Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

California lawmakers pass net neutrality bill, heads to governor's desk

Under new law, bars in LA, Oakland and other Californian cities could serve alcohol until 4 AM Public Knowledge Welcomes California Open Internet Bill to Restore Net Neutrality Protections
Kelvin Reese | 02 September, 2018, 03:44

In addition, it would prohibit internet providers from collecting fees from apps and sites in order for them to reach users. Zero rating is when ISPs exempt certain types of online traffic from counting against customers' data caps. It would reinstate protections that are similar to those that were rescinded nationally by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) past year.

The final vote in the Assembly was 61-18-largely down party lines, with Democrats voting as a block of 55 in favor of the legislation. Kevin de Leon is close to being shelved in the state Assembly.

The bills all go to Democratic Gov.

Net neutrality was in the national spotlight last week when Verizon was reported to have slowed the speed of the Santa Clara County Fire Department's wireless data.

Republicans on the California Assembly floor said the bill was "going too far" and overstepped its authority on something the federal government should deal with, reports the Los Angeles Times. Almost three dozen states have introduced bills to replace the defunct regulations, and three states have already approved them.

"We did it, we passed the strongest net neutrality standards in the nation", Democrat Scott Wiener, the bill's author, said in a written statement issued after the vote.

According to a tweet Friday afternoon by bill sponsor Sen.

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The bill's passage marks the second time in three months that the most populous state has sought to regulate companies on the internet. Almost three dozen other states are working on their own laws, and supporters hope California's bill will inspire even more states to follow suit.

"The internet must be governed by a single, uniform and consistent national policy framework, not state-by-state piecemeal approaches". The new measure is headed for the governor, Jerry Brown's, desk. They were joined in that action a week later by a coalition of trade groups representing companies including Alphabet, Facebook and Amazon.

"President Trump didn't ruin the internet".

It passed the Assembly 46-20 August 28 and first passed the Senate in January.

Consumer groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a number of smaller tech companies including Etsy, Reddit and Sonos lined up in favor of the bill.

Telecom industry groups and lobbyists warned the bill would be challenged in federal court.

Internet providers say they've publicly committed to upholding the values of net neutrality, but strict rules like California's would inhibit investment in faster technology. "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".

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