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California Assembly Advances Net Neutrality Bill

02 September, 2018, 03:43 | Author: Lawrence Cooper
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California lawmakers on Friday sent to the governor for final approval strict "net neutrality" laws that would defy sweeping Federal Communications Commission rules that are seen as a boon for internet providers.

If SB 822 is ultimately signed into law, it would restore the net neutrality protections repealed by the Republican-controlled FCC last December and implement even stronger rules by establishing "an outright ban on zero-rating-the practice of offering free data, potentially to the advantage of some companies over others-of specific apps".

If the California Governor Jerry Brown passes the bill, it would prohibit internet service providers such as AT&T and Comcast from tampering with web traffic to California broadband customers, and make certain that consumers can not be charged extra for streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu.

More than 20 states are suing the FCC to overturn the agency's decision on net neutrality. Industry groups are urging Governor Brown to veto the bill.

The fight in California grew so intense that some state residents reported receiving robocalls warning that the legislation could lead to an increase in their internet bills.

"We are committed to protecting consumers online and to preserving the open Internet", the organization said in a statement. He has not taken a public position on net neutrality.

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The FCC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

While California would be the first state in the nation to adopt such a measure, other countries, including Norway and Germany, have similar policies.

California broke away from federal norm for the second time in recent months by passing its own net neutrality bill Thursday. Opponents of net neutrality have long said they favor less regulation. The EFF noted Verizon's recent throttling of internet to firefighters battling a blaze in Mendocino, saying that because the Open Internet order was repealed earlier this year, it could escape "meaningful" punishment for that. "This legislation is the gold standard for net neutrality protections, and passed thanks to the enormous grassroots push for the bill". It would reinstate protections that are similar to those that were rescinded nationally by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) past year.

Brown has not said whether he'll sign the bill, which would likely draw a lawsuit from the industry. Telecom companies said they wanted to experiment with business models such as free streaming promotions over mobile phones with business partners.

Meanwhile, net neutrality advocates cheered what they called a testament to the power of the internet.

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