Hey, Alexa: California Just Passed Internet of Things Bills

Audrey Hill
September 2, 2018

New York State is considering a net neutrality law that mirrors the California bill.

California's state Senate late Friday said it tallied enough votes to pass the nation's toughest net neutrality law, advancing a fight with regulators who have been erasing those rules at the federal level.

The fight isn't over yet: The state senate still needs to pass it, and Governor Jerry Brown (D), will need to sign it. Jerry Brown that would prevent broadband and wireless companies from favoring some web sites over others by charging for faster speeds and from blocking, throttling or otherwise hindering access to content. On Wednesday, the State Assembly passed a bill-the first of its kind in the USA -that would require such companies to change that. "Governor Brown should use his veto pen on this legislation, and Congress should step in to legislate and provide consumer protections that will resolve this issue once and for all".

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was a longtime critic of the federal net neutrality rules.

"Fundamentally, net neutrality is that we as individuals get to decide where to go on the internet as opposed to being told", he said. "This legislation is the gold standard for net neutrality protections, and passed thanks to the enormous grassroots push for the bill".

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Now that it has passed the California State Assembly, SB822 moves on to the State Senate where it should have no difficulty passing.

The Assembly's vote followed months of intense lobbying from internet companies, which warned that it would lead to higher costs. The repeal came as a great win for internet providers.

It is now unclear whether or not the California state governor, Jerry Brown, will approve the bill.

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.

The legislation "requires publicly traded corporations to satisfy quotas regarding the number of women on its board or face significant penalties, which is likely unconstitutional, a violation of California's Civil Rights statute, and a violation of the internal affairs doctrine for publicly held corporations", the statement says. "And they're not going to let their elected officials get away with it if they sell out their constituents by siding with big telecom companies". He said the new bill "undercuts California's long history as a vibrant catalyst for innovation and technology". "They're still paying attention".

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