State lawmakers send net neutrality proposal to the governor

State lawmakers send net neutrality proposal to the governor

State lawmakers send net neutrality proposal to the governor

Public Knowledge welcomes the bill and applauds California's net neutrality activists for urging their state lawmakers to protect consumers over broadband providers. If the legislation clears the Senate, California Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, will have until September 30 to sign the bill.

SB 822's key provisions include banning internet service providers from discriminating for or against certain types of online traffic and prohibiting abusive "zero rating".

The new bill follows a similar effort called Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night (or the LOCAL Act), also spearheaded by Wiener, which passed through the Senate but stalled in the California State Assembly previous year.

California's Senate approved the measure, called SB 822, by 27-12 Friday, a day after colleagues in the Assembly approved it 61-18.

"This is about a level playing field and an internet where we as individuals get to decide where we go on the internet, instead of being told by internet service providers or being manipulated by internet service providers into going where they want us to go", the bill's co-author Sen.

Internet service providers say that zero-rating provides value to their customers and should be allowed.

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.


When reached Thursday, spokespeople for AT&T and Comcast referred to a statement released by the California Cable and Telecommunications Association and CTIA: "What the country needs is permanent bipartisan federal legislation that will benefit consumers and ensure consistent rules of the road for all companies and across all websites".

Industry groups have said a single, uniform law written by Congress would be far more effective at guaranteeing net neutrality protections for internet users.

The bill's passage marks the second time in three months that the most populous state has sought to regulate companies on the internet.

But consumer groups and internet websites have been waging an effort in states to revive rules. "This historic Assembly vote is a testament to the power of the internet".

The Campbell Democrat said he authored the bill because conversion therapy has been proven ineffective and harmful.

Meanwhile, lawmakers sent dozens of other bills to Gov. Critics of the FCC's repeal plan said it did not have the authority to "preempt state laws". "They're still paying attention".

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