California passes net neutrality law, Trump administration sues

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According to Marc Martin, a telecom attorney at the firm Perkins Coie, there is precedent for the federal government to say it won't regulate a certain interstate commerce issue and then to seek to prevent states from filling the gap. As a result, the Trump administration wants to make an example of California.

He added, "once again the California legislature has enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy".

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In March, Brown accused the Trump administration of essentially declaring war on the most populous USA state after the Justice Department sued to stop policies that protect illegal immigrants against deportation. It also specifically prohibits ISPs from charging online services access fees to reach customers, otherwise known as paid prioritization.

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USTelecom, a telecommunications trade group, said California writing its own rules will create problems. "But notwithstanding the consumer benefits, this state law bans them", Pai said.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra swiftly criticised the DOJ action saying the Trump Administration continues to ignore the "millions of Americans who voiced strong support for net neutrality rules, California - home to countless start-ups, tech giants and almost 40 million consumers - will not allow a handful of power brokers to dictate sources for information or the speed at which websites load".

The justice department said it would take California to court on grounds that the federal government has the exclusive power to regulate net neutrality.

A number of other USA states would also like to implement their own rules to protect net neutrality, although the FCC's decision clearly forbids such moves.

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The bill, SB 826, was authored by state senator Hannah-Beth Jackson who noted that research shows that women tend to be more collaborative and better multitaskers.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said on Sunday the Trump Administration was ignoring "millions of Americans who voiced strong support for net neutrality rules" while California, which is "home to countless start-ups, tech giants and almost 40 million consumers - will not allow a handful of power brokers to dictate sources for information or the speed at which websites load". "We are confident that we will prevail in this case -because the facts are on our side". Broadband companies and then-FCC board member Ajit Pai - who was appointed as chairman of the commission in 2017 - opposed net neutrality in 2015 arguing that it prevented the opportunity for investment in broadband companies and stifled innovation.

But to justify the law, California would also need to prove that its existing laws and powers aren't enough to protect consumer welfare on net neutrality, said Berin Szóka, president of the think tank TechFreedom and a critic of the legislation.

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