California lawmakers send strict 'net neutrality' laws to governor


California lawmakers send strict 'net neutrality' laws to governor

California is one of 29 states to consider net neutrality protections since the Federal Communications Commission voted late past year to reverse the Obama-era internet regulations. He has not taken a public stance on it, according to policy analysts, but the bill passed both Democrat-dominated state chambers by wide margins.

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The Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, hasn't said if he will sign it. Jerry Brown that would put net neutrality regulations into state law. The development came as lawmakers scrambled to pass bills ahead of a midnight deadline, addressing topics ranging from internet neutrality and smoking at state beaches. "Zero rating" is the practice where internet providers can choose which outlets do not count against the monthly data cap, effectively giving advanced privileges to select group of partners.

Assembly Bill 2658, authored by the body's Majority Leader Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, cleared the Assembly on August 27 and is headed to the governor.

On Friday, proponents hailed the passage as a landmark move toward fair and free access to the internet, saying other states were sure to follow.

State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, left, receives congratulations from Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, center, and Sen.

State senators passed SB-822 by a vote of 27-12, sending the bill to Gov.

The bill, Calderon's office said in a fact sheet, defines blockchain technology for the first time, "which will provide businesses and industry greater certainty regarding the technology's legal standing".

Critics say the restrictions limit internet providers' ability to recoup the costs of network improvements and will lead them to curb investment.

Consumer groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a number of smaller tech companies including Etsy, Reddit and Sonos lined up in favor of the bill.

Internet-connected devices sold in California, such as thermostats, televisions, and security cameras, would need reasonable security features by January 2020 under two bills headed to Gov.

Net neutrality activists cited their legislative victory Friday as a validation of their congressional strategy: to pressure vulnerable federal lawmakers who are running for reelection this year to endorse stronger net neutrality rules at a national level.



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