California passes ‘Gold Standard’ net-neutrality protections

Muriel Colon
September 2, 2018

Jerry Brown's signature is the next step on a road that could lead to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The infamous bartender's cry - "You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here" - may now come at 4 AM rather than 2 AM, if California Gov.

The bill would prohibit internet providers from blocking or slowing data based on its content or from favoring websites or video streams from companies that pay extra. They also contend the bills don't apply to companies that import and resell connected devices made in other countries under their own labels.

The bill, written by Democratic Sen.

"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, a San Francisco Democrat who wrote the bill reports NBC. Net neutrality advocates view broadband providers as important utilitylike services like the phone, saying that without the rules, big players with deep pockets have an unfair advantage. Many fear the "cabelisation of the internet" that would occur under the absence of net neutrality. It's expected that numerous largest ISP will file lawsuits, while California has also technically violated nationwide FCC rules put in place under current chairman Ajit Pai that say states can't make their own net neutrality laws. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Donald Trump, pitched the repeal as a way to stop the federal government from "micromanaging the internet".


The bill, Calderon's office said in a fact sheet, defines blockchain technology for the first time, "which will provide businesses and industry greater certainty regarding the technology's legal standing". "There was a moment where that campaign looked like it might have been successful, but [the people] spoke out and got strong net-neutrality protections restored". It would have denied public contracts to companies that fail to follow the new state internet rules, but it sunk amid opposition over last-minute amendments.

"Consumers expect a single, national approach to keeping our internet open, not the confusing patchwork of conflicting requirements passed today", Jonathan Spalter, CEO at trade group USTelecom, said yesterday after the Assembly vote.

The group, the Legislature specified, should include the state CIO or a designee; the state director of finance or a designee; three other state agency CIOs; one member each from the Senate and the Assembly; and 13 appointees.

The Assembly and Senate adjourned shortly before midnight Friday after voting to let power companies raise electric bills to cover the cost of lawsuits from last year's deadly wildfires.

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