California Governor Jerry Brown signs net neutrality into law; Trump administration sues
by Alan Friedman / Sep 30, 2018, 9:34 PM
With a swipe of his pen, California Governor Jerry Brown made net neutrality the law in California. That means that ISPs and wireless carriers must treat all streams of content the same. For example, Netflix can't pay AT&T money to have its content sent through a "fast lane." In addition, no content can be banned just because it conflicts with the philosophical leanings of a wireless provider. California's law also adds something that the original net neutrality rules didn't have; it prevents content streamers from paying to have its music or video streamed with a zero-rating.
The Trump-era FCC repealed net neutrality earlier this year and it has become a political issue. The majority of Americans want the rules to return, and many states are attempting to legislate net neutrality. California joins Oregon and Washington as states that have successfully passed a net neutrality bill.
A couple of weeks ago, FCC chairman Ajit Pai called California's bill "illegal," and the Trump administration has just filed a suit. The Department of Justice says that the new California law goes against the federal governments desire to deregulate the internet by creating anti-consumer requirements. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said today, "Once again the California Legislature has enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy."
Meanwhile, the law takes effect on January 1st, and supporters of the bill in California cheered as news of its passage was disseminated. Of course, U.S. carriers were not celebrating. The USTelecom trade group, representing telecommunications firms in the states, said Sunday that "Rather than 50 states stepping in with their own conflicting open internet solutions, we need Congress to step up with a national framework for the whole internet ecosystem and resolve this issue once and for all."
Posts: 155; Member since: Apr 10, 2017
Aren't Republicans whole thing that the government should not interfere and let the states decide? Of course, now they're being hypocritical because it's against something THEY believe in. Pathetic
posted on Sep 30, 2018, 9:55 PM 6
Posts: 290; Member since: Oct 29, 2012
Republicans are ill-informed on basically any issue you can name. Doubly so if it has anything to do with technology or the rights of people over corporations. The only 'people' Republicans care about are corporations.
posted on Sep 30, 2018, 10:23 PM 2
Posts: 2215; Member since: May 04, 2015
Precisely. They're complaining about Google, Twitter etc censoring the Right-wing. Now they've given isp's the right to throttle and restrict certain sites and content. Let's see what happens when it becomes difficult to access Fox News, the NRA, Pro-life and other looney content they lap up every day. Net Neutrality will be rebranded and promoted by Republicans as their "new" idea.
posted on Oct 01, 2018, 9:05 AM 0
Posts: 392; Member since: Sep 30, 2017
A very sad day for the people. Net neutrality should've ended. What's the difference between people who have money and who don't? Things should be class wise and divide for proper benefit for everyone. Basically it's like you get what you pay for...
posted on Sep 30, 2018, 11:00 PM 0
Posts: 447; Member since: Feb 21, 2016
but you already get what you pay for, nothing more in this case. You pay 5mbps or 10 mbps down bandwidth, why the content used should be prioritized ?? Companies don't know how to squeeze more nowadays, greedy to make more and more.
posted on Sep 30, 2018, 11:18 PM 5
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The fact that you even comment like that means you have absolutely no clue about net neutrality and are just going on what's been spoon-fed to you once again. But then again I suppose ignorance is bliss until it bites you in the ass.
posted on Oct 01, 2018, 1:36 AM 4
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Can you list reasons? Kiko007 seems to have asked a question. I'm not saying either of you is wrong, just that you have a strong sounding reply, but it is not a actual strong reply without including facts or counter points
posted on Oct 01, 2018, 10:28 AM 1
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Because the internet is a free for all property, that's the difference. Also, allowing someone to pay to go faster, means that your bandwidth is taking away. An iSP on has so much bandwidth. So how does one paying more get more speed? By taking it from everyone else.
posted on Oct 01, 2018, 11:45 AM 2
Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 17, 2013
That is, literally, not at all how net neutrality works. It doesn't provide more speed, it affects how providers treat the data you receive. It's not a universal speed button. It basically affects the isp's ability to charge more to consumers or content creators for speed ability. Additionally, it attempts to balance access for everyone. For example: if your favorite sites support a political or philosophical ideal that your isp doesn't like, they can artificially throttle the websites speed. That means you are feeling the effects, but it doesn't matter how much you do or don't pay.
posted on Oct 02, 2018, 10:56 AM 0
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