California lawmakers vote to pass toughest 'net neutrality' law

But six Republicans voted for the bill after a contentious debate. Almost three dozen states have introduced bills to replace the defunct regulations, and three states have already approved them. It passed the Senate Aug. 29 with a 29-8 vote and first passed the Assembly in May.

Gov. Brown's office said he would not be commenting on SB 822. The court is already weighing whether to hear an unrelated lawsuit on net neutrality.

Similarly, Carli Stevenson, a campaigner for Demand Progress, said the California bill should show members of the U.S. Congress-who are also in the process of trying to overturn the FCC's net neutrality decisio-that Americans want strong internet protections.

Earlier today, California Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) withdrew a bill that would have outlaws the sale of any service, including certain forms of advertising, meant to change an individual's sexuality or gender identity. The bill also tasks the state attorney general with evaluating potential evasion of the net neutrality rules on a case-by-case basis. "This (bill) will catch on and affect the debate". Scott Wiener, the bill's sponsor, who represents the San Francisco area. It has since encountered numerous obstacles that included being rendered practically toothless by the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee in June. Brown has not publicly stated whether or not he will sign the bill, though it has broad support from state Democrats.

The measure, if signed by Gov. The bill, SB822, not only restores the net neutrality rules that were put into place by former President Barack Obama, but goes even to ban internet service providers from practices like throttling in favor of select content and zero-rating services. And it would make it illegal for carriers to exempt apps from consumers' monthly data caps if doing so could harm competing start-ups and small businesses in "abusive" ways. He said the new bill "undercuts California's long history as a vibrant catalyst for innovation and technology". He sided with the broadband industry, adding that the net neutrality rules were an example of unlawful government overreach. They expressed disappointment over the vote.

Before SB 822's passage, net neutrality advocates spotted robocalls being made to senior citizens to try and convince them to speak up against internet protections like the ones in the bill.

Telecommunications industry groups including the California Cable and Telecommunications Association and the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association opposed the legislation.

  • Joe Gonzales