Net neutrality bill passes California Assembly; State Senate next then on to Gov. Brown (UPDATE)

Net neutrality bill passes California Assembly; State Senate next then on to Gov. Brown (UPDATE)
After passing through the California State Assembly's Communications and Conveyance Committee earlier this month, the bill known as SB822 has passed the entire State Assembly. This bill will make net neutrality the law in California, preventing ISPs and wireless carriers from offering content providers a "fast lane" that they can pay to use. It also stops internet service providers and wireless operators from blocking or throttling content that they don't agree with.

UPDATE: SB822 passes the California State Assembly which means that it now goes to the Governor's desk to be signed. California is the first state to legislate net neutrality.

Earlier this year, the Trump-era FCC removed the net neutrality rules from the books to the chagrin of most Americans. Net neutrality was first passed into existence by the Obama-era FCC in 2015. The rules essentially force all streamed content to be treated the same. SB822 is also a little stricter than the original version of net neutrality, because it also prevents content providers from paying companies like Comcast or AT&T to have their streams distributed with a zero rating.

Dozens of other states are looking to pull this end run around the FCC and the Trump administration by legislating net neutrality and making it a state law. Needless to say, the entire issue has become politicized with several Democrats expected to make net neutrality a campaign issue during the upcoming mid-term elections.

Now that it has passed the California State Assembly, SB822 moves on to the State Senate where it should have no difficulty passing. From there, it is on to the desk of California governor Jerry Brown, who is widely expected to sign it into law.

source: Variety



11. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

You guys realize Net Neutrality already ended nation wide right? With absolutely no sky-is-falling pay lanes coming or announced anywhere. You guys are just dummies that don’t realize the government is just trying to control a free market that developed 100% to maturity without so called “Net Neutrality” authoritarian government market control schemes.

13. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Your so stupidly wrong. We need it to keep the internet so you either pay for it to be fully on or off at whatever speed you purchase. Other wise It will eventually be manipulated so bad your head will spin. With 5g coming there should be no bandwidth issues besides the ones that are made up to make more money

14. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

You do realize the internet companies have to compete and competition is why pay lanes never developed for the 15 years the internet existed before “Net neutrality”. They could’ve done it the whole time, but never did. You folks are just ignorant about economics, and as you see, the sky is not falling.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Do your live in the US? I'm assume you don't, as this comment is laughably inaccurate. For the most part, internet companies do NOT need to compete. Where I live, I have a choice of comcast or nothing. No fiber. Not even DSL, which can't compete anyway. That's how it is in most of the US, they've carved out mini monopolies. Also, the pay lanes were already beginning when NN put an end to them, so that argument is moot.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And, to use your own logic against you, if companies need to compete and therefore pay lanes aren't going to happen, then there's no harm in banning them.

15. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Also it’s hilarious you folks basically are lobbying for government intervention in a new market. Look at Obamacare: it destroyed the entire medical insurance market leaving many people with 1 option or doubled, tripled or quadrupled premiums.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Obamacare did not destroy the medical market. What is destroying the medical market is for profit insurance companies looking to profit off of the market. Take out the ridiculous charges that pay investors for your illness and the extreme cost goes away. Healthcare should not be based on the stock market profit system. NOW Trumcare continues to fck the market cost even more. His plan is to strip Obamacare down to basic alacarte pay. You pay more for the basic plan and if you need what the original Obama plan has you end up paying more. This is why congress can't sign on to Trumps new plan. The people are now aware that Obamacare is better than what trump is offering so they are against Trumpcare. People realize that Obamacare is not perfect but way better than what trump is offering. So now, people have been signing up for Obamacare in droves before trump can fck it. American people like you are so fn foolish....

20. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If Obamacare was such a disaster, why do the Republicans need to sabotage it now? It wasn't perfect, but that's because the right fought to water it down when it was created. But it's still running strong, and is very popular. That's why there was a huge inrush of sign ups when Trump won.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It JUST ended. Did you expect instant armageddon? Even Trump couldn't ruin something that quickly.

23. ZeroCide

Posts: 819; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Yes it just ended. The companies are now coming up with schemes to capitalize on this. They will roll out their scheme slowly so no one notices they are getting screwed. It is the way of the telecommunication companies to do this.

7. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1291; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Very good...

5. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Is it true the story of iphone 8 recall ?

6. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Yes and this article is about net neutrality

3. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

More state should do it.

2. SyCo87

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Alright, now do the right thing Jerry Brown.

8. RevolutionA

Posts: 529; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

This shouldn't happen

9. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Repealing it federally by the FCC should not have happened.

22. ZeroCide

Posts: 819; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Why do you think this shouldn't happen?

1. thedizzle

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Good, good.

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