Friday, 19 October, 2018


U.S. federal government sues California after it signs net neutrality law

California's 'gold standard' net neutrality becomes law CA gov. signs net neutrality bill into law, Justice Department sues
Conrad Doyle | 01 October, 2018, 22:40

It also makes it illegal to offer zero-rating products, where broadband providers select content that doesn't count against a data plan. The Department of Justice says that the new California law goes against the federal governments desire to deregulate the internet by creating anti-consumer requirements.

In January 2018, the FCC introduced an order repealing a 2015 FCC order that prevented broadband providers from blocking or throttling services, or prioritizing traffic for a fee.

Jerry Browns, but the Justice Department quickly filed a lawsuit to block its implementation. They argued that it was unrealistic to expect them to comply with internet regulations that differ from state to state.

The Justice Department's case boils down to one central point: Under the Constitution, it's the federal government whose policies must take priority over state law.

"While the Trump Administration does everything in its power to undermine our democracy, we in California will continue to do what's right for our residents", Wiener said in a statement.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is challenging the FCC's repeal in court along with other states, said in a statement, "Here in California - a state that is home to countless start-ups and technology giants alike - we know that a handful of powerful companies should not dictate the sources for the information we seek or the speed at which our websites load". But after howls of outrage online from the grassroots, the bill later passed with all the key protections Since California is the world's fifth leading economy, SB 822 has implications for the entire nation.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai described California's law as illegal and bad for consumers.

The bill signed by Brown highlighted a six-year study conducted by Credit Suisse of more than 2,000 companies worldwide that showed having women on boards was linked to improved business performance for key metrics, including stock performance. Expert says bill "is based upon an obviously superficial understanding of the problem". When all is said and done, Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T are going to wish they'd never picked a fight with Internet over net neutrality. Now, the question is: Will the House support net neutrality, or will it - or President Donald Trump - shovel dirt on net neutrality's grave?

Barbara van Schewick, a law professor at Stanford University and an advocate for tougher net neutrality policies, agreed.

Yes, the end of net neutrality is here and everyone has an opinion, statement, or some scenario.

"An agency that has no power to regulate has no power to preempt the states", she said.

It's come back from being gutted to winning approval in an assembly committee meeting.

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