California approves net neutrality bill considered the strongest in the country

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The Washington Post reported that the vote from California lawmakers could set up a fight with federal regulators who moved past year to repeal net neutrality.

"This bill is the strongest legislation restoring and defending net neutrality protections in any state-and prevents internet service providers from blocking, throttling, slowing content, or engaging in anti-consumer practices like zero-rating", said Carli Stevenson, campaigner for the advocacy group Demand Progress.

The bill's passage marks the second time in three months that the most populous state has sought to regulate companies on the internet.

After a hard-fought battle, California's net neutrality bill is now all but certain to make it to the finish line that is Gov.

But the current FCC, led by Republican Chairman Ajit Pai, repealed those regulations in June, with Pai calling them "heavy-handed".

"SB822 sets the standard for other states to follow". And it would make it illegal for carriers to exempt apps from consumers' monthly data caps if doing so could harm competing start-ups and small businesses in "abusive" ways.

With both legislative houses having approved the bill, California Governor Jerry Brown has until September 30 to sign it into law.

"It is a really overdue bill", said Sen.

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"These bills share a common goal: to provide more certainty to innovators in California that their use of blockchain is not only permissible but encouraged", Calderon said, indicating the sunset provision will give lawmakers a chance to "evaluate the efficacy of SB 838" and update the definition of blockchain with guidance from the working group. Many telecommunication companies want to reserve the right to stratify their business packages. Under these laws, internet providers would be required to treat all internet traffic equally. AT&T owns the streaming service along with its parent, the satellite TV provider DirecTV.

The advance of the California bill comes amid growing momentum to overturn the FCC repeal. "The Trump administration destroyed the internet as we know it".

In June, the FCC under President Donald Trump repealed rules adopted during the Obama administration that barred internet service providers from blocking content or charging more for access, a move meant to establish a more level playing field or "net neutrality".

But critics of re-implementing a law like net neutrality or beginning a new era of digital privacy share similar concerns.

Blockchain, the electronic ledger technology being eyed by several states, could see some private-sector availability next year in California along with some state-level scrutiny, as two bills centered on the topic near Gov.

Representatives for the FCC did not immediately comment on Friday's vote.

Meanwhile, net neutrality advocates cheered what they called a testament to the power of the internet.

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