Jerry Brown net neutrality law sparks lawsuit from feds
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Oct 02, 2018,
Oct 02, 2018, 1:06
State legislators began working on the bill when the Trump administration began to scale back net neutrality regulations a year ago, with many Democrats viewing the legislation as a victory against the White House.
The Trump administration on Sunday sued California immediately after the state's governor, Jerry Brown, had signed a bill that introduces even stronger net-neutrality protections than the Obama-era rules repealed previous year.
Led by Scott Wiener (D-California), lawmakers met with little resistance in pushing through Senate Bill 822, which prohibits internet service providers from blocking or slowing down websites or "whole classes of applications", like video. This is especially in favor of smaller firms that may be unable to pay telecom giants for visibility should they decide to prioritize on services that pay them a great deal of money for shorter loading times, among other heavily skewed perks.
Within minutes of our #NetNeutrality bill being signed into law, Jeff Sessions ran into court & sued CA, claiming we don't have the power to protect internet access. They say it's unrealistic to expect them to comply with internet regulations that differ from state to state.
Advocates of net neutrality hope California's law will push Congress to enact national rules or encourage other states to create their own.
In the complaint, the Justice Department argues that the 2018 order preempts "any state or local measures that would effectively impose rules or requirements that [the FCC] had repealed".
According to The New York Times, California's is one of the strongest net neutrality laws in the nation and could set a new standard for other states to follow. This means that the California state government doesn't get to pass bills that conflict directly with the ones the federal government has passed.
The Obama administration had tried to force the same rules nationally, but the Trump administration's Federal Communications Commission overturned those rules in a decision that took effect in June.
"Not only is California's Internet regulation law illegal, it also hurts consumers. The law prohibits many free-data plans, which allow consumers to stream video, music, and the like exempt from any data limits". "As the Trump Administration continues to unravel numerous critical health care protections and services for women, legislation such as this is urgently needed to make sure that Californians are able to access the full range of reproductive care regardless of where they may live". "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". "California fought Trump and Sessions on their immigration lawsuit - California won - and California will fight this lawsuit as well", Wiener said in a statement.