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California Governor Brown Signs Net Neutrality Bill into Law and Almost Immediately the US Department of Justice Files Suit

From the IAJGS Mailing List:

On Sunday, September 30, the last day the Governor had to sign bills, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 822, the Net Neutrality Bill, and almost immediately the US Department of Justice filed suit to overturn the law. The California legislation would have reinstated the Obama-era open internet rules in the state. It is considered the strongest net-neutrality provisions-it was passed on a bi-partisan basis. The law forbids internet service providers from blocking websites, intentionally slowing down a website or app or accepting payments to make online services go faster and more.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the federal government, not the states, should oversee the Internet. He said California had “enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy.”

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the state “will not allow a handful of power brokers to dictate sources of information or the speed at which websites load.”

Six other states’ governors: Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Montana, Rhode Island and Vermont—have signed executive orders reinstating some net-neutrality provisions. Oregon, Vermont and Washington also have enacted net-neutrality legislation. California’s law goes further than the other states.

To read more see the Wall Street Journal Article at:

The wall Street Journal is a subscription newspaper. If you are not able to read the entire article put the title “ Trump Administration Sues Over California Net Neutrality Law” into Google, and you should be able to access the article.

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