U.S. Justice Department Sues California Over Net Neutrality Law
Oct 02 2018
Among 34 bills signed Sunday, Brown approved the nation's toughest net neutrality protections, setting up a legal fight by bringing back Obama-era internet regulations the federal government repealed about nine months ago.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai blasted it as illegal, "radical", and "anti-consumer" during a speech last month.
State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, the Santa Barbara Democrat who authored the bill, says having more women on boards will make companies more successful because they are better at teamwork and multitasking compared to their male counterparts.
California'snet neutrality law is set to take effect on January 1, but the Justice Department late Sunday in a court filing sought a preliminary injunction to block it from taking effect, warning that internet companies "cannot realistically comply with one set of standards in this area for California and another for the rest of the nation - especially when internet communications frequently cross multiple jurisdictions".
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a statement Sunday, said, "Under the Constitution, states do not regulate interstate commerce-the federal government does". The Obama-era legislation was repealed in December a year ago.
"Not only is California's Internet regulation law illegal, it also hurts consumers".
"Sessions and his boss Donald Trump aren't satisfied with the federal government repealing net neutrality".
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.
Telecommunications companies lobbied hard to kill it or water it down, saying it would lead to higher internet and cellphone bills and discourage investments in faster internet. "Gov. Jerry Brown has just restored a free and open internet to the 40 million people of California - the world's fifth largest economy and home to many major tech companies".
However, the Attorney General for California, Xavier Becerra, said that the Trump administration was ignoring millions of Americans who supported net neutrality rules.
That could limit consumer choice or shut out upstart companies that can't afford to buy access to the fast lane, critics say.
The net-neutrality rule forbids all internet providers, such as cable and telephone companies, from prioritizing their own content by slowing down or speeding up certain websites and charging more for certain services. According to the National Conference of State Legislators, almost one hundred bills and resolutions have been introduced throughout the United States.