Industry groups are urging Governor Brown to veto the bill.
A patchwork of state laws could make compliance more hard for internet providers and lead to a legal challenge focusing on the power of the federal government to preempt state laws. The bill, SB822, not only restores the net neutrality rules that were put into place by former President Barack Obama, but goes even to ban internet service providers from practices like throttling in favor of select content and zero-rating services. It would prohibit, for example, AT&T from exempting videos from CNN or other outlets it owns from a monthly data cap that applies to competitors. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). "This legislation is the gold standard for net neutrality protections, and passed thanks to the enormous grassroots push for 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. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Donald Trump, pitched the repeal as a way to stop the federal government from "micromanaging the internet". It gave California internet users the ability to know what information a company like Facebook or Google was collecting, and how it was being used and shared with third parties. "There was a moment where that campaign looked like it might have been successful, but [the people] spoke out and got strong net-neutrality protections restored".
Some are opposed to the new California bill.
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The measure would affect 377 of California's largest publicly traded companies, plus many smaller businesses.
Internet companies say they're committed to upholding net neutrality principles but it's unrealistic for them to comply with different regulations around the country.
It passed the Assembly 46-20 August 28 and first passed the Senate in January.
California lawmakers just passed Senate Bill 905, which could allow bars in nine California cities to serve alcohol until 4 AM instead of 2 AM. In June, Gov. Brown signed into law a sweeping new privacy law.
"When California acts, the world pays attention", said Stanford law professor Barbara van Schewick, who has researched net neutrality for more than a decade and testified multiple times in favor of the legislation.