California lawmakers send strict 'net neutrality' laws to governor

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California lawmakers have passed the US' toughest net neutrality law to prevent internet providers from favouring certain websites, setting up a fight with federal regulators who voted a year ago to erase such rules. Jerry Brown for signature.

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), who co-authored the bill, says it's necessary because women are underrepresented on California's corporate boards.

To view the full article, register now. Now it heads to the governor's desk, where Jerry Brown has until the end of September to sign it into law.

He said he will continue working to pass legislation next year "that best protects and celebrates the identities of LGBT Californians and a model for the nation to look towards".

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More than 20 states are suing the FCC to overturn the agency's decision on net neutrality and almost three dozen states have introduced bills to replace the defunct regulations with three states have already approved them. In some of its provisions, the California bill goes further than the national rules that the FCC repealed, taking an expansive view of the broadband industry's public obligations.

And it worked! Passing this bill in California is a massive victory for the whole Internet, and it was no easy task. Also banned is zero-rating, or when ISPs offer free data, but only for the use of specific apps or services, in turn favoring certain companies over others.

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. We're already planning campaigns to get legislation like this passed in other states, and get the FCC order reversed. Scott Wiener, a Democrat, argued that without the regulations, internet providers could "inhibit us or manipulate us away from our favorite web sites".

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But the current FCC, led by Republican Chairman Ajit Pai, repealed those regulations in June, with Pai calling them "heavy-handed".

SB 822 passed 61 to 18 in the state Assembly on Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The proposals come amid rising privacy and security concerns about Internet of Things devices, including the potential for data collection from users. "They're still paying attention".

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