, and the governor will have about a month to consider it. "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". If the legislation clears the Senate, California Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, will have until September 30 to sign the bill.