California lawyers seeks approval for "net neutrality" laws from governor

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"When Donald Trump's F.C.C. chose to take a wrecking ball to net neutrality protections, we knew that California had to step in to ensure our residents have access to a free and open internet", State Senator Scott Wiener, a Democrat and one of the bill's authors, said in a statement.

California's legislation restores net neutrality regulations first imposed by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015, during the Obama administration.

The state Senate approved the bill over stiff opposition from internet service providers, opening another front in the war between California and President Donald Trump. Scott Wiener of San Francisco, 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. It would reinstate protections that are similar to those that were rescinded nationally by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a year ago.

Going into the legislative session this week, it was unclear whether the measure would get 41 votes, the minimum required to pass. Jerry Brown's signature is the next step on a road that could lead to the U.S. Supreme Court. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called net neutrality laws "micromanaging" of the internet, reported NBC back in November.

AT&T, which pushed hard against the California bill through its local lobbyists, has called for a national "Internet Bill of Rights" that would cover internet providers and online platforms alike, such as Google and Facebook. We're already planning campaigns to get legislation like this passed in other states, and get the FCC order reversed.

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

"Internet users are still royally pissed off about the FCC's repeal". In June, Gov. Brown signed into law a sweeping new privacy law.

California broke away from federal norm for the second time in recent months by passing its own net neutrality bill Thursday.

"These bills share a common goal: to provide more certainty to innovators in California that their use of blockchain is not only permissible but encouraged", Calderon said, indicating the sunset provision will give lawmakers a chance to "evaluate the efficacy of SB 838" and update the definition of blockchain with guidance from the working group.

Analysts say other states are watching how California will handle the issue. "They're still paying attention".

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