California Legislature Approves Strict Net Neutrality Laws
Lawmakers in California have sent a new net neutrality bill to Governor Jerry Brown in the hopes of restoring regulations. The bill was approved by the California Assembly 58-17 and later the Senate 27-12. With both houses approving the bill, it only needs Governor Brown's signature to become law. The move is a rebuke of Trump's FCC, which negated the Obama-era net neutrality laws earlier this year. The california bill makes it illegal for internet providers to throttle or block content, or offer provide paid prioritization (fast lanes). Governor Brown has not said if he will sign the bill. The FCC's move to relax the rules was seen as a win for internet providers. Chairman Ajit Pai believes the industry will self regulate and has left oversight to the FTC. Many do not share in that belief. The attorneys general from nearly two dozen states have beseeched the federal appeals court to reinstate net neutrality. In May, the U.S. Senate voted to restore the rules, though the House did not.
Oct 1, 2018
California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Sunday that made net neutrality the law, but the state was quickly sued by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Sep 18, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai pulled no punches when remarking on the state of California's recently-passed net neutrality rules. Speaking at the Maine Heritage Policy Center, Pai heaped criticism on the state's legislature.
Oct 26, 2018
California today said it has agreed not to enforce its own net neutrality law until a final decision is reached concerning the FCC's scrapping of Obama-era regulations. In December 2017, the FCC voted to get rid of the previous administration's net neutrality rules, which classified broadband as a utility under Title II and set bright line rules regarding internet traffic.
Nov 14, 2018
Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, wants Congress to prevent states from enacting their own net neutrality and privacy laws. "There are a number of states that are now passing their own legislation around privacy and, by the way, net neutrality."
Oct 3, 2018
Four major internet company lobbying organizations have filed a lawsuit against California seeking to block the state's new net neutrality law. California recently signed into law strict rules governing internet providers to prevent throttling, blocking, and paid prioritization.