California Senate rallies votes for tough net neutrality bill

02 September, 2018, 03:45 | Author: Kevin Carter
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For example, AT&T zero-rates the DirecTV Now streaming service for its cellular customers, meaning consumers can watch programming on a mobile phone without it counting against their data caps. Kevin de Leon is close to being shelved in the state Assembly.

Net neutrality was in the national spotlight last week when Verizon was reported to have slowed the speed of the Santa Clara County Fire Department's wireless data.

They sent Gov. Jerry Brown a measure allowing power companies to raise electric bills to cover the cost of lawsuits from last year's deadly wildfires, even if the utility is found to have behaved negligently.

"SB822 sets the standard for other states to follow".

Senate Bill 822 reinstates the same regulations. The development came as lawmakers scrambled to pass bills ahead of a midnight deadline, addressing topics ranging from internet neutrality and smoking at state beaches.

The bill's author, Sen.

While California would be the first state in the nation to adopt such a measure, other countries, including Norway and Germany, have similar policies. "However, the legislation includes extreme provisions rejected by the Obama FCC in 2015 and could threaten the innovation and investment that are the backbone of California's economy".

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"Governor Brown should use his veto pen on this legislation, and Congress should step in to legislate and provide consumer protections that will resolve this issue once and for all", said Jonathan Spalter, president and chief executive of USTelecom, a Washington-based lobby group. Consumer groups, however, argued that the rules were vital to protect users at a time when internet providers are focused on buying up media companies and establishing Facebook-like businesses that mine user data for advertising purposes.

"President Trump didn't ruin the internet".

Now that it has passed the California State Assembly, SB822 moves on to the State Senate where it should have no difficulty passing. After making it through the Assembly on a 48-25 vote in May, the Senate approved it this week 25-12.

Telecom industry groups and lobbyists warned the bill would be challenged in federal court. Opponents of net neutrality have long said they favor less regulation.

Without strong rules, say companies such as Eventbrite and Vimeo, internet providers could engage in anticompetitive behavior that harms smaller online companies, reducing consumer choices.

The bill took a hit earlier this year when a state Assembly committee watered the bill down. 1906 by Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin (D), won a final vote of 48-14 in the Assembly Aug. 30 to accept Senate amendments.

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