California to Sit On Its Own Net Neutrality Law Until Federal Case Resolved
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. The FCC's move became official in June 2018, but the agency was beset by numerous lawsuits from various groups, including 22 state attorneys general. A federal appeals court is expected to hear arguments concerning the FCC's actions in February 2019. In the mean time, California approved its own net neutrality rules, which were set to go into effect January 1, 2019. The FCC had blasted California's regulations, calling them illegal. California will now put its rules on hold until the case against the FCC is decided. Given the complexity of the case and the number of parties involved, the case against the FCC may take longer than a year to resolve. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and industry groups characterized California's decision as a win for consumers.
Jun 11, 2018
American consumers are no longer protected by the net neutrality regulations put in place in 2015 by the Obama administration. The rules were voted down by the Republican-led FCC in December 2017 and effectively evaporate today.
Jan 24, 2018
AT&T today claimed in full-page newspaper advertisements published around the country that it wants Congress to take charge of net neutrality. The company suggests an "internet bill of rights" is in order.
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.
Jan 16, 2018
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today, along with the attorneys general of 20 other states and the District of Columbia, filed a petition to block the FCC's attempt to repeal net neutrality. The FCC voted in December to scrap Obama-era rules that prohibit internet service providers from prioritizing some web sites and services over others.