Public Knowledge Welcomes California Open Internet Bill to Restore Net Neutrality Protections

Dmitrii Melnikov

Jerry Brown will decide whether California should have the nation's strongest protections for net neutrality rules meant to ensure a level playing field on the internet after the measure cleared the final legislative hurdle on Friday. Though Governor Brown has not yet signed the legislation, many in the state government approve of the bill, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen.

The California bill is being viewed as even stronger and more consumer-friendly than the original measures carried out by the former President Barack Obama's administration and abolished in December by President Donald Trump-era's Federal Communications Commission (FCC), The New York Times reported.

The Bill was passed by the State Senate on Friday and the State Assembly on Thursday, both by large margins. Not only doubling down but improving on previous measures, the legislation would protect consumers from being charged extra for access to websites and provide consistent speeds and quality for streaming services. Scott Wiener, a San Francisco Democrat who sponsored a bill to drive gun shows from the state-owned Cow Palace.

The repeal came as a great win for internet providers.

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.

The California legislation includes numerous FCC's old rules, but goes even further. Almost three dozen states have introduced bills to replace the defunct regulations, and three states have already approved them.

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The digital age requires more aggressive regulation, but it's a delicate balance between protecting consumers and companies.

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.

A coalition of business groups, including the California Chamber of Commerce, say in a joint statement that they're all for gender equality but this isn't the way to go about it. Broadband-industry-backed groups such as CALinnovates and the Congress of California Seniors argued against it. In June, Gov. Brown signed into law a sweeping new privacy law.

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