Published: Sun, September 02, 2018
Research | By Francis Brooks

State lawmakers send net neutrality proposal to the governor

State lawmakers send net neutrality proposal to the governor

"California's net neutrality legislation restores critical consumer protections that will ensure the internet returns to what we have known it to be for years-an open marketplace where companies large and small can compete", says Jonathan Schwantes, senior policy counsel at Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports.

Jerry Brown will decide whether California should have the nation's strongest protections for net neutrality rules meant to ensure a level playing field on the internet after the measure cleared the final legislative hurdle on Friday. The bipartisan bill passed 61-18 and will now return to the Senate before being sent to Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto.

Broadband providers would not be able to slow down or block websites or charge higher fees for faster speeds, according to the legislation sponsored by Sen.

More than 20 states are suing the FCC to overturn the agency's decision on net neutrality and almost three dozen states have introduced bills to replace the defunct regulations with three states have already approved them.

The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 27-12 to pass the bill, SB 822, with just hours left in the legislative session. 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".

Some are opposed to the new California bill.

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It is now unclear whether or not the California state governor, Jerry Brown, will approve the bill.

Now that it has passed the California State Assembly, SB822 moves on to the State Senate where it should have no difficulty passing.

"If there's one thing this victory in California shows it's that Internet users are still royally pissed off about the FCC's repeal of net neutrality". The rules prevented internet companies from exercising more control over what people watch and see on the internet. 1906 by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin (D), won a final vote of 48-14 in the Assembly Aug. 30 to accept Senate amendments.

The California legislation "keeps the country strapped into a roller coaster ride of state net neutrality regulations", he said.

"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. They call it a bailout of Pacific Gas & Electric company. "They're still paying attention".

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