California Governor Jerry Brown signs net neutrality into law; Trump administration sues

California Governor Jerry Brown signs net neutrality into law; Trump administration sues
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The Trump-era FCC repealed net neutrality earlier this year and it has become a political issue.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."

source: CNN, AP

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18 Comments

1. Wazupmrg

Posts: 137; 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

3. tyger11

Posts: 284; 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.

13. TheOracle1

Posts: 1922; 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.

2. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Finally, Jerry Moonbeam does something *RIGHT!* Go Jerr... Go Jerr... Go Jerr...

4. gamehead unregistered

Government can go f themselves

5. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; 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...

6. gigicoaste

Posts: 431; 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.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7469; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

This is some Orwellian type s**t. What harm does having NN cause?

8. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1164; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

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.

10. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

I don't care. I support the proper ones. It's for everyone's benefit which you can't understand

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

It properly screws those that can't afford premium access packages. Go figure, a iPhone user say s**t like you did, you really don't know better.

14. RevolutionA

Posts: 390; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

You'll be on the other side of the wall soon

15. MrMalignance

Posts: 96; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

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

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Things should be class wise? Chairman Mao and Che Guevara are smiling down on you today.

16. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

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.

18. MrMalignance

Posts: 96; 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.

9. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

U.S. Of Stupid! You see people get killed on tv by gunfire for example, but if someone dares to say f*ck on tv or a nipple is shown whole country is going nuts.

17. boriqua2000

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Time to move to California

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