California approves net neutrality bill considered the strongest in the country

California approves net neutrality bill considered the strongest in the country

Kenneth Drake
September 2, 2018

"When Donald Trump's F.C.C. made a decision 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 is one of 29 states to consider net neutrality protections since the Federal Communications Commission voted late previous year to reverse the Obama-era internet regulations.

Gov. Jerry Brown now has until September 30 to sign the bill into law. Jerry Brown (D), would preclude internet providers from blocking, slowing or favoring certain websites, The Post reported.

California's net neutrality debate is being closely watched by advocates around the country, who are looking to the home of Silicon Valley to pass sweeping net neutrality provisions that could drive momentum in other states or create pressure for Congress to enact nationwide protections. Jerry Brown's desk for a signature.

Some are opposed to the new California bill. 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. "This legislation is the gold standard for net neutrality protections, and passed thanks to the enormous grassroots push for the bill".

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The group, the Legislature specified, should include the state CIO or a designee; the state director of finance or a designee; three other state agency CIOs; one member each from the Senate and the Assembly; and 13 appointees.

With the bill's passage in the Assembly and a vote potentially in the Senate happening today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation called on California residents to tell their lawmakers to support the bill. 1906 by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin (D), won a final vote of 48-14 in the Assembly Aug. 30 to accept Senate amendments. Many fear the "cabelisation of the internet" that would occur under the absence of net neutrality.

Net neutrality activists cited their legislative victory Friday as a validation of their congressional strategy: to pressure vulnerable federal lawmakers who are running for reelection this year to endorse stronger net neutrality rules at a national level.

Earlier today, California Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) withdrew a bill that would have outlaws the sale of any service, including certain forms of advertising, meant to change an individual's sexuality or gender identity. They call it a bailout of Pacific Gas & Electric company.