New California internet neutrality law sparks U.S. lawsuit

California's 'gold standard' net neutrality becomes law

They had cheered California's attempt to force the Obama-era rules back into effect through state legislation. It will require all publicly traded California-based corporations to have at least one female director on their boards by the end of next year.

Ajit Pai, the Trump-appointed head of the FCC who was responsible for the repeal of these federal-level laws in June, reaffirmed the preemption of federal law against state regulation.

Gigi Sohn, a former senior aide to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who ran the agency when the net neutrality rules were adopted, said the California law "is now the model for all future state and federal legislation. this is what internet users across the political spectrum have said they want by overwhelming majorities".

"Net neutrality, at its core, is the basic notion that we each get to decide where we go on the internet, as opposed to having that decision made for us by internet service providers", Wiener said.

The lawsuit argues that the Californian legislation is "unlawful and anti-consumer", as it imposes restrictions on telecommunications companies.

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"When the FCC chose to ignore the millions of consumers who urged them not to repeal net neutrality protections previous year, it left a void that state lawmakers are now rightfully filling", Jonathan Schwantes, senior policy counsel for Consumers Union tells the Times.

"Under the Constitution, states do not regulate interstate commerce - the federal government does", Atty. The FCC is an independent executive agency that doesn't enjoy as much latitude.

"The facts and logic that 8th Circuit ruling appear closely analogous the DOJ vs. California net neutrality case, so we would anticipate a federal appeals court reaching the same outcome and preempting California's net neutrality law", said Paul Gallant, an industry analyst at Cowen & Co., in a research note Monday. 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.

Consumer advocacy groups touted the law as offering the strongest internet protections in the country. Consumer advocacy groups, small tech companies and smaller telecom carriers have banded together in an effort to block the FCC from repealing its net neutrality regulations, and that case is still pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. "We deserve a system that works for the student [s] of California". "The Justice Department should not have to spend valuable time and resources to file this suit today, but we have a duty to defend the prerogatives of the federal government and protect our Constitutional order".

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