California net neutrality bill goes to Gov. Jerry Brown

California net neutrality bill goes to Gov. Jerry Brown

For example, AT&T zero-rates the DirecTV Now streaming service for its cellular customers, meaning consumers can watch programming on a mobile phone without it counting against their data caps. It would reinstate protections that are similar to those that were rescinded nationally by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) previous year.

The bill was passed in the state Senate yesterday with a vote of 23-11, reports the Verge. The state Assembly approved a version Thursday.

The Bill would become California's second major internet law passed in the last few months. A lawsuit targeting the bill could eventually find its way to the Supreme Court, Tobias added.

"Net neutrality is not dead".

Senate Bill 822 reinstates the same regulations.

"It is a really overdue bill", said Sen.

"Our country is awash in guns, and schoolchildren are dying", said state Sen.

"Without a doubt the cost of our changing climate will be a shared one", said Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael.

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.

Per the New York Times, the landmark bill includes measures even "stronger and more consumer-friendly" than those previously put in place by the Obama administration.

"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.

"The internet must be governed by a single, uniform and consistent national policy framework, not state-by-state piecemeal approaches".

The bill still needs Governor Jerry Brown's signature to become law, however. Consumer groups, however, argued that the rules were vital to protect users at a time when internet providers are focused on buying up media companies and establishing Facebook-like businesses that mine user data for advertising purposes. The bill also tasks the state attorney general with evaluating potential evasion of the net neutrality rules on a case-by-case basis. Through their trade group, USTelecom, broadband providers lobbied against the Bill, warning that the rules on their management of traffic would stifle innovation and hinder business models.

Internet providers say they've publicly committed to upholding the values of net neutrality, but strict rules like California's would inhibit investment in faster technology.

Senate Bill 822 heads back to the state Senate, which must look at amendments introduced to the bill after senators endorsed it in May. 1906 by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin (D), won a final vote of 48-14 in the Assembly Aug. 30 to accept Senate amendments.

Wiener said he hopes California's potential new rules could be emulated on a national level.

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