U.S. Justice Department Sues California Over Net Neutrality Law

Marcus Newton
October 2, 2018

The California Chamber of Commerce has argued that the composition of corporate boards should be determined internally, not mandated by government.

Net neutrality vote: Why all the fuss? He doubled down on calling California's net neutrality regulation illegal, adding that "it also hurts consumers".

They had cheered California's attempt to force the Obama-era rules back into effect through state legislation.

Jerry Brown (D) vetoed a bill Sunday that would have required public universities to provide abortion pills for students on campus. Gov. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions asserted his belief in the power of the federal government, saying "Once again the California legislature has enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy".

In March, Brown accused the Trump administration of essentially declaring war on the most populous US state after the Justice Department sued to stop policies that protect illegal immigrants against deportation. The law also prohibits carriers from demanding special new fees from websites, and it bars Internet providers from selectively exempting their preferred apps from customer data caps.

California joins OR and Washington as states that have successfully passed a net neutrality bill. In light of the FCC's more recent deregulatory order, federal officials are asking for California's net neutrality law to be invalidated, and industry groups are expected to join the effort. The new rules went into effect in June.

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The measure, written by Democratic Sen. "Other states should follow California's lead, and Congress should pass the joint resolution to reverse the FCC's resoundingly unpopular repeal".

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit appeared to rule on the preemption issue last month, when it held that the FCC's change of heart on net neutrality prevented Minnesota officials from regulating voice-over-IP services in the state. Consequently, numerous other 25-odd states mulling over passing their own net-neutrality laws are undoubtedly going to keep tabs on the outcome of this trial, making this crucial to the fate of net-neutrality in the U.S.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is challenging the FCC's repeal in court along with other states, said in a statement, "Here in California - a state that is home to countless start-ups and technology giants alike - we know that a handful of powerful companies should not dictate the sources for the information we seek or the speed at which our websites load. We are confident that we will prevail in this case -because the facts are on our side".

SB 822 is the strictest bill on net neutrality in the country so far.

"We've been down this road before: when Trump and Sessions sued Calif. and claimed we lacked the power to protect immigrants".

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