California looks to adopt Obama-style net neutrality rules

California looks to adopt Obama-style net neutrality rules

The new bill follows a similar effort called Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night (or the LOCAL Act), also spearheaded by Wiener, which passed through the Senate but stalled in the California State Assembly a year ago.

The Washington Post reported that the vote from California lawmakers could set up a fight with federal regulators who moved past year to repeal net neutrality. Governor Jerry Brown has yet to indicate if he'll sign it into law, though prominent Democrats like Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi have expressed support for it.

In addition, it would prohibit internet providers from collecting fees from apps and sites in order for them to reach users.

California's net neutrality debate is being closely watched by advocates around the country, who are looking to the home of Silicon Valley to pass sweeping net neutrality provisions that could drive momentum in other states or create pressure for Congress to enact nationwide protections.

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Advocacy group Fight for the Future called the Senate vote "a major victory for Internet activists who harnessed massive public outcry to pass the bill and a resounding defeat for big telecom companies like AT&T and Comcast, who lobbied fiercely against the bill and spent large sums on campaign contributions to California legislators". As of now 30 total states have introduced bills to save net neutrality, as well as state governors in NY and Montana signing executive orders to ensure that communications providers must treat all data on the internet equally. Jerry Brown's office in light of the proposal garnering similar support Thursday by lawmakers in the California Legislature's lower house. But this bill actually goes further than those rules with an outright ban on zero-rating - the practice of offering free data, potentially to the advantage of some companies over others - of specific apps.

Now that it has passed the California State Assembly, SB822 moves on to the State Senate where it should have no difficulty passing. Industry groups are urging Governor Brown to veto the bill.

In June, the state adopted an internet privacy law, the first in the nation.

Earlier this summer, the FCC formally revoked net neutrality regulations. It also stops internet service providers and wireless operators from blocking or throttling content that they don't agree with. Wiener, though, argues that zero-rating hurts competition, and eventually could lead to less consumer choice and higher prices. The bill would also ban paid data cap exemptions (so-called "zero-rating") and says that ISPs may not attempt to evade net neutrality protections by slowing down traffic at network interconnection points.

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