California's Net Neutrality Law Could Lead to Protections Nationwide

California's Net Neutrality Law Could Lead to Protections Nationwide

California's Net Neutrality Law Could Lead to Protections Nationwide

California is one of 29 states to consider net neutrality protections since the Federal Communications Commission voted late past year to reverse the Obama-era internet regulations.

If approved, the law would attempt to apply the federal net-neutrality rules that Ajit Pai's conservative FCC rolled back last autumn, with a new aspect: applying them to interconnections between ISPs.

When it was repealed, it opened the door for internet service providers to block content, slow data transmission, and create "fast lanes" for consumers who pay premiums.

- Giving California the nation's strongest protections for net neutrality rules meant to ensure a level playing field on the internet. Industry groups are urging Governor Brown to veto the bill. "The Trump administration destroyed the internet as we know it".

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.

The FCC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A patchwork of state laws could make compliance more hard for internet providers and lead to a legal challenge focusing on the power of the federal government to preempt state laws. New York State is considering a net neutrality law that mirrors the California Bill.

Net neutrality has been a major policy issue in particular for smaller tech companies, which say they stand to be disadvantaged by special commercial partnerships that internet providers could seek with large, established firms such as Google, Facebook and Netflix. This certainly means a number of court battles are coming. "This legislation is the gold standard for net neutrality protections, and passed thanks to the enormous grassroots push for the bill".

"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. If things go that far, it's expected to set up a legal challenge by the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Legislators clashed on the Assembly floor a day earlier over whether the state should step in to fill a role some said was best left to the federal government.

Before SB 822's passage, net neutrality advocates spotted robocalls being made to senior citizens to try and convince them to speak up against internet protections like the ones in the bill. Telecom companies said they wanted to experiment with business models such as free streaming promotions over mobile phones with business partners.

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